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author avatarreviewer1232958 (User)

Ease of modelling and deployment, connectors availability out of the box,,workflow automation,ETL capability,audit and control, transaction and batch processing, continuous Synch,low code,visual interface.

author avatarPhil Wilkins (Capgemini)

I would be looking for things like:
- types of connections supported
- data transformation capabilities
- throughput
- can it support micro batching
- can a process be triggered by a data source
- security
- how does it work in a Hybrid scenario (assuming the organization isn't cloud-born)
- licensing and support costs (even open source has support implications - even if it's being patched by your own devs)
- expertise in the product, and product roadmap/life -- if it's difficult to get expertise in using a product or at least support until your own team is competent a problem can incur a lot of delays. If a product is approaching end of life - then skills with the product will disappear, you'll eventually need to change your solution

author avatarRamesh Vanteru (Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd.)

Ease of use for ETL
Advanced ETL features for flexibility
Easy to test/debug
Templates/Pre-built functionalities

author avatarNida Fatima (Astera)

- Ease of use - The solution should offer the same level of usability to both IT and business users.
- Support for both batch and transaction-based integration
- Workflow automation - I would not want to spend my time scheduling and monitoring recurring jobs. Therefore, there should be support for time-based and event-based scheduling.
- Connectivity - Any business today works with a plethora of legacy and modern data sources. So the solution should offer out-of-the-box connectivity to a range of source and target databases.

author avatarKieran Connolly
Real User

Flexibility - can you code complex business domain rules using VB or C++?
Connections - what data sources it connects with and how it connects to them.
Stability - will it crash in development mode?
Reuse - can you create and re-use modules in multiple projects and deploy to server tasks?

author avatarit_user621570 (Director of Human Resources with 1,001-5,000 employees)

Ease of use for ETL
Advanced ETL features for flexibility
Easy to test/debug
Templates/Pre-built functionalities

author avatarit_user252576 (Business Intelligence and Decision Support Team Leader at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees)

Data profiling, easy to use, connectivity capabilities to different kind of sources (unstructured data, flat files, common rdms, soap and json ) advanced data transform capabilties

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