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Talend Data Management Platform is the #9 ranked solution in our list of top Data Integration Tools. It is most often compared to Talend Data Fabric: Talend Data Management Platform vs Talend Data Fabric

What is Talend Data Management Platform?
Talend offers robust data integration in an open and scalable architecture to maximize its value to your business. Simple, graphical tools and wizards get you up and running quickly with native code generation that streamlines development.

Talend Data Management Platform is also known as Talend Integration Suite.

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Accent Group, Acticall, Allianz Global Investors Distributors LLC, Car & Boat Media, Cdiscount.com
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What users are saying about Talend Data Management Platform pricing:
  • "The pricing is a little higher than what I had expected, but it's comparable with I-PASS competitors."
  • "License renewal is on a yearly basis."

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RG
Systems Integration Specialist at a university with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
User-friendly, stable, and handles different context variables well

Pros and Cons

  • "I like the way that you can use the context variables, and how you can work those context variables to give you values and settings for every development environment, such as PROD, TEST, and DEV."
  • "I would like to sync a project and do an upload from that current version, and then from GitLab, be able to download the latest one."

What is our primary use case?

Currently, I am using this solution to develop an integration between two particular systems. It's selecting a TSV file from slate and transferring to banner after you work the data.

How has it helped my organization?

Since I am using it for an ongoing project, I haven't been able to deliver on that project.

It is going to help us in changing the way we look at integrations and not have deployed from a strictly coding standpoint. Instead, it's going to be from a perspective of design and orchestration, which is the direction we are going in.

What is most valuable?

I have been using very basic features, but one of the features that I liked the most is how it handles different contexts. I like the way that you can use the context variables, and how you can work those context variables to give you values and settings for every development environment, such as PROD, TEST, and DEV.

The objects are friendly to use, and another feature that I like is the general generic schemas, even though it took a certain amount of learning to get used to it, it was beneficial.

With what I have seen in the cloud version the interface is great, and what I have used of the on-premises version is great.

It's user friendly.

What needs improvement?

While I understand that I am using the open-source version, but the facility of having version control is to the point where you can share it with other developers in the team. I think that's the way the product was intentionally made. That way you don't have organizations using the open-source version and instead of using the paid version.

I would like to sync a project and do an upload from that current version, and then from GitLab, be able to download the latest one. It will make it easier to share code with teammates. This is most likely something that Talend Open Studio doesn't have intentionally so that organizations have to invest in the cloud.

If Talend were to be able to offer an annual license in which the number of integrations is the deciding factor, instead of the number of concurrent users developing, then that would make them a little bit more competitive when you're comparing them to, for example, were Workato or SnapLogic.

For how long have I used the solution?

I'm still in the learning phase and the exploration phase. I have been working with this solution for approximately a month and a half.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I haven't found any bugs or glitches so far. I am still exploring the tool.

I've heard from organizations that have the cloud version, that there are certain objects that I will not have in the on-premises version. I don't know which objects they are. 

I still haven't seen Talent Open Studio lacking in anything, but I guess that they've gone through something specific.

I am sure that there is a generic object that you can use to cover a certain demand.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In terms of scalability, we have put basic projects in Cron Servers to run out a Cron Job, which didn't require a lot of work. I had to do the research on how to export the job, then it worked. We have only done it with basic jobs where you are moving files over, creating directories, and validating if the directories exist.

Soon we will be deploying one that is going to involve connecting to an SFTP to select files, doing a DIFF of the file, and comparing it to a previous version. With what is left, we're performing inserts and Oracle tables.

I am the only one that is fully using this solution. I do have another person who helps me when transferring files to the Cron Server.

How are customer service and technical support?

I really haven't reached out to technical support. I've been just doing it on my own, going through forums, blogs, reading multiple books, and finding a couple of videos on YouTube. That has been enough.

I would have to encounter something that is challenging in the development process, and since I am going to be using some APIs, those calls would be done through SQL. I don't think that I will be asking for help anytime soon, but it might be different once we are using the cloud version.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We are currently in the process of selecting an I-PASS solution and right now, the Talend Data Management Platform is one of the finalists.

We are ironing out the differences and seeing how much we can do with the open-source version before moving onto the cloud version.

How was the initial setup?

In the initial setup, I was having some struggles with making sure that Java requirements were properly set up. After that, it was working fine. 

