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Actian DataConnect

3 Ratings
Score 8.3 out of 101

Talend Data Integration

40 Ratings
Score 7.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Actian DataConnect

The choice to use Actian DataConnect really comes down to pricing and the type of integration project you are performing, specifically with the requirements, whether you want the integration to be on-premise or in the cloud, can you install agents on your servers etc. For integration tools it runs head to head with its competitors.
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Talend Data Integration

If your organisation or department works regularly with ETL jobs or sources data from multiple locations and needs to integrate them to provide for better data compatibility, then Talend Data Integration is a great tool and I would strongly recommend it. This mostly applies to established corporations, and not startups as the licensing fee is quite high.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Source Connection

Actian DataConnect
9.5
Talend Data Integration
8.2
Connect to traditional data sources
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Talend Data Integration
9.5
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
Actian DataConnect
9.0
Talend Data Integration
6.8

Data Transformations

Actian DataConnect
10.0
Talend Data Integration
9.3
Simple transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Talend Data Integration
9.5
Complex transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Talend Data Integration
9.0

Data Modeling

Actian DataConnect
10.0
Talend Data Integration
7.6
Data model creation
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Talend Data Integration
8.6
Metadata management
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Talend Data Integration
7.7
Business rules and workflow
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Talend Data Integration
9.0
Collaboration
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Talend Data Integration
5.8
Testing and debugging
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Talend Data Integration
7.1

Data Governance

Actian DataConnect
9.5
Talend Data Integration
8.8
Integration with data quality tools
Actian DataConnect
9.0
Talend Data Integration
9.5
Integration with MDM tools
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Talend Data Integration
8.1

Pros

  • The large connector base for DataConnect is outstanding. However even when they do not have a custom connector, they have a web services Invoker which allows you to connect to any web services.
  • The underlying scripting language is Visual Basic-ish. Very easy to start.
  • The product has been around a long time, through multiple company acquistions, and still is a competitive player via pricing.
  • Support team is awesome.
  • Large user community.
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  • Easy to use interface
  • Designing jobs is very straightforward
  • Allows the use of custom components to suit specific needs
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Cons

  • Integration Manager needs better scheduling improvements. Like dependencies, and not running a process again if the prior run is still running.
  • New connector development does not seem a priority.
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  • Installation process of Integration Suite platform.
  • JAVA memory management. It's easy to get a memory overhead error, and you have to modify configuration files to increase memory manually.
  • Migration process.
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Support

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Talend Data Integration9.0
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Good support, specially when it relates to PROD environment. The support team has access to the product development team. Things are internally escalated to development team if there is a bug encountered. This helps the customer to get quick fix or patch designed for problem exceptions. I have also seen support showing their willingness to help develop custom connector for a newly available cloud based big data solution
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Alternatives Considered

As I stated earlier, DataConnect makes a head-to-head run against the others. It has advantages and disadvantages compared to the competitors. The choice really comes down to pricing and specific requirement needs for the project you are planning. Questions such as On-premise or Cloud, Security, and Specific Connectors available will drive your decision.
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Compared to Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) talend gives developers much more tools and flexibility in order to achieve different ETL processes. For instance, SSIS, separates processing from data management, and Talend mixes both stages so that you can perform complex processes like iterating sub-jobs for each data row. It also provides a huge component list compared to SSIS which allows retrieving and saving data from many various sources. The administration part is also wider than what is offered from SSIS. In other words, SSIS is like a toy compared to Talend Integration's capabilities.When comparing Talend with Kettle (Pentaho) it's is easy to find similarities because they are both similar tools. In my experience, I'd rather [use] Talend because, in my opinion, it is more focused at data management. Kettle is a component provided from a wider BI tool, and Pentaho is not only focused at data management. I also found Talend gives better performance and manages connection sockets better than Kettle.
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Return on Investment

  • Our customer likes the consistent reliable integrations we have built so we [got] a definite return on investment.
  • Problems are fairly easy to handle and rework.
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  • Easy to build complex data transformations.
  • Licensing model isn't that flexible.
  • Memory mangement for huge volumes of information. You have to modify ETL designs to handle it properly.
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Pricing Details

Actian DataConnect

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Talend Data Integration

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details