Talend’s fast facts

Pricing: Contact Talend’s sales team for pricing details.

Key features:

  • Talend Experience
  • Talend Management Console
  • Data Inventory
  • API and Application Integration
  • Pipeline Designer
  • Talend Trust Score

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Businesses need data quality solutions like Talend to profile, clean and standardize data across their systems to ensure data is accurate, complete and consistent. For businesses looking for a complete, scalable data management solution, Talend is a good fit that will enable them to make decisions, plan for the future and track their progress.

But even as a comprehensive data integration, analytics and sharing solution, Talend is more ideal for organizations that require a balance of advanced features and user-friendly interfaces, such as midsize companies or departments within larger enterprises seeking to streamline their data management processes. For larger organizations or those with highly complex data needs and stringent data quality requirements, it might be worthwhile exploring some of Talend’s top alternatives.

Features partners

Pricing

Talend offers four plans as follows:

  1. Stitch: A no-code data ingestion platform targeted at busy analysts.
  2. Data Management Platform: A data management starting point for busy data management professionals and teams.
  3. Big Data Platform: An advanced analytics platform for mass amounts of data.
  4. Data Fabric: A complete data integration and sharing solution for enterprises.

A free 14-day trial and a demo are available for all of Talend’s plans, but the vendor does not publish pricing information on its website. Prospective buyers will need to contact the Talend sales team directly for information about what the solution will cost for their specific needs.

Key features of Talend

Talend Experience

The first time you log into Talend via a free-trial, you will undoubtedly be impressed by the intuitive user interface — a fully guided experience toward building your own data fabric (Figure A). The portal contains a resource library containing walk-through videos, tutorials and sample quickstart jobs, where users can select a single use case and follow a series of steps to implement a corresponding solution within minutes.

Figure A

Talend Experience interface.
Talend Experience interface. Image: Talend

Talend Management Console

The Talend Management Console is a comprehensive no-code framework that simplifies the management of all of Talend’s applications and services (Figure B). The no-code interface allows users to easily plan, manage, deploy and monitor projects. It also facilitates collaboration among team members allowing them to share resources and projects securely.

Figure B

Talend Management Console.
Talend Management Console. Image: Talend

Data Inventory

Talend’s Data Inventory is a nexus for all shared datasets. It serves as a repository that allows users across the organization to catalog, search and manage data. By providing visibility into data lineage, quality and usage, this feature enhances data governance.

SEE: Learn more about data governance.

API and Application Integration

Talend’s API and Application Integration feature enables seamless connectivity between various applications, databases and application programming interfaces. This capability allows users to integrate and synchronize data across different systems on-premises or in the cloud, without writing any code. It also supports a wide range of connectors and APIs, making it easy to connect to popular applications and services.

Pipeline Designer

The Pipeline Designer is a drag-and-drop interface that allows users to create complex data integration and transformation workflows. It supports real-time data processing, so organizations can process and analyze data as it arrives (Figure C). It is especially useful for handling large volumes of data and applications that require immediate insights, such as real-time analytics and Internet of Things data processing.

Figure C

Talend Cloud Pipeline Designer architecture.
Talend Cloud Pipeline Designer architecture. Image: Talend

Talend Trust Score

The Talend Trust Score is a proprietary metric that measures the overall trustworthiness of data (Figure D). The score is based on a number of factors, including completeness, accuracy, timeliness and consistency.

Figure D

Talend Trust Score.
Talend Trust Score. Image: Talend

Pros

  • Quickstart Jobs: Talend Experience’s Quickstart Jobs is ideal for people who are new to data management as well as those that already have solutions in place.
  • Gentle learning curve: Talend’s self-service interface is a no-code solution that’s easy to use, with an intuitive design that fosters company-wide collaboration.
  • Flexible deployment: Talend can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud or in a hybrid environment, meaning no major overhauls of existing infrastructure is necessary.
  • Integrations: Talend integrates with a wide range of data sources, including databases, customer relationship management tools, enterprise resource planning software and cloud applications.
  • Support and services: Talend’s support and services are highly regarded for their responsiveness and expertise, providing users with the necessary guidance and assistance to effectively implement and manage its data integration solutions.

Cons

  • Dealing with large datasets: Talend experiences performance issues that may necessitate additional optimization or hardware enhancements when dealing with extremely large datasets or complex data transformation.

Alternatives to Talend

Users with complex data needs and highly demanding data quality needs may want to examine alternatives to Talend that have a longer history and naturally have developed a more mature suite of features, particularly in areas like advanced analytics, complex data management and enterprise-level security. These established platforms may offer deeper integration capabilities and more robust support for legacy systems, which can be crucial for organizations with extensive and varied data environments.

SoftwareTalendInformatica PowerCenterIBM InfoSphere DataStage and QualityStageSAS Data Quality
Ideal forGeneral data quality, data fabric and self-service data management.Complex enterprise data integration and data governance.Scalable data quality, AI/ML integration and cloud platforms.Advanced analytics and data science and research institutions.
StrengthsIntuitive UI, self-service features, data fabric, API integration, and robust security.Robust data integration, data governance and master data management.Comprehensive data quality tools, AI/ML integration, cloud capabilities.Advanced analytics, data science, data profiling and cleansing.
WeaknessesMay not be scalable for complex data pipelines and data science focus limited.Complex to learn and manage, requires a larger IT team.Technical expertise needed for advanced features and complex pricing.Less self-service features and requires strong statistical knowledge.
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Informatica PowerCenter

Informatica is renowned for its robust data integration capabilities, particularly for complex enterprise data pipelines. It offers comprehensive data governance and master data management functionalities.

When compared to Talend, Informatica PowerCenter is more complex to learn and manage and may require a larger IT team for implementation and maintenance. Despite this, Informatica is currently the best platform for large organizations with complex data integration needs and a strong IT infrastructure which explains its current top rank as a leader on Garners’ Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Solutions.

SEE: We also reviewed Informatica Data Quality.

IBM InfoSphere DataStage and QualityStage

IBM InfoSphere DataStage and QualityStage offers users a comprehensive suite of data quality tools for profiling, cleansing, and enriching data. It comes with strong integration with IBM’s cloud and analytics platforms with emphasis on automation and artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities.

It may require technical expertise for advanced features, and the pricing structure can be complex for smaller organizations. However, IBM is ideal for organizations seeking a robust and scalable data quality solution with strong AI/ML integration and cloud capabilities.

SEE: Check out our full review for IBM InfoSphere QualityStage.

SAS Data Quality

SAS Data Quality is geared toward advanced analytics and data science. The platform offers users sophisticated data quality tools for profiling, cleansing, and enriching data and is especially powerful for statistical analysis.

It has less focus on self-service features compared to Talend and requires users to have strong statistical knowledge for optimal utilization. That said, SAS Data Quality is perfect for organizations with a heavy emphasis on data science and statistical analysis and any scenario where data quality is critical for accurate models and insights.

SEE: Explore our in-depth comparison of SAS Data Management and Talend.

Review methodology

Our evaluation of Talend and its alternatives was meticulous and aimed at providing a comprehensive and unbiased overview of the software. The primary source of our information was the official websites of the companies themselves. To supplement this primary data, we delved into secondary sources, including customer reviews and other reputable online resources.

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