dbt vs. Layer2 Cloud Connector

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
dbt
Score 9.2 out of 10
N/A
dbt is an SQL development environment, developed by Fishtown Analytics, now known as dbt Labs. The vendor states that with dbt, analysts take ownership of the entire analytics engineering workflow, from writing data transformation code to deployment and documentation. dbt Core is distributed under the Apache 2.0 license, and paid Teams and Enterprise editions are available.
$0
per month per seat
Layer2 Cloud Connector
Score 7.0 out of 10
N/A
The Layer2 Cloud Connector can integrate data and sync documents between 100+ corporate data sources without programming. It is used to connect services and apps on-premises or cloud-based, such as Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint, Dynamics, Azure, SQL/ERP/CRM, and more for migration, backup, or permanent two-way synchronization.
$491
per installation
Pricing
dbtLayer2 Cloud Connector
Editions & Modules
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Personal Edition
$491.00
per installation
Professional Edition
$1226.00
per installation
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
dbtLayer2 Cloud Connector
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup fee$185 Setup Support
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Community Pulse
dbtLayer2 Cloud Connector
Top Pros
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Features
dbtLayer2 Cloud Connector
Data Transformations
Comparison of Data Transformations features of Product A and Product B
dbt
9.7
5 Ratings
17% above category average
Layer2 Cloud Connector
5.5
1 Ratings
40% below category average
Simple transformations9.65 Ratings4.01 Ratings
Complex transformations9.95 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Data Modeling
Comparison of Data Modeling features of Product A and Product B
dbt
9.0
5 Ratings
11% above category average
Layer2 Cloud Connector
-
Ratings
Data model creation9.15 Ratings00 Ratings
Metadata management8.65 Ratings00 Ratings
Business rules and workflow8.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration9.93 Ratings00 Ratings
Testing and debugging9.65 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Source Connection
Comparison of Data Source Connection features of Product A and Product B
dbt
-
Ratings
Layer2 Cloud Connector
6.0
1 Ratings
32% below category average
Connect to traditional data sources00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Data Governance
Comparison of Data Governance features of Product A and Product B
dbt
-
Ratings
Layer2 Cloud Connector
6.5
1 Ratings
25% below category average
Integration with data quality tools00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Integration with MDM tools00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
dbtLayer2 Cloud Connector
Likelihood to Recommend
9.6
(7 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
dbtLayer2 Cloud Connector
Likelihood to Recommend
dbt Labs
If you can load your data first into your warehouse, dbt is excellent. It does the T(ransformation) part of ELT brilliantly but does not do the E(xtract) or L(oad) part. If you know SQL or your development team knows SQL, it's a framework and extension around that. So, it's easy to learn and easy to hire people with that technical skill (as opposed to specific Informatica, SnapLogic, etc. experience). dbt uses plain text files and integrates with GitHub. You can easily see the changes made between versions. In GUI-based UIs it was always hard to tell what someone had changed. Each "model" is essentially a "SELECT" statement. You never need to do a "CREATE TABLE" or "CREATE VIEW" - it's all done for you, leaving you to work on the business logic. Instead of saying "FROM specific_db.schema.table" you indicate "FROM ref('my_other_model')". It creates an internal dependency diagram you can view in a DAG. When you deploy, the dependencies work like magic in your various environments. They also have great documentation, an active slack community, training, and support. I like the enhancements they have been making and I believe they are headed in a good direction.
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Layer 2 GmbH
We had a scenario where our clients have thousands of external party vendors/committees who regularly sync SharePoint data. Managing thousands of external parties can never be possible without using a Layer2 cloud connector. We managed the local network sharing and SharePoint integration by using the Layer2 connector. Layer2 is convenient with a large amount of data as the per-user license is high.
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Pros
dbt Labs
  • user experience makes it easy to work with SQL and version control
  • customer success team and the dbt (data build tool) community help establish best practices
  • thorough and clear documentation
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Layer 2 GmbH
  • Layer2 provides best connectivity with SharePoint
  • It syncs local network shared files to the SharePoint
  • Provides details file history
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Cons
dbt Labs
  • Slow load times of the dbt cloud environment (they're working on it via a new UI though)
  • More out-of-the-box solutions for managing procedures, functions, etc would be nice to have, but honestly, it's pretty easy to figure out how to adapt dbt macros
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Layer 2 GmbH
  • Per User cost is expensive
  • A lot of pre-requisites
  • UI needs to be more user-friendly
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Alternatives Considered
dbt Labs
Most ETL pipeline products have a T layer, but dbt just does it better. The transformation is on steroids compared to the others. Also, just allows much more Adhoc solutions for very specific projects. Those ETL tools are probably better on the T part if you don't need too many transforms - also dbt is pretty much free dependent on how you work it, also extremely scalable.
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Layer 2 GmbH
We had also used Microsoft One Drive as a syncing tool but it requires Office365 for managing and syncing data across thousands of vendors which was not practically possible to manage users on Office 365. Layer2 resolved this issue by having 3 user licenses and they are enough to periodically sync all external parties' data with our SharePoint online.
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Return on Investment
dbt Labs
  • Simplified our BI layer for faster load times
  • Increased the quality of data reaching our end users
  • Makes complex transformations manageable
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Layer 2 GmbH
  • Layer2 resolves the time management issue
  • Resolved data syncing issues across different external vendors
  • LOE optimisation with using Layer2 connector.
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