Should you use Portable or Stitch Data for ELT (Extract, Load, Transform)?
We've outlined the key considerations for comparing the two solutions below. For a more in depth framework, check out our blog post on How to Choose the Right ELT tool.
Customer Support. As a data analyst, you shouldn't spend your time navigating open source documentation, or a Slack community, to figure out why a connector broke. No-code connectors are only valuable if they actually involve no code (for both development and maintenance). While we love open source software, we love great client experiences even more. You can chat with our team from within our application, email us directly, and get in touch with technical experts that understand your needs. We're here to help.
We build, you don't. Portable builds and maintains no-code connectors for our clients. If we're missing an application you need, we're excited to get data flowing, and we don't believe it's your job to read the API documentation, or navigate an open source framework. We've been in your shoes (I used to run Business Intelligence at LiveRamp, NYSE: RAMP), and want to save you time, not bog you down with scripts, and documentation.
Long Tail ELT Connectors. Stitch Data has a directory of out-of-the-box connectors and they've prioritized the same systems as every other ELT vendor. When you need to dive deep into a business problem (customer churn, employee retention, etc.), you need data from bespoke business applications. That's where Portable shines. As the data ecosystem moves towards operational analytics, and warehouse centric process automation, the only way to truly operationalize your data warehouse is to have all of your business applications connected, not just your product database and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform.
Innovation & Urgency. Stitch was acquired by Talend in 2018. We've been through an acquisition ourselves (LiveRamp acquired Arbor in 2016), and there are massive benefits to being part of a larger organization. Unfortunately, you don't feel the same fire to innovate, and organizational hurdles delay new product development. At Portable, we are just getting started. We're hungry to build value, help you architect a data stack for operational as well as analytical use cases. We believe in a connected future and are on a mission to help you get there as quickly as possible.
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