Solutions Review’s listing of the best data transformation tools and software is an annual sneak peek of the top tools included in our Buyer’s Guide for Data Integration Tools and companion Vendor Comparison Map. Information was gathered via online materials and reports, conversations with vendor representatives, and examinations of product demonstrations and free trials.
The editors at Solutions Review have developed this resource to assist buyers in search of the best data transformation tools to fit the needs of their organization. Choosing the right vendor and solution can be a complicated process — one that requires in-depth research and often comes down to more than just the solution and its technical capabilities. To make your search a little easier, we’ve profiled the best data transformation tools providers all in one place. We’ve also included platform and product line names and introductory software tutorials straight from the source so you can see each solution in action.
Note: The best data transformation tools are listed in alphabetical order.
The Best Data Transformation Tools
Platform: Adeptia Connect
Description: Adeptia offers enterprise data integration tools that can be used by non-technical business users. Adeptia Connect features a simple user interface to manage all external connections and data interfaces. It also includes self-service partner onboarding and a no-code approach that lets users and partners view, setup and manage data connections. The platform touts a suite of pre-built connections and Cloud Services Integration, as well as B2B standards and protocol support.
Platform: Boomi AtomSphere
Description: Boomi is a leading provider in the connectivity and automation space. Boomi’s flagship product, AtomShere, supports integration processes between cloud platforms, software-as-a-service applications, and on-prem systems. AtomSphere uses a visual interface to configure application integrations. The solution’s runtime tool, Boomi Atom, allows integrations to be deployed wherever they are needed. The AtomSphere platform is available in several editions, based on use case and functionality.
Description: Celigo offers an Integration Platform as a Service product called Integrator.io. The solution enables organizations to connect applications, synchronize data, and automate processes. Celigo features an integration wizard that includes an API assistant, visual field mapping interface, and drop-down menus. The tool also offers reusable pre-configured integration templates available on the integrator.io marketplace, allowing users to create their own library of reusable, standalone flows.
Platform: Cleo Integration Cloud
Description: The Cleo Integration Cloud allows organizations to connect to enterprise and SaaS applications with a variety of connectors and APIs. The tool automatically accepts, transforms, orchestrates, connects and integrates all B2B data types from any source and to any target, and can be deployed via several different methods. Cleo Integration Cloud can also be embedded for SaaS or Information Services organizations and can be utilized as a managed service to offload complex integrations to the vendor’s experts.
Description: Cyclr is a UK-based provider of embedded Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) solutions. The vendor offers a white-labeled, low-code approach to offering in-app integrations for end-users. Cyclr touts a global user base and helps its customers enhance their native connectivity suites while simplifying the creation and deployment method. Flexible deployment options mean that Cyclr is built for companies of all sizes who are looking to provide added automation capabilities to their customers.
Platform: Denodo Platform
Description: The Denodo Platform offers data virtualization for joining multistructured data sources from database management systems, documents, and a wide variety of other big data, cloud, and enterprise sources. Connectivity support includes relational databases, legacy data, flat files, CML, packed applications, and emerging data types including Hadoop. Denodo is the only data virtualization solution to be provisioned as a virtual image on Amazon AWS Marketplace.
Description: Equalum offers an enterprise-class data ingestion platform for collecting, transforming, manipulating, and synchronizing data. The product effectively combines batch and streaming pipelines with modern data transformation and manipulation. Equalum touts an intuitive, user-friendly interface that enables users to build and deploy data pipelines via a no-coding approach. The solution also features a drag-and-drop UI that lets different user personas configure, maintain, and derive insights from the Equalum platform.
Description: Fivetran is an automated data integration platform that delivers ready-to-use connectors, transformations and analytics templates that adapt as schemas and APIs change. The product can sync data from cloud applications, databases, and event logs. Integrations are built for analysts who need data centralized but don’t want to spend time maintaining their own pipelines or ETL systems. Fivetran is easy to deploy, scalable, and offers some of the best security features of any provider in the space.
Platform: Pentaho Platform
Related products: Lumada Data Services
Description: Hitachi Vantara’s Pentaho platform for data integration and analytics offers traditional capabilities and big data connectivity. The solution supports the latest Hadoop distributions from Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR, and Amazon Web Services. However, one of the tool’s shortcomings is that its big data focus takes attention away from other use cases. Pentaho can be deployed on-prem, in the cloud, or via a hybrid model. The tool’s most recent update to version 8 features Spark and Kafka stream processing improvements and security add-ons.
Description: HVR is a high-volume real-time data replication solution that solves a variety of data integration use cases, including cloud, data lake, database and file replication, and database migration. The product allows organizations to move data bi-directionally between on-prem solutions and the cloud. Real-time data movement enables the ability to continuously analyze changes in data generated by transactional systems, machines, sensors, mobile devices, and more.
