When it comes to the selection of a new Data Integration or ETL tool for an upcoming initiative, where should you start? A typical internet search may yield some worthwhile answers, though you’ll likely be bombarded with sponsored links to so-called ‘expert’ analysts pushing their own agendas. Consulting trustworthy sources of information is the name of the game. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the top resources integration tool-seekers should consult while in the research phase of a new project. Since each organization needs a tool to match up with their own specific use cases, these resources allow researchers to sift through solutions that satisfy a wide range of integration and ETL requirements.
Gartner is the world’s largest information technology research and advisory company, delivering reports and market research studies that assist businesses in making product selection. Gartner is best-known for its Magic Quadrant reports, which rank solution providers based on their ability to execute and completeness of vision. Each Magic Quadrant focuses on a specific market, giving researchers a wide-angle view of the top tools available to them. Gartner currently publishes a Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools and Integration Platform as a Service, or iPaaS, the cloud-based cousin of traditional integration. Critical Capabilities allows the reader to compare vendors based on specific use cases which relate to their own environments while the Cool Vendors report highlights new and emerging integration tools that offer innovative alternatives to enterprises looking to rethink their data infrastructure. Gartner’s newest offering is their Peer Insights platform, a resource that provides unbiased insights from IT professionals who have already deployed a specific tool.
Forrester offers a wide variety of resources to assist business leaders in selecting the right enterprise technology solutions. As one of the most well established technology research outlets, Forrester is a trusted source of information, offering expansive market studies that encompass a multitude of charts, graphics and figures. Forrester’s flagship methodology lies in the company’s always-evolving quarterly Wave reports, which although is not offered specifically for Data Integration tools, is published for a variety of related verticals. The Breakout Vendors Report is similar to Gartner’s Cool Vendors in that it highlights innovative solution providers that offer alternatives to traditional integration tools. Forrester’s wide range of market coverage is sure to satisfy the needs of any organization seeking the resources to make an informed purchasing decision.
TrustRadius is a review site for business software, helping buyers make better product decisions based on unbiased reviews, many of which that come from the actual end-users themselves. The resource collects reviews that are in-depth and substantive, with every reviewer on the site vetted by the TrustRadius research team before publication. This is important to note so you know the reviews aren’t being submitted by paid actors or vendor marketing teams. In addition, TrustRadius employs a handy algorithm that ensures product scores represent only true customer sentiment by correcting for selection bias.
G2 Crowd is one of the largest business software peer review sites in the world, leveraging more than 70,000 user reviews to help solution-seekers make the best purchasing decisions. The G2 Crowd Grid is similar to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant in look and feel, though this one is a little more interactive and visually pleasing. The G2 Grid rates products based on the Business Intelligence products customer satisfaction and market presence. Selecting each product allows for a more detailed comparison, and only tools with 10 more reviews are shown. G2 Crowd also offers a free intuitive ‘Buying Assistant’ which helps narrow down your search even further, based on various organizational criteria. Like Gartner, G2 Crowd also offers up some tricks of the trade, providing detailed buying considerations to further assist buyers.
There you have it! The best resources for helping you make the most of your next Data Integration software decision. As always, don’t forget to consult our 2017 Data Integration Buyers Guide, which allows you to compare the top-24 enterprise vendors. Happy shopping!
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