Updated on: January 25th, 2023
In some of our previous articles, we have already provided our readers with lists outlining the best iPaaS vendors, EDI service providers, and data integration companies. Frankly, those posts have been a huge success, as we received many positive comments. This is why in this blog post, we aimed to compile a list of the 13 best data integration tools that are extremely popular among buyers on the market today, as well as to explain what you should expect from those. In case you’re looking for an integration tool or solution for your team, this list should help your shortlisting process.
This list is rather diverse: you’ll find tools and solutions for various integration projects. There will be more traditional tools that all integration architects know rather well. We are also listing more modern data integration tools, such as citizen integration or cloud integration tools. Plus, apart from tools that your team can use for building data integrations in-house, this list includes fully managed integration solution providers (that tend to use integration platforms), allowing completely outsource the development and maintenance of your integrations.
In this article, we will talk about the following:
- Microsoft BizTalk
- Software AG
For your convenience, we broke down the list by open-source vendors, on-premise integration software vendors, and cloud-based integration providers.
What should You Expect from a Data Integration Tool?
You may ask yourself the question - “What do you mean by data integration tools?”. That’s an excellent question. While there is a difference in how easily and quickly you can develop complex integration solutions with different kinds of tools (e.g., on-premise data integration tools or cloud-based data integration tools), most of the tools will enable you to build a similar type of solution.
Data integration tools will equip you to create connectivity between various data sources, applications, and systems. Of course, the more applications you need to connect, the more difficult the tasks get, especially when you also need to connect on-premise and cloud-based technologies. The purpose of connecting these systems is to facilitate data integration across different parties. Today, it is essential that you would be transferring data in real time to shorten operational processes and make sure that all parties have all the relevant information when they need it.
Modern data integration tools moved away from hand-coding – they all aim to speed up the way how you can create a channel for seamless data flow between two endpoints. This is why most tools provide connectors, adapters, possibility to create, manage, and maintain APIs, or even templates for the ease-of-use. As enterprise data integration must be secure, these tools have been emphasizing the importance of security (and they don’t take ownership of the data), as well as cloud solutions ensure high availability.
Now, when this part is clear, let's move forward to list the 13 best data integration vendors.
1. Microsoft BizTalk
Integration experts widely use Microsoft BizTalk for connecting on-premise applications seamlessly. BizTalk also provides hybrid capabilities to connect with cloud-based applications. One can extend the capabilities of BizTalk by adding Azure services.
To help the developers to work with BizTalk, you can visit the BizTalk Server Developer Center to find answers to your questions.
2. Software AG
Software AG must be a well-known name for many. They provide a variety of products for the digital business, like business & IT transformation, process & automation, data & analytics, or API Management.
Software AG has experience in creating integration solutions for industries like banking, communication and media, energy, government, insurance, manufacturing, retail, transportation, and utilities.
We suggest that you read their Software AG’s customer success stories to understand how they help businesses.
Cleo’s integration cloud helps you to integrate hundreds of applications, some of the use cases that Cleo can help with are application integration, B2B integration, data integration, and embedded integration.
Cleo has a detailed solution overview document that will give you more detailed information on the capabilities of their integration cloud.
Informatica is one of the leaders in enterprise cloud data management. Informatica offers cloud services, solutions for big data management, data quality and governance, data integration, data security, and master data management.
Their solutions will help you to move to the cloud, improve data quality and data compliance, or provide insights based on the data.
Informatica has been providing solutions for banking, healthcare, insurance, life sciences, manufacturing, public sector, retail, and utilities.
5. TIBCO Software
TIBCO Software provided offerings can be divided into two segments:
Interconnect everything includes products such as an integration and analytics software, they have products integration and API management, messaging and event processing, low code apps, and process management.
While Augment Intelligence offers tools for data visualization, advanced analytics, and data management.
The TIBCO software can be used for integration solutions such as application integration, business activity monitoring, connected vehicles, hybrid cloud integration, pervasive integration, and more.
SAP has an integration platform that can help to automate and extend online processes. SAP Business connector provides enterprise application integration (EAI) capabilities to connect with your trading partners. It can be used for B2B integration, data exchange, extending SAP software infrastructure, or to connect in-house legacy systems to SAP software.