Platform: IBM InfoSphere Information Server
Related products: IBM InfoSphere Classic Federation Server, IBM InfoSphere Data Replication, IBM InfoSphere DataStage, IBM App Connect, IBM Streams, IBM Data Refinery, IBM BigIntegrate, IBM Cloud Integration
Description: IBM offers several distinct data integration tools in both on-prem and cloud deployments, and for virtually every enterprise use case. Its on-prem data integration suite features tools for traditional (replication and batch processing) and modern integration synchronization and data virtualization) requirements. IBM also offers a variety of prebuilt functions and connectors. The mega-vendor’s cloud integration product is widely considered one of the best in the marketplace, and additional functionality is coming in the months ahead.
Platform: Informatica Intelligent Data Platform
Related products: Informatica PowerCenter, Informatica PowerExchange, Informatica Data Replication, Informatica B2B Data Transformation, Informatica B2B Data Exchange, Informatica Big Data Integration Hub, Informatica Data Services, Informatica Big Data Management, Informatica Big Data Integration Hub, Informatica Big Data Streaming, Informatica Enterprise Data Catalog, Informatica Enterprise Data Preparation, Informatica Edge Data Streaming, Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services
Description: Informatica’s data integration tools portfolio includes both on-prem and cloud deployments for a number of enterprise use cases. The vendor combines advanced hybrid integration and governance functionality with self-service business access for various analytic functions. Augmented integration is possible via Informatica’s CLAIRE Engine, a metadata-driven AI engine that applies machine learning. Informatica touts strong interoperability between its growing list of data management software products.
Platform: Jitterbit Harmony
Description: Jitterbit offers cloud data integration and API transformation capabilities. The company’s main product, Jitterbit Harmony, allows organizations to design, deploy, and manage the entire integration lifecycle. The platform features a graphical interface for guided drag-and-drop configuration, integration via pre-built templates, and the ability to infuse applications with artificial intelligence. Users can run the tool in cloud, hybrid, or on-prem environments, and feed consolidated data to real-time analytics.
Description: Keboola is a cloud-based data integration platform that connects data sources to analytics platforms. It supports the entire data workflow process, from the point of data extraction, preparation, cleansing, warehousing, and all the way to its integration, enrichment, and loading. Keboola offers more than 200 integrations and features an environment that allows users to build their own data applications or integrations using GitHub and Docker. The product can also automate low-value activities while account for audit trail, version control and access management.
Platform: Matillion ETL
Related products: Matillion Data Loader
Description: Matillion offers data integration software for cloud data warehouses, and was designed for Amazon Redshift, Snowflake, and Google BigQuery. The product works by allowing users to consolidate large data sets and quickly perform data transformations. It features expert technical support as well, all by Matillion solution architects and comes free of charge. Full support is offered throughout the customer lifecycle, including trial and complex use case development. Matillion includes more than 70 pre-built connectors.
Platform: SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
Related products: Azure Data Factory cloud integration service
Description: Microsoft offers its data integration functionality on-prem and in the cloud (via Integration Platform as a Service). The company’s traditional integration tool, SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), is included inside the SQL Server DBMS platform. Microsoft also touts two cloud SaaS products: Azure Logic Apps and Microsoft Flow. Flow is ad hoc integrator-centric and included in the overarching Azure Logic Apps solution.
Platform: Anypoint Platform
Description: MuleSoft offers a B2B application delivery network that connects data, applications, and devices with APIs. The vendor enables organizations to improve their applications through integration while also providing API connectivity to a wide variety of on-prem and cloud-based applications and systems. MuleSoft provides both traditional and Integration Platform as a Service products and touts a growing capabilities portfolio.
Platform: Oracle Data Integration Cloud Service
Related products: Oracle GoldenGate, Oracle Data Integrator, Oracle Big Data SQL, Oracle Service Bus, Oracle Integration Cloud Service (iPaaS)
Description: Oracle offers a full spectrum of data integration tools for traditional use cases as well as modern ones, in both on-prem and cloud deployments. The company’s product portfolio features technologies and services that allow organizations to full lifecycle data movement and enrichment. Oracle data integration provides pervasive and continuous access to data across heterogeneous systems via bulk data movement, transformation, bidirectional replication, metadata management, data services, and data quality for customer and product domains.
Platform: Precisely Connect
Related products: Precisely Connect CDC, Precisely Connect for Big Data, Precisely Connect ETL, Precisely Connect AppMod, Precisely Connect Sort
Description: Precisely offers its data integration capabilities via two product families, Precisely Connect and Precisely Ironstream. The company’s flagship application and data integration tools are the Precisely Connect product family. Syncsort allows users to hasten database queries and applications by putting relational databases to best use. The Intelligent Execution feature dynamically selects the most efficient algorithms based on the data structures and system attributes it encounters at run-time.
