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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. 

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

Matillion is great for handling bulk and 'delta' loads to your warehouse, i.e. updating the warehouse with only those records updated since the last execution of the pipeline. The components and Python scripting provide a huge amount of flexibility in what the pipeline does, but you do need to have the expertise to know how to implement it properly.Matillion has been less good at extracting data from APIs. The functionality was found to be complex and it was unclear how to manage things like pagination and rate limiting in API calls.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Cloud Data Integration

Alooma
7.5
Matillion
Pre-built connectors
Alooma
8.0
Matillion
Connector modification
Alooma
7.0
Matillion
Support for real-time and batch integration
Alooma
7.0
Matillion
Data quality services
Alooma
8.0
Matillion
Data security features
Alooma
7.0
Matillion
Monitoring console
Alooma
8.0
Matillion

Data Source Connection

Alooma
Matillion
7.9
Connect to traditional data sources
Alooma
Matillion
8.3
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
Alooma
Matillion
7.5

Data Transformations

Alooma
Matillion
8.1
Simple transformations
Alooma
Matillion
8.7
Complex transformations
Alooma
Matillion
7.6

Data Modeling

Alooma
Matillion
7.1
Data model creation
Alooma
Matillion
7.6
Metadata management
Alooma
Matillion
6.6
Business rules and workflow
Alooma
Matillion
7.3
Collaboration
Alooma
Matillion
6.9
Testing and debugging
Alooma
Matillion
6.1
feature 1
Alooma
Matillion
8.2

Data Governance

Alooma
Matillion
6.5
Integration with data quality tools
Alooma
Matillion
6.6
Integration with MDM tools
Alooma
Matillion
6.3

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

  • The workspace is drag and drop, which makes it intuitive and easy to use.
  • Server creation and management is robust. We haven't had to worry too much about it once we got it created.
  • The job scheduler is very simple and intuitive.
  • Matillion allows you to run Python, which grants almost unlimited flexibility, even without using any other components.
Hyrum Ward | 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

  • Limited selection of instance sizes - Larger organizations and groups my need to set up multilple instances depending on estimations on concurrent users.
  • Lack of complete github, gitlab, or other source control integration - it has internal versioning but it is limited. Manual job exports currently don't lend well for useful DIFFs comparison when using those technologies.
  • Needs more options for authentication and security - User creation is very manual and can be tedious and difficult to manage for larger installations.
Patrick Hildreth | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Alooma

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Matillion

Matillion 7.3
Based on 4 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 7.8
Based on 87 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 9 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 6.5
Based on 79 answers
Instance size can be upgraded or downgraded with few clicks and hourly billing rate will change immediately. No need to restart Matillion instance. Matillion Enterprise edition has several benefits and will be activated automatically by configuring ">=m4." large instance size
Anonymous | 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

  • I was able to build a complete commissions processing system for over 3500 employees using Matillion in just over a month. This included gathering data from 5 different sources, combining them together appropriately and building in the business rules. I was awarded one of the top awards our company gives for this project.
  • Our big three Business Intelligence tools: Matillion, Redshift and DOMO allow us to give our employees the right data at the right time. Our productivity has increased as 75%+ of our employees look at their data every day they work.
Gary Pope | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Alooma

General

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

Matillion

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Alooma
8.0
Matillion
7.5

Likelihood to Renew

Alooma
Matillion
7.3

Usability

Alooma
Matillion
7.8

Support Rating

Alooma
Matillion
7.5

Implementation Rating

Alooma
Matillion
8.2

Scalability

Alooma
Matillion
6.5

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