I have installed it on both a Mac and a PC, and I haven't had any complaints. 

I'm still working out the dynamic of using a GIT repository, such as GitLab to be able to back up all of the projects that I'm working on.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is a little higher than what I had expected, but it's comparable with I-PASS competitors.

It's on the higher side because it's a developer-user licensed solution. It makes you look at the investment differently than an I-PASS that is offered by the number of integrations that you have to work on. You have to balance it out on one end. You have an I-PASS that tells you that you can have an unlimited amount of developers, but you can only develop a certain amount of integrations per yer. That's what you are paying for.

With Talend, it's the opposite. You can have an unlimited amount of integrations but you only a license for two developers, for example.

What other advice do I have?

For anyone looking to use this solution, I would suggest using the open-source version first.

I have been told that there are missing features, but I haven't found what those components are. I can understand how an organization that is already living with the Talend cloud can identify that easier because they were already facing a challenge without finding that component.

The reason why that organization told me that was because they have three developers working on a cloud version and one developer working on the on-premises version. 

That is how they picked up on it. According to what I had heard from that source, there are differences. There are some components that are only going to be available in the Talend cloud version.

At this time, it is difficult for me to evaluate this solution, as I have only seen how their products work and I am not fully working with Talend. It's subjective. 

The only way that I could be objective would be if I had maybe one year of experience using a different I-PASS and then one year of experiencing using this one.

We are still in the process of evaluating them, but I love the way things look in Talend, and I'm all for Talend. I know that Workato is really close to it as well.

The relationship with the vendor is currently coding, presentations, demos, and conversations of how this I-PASS can be a part of our organization.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
PC
Business Analytics at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
Feature rich, easy to use, and easy to understand

Pros and Cons

  • "They're very competitive in terms of performance, which is a good selling point. It has very rich features. It provides a very rich feature set in the application."
  • "Including either XML or JSON in the next release would definitely be a good transformation. I'm not sure if Talend has that feature, but it's one of those requirements that we are working around and have to do some parsing of XML so this could make it easier."

What is our primary use case?

This solution is being used on the client-side. It's a data warehouse solution, basically integrating data between Oracle data sources going into a Teradata Database data warehouse.

What is most valuable?

As far as the features that I have found most valuable, it's fairly easy to understand, even for someone inexperienced going from Informatica and DataStage to Talend. The other positive thing, although I haven't used it personally, is that it shares the same platform as the data quality solution which is important in my line of work. Both sections are beginning to be asked for by our clients. Unlike a few years ago, when it was either you doing a data integration or somebody else doing a data quality assessment, in this day and age they're actually asking for both, and it is a good platform to do both. The other thing about Talend is that it has a lot of push down features, wherein most of the execution that has to be done on the processing side, does not require much heavy lifting up. There's not much need to lift the data so that it can be processed and then pushed back to the database, which was traditionally the approach for the likes of Informatica and even DataStage if they're not using pushdown authentication.

I put Talend on the same playing field as the other platforms and they're very competitive in terms of performance, which is a good selling point. It has very rich features. It provides a very rich feature set in the application.

What needs improvement?

I don't see any additional need for improvement, at least not in the use cases that I've encountered so far.

I'm not sure if they have it, but including either XML or JSON in the next release would definitely be a good transformation. I'm not sure if Talend has that feature, but it's one of those requirements that we are working around and have to do some parsing of XML so this could make it easier.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Talend Data Management Platform over the last year.

Additionally, I've had a few years experience with Informatica, a few years with DataStage, and then a few years with SQL Server, and only recently with Talend.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

As I mentioned, we've only been using it for a year, and for a portion of that it was still in development, but it's been fairly stable in the last 10 to 12 months.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In terms of scalability, I think from an engineering standpoint, Talend should be able to scale as your database platforms expand, as well. Noting that it has a run-time that basically executes your job on the database side. It should scale fairly consistently with your database growth. I would anticipate that.

How are customer service and technical support?

I know the support people personally, so yes, I've contacted them for a few inquiries every now and then. None of that too difficult or too serious, it's usually more on unexplored feature sets or specific functionalities that I may have missed the documentation for. It's usually more regarding inquiries rather than solution fixes.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not too simple but I guess somebody out of college would be able to set it up felt fairly easily. So it should be fairly simple.

