Altova MapForce Server vs. Azure Data Factory

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Altova MapForce Server
Score 8.0 out of 10
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Mapforce Server, from Altova in Beverly, is a data integration platform which the vendor states supports all major databases and data formats without extra-cost "connectors," and automates integration of any combination of XML, JSON, database, EDI, XBRL, flat file, Excel, and/or Web service data.N/A
Azure Data Factory
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft's Azure Data Factory is a service built for all data integration needs and skill levels. It is designed to allow the user to easily construct ETL and ELT processes code-free within the intuitive visual environment, or write one's own code. Visually integrate data sources using more than 80 natively built and maintenance-free connectors at no added cost. Focus on data—the serverless integration service does the rest.N/A
Pricing
Altova MapForce ServerAzure Data Factory
Editions & Modules
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Altova MapForce ServerAzure Data Factory
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Altova MapForce ServerAzure Data Factory
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Features
Altova MapForce ServerAzure Data Factory
Data Source Connection
Comparison of Data Source Connection features of Product A and Product B
Altova MapForce Server
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Ratings
Azure Data Factory
9.1
7 Ratings
9% above category average
Connect to traditional data sources00 Ratings9.17 Ratings
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL00 Ratings9.07 Ratings
Data Transformations
Comparison of Data Transformations features of Product A and Product B
Altova MapForce Server
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Azure Data Factory
8.5
7 Ratings
3% above category average
Simple transformations00 Ratings9.17 Ratings
Complex transformations00 Ratings7.87 Ratings
Data Modeling
Comparison of Data Modeling features of Product A and Product B
Altova MapForce Server
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Ratings
Azure Data Factory
7.5
7 Ratings
7% below category average
Data model creation00 Ratings8.25 Ratings
Metadata management00 Ratings7.36 Ratings
Business rules and workflow00 Ratings7.37 Ratings
Collaboration00 Ratings6.76 Ratings
Testing and debugging00 Ratings7.37 Ratings
Data Governance
Comparison of Data Governance features of Product A and Product B
Altova MapForce Server
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Ratings
Azure Data Factory
7.6
7 Ratings
9% below category average
Integration with data quality tools00 Ratings7.37 Ratings
Integration with MDM tools00 Ratings8.07 Ratings
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User Ratings
Altova MapForce ServerAzure Data Factory
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(2 ratings)
9.3
(7 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Altova MapForce ServerAzure Data Factory
Likelihood to Recommend
Altova
Altove Mapforce Server is a software that offers high performance at the server level when executing data mappings and offers even greater productivity by improving the automation of data mappings, it is a tool that offers the advantage of making use of functions that allow actions automated before or after mapping execution, is used because it provides up to 70 times faster performance.
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Microsoft
Well-suited Scenarios for Azure Data Factory (ADF): When an organization has data sources spread across on-premises databases and cloud storage solutions, I think Azure Data Factory is excellent for integrating these sources. Azure Data Factory's integration with Azure Databricks allows it to handle large-scale data transformations effectively, leveraging the power of distributed processing. For regular ETL or ELT processes that need to run at specific intervals (daily, weekly, etc.), I think Azure Data Factory's scheduling capabilities are very handy. Less Appropriate Scenarios for Azure Data Factory: Real-time Data Streaming - Azure Data Factory is primarily batch-oriented. Simple Data Copy Tasks - For straightforward data copy tasks without the need for transformation or complex workflows, in my opinion, using Azure Data Factory might be overkill; simpler tools or scripts could suffice. Advanced Data Science Workflows: While Azure Data Factory can handle data prep and transformation, in my experience, it's not designed for in-depth data science tasks. I think for advanced analytics, machine learning, or statistical modeling, integration with specialized tools would be necessary.
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Pros
Altova
  • Connecting to and mapping data from a variety of sources, including databases, XML files, and text files.
  • Transforming data from one format to another, such as XML to JSON or CSV to XML.
  • Generating output in a variety of formats, including XML, JSON, CSV, and SQL.
  • Running mapping jobs on a schedule or on demand.
  • Providing comprehensive logging and email notification.
  • Supporting multiple users and roles with security and permissions.
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Microsoft
  • It allows copying data from various types of data sources like on-premise files, Azure Database, Excel, JSON, Azure Synapse, API, etc. to the desired destination.
  • We can use linked service in multiple pipeline/data load.
  • It also allows the running of SSIS & SSMS packages which makes it an easy-to-use ETL & ELT tool.
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Cons
Altova
  • Altove Mapforce Server is an enterprise software that performs data transformation and mapping on MacOS, Windows, Linux operating systems with seamless operation and flexible features that adjust to user needs, It offers high-level services such as bulk database inserts. data by reducing the processing load and achieving much faster performance.
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Microsoft
  • Limited source/sink (target) connectors depending on which area of Azure Data Factory you are using.
  • Does not yet have parity with SSIS as far as the transforms available.
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Support Rating
Altova
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
We have not had need to engage with Microsoft much on Azure Data Factory, but they have been responsive and helpful when needed. This being said, we have not had a major emergency or outage requiring their intervention. The score of seven is a representation that they have done well for now, but have not proved out their support for a significant issue
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Alternatives Considered
Altova
Altova MapForce Server is a powerful data integration tool that supports a wide range of data sources and targets. Talend Data Integration is also a powerful data integration tool, but it does not support as many data sources and targets as Altova MapForce Server. Altova MapForce Server also supports a wide range of data transformation and mapping features, making it a more versatile tool than Talend Data Integration.
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Microsoft
The easy integration with other Microsoft software as well as high processing speed, very flexible cost, and high level of security of Microsoft Azure products and services stack up against other similar products.
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Return on Investment
Altova
  • Altove Mapforce Server is an ETL and data mapping tool that performs mapping to all popular data formats and transformation between any combination of XML, JSON, Excel, and Web service data. It positively impacts my organization by helping us develop delivery notifications internally by converting data from one format to another.
  • A perfect platform for developers and IT professionals to map data from one format to another with security and speed.
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Microsoft
  • It is very useful and make things easier
  • Debugging can improve
  • Its better suited than other products with the same objective
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