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Score 8 out of 101
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Score 8.1 out of 101

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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Task Factory

The single most used component in our Task Factory toolbelt is the Upsert component. The time this component has saved our developers alone paid for the product in the first few months. If you've ever attempted to use the native SSIS components to do upserts, or gone the route of writing your own upsert/merge statements, you'll appreciate this component. Another component that helps in the debugging stage is the Terminator Destination component. This component allows you to test your source inside a Data Flow without the need to having a destination.We have had our challenges with the Salesforce connection. It does not seem to process as efficiently as we'd like.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Source Connection

Actian DataConnect
9.5
Task Factory
8.5
Connect to traditional data sources
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Task Factory
8.5
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
Actian DataConnect
9.0
Task Factory

Data Transformations

Actian DataConnect
10.0
Task Factory
8.0
Simple transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Task Factory
8.0
Complex transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Task Factory
8.0

Data Modeling

Actian DataConnect
10.0
Task Factory
Data model creation
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Task Factory
Metadata management
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Task Factory
Business rules and workflow
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Task Factory
Collaboration
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Task Factory
Testing and debugging
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Task Factory

Data Governance

Actian DataConnect
9.5
Task Factory
Integration with data quality tools
Actian DataConnect
9.0
Task Factory
Integration with MDM tools
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Task Factory

Pros

Actian DataConnect

  • 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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Task Factory

  • Bulk update, upsert and delete tasks.
  • Most tools work better than standard SSIS tools.
  • Built-in documentation is a plus.
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Cons

Actian DataConnect

  • 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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Task Factory

  • Re-introduce the prior feature to allow a user to copy or move SSIS variables from one package or scope to another.
  • Provide a better upgrade path from one version of the product to another higher version. Our upgrade from 2008 to 2016 was quite complex and it seemed as though we might have been the first such upgrade Pragmatic Works had encountered.
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Alternatives Considered

Actian DataConnect

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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Task Factory

Task Factory did what we needed. The others did not provide the functionality or reliability.
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Return on Investment

Actian DataConnect

  • 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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Task Factory

  • Task Factory eliminates most of the need to write custom scripts to do the things SSIS should have done but doesn't do or doesn't do well.
  • By saving developer time, Task Factory makes those precious development hours available to more important things.
  • In my opinion, Task Factory pays for itself at least ten times over in the first year of use, all costs considered.
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Pricing Details

Actian DataConnect

General

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

Actian DataConnect Editions & Modules

Actian DataConnect
Additional Pricing Details

Task Factory

General

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

Task Factory Editions & Modules

Task Factory
Edition
Standard Edition (30 SSIS tasks & components)
$1,7951
Pro Edition (60 SSIS tasks & components)
$2,4951
Azure Data Factory
$1,4952
Pro Edition Maintenance
$4993
Standard Edition Maintenance
$3593
Comunity Edition
$04
1. per server
2. per ADF node (subscription only)
3. per year
4. free
Additional Pricing Details
Task Factory is priced per Microsoft SQL Server instance. Any Microsoft SQL Server that executes an SSIS package containing Task Factory components requires a licenses. Users can install Task Factory custom components and use within VIsual Studio at no cost.

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