Best Data Integration Tools

By Melanie Rankin | 7 min read

Choosing a data integration platform for your company is one of the most important choices you will make for your data stack—it’s the difference between a system that does what you need and one that ends up adding to your workload. 

The current market is filled with integration solutions for every different use case—but this doesn’t have to be overwhelming. We’ve put together a shortlist of our favorites to help you in your search for the right data integration tool. Every tool here is powerful and flexible to support users with any data type, and remember that the list is in no particular order. 

  1. Dataddo
  2. Informatica Powercenter
  3. Panoply
  4. Xplenty
  5. Fivetran
  6. Airbyte
  7. Hevo

1. Dataddo

Dataddo is a no-code, cloud-based ETL platform that puts flexibility first - with a wide range of connectors and fully customizable metrics, Dataddo makes the process of creating automated data pipelines simple. The platform seamlessly integrates with your existing data stack, eliminating the need to invest in unnecessary software. Dataddo’s intuitive interface and simple set-up let you focus on integrating your data, rather than wasting time learning additional tasks, and it's fully managed with regard to API changes, so you can set and forget your pipelines. If you need a connector that Dataddo does not already provide, it can be added to the platform within 10 days of the request. 

Key features: 

  • Fast, simple deployment
  • Flexible and Scalable 
  • New Connectors added within 10 days 
  • Security: GDPR, SOC2, and ISO 27001 compliant
  • Plugs into existing data stack 

2. Informatica PowerCenter

Powercenter is the cloud-native integration service from Informatica, also power by AI. Its low-coding interface delivers powerful transformative action, giving users the choice between the ETL or ELT approach. PowerCenter’s multi-cloud capabilities focus on giving users full control over their own data, and it offers several pathways depending on customer needs, including Data Warehouse modernization, high-level data security, and advanced business data analytics. 

Key features: 

  • Powered by CLAIRE, a metadata-driven AI engine
  • High-level data security for any business
  • Easily scalable integrations
  • Optimized for business data intelligence 

3. Panoply

Panoply delivers on its promise of “analysis-ready data” through a series of pre-built SQL schema, plus quick compatibility with any and all business intelligence platforms. It involves the user in the process of table creation when setting up a data source, giving total control over how a source is created. Additional benefits include built-in performance monitoring and easy scaling for growing businesses. 

Key features: 

  • Unlimited users and data queries
  • 100+ data sources available 
  • Smart Data Warehouse with AI-driven automation
  • Easy data schema modeling

4. Xplenty

As a cloud-based ETL solution, Xplenty focuses in particular on security and flexibility, guaranteeing regulatory compliance with most industries and protection from attacks and security breaches. Xplenty employs scalable, use case-specific solutions for Marketing, Sales, Support, and Developers. However, they don’t support integration with the most popular business intelligence platforms. 

Key features: 

  • Drag-and-drop, no-coding interface
  • 140+ data sources
  • Comprehensive support 
  • Advanced encryption, HIPAA, GDPR, CCPA compliant 

5. Fivetran

Fivetran is a cloud-based integration solution with a difference - it focuses on ELT, rather than ETL, prioritizing a strong and stable connection to your warehouse or database rather than high transformative capabilities. Instead, Fivetran gets your data “analysis-ready” with its automated, maintenance-free data pipelines. Though it’s a strong choice for your integration, keep in mind that Fivetran uses a complicated volume-based pricing structure that can make predicting your costs in advance difficult. 

Key features: 

  • 150+ data connectors
  • No-coding interface with quick and supported setup
  • Automatic data normalization between disparate sources
  • Easy monitoring of all pipelines statuses

6. Airbyte

A strong option, but perhaps one more geared to the developers in the audience: Airbyte is a free and open-source data tool for “modern data teams.” It offers many pre-built connectors but stays open source to allow flexibility for users who need customized connections. Like other popular ETL tools, it is cloud-based and offers fully automated pipelines, but primarily for the more technical user. 

Key features: 

  • Customizable data sources
  • Custom transformations available via dbt
  • Support via Slack 
  • Full user agency over modifying and debugging pipelines

7. Hevo Data

Hevo is another reliable integration platform that focuses on simple action for moving data into your data warehouse or database, specifically, meaning they currently don’t support dashboarding apps as destinations. Regardless, Hevo’s position as a simple and no-coding integration platform makes it a worthwhile choice for any non-technical user who needs to move data to their warehouse, fast. 

Key features: 

  • 100+ data sources, including many BI apps (as source only) 
  • Unlimited sources in pay-per-row pricing model 
  • Real-time data replication in your warehouse

Conclusion

With so many high-quality integration tools on the market with many of the same features, choosing the right tool for your use case is vital. Dataddo is a flexible tool to handle all of your data integration requirements from one central management platform. To see for yourself, contact Dataddo support or start your free trial today. 

 

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