Matillion vs. SAS Data Management

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Matillion
Score 6.6 out of 10
N/A
Matillion is a productivity platform for data teams. Matillion's Data Productivity Cloud helps data teams – coders and non-coders alike – to move, transform, and orchestrate data pipelines with the goal of empowering teams to deliver quality data at a speed and scale that matches the business’s data ambitions. The vendor states enterprises including Cisco,N/A
SAS Data Management
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
A suite of solutions for data connectivity, enhanced transformations and robust governance. Solutions provide a unified view of data with access to data across databases, data warehouses and data lakes. Connects with cloud platforms, on-premises systems and multicloud data sources.N/A
Pricing
MatillionSAS Data Management
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
MatillionSAS Data Management
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsBilled directly via cloud marketplace on an hourly basis, with annual subscriptions available depending on the customer's cloud data warehouse provider.
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Features
MatillionSAS Data Management
Data Source Connection
Comparison of Data Source Connection features of Product A and Product B
Matillion
7.5
123 Ratings
10% below category average
SAS Data Management
8.3
10 Ratings
0% below category average
Connect to traditional data sources7.6122 Ratings8.610 Ratings
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL7.482 Ratings8.19 Ratings
Data Transformations
Comparison of Data Transformations features of Product A and Product B
Matillion
7.2
124 Ratings
14% below category average
SAS Data Management
6.7
8 Ratings
21% below category average
Simple transformations8.1124 Ratings6.18 Ratings
Complex transformations6.4123 Ratings7.48 Ratings
Data Modeling
Comparison of Data Modeling features of Product A and Product B
Matillion
7.1
116 Ratings
13% below category average
SAS Data Management
6.7
8 Ratings
19% below category average
Data model creation9.133 Ratings5.56 Ratings
Metadata management9.140 Ratings7.47 Ratings
Business rules and workflow5.8108 Ratings6.67 Ratings
Collaboration5.3108 Ratings7.07 Ratings
Testing and debugging5.3109 Ratings6.17 Ratings
Data Governance
Comparison of Data Governance features of Product A and Product B
Matillion
8.2
23 Ratings
1% below category average
SAS Data Management
7.9
9 Ratings
5% below category average
Integration with data quality tools8.222 Ratings7.69 Ratings
Integration with MDM tools8.220 Ratings8.27 Ratings
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User Ratings
MatillionSAS Data Management
Likelihood to Recommend
6.7
(125 ratings)
7.6
(11 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.3
(6 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
6.4
(124 ratings)
6.0
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.4
(7 ratings)
7.7
(6 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
6.5
(117 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
MatillionSAS Data Management
Likelihood to Recommend
Matillion
It is very well suited for ETL on the cloud. Whenever there is something that can be accomplished with no code or little code, Matillion is a good tool. However, if your pipeline requires a lot of customizations, Matillion should be avoided.
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SAS
When data is in a system that needs a complex transformation to be usable for an average user. Such tasks as data residing in systems that have very different connection speeds. It can be integrated and used together after passing through the SAS Data Integration Studio removing timing issues from the users' worries. A part that is perhaps less appropriate is getting users who are not familiar with the source data to set up the load processes.
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Pros
Matillion
  • We leveraged Matillion’s no-code principals to make data manipulation easy for our internal customers. People who don't know how to use SQL no longer need to. Everything in Matillion is self-explained with no or little coding.
  • We connected Matillion to our data warehouse to allow people to read raw data, transform it, then write results back to their sandbox databases. The drag and drop component design allowed customers to create complex data models at the speed of thought without any risk to production data.
  • With sharing capabilities between projects enabled, everyone was able to help each other when questions arose which instilled a strong sense of collaboration and community.
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SAS
  • SAS/Access is great for manipulating large and complex databases.
  • SAS/Access makes it easy to format reports and graphics from your data.
  • Data Management and data storage using the Hadoop environment in SAS/Access allows for rapid analysis and simple programming language for all your data needs.
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Cons
Matillion
  • I think a non-CLI approach to installing and uninstalling python libraries would be nice. I mean, it isn't difficult to install a python library via Linux or CLI, but I imagine most companies don't feel comfortable allowing Matillion users to go on a virtual server and installing it themselves. Requirement.txt file for installing libraries would be simple, and maybe that could also be used to uninstall libraries as well......or maybe the library gets automatically downloaded if it is imported into a python script but the library doesn't exist.
  • Python Component is lacking very much in terms of UI. It would be unrealistic for me to suggest Matillion build its own EDI, but it would be nice if a python component could connect to a local IDE. Right now, if you want to write any decent length python code, you are going to be stuck copying and pasting your code from your local IDE.
  • It is also very difficult to debug in Matillion because you can't set breakpoints. Local IDE integration can resolve that.
  • I would like to have more templates to copy from for certain simplistic scenarios. For instance, a template for a job that fails which sends an AWS SNS with the Job name, component it failed on, and the error message. It wasn't as simple as I thought it would be to figure out and having to use a shared job for such circumstances can be painful because you have to export a bunch of variables.
  • There should be a drop down list for Global Matillion variables as it is difficult to remember at times.
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SAS
  • Requires third-party drivers to connect to common data sources like SFDC, MS SQL, Postgres.
  • Debugging errors from the logs is a complicated process.
  • E-mail alert system is very primitive and needs customization to make it more modern,
  • Cannot send SMS alerts for jobs.
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Likelihood to Renew
Matillion
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.
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SAS
We are happy with the software and its functionality. As a SAS-shop, DataFlux is a logical choice for complex data integration.
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Usability
Matillion
It has been easy to train new employees who don't have previous experience with Matillion. It is quite self-explanatory. There are quite a few things that can be done with Python, however, we have not really looked into this feature much but likely will do in the future. Mostly, it is drag and drop of components and environments can be set up so easy to set up connections as well.
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SAS
The main negative point is the use of a non-standard language for customizations, as well as the poor integration with non-SAS systems. However, there is no doubt that it is a high-performance and powerful product capable of responding optimally to certain requirements.
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Performance
Matillion
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SAS
It worked as expected.
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Support Rating
Matillion
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.
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SAS
With SAS, you pay a license fee annually to use this product. Support is incredible. You get what you pay for, whether it's SAS forums on the SAS support site, technical support tickets via email or phone calls, or example documentation. It's not open source. It's documented thoroughly, and it works.
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Implementation Rating
Matillion
We were able to control on access and built various enviroment for implementation
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SAS
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Alternatives Considered
Matillion
Matillion ran circles around Stitch and Striim both in functionality, setup, and performance. There was no real comparison. Fivetran massively outperforms Matillion in pretty much every facet of the production from setup, maintenance, visibility, and usability. It already has the ability to connect any data source to a destination regardless of database type. Why we chose Matillion over Fivetran is that, for our current needs, Matillion provides us with the functionality that we need and a much more competitive price for a smaller company.
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SAS
Because of ease of using SAS DI and data processing speed. There were lots of issues with AWS Redshift on cloud environment in terms of making connections with the data sources and while fetching the data we need to write complex queries.
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Scalability
Matillion
I have been able to connect Matillion to AWS Aurora Databases, MySQL databases, Rest APIs, Files in AWS S3, etc. Being able to load all of that disparate data into one datalake has made data mining and reporting a lot simpler. I wish everything could be implemented as easily as Matillion.
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SAS
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Return on Investment
Matillion
  • Saving us time reduces our need for headcount
  • Allows us to collaborate on data-eng pipelines in a transparent way with non-technical stakeholders, ensuring accuracy and continuity
  • Allows us a single platform to log and manage all of our pipelines to pin-point where something failed and why
  • Always has a solution to very common data engineering tasks, i.e., real-time data, connectors, pre-built workflows, etc.
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SAS
  • We have more users who can connect to the many different data sources.
  • Our users do have existing SAS programming knowledge and that can carry over.
  • Business functions are starting to rely on SAS Data Integration Studio work product shortly after introduction.
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ScreenShots

Matillion Screenshots

Screenshot of Matillion's GUI, used to orchestrate jobs with control data flow functionality, automating the ETL process.Screenshot of where structured and semi-structured data can be prepared to create clean data sets that can be used with any BI/reporting/visualization tool of choice. Matillion reads and combines data across a target warehouse external storage, such as S3 or Blob.Screenshot of Matillion's self-validating components, sample and row counts. If a job does fail, the warehouse queue services available with Matillion can be used get an alert to a connected email or Slack account.Screenshot of the SQL component used to run custom scripts from within Matillion. With hundreds of pre-built connectors out of the box, Matillion can handle complex transformation needs.