The Apple deployment took only about a week, but tuning and validation took another two weeks

What about the implementation team?

I observed the implementation, but normally, at least in the projects that I have, we bring in Talend engineers to set up the platform for us.

Deployment was a two-person job. There's a lot of coordination between the system administrators and the database administrators to get the connectors right. It's about a handful of people. Of course, that's not the same as the developers, but for our use case, it was a very small team that deployed it.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Clients are looking for options. Before using Talend, when I was building Informatica and DataStage, they both were the "big bucks" kind of data integration and clients are desperate for deep-dive data warehousing because of the expense. But with Talend, it provides both a quick startup with their community and at the same time, it provides a different financial strategy with their subscription model. There are some clients who are actually financially stable enough and they're looking for a license model or a financial model like what Talend doesn't have. They like its features but it follows a subscription model. So it's even more on the client's business side wherein they want variety, but sometimes the variety is very much limited to the brand.

Basically, like in our case, Informatica and Cappex only offer a staged data payment model. But Talend offers a monthly subscription kind of model, and there are some clients who like the features of Talend, but they are not keen on having an OPEX, an operational expense, kind of financial model.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise potential customers to try Talend's community edition. It would be a good strategy for them to get their hands and feet wet using the community so they'll understand the ins and outs of those sites.

It works well for the product because you get traction in terms of adoption and community. The community is rich enough for people to build actual production solutions, and it's open to expansion in an enterprise community. So that would be a good strategy, especially if a company is still exploring tools. It's a low-cost approach to get started.

On a scale of one to ten, I would rate Talend Data Management Platform a nine. 

What would make it a ten, at least in my region, is the support. In the Philippines, there's only a handful of Talend support. The support is very helpful, but it's very limited. They usually refer you to the community or to their reseller partners, but for direct engineering inquiries, they would have to refer you to their head office. So for a very popular product, their footprint here in the Philippines is still on the development side or ramp-up side.

Support could improve. I'm leveraging it on personal references because I know the people running the show here in the Philippines. But for some of the clients, they would find it difficult to find global support for Talend here in the Philippines.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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Christopher  Hafer
System Analyst II at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
Improved efficiency, saving time and money for our data integration tasks and services

Pros and Cons

  • "Talend Studio has the ability to connect to almost anything to integrate data from files, databases, web services, etc."
  • "The documentation from version to version could be more accurate."

What is our primary use case?

Initially, it was data integration for academic data to an EDW on Sybase IQ for reporting purposes. Now it has evolved into data integration for both application and user consumption, loading data into Sybase and MS-SQL data stores. We use Studio on Windows with Servers on Ubuntu

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has allowed us to use more technical individuals for data integration that don't otherwise have expertise in SQL, Stored Procedures, and/or Perl scripting. It has improved our ability to integrate data from multiple systems and decreased the time it usually took using other means, which involved Perl or high-level SQL techniques.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the Talend Admin Console (TAC). It connects Studio to SVN (Code Repository), Nexus (Artifacts/Build Packages), and Job Servers (Runs Nexus packaged jobs). TAC also manages user access to projects, which allows multiple users, working within the same project at the same time, while maintaining all code changes in SVN. 

Talend Studio has the ability to connect to almost anything to integrate data from files, databases, web services, etc.

What needs improvement?

The documentation from version to version could be more accurate. I have found information that is inaccurate or doesn't apply to the version I am trying to install or work in. Documentation could also be more user-friendly as it seems cumbersome with too much information, which probably is why I have found inaccurate information.   

The application installation process needs improvement. They have an easy "non-secure" installation for trying out the subscription version. I would like to see installation instructions for a Production environment with system and server layout using SSL Security. It would go a long way to understand what Talend envisions as a best practice for a production environment. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for eight years and two months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The Talend solution has been very stable. We have very few issues with the systems running the jobs. Most issues we have are with unknown changes to source systems that Talend jobs interact with.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable but we have not had to use it. Our next upgrade will likely be with their Cloud solution if not using Docker Containers.  

How are customer service and technical support?

