In the rapidly shifting world of data, software, cloud computing, machine learning, and technology, weighing the advantages and disadvantages of ETL toolsets and managed data integration solutions can be difficult.
However, choosing the right tools based on your specific needs is crucial and can lead to competitive advantages, time, and cost savings. In the following, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of both to help you make an informed decision for your business requirements.
Data Integration Advantages
1. It helps businesses gain insights into their data, both current and old.
2. Consolidates data to make viewing and analyzing easier.
3. Helps improve productivity.
4. Improves data accuracy and compliance.
When companies want to connect systems, there are options such as ETL toolsets and managed data integration apps. Below, you’ll find more information about both:
What are ETL Toolsets?
In short, ETL is an acronym for Extract, Transform, and Load. For many businesses, the necessary data to run the company comes from a variety of sources. This can include accounting and HR data, CRM, marketing, and sales records, to name a few. In order to bring all of that data together into a centralized database, it must be extracted from the sources, then transformed, cleaned up, or prepared, and finally loaded into your database.
As with any data integration option, there are advantages to keeping all of that information in more than one system. However, in the case of ETL toolsets, there are some cons to consider:
1. Take a lot of time to understand and set up.
2. You are responsible for dealing with issues and fixing them; no support is provided.
3. Hard to keep up and maintain.
4. It is not ideal for near real-time or on-demand data access, where fast response is required.
5. Much more expensive in terms of time and money in the longer term.
What are Managed Data Integrations?
Managed data integration refers to the solution provided by a vendor like Commercient who brings together necessary IT infrastructure and technology, along with implementation and maintenance of those tools.
Rather than a company utilizing staff resources to take on this critical role in-house, many businesses both large and small prefer to have an expert team manage these data processes.
The Benefits of Commercient’s Managed Data Integration Solutions
Although ETL toolsets can be a viable solution for some, the cons, including the expensive costs, difficult set up and maintenance processes, and lack of support, steer many to look at other options. In these cases, pre-built and managed data integration often makes the most sense for numerous reasons:
Rapid Deployment and Easy Setup: We handle the setup, providing you with a holistic view of your data quickly.
Lower Costs: You will save not only time but also money in the long run, as our expert support provides immediate results.
More Flexibility and Customizations: We will tailor and customize your integration based on your specific goals and objectives.
Amazing Support: Our knowledgeable staff supports your every need, from setup to troubleshooting and ongoing maintenance.
To recap, managed data integration from Commercient is a preferred choice for many businesses that are considering ETL toolsets as an alternative. Our SYNC apps are the fastest, simplest and most flexible solutions for your sales, service, marketing, and customer success teams. And most importantly, we eliminate the need for third-party toolkits for a quick and easy integration experience. Contact us today to discuss your data integration needs.