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Highlights

Alooma and Matillion provide data integration capabilities for businesses. Alooma, which was purchased by Google in 2019, provides a more comprehensive platform for integrating applications and systems, as well as data flows, while Matillion specializes as a point solution for data Extraction, Transformation, and Loading (ETL). 

Alooma is an Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), which entails an architectural foundation  for connecting applications and datastreams, in this case with a specialization in integrating data sources with Google’s BigQuery data warehouse. Matillion focuses on extracting data from an original source, or many original sources, formatting the data for the end user, and storing it in a data warehouse.  

Features 

Alooma and Matillion both have strong features tailored to their corresponding use cases.

Alooma provides features that span a wide range of data integration needs. In particular, Alooma offers mature data mapping capabilities, which grants flexibility when dataflows change and enable non-IT users. It also specializes in loading data into Google’s BigQuery data warehouse.

Matillion’s specialization as an ETL solution allows it to excel in this capacity. Users point to Matillion’s ability to transform data from a wide range of platforms and cloud-based environments. In particular, the product is ideal for integrating AWS applications and data warehouses. 

Limitations 

While both products have tailored strengths, each also has tradeoffs and limitations in their offerings. 

While Alooma’s transformation and broader ETL capabilities are reliable, they can be overly simplistic. Some users have experienced limitations in the platform’s single-step transformation flow. Since it’s purchase by Google, it is also more limited outside of feeding data to Google’s BigQuery data warehouse. 

In contrast, while Matillion specializes in cloud-based ETL into data warehouses, it may be more limited beyond this use case. It lacks some mapping features for non-IT users, and may not offer the same security features for more complex integrations beyond ETL into data warehouses. Some organizations may experience difficulties scaling their instances of the tool as well. 

Pricing

Alooma provides limited pricing information, and exact figures are available by quote from the vendor. Some dated figures place average pricing between $1,000-$1,500 per month to use the service. 

Matillion provides four packages for its ETL capabilities, priced per hour of usage. The “Medium” package, at $1.27/hr, provides 2 users and 6 environments. The “Large” package, at $2.74/hr, supports 5 concurrent users and 15 environments and clustering. The “XLarge” package, at $5.48/hr, supports 12 concurrent users and 35 environments. Enterprise package pricing is available by quote from the vendor. 

Feature Set Ratings

    Cloud Data Integration

    7.5

    Alooma

    75%

    Matillion

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Alooma ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Pre-built connectors

    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Connector modification

    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support for real-time and batch integration

    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Data quality services

    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Data security features

    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Monitoring console

    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Data Source Connection

    Alooma

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.8

    Matillion

    88%
    Matillion ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Connect to traditional data sources

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    90 Ratings

    Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    56 Ratings

    Data Transformations

    Alooma

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.5

    Matillion

    85%
    Matillion ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Simple transformations

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    91 Ratings

    Complex transformations

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    90 Ratings

    Data Modeling

    Alooma

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    9.0

    Matillion

    90%
    Matillion ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Data model creation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    34 Ratings

    Metadata management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    41 Ratings

    Business rules and workflow

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    79 Ratings

    Collaboration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    80 Ratings

    Testing and debugging

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.2
    92%
    81 Ratings

    feature 1

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    4 Ratings

    Data Governance

    Alooma

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.1

    Matillion

    81%
    Matillion ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Integration with data quality tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    23 Ratings

    Integration with MDM tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    21 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Matillion is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.0

    Alooma

    80%
    1 Rating
    8.9

    Matillion

    89%
    92 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Alooma

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.4

    Matillion

    54%
    6 Ratings

    Usability

    Alooma

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6

    Matillion

    86%
    91 Ratings

    Support Rating

    Alooma

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.5

    Matillion

    75%
    10 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    Alooma

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2

    Matillion

    82%
    2 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    Alooma

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3

    Matillion

    83%
    84 Ratings

    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.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Matillion

