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Actian DataConnect

3 Ratings
Score 8.3 out of 101

Talend Open Studio

38 Ratings
Score 8.4 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 Open Studio

  1. Design and develop Web Services (RESTful or SOAP)
  2. Develop Connectors to other systems that will interface with the Service Bus
  3. Deploy Services to Talend Service Bus Server
  4. Manage the inventory of artifacts and connectors
  5. Projects that need to be implemented with low budgets
  6. When your developers are proficient in Java and Eclipse
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Source Connection

Actian DataConnect
9.5
Talend Open Studio
9.9
Connect to traditional data sources
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Talend Open Studio
9.9
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
Actian DataConnect
9.0
Talend Open Studio
9.8

Data Transformations

Actian DataConnect
10.0
Talend Open Studio
9.7
Simple transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Talend Open Studio
10.0
Complex transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Talend Open Studio
9.4

Data Modeling

Actian DataConnect
10.0
Talend Open Studio
8.8
Data model creation
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Talend Open Studio
8.5
Metadata management
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Talend Open Studio
9.0
Business rules and workflow
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Talend Open Studio
9.3
Collaboration
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Talend Open Studio
8.6
Testing and debugging
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Talend Open Studio
8.5

Data Governance

Actian DataConnect
9.5
Talend Open Studio
9.3
Integration with data quality tools
Actian DataConnect
9.0
Talend Open Studio
10.0
Integration with MDM tools
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Talend Open Studio
8.6

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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  • Talend provides pre-built widgets to integrate with databases, web services, and FTP for example, which saves time and quality issues in building basic functionalities that are needed to create a full workflow.
  • Using any tool, such as Talend, encourages a consistent mindset and approach for processing steps, rather than being 100% free-form logic based on the mood of the developer. This makes it easier to understand the workflow that is implemented, even if you are working with many different processes.
  • Using Talend allowed me to work on a project to the point where the client needed to review it, pause development for a week or even 3 weeks if key people were very busy, and to resume work without much trouble at all. If I had been developing without such a tool, my custom code base would have been much larger, and I would have had more difficulty resuming work after such a break.
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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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  • Standard source control practices do not work the way you would expect them to when using Talend. The intermediate items that Talend creates in the workspace are not simply a set of .java files, so you must take extra care of managing your workspace directory. This means you must backup your entire workspace directory prior to upgrading the version of Talend you are using for active development. Granted, we should do this even when upgrading a basic Eclipse environment, but it is far easier to get back where you started if Eclipse gets messed up, than if Talend gets corrupted somehow. This is a key concern for developers, and gaining comfort with this is a matter of time committment to a single tool, which developers are hesitant to commit. There are options to help this in the team and enterprise versions of the tool, but those have their own barriers to adoption, money and agreement across a development team.
  • It could take 2-3 weeks for an seasoned Java developer to gain comfort in how to best implement processes using Talend. It is worth it if you have a lot of projects that start, go on back-burner, then resume, or if you are switching between integration processes and wanting a standard way to build your programs
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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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I prefer to use Talend Open Studio over SQL Server Integration Services because of the ease of use and wider connection library opportunities. By leveraging Talend Open Studio we are able to connect to a much wider set of source data as well as rapidly designing and deploying solutions for ETL.
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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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  • By using Open Studio to migrate information from our Mongo database into a traditional RDBMS, SQL server, we saved about 75% of our time gathering information to build reporting.
  • By gathering more accurate data through the ETL process we have been able to capture between 5 and 10% more revenue through better reporting on utilization which bolsters our opportunity for add-on business.
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Pricing Details

Actian DataConnect

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

Talend Open Studio

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