Alooma vs. IBM App Connect

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Alooma
Score 9.0 out of 10
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Alooma is a data integration product providing ETL capabilities with a focus on output to data warehouse. It also offers pipeline monitoring and error handling protocols.N/A
IBM App Connect
Score 8.7 out of 10
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IBM’s App Connect is a cloud-based data integration platform with data mapping and transformation capabilities within connectors between high-volume systems. App Connect also offers near-real time data synchronization and an API builder that is adaptable to the user’s coding skill level.N/A
Pricing
AloomaIBM App Connect
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AloomaIBM App Connect
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
AloomaIBM App Connect
Cloud Data Integration
Comparison of Cloud Data Integration features of Product A and Product B
Alooma
7.5
1 Ratings
7% below category average
IBM App Connect
8.8
7 Ratings
9% above category average
Pre-built connectors8.01 Ratings9.07 Ratings
Connector modification7.01 Ratings8.26 Ratings
Support for real-time and batch integration7.01 Ratings8.97 Ratings
Data quality services8.01 Ratings8.97 Ratings
Data security features7.01 Ratings8.97 Ratings
Monitoring console8.01 Ratings8.67 Ratings
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User Ratings
AloomaIBM App Connect
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(1 ratings)
8.9
(8 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
AloomaIBM App Connect
Likelihood to Recommend
Alooma
Very appropriate for managing an ELT stack -- Alooma handles the 'E' and 'L' pieces very well. Due to the way transformation is setup, it is more on the lightweight side of things and thus works for this kind of stack. For more traditional ETL stacks, Alooma would probably not be the right fit.
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IBM
- great when you need to integrate applications without any message lost or duplicated and when transnationality is important - if you need the highest throughput possible and not much (or not at all) mapping is required, a system like Kafka is more appropriate
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Pros
Alooma
  • Transformation of data before entering the data warehouse -- allows for a consistent/understandable schema for analytics teams.
  • Adding of additional data sources: Alooma has a large library of pre-built, common 3rd party vendors for which data is often needed to be ETL-ed.
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IBM
  • Just the ability to display and consume data through a single dashboard makes this a great application for our business purposes.
  • With the ability to consume their exposed API, data validation and manipulation becomes a breeze.
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Cons
Alooma
  • More tools on managing the data warehouse itself. Although great on the ingest and transformation of data, more help provided by the tool on managing the outputs would be welcome.
  • Increase possibilities in the transformation step, rather than single event transformations.
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IBM
  • The development and the transformation capability is not so great. I believe IBM is looking to incorporate some of features of IBM APP Connect into API Connect.
  • The authentications features are no way close to CA API Management (f.k.a Laye r7).
  • The development experience is not as good as Apigee's.
  • The GUI should be improved. Maybe the product team should see the other API management tools in their offering.
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Likelihood to Renew
Alooma
No answers on this topic
IBM
It is the best on-premise application to cloud integration in the market. I guess IBM is planning to integrate IBM App Connect with the IBM API Connect solution.
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Usability
Alooma
No answers on this topic
IBM
You can do some really powerful things with this system. The overall design is an attempt to make configurable some of the routine tasks/common functionality, but allow for development/customization of the core of the application.
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Support Rating
Alooma
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IBM
Support is good, however it takes longer than expected to get responses. When bugs are reported they often seem to fall into a black hole.
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Alternatives Considered
Alooma
Haven't used the alternatives, since Alooma was one of the earlier ones to the market. From a cursory viewing, however, the features seem to match relatively similarly.
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IBM
We did not select Cast Iron as our iPaaS solution, it was the weakest competitor in the field that we evaluated. Our experience was that it was not nearly as easy to learn, without in-depth training and guidance, and the developer UI was extremely buggy. We subjected each of the vendors to a battery of integrations, from simple to challenging, and it fell short on each one. One of the most simple integrations was grabbing a CSV file from an FTP source, parsing the data, doing a small amount of transformation, then inserting that data into an Azure MSSQL DB. After 2 hours on the phone with the Cast Iron support team, we were still unable to get this working.
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Return on Investment
Alooma
  • Allowing for additional data sources to more automation capability around monitoring the business is a huge ROI
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IBM
  • I don't see any negative Impact .
  • I like using this tool to do my job.
  • I am comfortable using this tool.
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