Azure Data Factory vs. HCL DataConnect

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
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
HCL DataConnect
Score 6.2 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
HCL DataConnect (formerly Actian DataConnect) is a hybrid integration solution that enables users to integrate anything, anywhere, anytime. It can be deployed in on-premise, cloud, and/or hybrid environments and offers quick onboarding. With its emphasis data quality, data reuse, adaptability and self-service integration, DataConnect is designed to support rapid onboarding and deliver the fast time to value.N/A
Pricing
Azure Data FactoryHCL DataConnect
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Azure Data FactoryHCL DataConnect
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
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Azure Data FactoryHCL DataConnect
Top Pros
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Features
Azure Data FactoryHCL DataConnect
Data Source Connection
Comparison of Data Source Connection features of Product A and Product B
Azure Data Factory
9.1
7 Ratings
9% above category average
HCL DataConnect
9.5
2 Ratings
13% above category average
Connect to traditional data sources9.17 Ratings9.92 Ratings
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL9.07 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Data Transformations
Comparison of Data Transformations features of Product A and Product B
Azure Data Factory
8.5
7 Ratings
3% above category average
HCL DataConnect
9.9
2 Ratings
19% above category average
Simple transformations9.17 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Complex transformations7.87 Ratings9.92 Ratings
Data Modeling
Comparison of Data Modeling features of Product A and Product B
Azure Data Factory
7.5
7 Ratings
7% below category average
HCL DataConnect
9.9
2 Ratings
21% above category average
Data model creation8.25 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Metadata management7.36 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Business rules and workflow7.37 Ratings9.92 Ratings
Collaboration6.76 Ratings9.82 Ratings
Testing and debugging7.37 Ratings9.92 Ratings
Data Governance
Comparison of Data Governance features of Product A and Product B
Azure Data Factory
7.6
7 Ratings
9% below category average
HCL DataConnect
9.5
1 Ratings
13% above category average
Integration with data quality tools7.37 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Integration with MDM tools8.07 Ratings10.01 Ratings
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Azure Data FactoryHCL DataConnect
Small Businesses
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Score 9.7 out of 10
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Score 9.7 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
IBM InfoSphere Information Server
IBM InfoSphere Information Server
Score 8.1 out of 10
IBM InfoSphere Information Server
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Score 8.1 out of 10
Enterprises
IBM InfoSphere Information Server
IBM InfoSphere Information Server
Score 8.1 out of 10
IBM InfoSphere Information Server
IBM InfoSphere Information Server
Score 8.1 out of 10
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User Ratings
Azure Data FactoryHCL DataConnect
Likelihood to Recommend
9.3
(7 ratings)
8.9
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Azure Data FactoryHCL DataConnect
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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HCL Technologies
The choice to use Actian DataConnect really comes down to pricing and the type of integration project you are performing, specifically with the requirements, whether you want the integration to be on-premise or in the cloud, can you install agents on your servers etc. For integration tools it runs head to head with its competitors.
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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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HCL Technologies
  • Map multiple source and destination tables - what would be done in many steps in SSIS can be done in one or two "maps" in Data Integrator.
  • Platform independent, cloud based, no client software.
  • Conversion of data types, write flat files - this helps us with integrating systems.
  • Fairly straightforward to use if the user has ETL experience.
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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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HCL Technologies
  • Integration Manager needs better scheduling improvements. Like dependencies, and not running a process again if the prior run is still running.
  • New connector development does not seem a priority.
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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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HCL Technologies
No answers on this topic
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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HCL Technologies
Data Integrator was initially a part of a package deal for us with our new Student Information System. It was chosen prior to my arrival at the institution. Since I discovered we have SQL Server licenses, we have decided to use SSIS instead since I have a background in the MSBI stack and SSIS appears to be more straightforward (process flow philosophy vs "map" philosophy.)
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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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HCL Technologies
  • Our customer likes the consistent reliable integrations we have built so we [got] a definite return on investment.
  • Problems are fairly easy to handle and rework.
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ScreenShots

HCL DataConnect Screenshots

Screenshot of DataConnect is a hybrid integration solution used to design, deploy, and manage integrations on premise, in the cloud or in hybrid environments with no limits on data types or volumes.Screenshot of Actian DataConnect is a versatile hybrid integration platform that supports a wide range of use cases in every industry.Screenshot of DataConnect helps service delivery teams (e.g. SaaS ProServ team, Systems Integrator) rapidly  onboard and maintain application integrations across their customer base.Screenshot of DataConnect helps organizations onboard master data from their customers as part of the customer onboarding and maintenance process.Screenshot of DataConnect helps an enterprise or service provider exchange EDI data with their supply chain, customer network, or partner network.Screenshot of Actian DataConnect