Most businesses have data stored in a variety of locations, from in-house databases to SaaS platforms. To get a full picture of their finances and operations, they pull data from all those sources into a data warehouse or data lake and run analytics against it. But they don't want to build and maintain their own data pipelines.

Fortunately, it’s not necessary to code everything in-house. Here's an comparison of three such tools, head to head.

About SnapLogic

SnapLogic is an Integration Platform as a Service, connecting cloud data sources, SaaS applications, and on-premises business software applications. The company offers several products under its Intelligent Integration Platform (IIP) umbrella:

  • Ultra Pipelines and Resumable Pipelines both use Snap connectors to access a variety of data sources.
  • eXtreme supports big data integrations.
  • Data Science accelerates the development and deployment of machine learning (ML) models.
  • API Management is a tool for managing, scaling, and controlling API consumption.
  • B2B Integration provides a cloud-based B2B gateway to offer partner management, EDI document support, and EDI translation.
  • About mParticle

    mParticle is a mobile-focused event tracking and data ingestion tool. It lets users track events across multiple applications and send event data to multiple destinations. It's designed to collect and connect customer data from multiple marketing, analytics, and data warehousing tools. It's not primarily an ETL tool, but it does include connectivity to some SaaS data sources and data warehouse destinations. To the extent that it performs ETL operations, mParticle focuses on the E and L, extraction and loading.

    About Stitch

    Stitch Data Loader is a cloud-based platform for ETL — extract, transform, and load. More than 3,000 companies use Stitch to move billions of records every day from SaaS applications and databases into data warehouses and data lakes, where it can be analyzed with BI tools. Stitch is a Talend company and is part of the Talend Data Fabric.

    Competitors stitch
    Focus Application integration, data integration Mobile-focused event tracking and data ingestion Data ingestion, ELT
    Database replication Full table; incremental via SELECT statements No database sources Full table; incremental via change data capture or SELECT/replication keys
    SaaS sources More than 20 About 150 More than 100
    Ability for customers to add new data sources Yes Yes, via Events API Yes
    Connects to data warehouses? Data lakes? Yes / Yes Yes / Yes Yes / Yes
    Transparent pricing No No Yes
    G2 customer satisfaction 4.1/5 3.5/5 4.8/5
    Support SLAs Yes No Available
    Purchase process Requires a conversation with sales Requires a conversation with sales Options for self-service or talking with sales. Also available from the AWS store.
    Compliance, governance, and security certifications HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 2 Type II, SSAE18 Type II, ISAE 3402 Type 2 GDPR, ISO/IEC 27001:2013, SOC 2 Type II HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 2
    Data sharing Yes, via SnapLogic IIP No Yes, through Talend Data Fabric
    Vendor lock-in Annual contracts Month to month or annual contracts. Open source integrations
    Developer tools REST API Several APIs and client SDKs Import API, Stitch Connect API for integrating Stitch with other platforms, Singer open source project

    Let's dive into some of the details of each platform.

    Transformations

    SnapLogic

    Data connectors in SnapLogic are called Snaps. SnapLogic provides a Transform Snap Pack with 36 pre-load transformations. Users apply transformations (and specify inputs and outputs) by dragging icons onto a graphical workspace. Developers can build custom Snaps written in Java.

    mParticle

    mParticle extracts raw data from sources and loads it into destinations without allowing users to define their own transformations — though mParticle itself transforms events and objects to conform to its standard as it sends them between different tools, including to the data warehouse. mParticle also lets users create preload transformations in a graphical interface, and write custom rules in JavaScript.

    Stitch

    Stitch is an ELT product. Within the pipeline, Stitch does only transformations that are required for compatibility with the destination, such as translating data types or denesting data when relevant. Stitch is part of Talend, which also provides tools for transforming data either within the data warehouse or via external processing engines such as Spark and MapReduce. Transformations can be defined in SQL, Python, Java, or via graphical user interface.

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    Connectors: Data sources and destinations

    Each of these tools supports a variety of data sources and destinations.

    SnapLogic

    SnapLogic offers more than 100 Snap Packs, each of which offers multiple related Snaps, or data access connectors. SnapLogic supports database, data lake, and data warehouse destinations.

    mParticle

    mParticle has a different focus than most ETL tools — it's designed to track events from applications, websites, and mobile apps and unify them into customer profiles. An event is a set of actions that represents a step in the funnel, such as user invited or signed up or order completed. Users can define events that make sense for their business use cases, based on key metrics that provide business value. You embed mParticle tracking into mobile apps or connected devices. The platform creates unique mobile identifiers and tracks things like device IDs, location data, and in-app activity. mParticle supports about 170 destinations, most of which are SaaS platforms for marketing, advertising, and analytics. It also supports data warehouses like Amazon Redshift, Google BigQuery, and Snowflake. Customers can use mParticle's developer tools to track new event sources, but no one outside of the mParticle team or its partners can build new cloud app sources.

    Stitch

    Stitch supports more than 100 database and SaaS integrations as data sources, and eight data warehouse and data lake destinations. Customers can contract with Stitch to build new sources, and anyone can add a new source to Stitch by developing it according to the standards laid out in Singer, an open source toolkit for writing scripts that move data. Singer integrations can be run independently, regardless of whether the user is a Stitch customer. Running Singer integrations on Stitch’s platform allows users to take advantage of Stitch's monitoring, scheduling, credential management, and autoscaling features.

    Support, documentation, and training

    Data integration tools can be complex, so vendors offer several ways to help their customers. Online documentation is the first resource users often turn to, and support teams can answer questions that aren't covered in the docs. Vendors of the more complicated tools may also offer training services.

    SnapLogic

    SnapLogic provides online, email, and telephone support. Documentation is comprehensive. Digital training materials are available.

    mParticle

    mParticle provides support via email. Documentation is comprehensive. Digital training materials are not available.

    Stitch

    Stitch provides in-app chat support to all customers, and phone support is available for Enterprise customers. Support SLAs are available. Documentation is comprehensive and is open source — anyone can contribute additions and improvements or repurpose the content. Stitch does not provide training services.

    Pricing

    SnapLogic

    SnapLogic provides a 30-day free trial. Pricing isn't disclosed.

    mParticle

    Pricing is not disclosed.

    Stitch

    Stitch has pricing that scales to fit a wide range of budgets and company sizes. All new users get an unlimited 14-day trial. After the trial, there's a free plan for smaller organizations and nonproduction workloads. Standard plans range from $100 to $1,250 per month depending on scale, with discounts for paying annually. Enterprise plans for larger organizations and mission-critical use cases can include custom features, data volumes, and service levels, and are priced individually.

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