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14 top platforms for data integration

  • January 31 2018, 6:53am EST

Among its many Magic Quadrant reports, Gartner Research has looked at the leading platforms for data integration. The study categories each respective vendor as a leader, challenger, visionary or niche player.

Written by analysts Mark A. Beyer, Eric Thoo, Mei Yang Selvage and Ehtisham Zaidi, the Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Products breaks down the leading offerings by Leaders, Challengers, Visionaries and Niche Players, depending on the overall strength of each product in the market.

The Leaders

“Leaders in the data integration tool market are front-runners in the capability to support a full range of delivery styles,” Gartner explains. “They have also recognized the growing affinity between data and application integration and are haltingly approaching location-agnostic. They are strong in establishing data integration infrastructure as an enterprise standard and as a critical component of modern information infrastructure. They support both traditional and new data integration patterns in order to capitalize on market demand. Leaders have significant mind share in the market, and resources skilled in their tools are readily available.”


Based in Redwood City, California, Informatica offers the following data integration products: Informatics Platform (including PowerCenter, PowerExchange, Data Replication, Advanced Data Transformation, Ultra Messaging, B2B Data Transformation, B2B Data Exchange, Data Integration Hub), Informatica Data Services, Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services, Cloud Integration Hub, Big Data Management, Big Data Integration Hub, Informatica Intelligent Streaming, Informatica Intelligent Data Lake and Informatica Data Preparation. Informatica's customer base for this product set is estimated to be more than 7,000 organizations. Strengths are: “strong vision for product strategy across cloud and big data management”; “roadmap aligned with emerging trends and mulipersona demand”; and “broad market presence, global reach and mind share,” Gartner says.


Based in Armonk, New York, IBM offers the following data integration products: IBM InfoSphere Information Server Enterprise Edition, IBM InfoSphere Information Server Enterprise Hypervisor Edition, IBM InfoSphere Federation Server, IBM InfoSphere Data Replication, IBM Data Integration for Enterprise, and IBM Data Integration for Hadoop, IBM Big Insights BigIntegrate, IBM Streams and IBM Bluemix Data Connect
(previously DataWorks). IBM's customer base for this product set is estimated to be more than 10,700 organizations. Strengths are: “innovation aligned with traditional and emerging market trends”; “global presence and mind share”; and “comprehensive portfolio meets integration demands across diverse personas,” Gartner says.


Based in Walldorf, Germany, SAP offers the following data integration products: SAP Data Services, SAP Replication Server, SAP Landscape Transformation Replication Server, SAP Remote Data Sync, SAP Data Hub, SAP Hana platform, SAP Cloud Platform Integration and SAP Event Stream Processor. SAP's customer base for this product set is estimated at more than 27,000 organizations. Strengths are: “solution strategy leverages product breadth”; “relevance for highly connected and distributed digital architecture”; and “synergy across data and application integration, governance and analytics solutions.” Gartner says.


Based in Redwood Shores, California, Oracle offers the following data integration products: Oracle Data Integrator (ODI), Oracle Data Integrator Cloud Service, Oracle GoldenGate, Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service, Oracle Data Service Integrator and Oracle Service Bus. Oracle's customer base for this product set is
estimated at more than 10,800 organizations. Strengths are: “customer base directs product innovations”; “role and self-service support”; and “global partner network eases implementation worries,” Gartner says.


Based in Redwood City, California, Talend offers Talend Open Studio, Talend Data Fabric, Talend Data Management Platform, Talend Platform for Big Data, Talend Data Services Platform, Talend Integration Cloud and Talend Data Preparation. Talend's paying customer base for this product portfolio is estimated at
more than 1,500 organizations. Strengths are: “cost model and flexibility”; “integrated portfolio for data integration and interoperability with complementary technologies”; and “strength in core data integration capabilities and delivery for evolving trends,” Gartner says.


Based in Cary, North Carolina, SAS offers the following data integration products: SAS Data Management (including SAS Data Integration Server and SAS Data Quality), SAS Federation Server,
SAS/Access interfaces, SAS Data Loader for Hadoop and SAS Event Stream Processing. SAS's customer base for this product set is estimated to be 14,000 organizations. Strengths are:
“continued breadth (and integration nature) of offerings”; “embedded data integration for operational decisions”; and “interactive development.” Gartner says.

The Challengers

“Challengers are well-positioned in light of the key existing practices in the data integration tool market, such as the need to support multiple styles of data delivery,” Gartner says. “However, they may be limited to special technical environments or application domains. In addition, their vision may be affected by a lack of coordinated strategy across the various products in their data integration tool portfolio. Challengers generally have substantial customer bases, and an established presence, credibility and viability.”


Based in Redmond, Washington, Microsoft offers data integration capabilities via SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), which is included in the SQL Server DBMS license. Microsoft also includes data integration as part of the Azure Data Factory. Microsoft SQL Server deployments are inclusive of SSIS for data integration
(Microsoft does not report a special customer count for SSIS). Strengths are: “productivity and time to value”; “synergies among data, applications, business roles and artificial intelligence”; and “brand awareness and market presence,” Gartner says.


Based in Chicago, Illinois, Adeptia offers the Adeptia Integration Suite (AIS) and Adeptia Connect. Adeptia's customer base for this product set is estimated to be more than 550 organizations. Strengths are: “delivers core competency with an ESB”; “attractive pricing and flexibility”; and “performance, usability and integration platform as a service support,” Gartner says.


Based in Burlington, Massachusetts, Attunity offers Attunity Replicate, Attunity Compose and Attunity Visibility. Attunity's customer base for this product set is estimated to be approximately 2,500 organizations globally. Strengths are: “strength and stability of targeted functionality”; “time to value”; and “aligned with
modern data integration approaches,” Gartner says.

The Visionaries

“Visionaries demonstrate a strong understanding of emerging technology and business trends, or focus on a special market need that is far outside of common practices while also being aligned with capabilities that are anticipated to grow in demand,” Gartner says. “They sometimes lack market awareness or credibility
beyond their customer base or a single application domain. Visionaries may also fail to provide a comprehensive set of product capabilities — including those that focus on a single data integration style and simply import, export or leverage that primary functionality to create alternative outputs for transformed or
integrated data.”


Based in Palo Alto, California, Denodo offers the Denodo Platform as its data virtualization offering. Denodo's customer base for this product set is estimated to be around 380 organizations. Strengths are: “strong momentum, growth and mind share within the data virtualization submarket”; “broad connectivity support and streaming support”; and “mitigation for traditional virtualization issues,” Gartner says.


Based in San Jose, California, Cisco offers the Cisco Information Server (CIS). Cisco's customer base for this product set is estimated to be around 400 organizations. Strengths are: “strong roadmap for IoT integration use case”; “leverages brand and market presence on global scale”; and “established capability in data virtualization,” Gartner says.

Information Builders

Based in New York City, New York, Information Builders offers the following data integration products: the iWay Integration Suite (composed of iWay Service Manager and iWay DataMigrator) and iWay Universal Adapter Suite. Information Builders' customer base for this product set is estimated to be more than 840
organizations. Strengths are: “positive customer experience”; “diverse data integration capability”; and “alignment with essential data management and integration needs,” Gartner says.

The Niche Players

“Niche Players have gaps in either, or both, their Completeness of Vision or Ability to Execute,” according to Gartner. “They often lack key aspects of product functionality and/or exhibit a narrow focus on their own architectures and installed bases. Niche Players may have good functional breadth, but a limited presence and mind share in this market. With a small customer base and limited resources, they are not recognized as proven providers of comprehensive data integration tools for enterprise-class deployments.”


Based in Palo Alto, California, Actian offers data integration capabilities via Actian DataConnect and Actian DataCloud. Actian's customer base for data integration tools is estimated to be approximately 7,000 organizations. Strengths are: “market presence”; “performance and manageability”; and “synergistic product strategy,” Gartner says.


Pentaho is a Hitachi Group Company with its global headquarters in Orlando, Florida, and worldwide sales based in San Francisco, California. Pentaho does not report customer counts for special products, but has more than 1,500 commercial customers. Strengths are: “broadening use-case-agnostic integration solution”;
“experience in cloud, on-premises and hybrid”; and “market awareness of open source and roles,” Gartner says.


Based in Pearl River, New York, Syncsort offers DMX, DMX-h and Ironstream. Syncsort's customer base for this product set is estimated to be around 2,000 organizations. Strengths are: “attractive cost and low TCO”; “high performance ETL products”; and “improved position within the broader data management market,” Gartner says.

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