Platform: Qlik Replicate
Related products: Qlik Compose, Qlik Catalog, Qlik Blendr.io
Description: Qlik offers a range of integration capabilities that span four product lines. The flagship product is Qlik Replicate, a tool that replicates, synchronizes, distributes, consolidates, and ingests data across major databases, data warehouses, and Hadoop. The portfolio is buoyed by Qlik Compose for data lake and data warehouse automation and Qlik Catalog for enterprise self-service cataloging. Qlik also offers Integration Platform as a Service functionality through its Blendr.io product, which touts API connectivity, no-code integration and application automation.
Platform: SAP Data Services
Related products: SAP Replication Server, SAP Landscape Transformation Replication Server, SAP Data Hub, SAP HANA, SAP Cloud Integration Platform Suite, SAP Cloud Platform
Description: SAP provides on-prem and cloud integration functionality through two main channels. Traditional capabilities are offered through SAP Data Services, a data management platform that provides capabilities for data integration, quality, and cleansing. Integration Platform as a Service features are available through the SAP Cloud Platform. SAP’s Cloud Platform integrates processes and data between cloud apps, 3rd party applications, and on-prem solutions.
Platform: SAS Data Management
Related products: SAS Data Integration Studio, SAS Federation Server, SAS/ACCESS, SAS Data Loader for Hadoop, SAS Data Preparation, SAS Event Stream Processing
Description: SAS is the largest independent vendor in the data integration tools market. The provider offers its core capabilities via SAS Data Management, where data integration and quality tools are interwoven. It includes flexible query language support, metadata integration, push-down database processing, and various optimization and performance capabilities. The company’s data virtualization tool, Federation Server, enables advanced data masking and encryption that allows users to determine who’s authorized to view data.
Platform: Intelligent Integration Platform
Description: SnapLogic’s Intelligent Integration Platform integrates across applications, databases, data warehouses, big data streams, and IoT deployments. It allows both IT and business users to create data pipelines that can be deployed on-prem or in the cloud. It features an HTML5 visual designer and a proprietary AI algorithm called Iris that learns common integration patterns and drives self-service by recommending flows. Complete support for complex transformations, conditional operations, triggers, parameterization, aggregation, and reuse maximizes the tool’s flexibility.
Platform: Striim Platform
Related products: Striim for Azure, Striim for Amazon Web Services, Striim for Google Cloud Platform, Striim for Snowflake
Description: Striim offers a real-time data integration solution that enables continuous query processing and streaming analytics. Striim integrates data from a wide variety of sources, including transaction/change data, events, log files, application and IoT sensor, and real-time correlation across multiple streams. The platform features pre-built data pipelines, out-of-the-box wizards for configuration and coding, and a drag-and-drop dashboard builder.
Platform: Talend Open Studio
Related products: Talend Data Fabric, Talend Data Management Platform, Talend Big Data Platform, Talend Data Services Platform, Talend Integration Cloud, Talend Stitch Data Loader
Description: Talend offers an expansive portfolio of data integration and data management tools. The company’s flagship tool, Open Studio for Data Integration, is available via a free open-source license. Talend Integration Cloud is offered in three separate editions (SaaS, hybrid, elastic), and provides broad connectivity, built-in data quality, and native code generation to support big data technologies. Big data components and connectors include Hadoop, NoSQL, MapReduce, Spark, machine learning and IoT.
Platform: TIBCO Cloud Integration
Related products: TIBCO Data Virtualization, TIBCO EBX, TIBCO StreamBase, TIBCO Messaging, TIBCO Spotfire
Description: TIBCO’s flagship Integration Platform as a Service product, TIBCO Cloud Integration, requires no code. It also allows users to create, model, and deploy APIs in a completely guided process. TIBCO acquired Scribe Software in June 2018 and has rolled its capabilities into TIBCO Cloud Integration as a complimentary package. TIBCO offers a fully integrated data platform that can handle a variety of data integration use cases. The company’s acquisition of Cisco’s data virtualization technologies rounds out its product portfolio even further.
Platform: Tray Automation Platform
Related products: Tray Embedded
Description: Tray.io offers an API integration platform that lets users configure complex workflows, integrate applications, and add customized logic. The product features a clicks-or-code configuration for hastened setup and a quick ramp-up experience for users as well. Tray also touts a universal connector for any RESTful API and provides full API access via custom fields, a growing list of pre-built connectors, and connector versioning to prevent lapses if an API ever changes. Tray.io is available in a number of editions based on functionality.
Description: Trifacta offers an open and interactive cloud platform for data engineers and analysts. Its Data Engineering Cloud solution enables users to collaboratively profile, prepare, and pipeline data for analytics and machine learning. Trifacta touts multi-cloud support, flexible execution (you can choose between ETL, ELT, or an optimal combination of the two based on performance and cost), and universal connectivity for ingesting data from enterprise sources.
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