Xplenty is a cloud-based ETL platform.
Informatica offers a portfolio of data integration products as well as tools for master data management, data quality, data cataloging, and API management. Informatica started out with on-premises tools but now offers a cloud platform as well.
|Focus||Data ingestion, ELT/ETL||Data integration, ETL||Data ingestion, ELT|
|Database replication||Full table; incremental via SELECT/replication keys||Full table; incremental via change data capture||Full table; incremental via change data capture or SELECT/replication keys|
|SaaS sources||More than 100||More than 80||More than 100|
|Ability for customers to add new data sources||No||Yes||Yes|
|Connects to data warehouses? Data lakes?||Yes / Yes||Yes / Yes||Yes / Yes|
|G2 customer satisfaction||4.4/5||4.0/5||4.8/5|
|Purchase process||Requires a conversation with sales||Requires conversation with sales||Options for self-service or talking with sales. Also available from the AWS store.|
|Compliance, governance, and security certifications||SOC 2, SOX, PCI, GDPR||HIPAA, SOC 2, SOC 3, Privacy Shield||HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 2|
|Data sharing||No||Yes, through Informatica Cloud||Yes, through Talend Data Fabric|
|Vendor lock-in||Annual contracts. No open source||Month to month or annual contracts. Open source integrations|
|Developer tools||REST API||Informatica Developer Tool, REST API, Connector Toolkit|
Let's dive into some of the details of each platform.
Xplenty offers more than a dozen simple preload transformations, including filter, sort, and join, implemented via dragging and dropping components onto a workspace.
Informatica has been an on-premises product for most of its history, and much of the product is focused on preload transformations, which is an important feature when sending data to an on-premises data warehouse. Informatica includes a library of prebuilt transformations and the ability to build custom transformations using a proprietary transformation language.
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Connectors: Data sources and destinations
Each of these tools supports a variety of data sources and destinations.
Xplenty supports more than 120 integrations to SaaS platforms, databases, and BI and analytics tools. It supports Amazon Redshift, Google BigQuery, and Snowflake data warehouses and Amazon S3 data lakes, along with database and file storage destinations. Customers can request that the company build a new data source or destination, but no one outside of the company can build new ones or make improvements to existing ones.
Informatica provides Cloud Connectors for more than 100 applications and databases. The only cloud data warehouse destination it supports is Amazon Redshift. It also support Pivotal's Greenplum on-premises platform. The only data lake destination it supports is Microsoft Azure SQL Data Lake. Developers can create new connectors using Informatica Connector Toolkit.
Support, documentation, and training
Xplenty provides support through Intercom online chat and via email. Documentation is in the form of an online knowledgebase. The company doesn't provide training services.
Informatica provides three levels of support. Basic Success is available during business hours. Premium Success offers 24x7 support for Priority 1 cases. Signature Support offers 24x7 support for all cases. Documentation is comprehensive. The company offers training through Informatica University.
Xplenty doesn't disclose pricing. The company offers a 7-day free trial to users who request a product demo.
Informatica has many products, each of which may have several optional components. The base version of Integration Cloud starts at $2,000 per month. The pricing of add-on tiers is undisclosed. Informatica provides a 30-day free trial for many of its products.