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 build everything in-house. We put together this ETL tool comparison guide to help you choose the product that’s the best fit for your business.

Overview

Syncsort Connect ETL, Adverity Datatap, and Stitch are all popular platforms. Here's a side-by-side look at how they stack up against each other.

Focus ETL Data integration Data ingestion, ELT
Database replication Full table; incremental replication via custom SELECT statements Full table; incremental replication via custom SELECT statements Full table; incremental via change data capture or SELECT/replication keys
SaaS sources Only Salesforce Almost 200 More than 100
Ability for customers to add new data sources No No Yes
Connects to data warehouses? Data lakes? Yes / No Yes / Yes Yes / Yes
Transparent pricing No No Yes
G2 customer satisfaction Not rated 4.5/5 4.8/5
Support SLAs Yes Yes 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 None GDPR HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 2
Data sharing No No Yes, through Talend Data Fabric
Vendor lock-in Annual contracts. No open source Annual contracts. No open source Month to month or annual contracts. Open source integrations
Developer tools API for creating dataflows Datatap Management API, which can carry out all actions available through the UI 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

Syncsort Connect ETL

Syncsort Connect ETL (formerly called DMX) provides pre-load transformations on records — such as aggregation, filter, and lookup — and data, including mathematical, logical, text, and date operations. Users define transformations through a graphical interface.

Adverity Datatap

Adverity Datatap provides pre-load transformations through scripts, which can be configured through online forms or by editing code. Custom scripting, using Adverity's scripting language, allows users to write their own transformations.

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.

Try Stitch for free for 14 days

  • Unlimited data volume during trial
  • Set up in minutes

No credit card required

Connectors: Data sources and destinations

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

Syncsort Connect ETL

Syncsort supports fewer than 20 data sources — mostly databases, plus JSON and XML files. It can write data to fewer than 20 data sources — mostly on-premises data warehouses, plus analytics platforms like Tableau and QlikView.

Adverity Datatap

Adverity Datatap supports more than 200 database and SaaS data sources. It can write data to cloud data warehouses and cloud data lakes as well as MySQL and PostgreSQL databases and Hadoop.

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.

Syncsort Connect ETL

Syncsort provides support through an online support portal, as well as via email and phone. Documentation is available only to customers via the support portal. The company offers online training materials and consulting services.

Adverity Datatap

Adverity provides support through an online ticketing system. Documentation consists largely of tutorials. The company does not provide training materials or services.

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

Syncsort Connect ETL

Pricing isn't disclosed.

Adverity Datatap

Adverity Datatap pricing depends on the number of data sources a company integrates, the number of accounts that connect to those data sources, and how the data will be used.

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.

Get started now

Which tool is best overall? That's something every organization has to decide based on its unique requirements, but we can help you get started. Sign up now for a free trial of Stitch.