    If your company has ever had issues with un-transparent data pipelines, difficulty understanding orchestration of workflows, and issues with data engineering retention and ramp-up, then Matillion is likely the right solution for you. It doesn't require heavy technical skills, just a strong understanding of Data-Eng Concepts. It's low-code/no-code optionality allows for everyone to come in and quickly understand how jobs are interconnected without having to cross navigate multiple systems for connectors, transformations, loads, and logging. It's an all-in-one solution that complements more specialized solutions like Fivetran and Hightouch. You can even set up python connections to orchestrate Fivetran and Hightouch into a Matillion workflow.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Matillion

    • Matillion's UI makes it easier to understand the flow of data in your data pipeline.
    • Custom Python scripts make it easier to manage and manipulate variables and also to create custom functions (e.g. we use one to post messages to Slack when jobs have failed/succeeded).
    • Handling failures in processes is straightforward.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Matillion

    • The Python script component needs a friendlier window in which to edit your scripts. The script is not searchable, and tabbing is frustrating.
    • The High Availability server configuration was not working for us. It was allowing duplicate jobs to run, and causing a lot of confusion in the scheduler. Love the idea, but the implementation fell short.
    • Better alerting around queued jobs would be nice. Sometimes jobs start queuing and nothing runs. Usually this is the result of a badly written job, but it would be nice to get alerts.
    Hyrum Ward | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Alooma

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Matillion

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Likelihood to Renew

    Alooma

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Matillion

    Matillion 5.4
    Based on 6 answers
    With the current experience of Matillion, we are likely to renew with the current feature option but will also look for improvement in various areas including scalability and dependability. 1. Connectors: It offers various connectors option but isn't full proof which we will be looking forward as we grow.2. Scalability: As usage increase, we want Matillion system to be more stable.
    Sudarshan Kothari | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Usability

    Alooma

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Matillion

    Matillion 8.6
    Based on 91 answers
    Pretty good UI, especially for a completely web-based system. Source control integration is a bit clunky at times, but overall makes code versioning and branching much more simple, since it's largely within the same context as the rest of the code. Finding some core settings can be difficult - they're just not where one would expect them to be.
    Britton Gray | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Support Rating

    Alooma

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Matillion

    Matillion 7.5
    Based on 10 answers
    Overall, I've found Matillion to be responsive and considerate. I feel like they value us as a customer even when I know they have customers who spend more on the product than we do. That speaks to a motive higher than money. They want to make a good product and a good experience for their customers.If I have any complaint, it's that support sometimes feels community-oriented. It isn't always immediately clear to me that my support requests are going to a support engineer and not to the community at large. Usually, though, after a bit of conversation, it's clear that Matillion is watching and responding. And responses are generally quick in coming.
    Matthew Burr | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Implementation Rating

    Alooma

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Matillion

    Matillion 8.2
    Based on 2 answers
    Not really a part of the implementation to give fare insight.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Matillion

    There's a number of systems not available to enter in here that we also took a look at: AWS Data pipeline, Airflow, Xplenty, etc. The reason we chose Matillion is for the balance of features (ability to connect into cloud data sources like Jira), a simple interface to put together Data pipelines (that required little to no coding), and a reasonable price point. Matillion is pretty unique in that it hits a balance of all three of those requirements.
    Kris Shinn | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Scalability

    Alooma

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Matillion

    Matillion 8.3
    Based on 84 answers
    The product scales great for small to medium size teams or groups. For groups larger it becomes more challenging and requires more individual instances depending on the volume of running jobs and concurrent users - it handles 10's of concurrent users and jobs very well but much larger than that would be extremely difficult on the largest instance or cluster that is available at this time.
    Patrick Hildreth | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    Alooma

    • Allowing for additional data sources to more automation capability around monitoring the business is a huge ROI
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Matillion

    • Load data in Snowflake with minimal efforts. Loading data from REST API's require few hours instead of days. Effective manpower utilization
    • Upscale or downscale instance size on demand which makes it a cost-effective solution
    • No need to maintain and upgrade infrastructure which means no separate operational cost and downtime
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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