Talend offers a cloud-based modern ETL (extract, transform, load). They have products such as the Talend Data Fabric, the Talend Cloud, Data Integration, Data Governance, API and Application Integration, as well as they also provide free and open source products.
If you are concerned about the pricing of integrations, you should take a look at Talend’s pricing page where they explain in details what they are charging for.
Boomi’s platform can be used for enterprise integration, as well as connecting to popular applications (SAP, Salesforce, Zuora, Shopify, NetSuite, and more), master data management, B2B data exchange, or API design and management.
They support all the industries that most of the other data integration tools providers on this list, such as retail, healthcare, higher education, utilities and energy, manufacturing, banking, and financial services, or insurance.
The Boomi integration tools support business initiatives such as order-to-cash processes, e-commerce, onboarding, customer 360, or the internet of things.
Integration experts can utilize Boomi’s services, such as training and certification, support, professional services, customer success, community, product forums, knowledge center, community blog, and atmosphere user guide.
Jitterbit integration tools include iPaaS Integration tools and API Management tools. To make it easy to shortlist their services based, Jitterbit has a page dedicated to platform specs of Design Studio. It includes details about connectivity management, data mapping and transformation, workflow designer, and integration lifecycle. The Harmony Platform also has smart agents, high security, high performance, and elastic scale.
In the Management Console, one can monitor, extend, and control the integration solutions.
Mulesoft Anypoint Platform is a popular integration tool among integration architects. Mulesoft can be used for creating an application network and by using this tool one will be able to accelerate the development time by up to 3 times. The platform can be used for developing, securing, running, and managing integrations to connect any platforms on-premise and in the cloud. Additionally, the platform provides a library of reusable APIs and connectors, integration deployment from on-premises to cloud without rewriting the code, as well as data protection and access control with gateways or encryption. With the Anypoint Platform one will be able to manage all the integrations from a single interface.
Mulesoft offers a free trial, so if you are looking for an iPaaS that you and your team can use, you should give it a try.
Oracle’s Oracle Data Integrator is a comprehensive integration middleware for tackling high-volume, high-performance batch loads, event-driven integration processes, or SOA-enabled data services. The latest version, ODI12c includes a redesigned flow-based user interface to improve developer productivity. It’s flexible and high-performance architecture enables big data support. The Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) is also compatible with Oracle Warehouse Builder (OWB) for quick migration. Integration flows can be monitored through an integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.
To get started, you should visit Oracle’s webpage and download the Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition Data Sheet, the Oracle Data Integrator 12c New Features Overview, and Oracle Data Integrator for Big Data (Data Sheet).
As a citizen integrator, the data integration tool of SnapLogic helps companies to connect their business applications faster (or their internet of things devices). The SnapLogic tool doesn’t only empower enterprise IT organizations, but also the lines of business. It’s a self-service tool for business people so that they can connect applications just with a few clicks without any coding experience. They can drag-and-drop elements to create connections and orchestration between multiple endpoints. Nevertheless, it can also be an excellent tool for developers.
SnapLogic also built artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) into its data integration tool. This can improve speed, quality, accuracy, and predictability of data-driven decision making.
Youredi offers fully managed integration services to those that do not want to develop and maintain their own integration solutions. While Youredi’s core product is a cloud-based iPaaS, nevertheless, Youredi’s customers don’t use the platform itself. Instead, they outsource the whole process to Youredi, like planning, development, testing, deployment, and maintenance. While it can be especially beneficial for SMEs without integration architect resources, enterprises have also used Youredi’s services for several reasons:
- Youredi can tackle even the most challenging integration scenarios, e.g., hybrid integrations.
- Youredi’s iPaaS provides them with speed, agility, high-performance, scalability, and high-availability besides other benefits.
- Youredi has a specific focus on Logistics and Supply chain, helping stakeholders of the domain ensure seamless data exchange and process automation.
We hope this article will navigate you in the complex world of data integration tools and help you find the best solution that matches your data integration needs. Also, in this article, we have not touched on the data integrations topic itself – we have written plenty about it in our blog previously. However, if you are interested in learning more in this regard, consider reading the following articles: