Azure Data Factory vs. Azure Logic Apps

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Azure Data Factory
Score 8.3 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
Azure Logic Apps
Score 8.6 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft offers the Azure Logic Apps as a cloud-based integration service, supporting data and application integration.
$0
per execution
Pricing
Azure Data FactoryAzure Logic Apps
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Actions
$0.000025
per execution
Standard Connector
$0.000025
per execution
Enterprise Connector
$0.001
per execution
Integration Account - Basic
$0.42
per hour
Integration Account - Standard
$1.37
per hour
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Azure Data FactoryAzure Logic Apps
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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Azure Data FactoryAzure Logic Apps
Top Pros
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Features
Azure Data FactoryAzure Logic Apps
Data Source Connection
Comparison of Data Source Connection features of Product A and Product B
Azure Data Factory
9.1
7 Ratings
10% above category average
Azure Logic Apps
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Ratings
Connect to traditional data sources9.27 Ratings00 Ratings
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL9.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Transformations
Comparison of Data Transformations features of Product A and Product B
Azure Data Factory
8.5
7 Ratings
1% above category average
Azure Logic Apps
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Ratings
Simple transformations9.27 Ratings00 Ratings
Complex transformations7.77 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Modeling
Comparison of Data Modeling features of Product A and Product B
Azure Data Factory
7.8
7 Ratings
5% below category average
Azure Logic Apps
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Ratings
Data model creation8.45 Ratings00 Ratings
Metadata management7.66 Ratings00 Ratings
Business rules and workflow7.67 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration7.26 Ratings00 Ratings
Testing and debugging7.67 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Governance
Comparison of Data Governance features of Product A and Product B
Azure Data Factory
7.7
7 Ratings
6% below category average
Azure Logic Apps
-
Ratings
Integration with data quality tools7.57 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with MDM tools8.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Cloud Data Integration
Comparison of Cloud Data Integration features of Product A and Product B
Azure Data Factory
-
Ratings
Azure Logic Apps
8.3
12 Ratings
2% above category average
Pre-built connectors00 Ratings8.512 Ratings
Connector modification00 Ratings7.712 Ratings
Support for real-time and batch integration00 Ratings8.411 Ratings
Data quality services00 Ratings8.712 Ratings
Data security features00 Ratings8.412 Ratings
Monitoring console00 Ratings8.312 Ratings
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User Ratings
Azure Data FactoryAzure Logic Apps
Likelihood to Recommend
9.3
(7 ratings)
8.8
(12 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
7.0
(1 ratings)
7.5
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Azure Data FactoryAzure Logic Apps
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Microsoft
Microsoft Azure Logic Apps was a perfect solution for us to integrate the apps and products we used in our business to create automated workflows which were also complex and very advanced. This was a very new feature for us, and also it reduced our software costs massively and also saved us a lot of time. With the crisis, we were in back then Azure turned out to be the best cost-friendly solution because we only had to pay for what we used!
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Pros
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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Microsoft
  • Connecting to different services using OOB connectors
  • Support for HTTP connectors which enables user to leverage RestAPIs
  • Readability, i.e., it looks just like a Visio diagram. Even managers or HRs can have a look and get to know what's happening
  • It's a Programmer's Lego. It's fun connecting them at the same time getting the work done
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Cons
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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Microsoft
  • It falls short of alerting capabilities.
  • Microsoft Azure should be unclouded with its pricing. We don't always know how much an inclusion will affect the monthly price. So we have to speculate where we are with the price and if we can afford to include another asset.
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Usability
Microsoft
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Microsoft
Azure Logic Apps on the surface are very intuitive. There is definitely room for improvement but it was very well laid out. The main thing with the UI is that its baked into Azure which at times can be a confusing platform to navigate. This is not the fault of Azure Logic Apps for the Azure platform.
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Support Rating
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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Microsoft
As with other Microsoft Azure support, Microsoft Logic Apps is hit or miss depending on the issue you are having. If it's simple then the resolution can be very quick. If it requires an engineer to review, then it will take them quite a while to look up a solution as they dig through.
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Alternatives Considered
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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Microsoft
This is very dependent on the line of work you are in and the unique company requirements, as is the case with everything. We utilize Azure Logic Apps for all of our computing solutions within our domain, and it has always worked flawlessly. One of the simplest clouds to set up and use is by far the most popular.
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Return on Investment
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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Microsoft
  • Moving to Serverless Computing obviously makes the organization get rid of dependent Infra.
  • ROI can be seen immediately as the required infra can be decommissioned after a successful quarter run.
  • Being deployed as a single entity or single app on Azure Logic Apps, Organizations need to be more careful with controls applied to meet compliance and security posture.
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