Is your organization struggling to justify an ETL (extract, transform and load) tool purchase? If the tool is an enterprise level solution, the entry price is likely well into the six digits. At this price, the justification process may appear daunting. Because these tools serve a purpose and are critical to serious data warehouse endeavors, the justification is well worth the effort.

Once the decision to proceed with an ETL tool is made and budget dollars released, the difficult part is complete. From this point, the data warehouse team initiates the tool selection process. They proceed to investigate options and leverage past experience to identify a short list of product vendors. Fortunately, in the ETL space, only a handful of vendors are capable of addressing enterprise needs. Once engaged, the vendors work diligently to understand requirements, mold requirements to fit their product and shorten the tool selection time frame.

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