In the beginning, Customer Support helped a lot. Now that I know more, I would like them to respond with information I have not already tried. Escalation from Customer Support to get the right Technical Support person faster would be nice. Most times, I get a quick response. Sometimes, however, it can take days to get to the person who knows what is wrong or get a fix. Other times, I have solved my issue before they have an answer.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used Perl and SQL for data integration.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was using the Talend Installer, which is very easy but on the next upgrade, we decided to split the systems into individual VMs for better management of security patches. It gets really complex as you go from Data Integration to Data Services Platforms because of the open-source apps in their suite.

What about the implementation team?

I implemented Talend in-house / on-premises. I have no experience with using a Talend vendor for implementing a solution, though this may change in the near future. 

What was our ROI?

Not sure about the money side but I know it has been easier and less time consuming to complete the same tasks for data integration compared to how we did it prior to using Talend. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

For a production environment, plan to separate the Talend suite of systems onto their own servers for easier management with 'security updates' and secure each one for encryption of data across systems. Using the installer for a Production environment didn't work for what we needed. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other solutions, although I can't remember the names. They were either more expensive and/or didn't have a community/free version that compared to Talend's Open Studio at the time.

What other advice do I have?

Having developers that are familiar with Java and Tomcat will be very helpful but not required when using Talend.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
SS
Consultant en intelligence dÃcisionnelle at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
Top 20
Simple to use interface and good community support using the portal

Pros and Cons

  • "The features that I like the most are the simplicity of the interface, and the ability to quickly develop with a predefined component."
  • "They lack in memory capacity."

What is our primary use case?

I was using the Talend Data Management Platform to ship data from the source to the website, and I was using the Talend administration console to monitor the different data flex and developing new data flex.

The new data flex was deployed to our servers. We are also using the same Talend administration for tasks, monitoring the tasks, and for developing the tasks.

We have four to five servers running on Talend.

What is most valuable?

The features that I like the most are the simplicity of the interface, and the ability to quickly develop with a predefined component.

Having the ability to mix both my own code created in Java with the predefined components is helpful.

It is easy to face issues and meet any of the client's needs.

What needs improvement?

We were using TAC for the testing environments and another TAC for the production environment. We had to promote our code manually from one environment to another.

I would like to see them add a feature in TAC that exists in TMC where you have the ability with different environments to promote code easily from one to the other.

They lack in memory capacity. We had to add a new job server to deal with the new system we had.

I would like to see components added with routing and web services. We have many subsystems that are not being used with Talend to make them communicate. It would be better to have unified systems within Talend to be able to do so. Having it directly in Talend Data Management would be nice, or an ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) or some web service applications. Also to have a unified TAC, actually just having one environment or one Infospace for the entire environment.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable. When we had to add new data flex we were just parallelizing, having different jobs running in Talend on five different job servers.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't had the need to contact technical support. When I have had issues, the Talend portal is there and there is a Talend Help Centre where you have discussions and blogs. I was able to find answers there. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, we were using TAC (Talend Administrative Console).

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

License renewal is on a yearly basis.

What other advice do I have?

I have never spoken with Talend technical support directly over the phone or by mail, I was able to find my answers on the web. Overall, I am satisfied with Talend and I recommend it.

I would rate Talend an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
JT
Consultant at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Consultant
Top 20
Good integration with lots of connections, a helpful community, and friendly support

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is integration."
  • "Performance and speed could be improved."

What is our primary use case?

We use Talend to help our clients distribute their products.

It's a real ETL solution. You download data, transform it, and then you upload it.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is integration. There are several connectors, there is a large community, and the solution updates often. It is always up-to-date.

What needs improvement?

Performance and speed could be improved.

They could improve on the scalability.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the Talend Data Management Platform for three or four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable, although not the best. I'd say that it is great but not on the top.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's scalable but they could use Docker to improve the scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have contacted technical support on occasion. It's great because you have the support and you have the community as well.

You create a ticket and intel is very open and reactive. They are friendly.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward and not complex.

It did not take a lot of time to deploy.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing Talend, we evaluated DataStage and Informatica.

We decided to go with Talend because it has an open-mindedness to it. It's not a closed system, you have a great community and in France, where I live, it is the leader and there are many people who can do a good job using Talend.

What other advice do I have?

Talend is a good product and I recommend it. It is an open system, you have several connectors, it's evolved, and you are unlimited because of the great community. There are always people who may have had some of the same encounters and have found solutions to the same problems. 

I am still learning this product myself, I have not yet used all of the features this product has to offer.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
PG
Data Integration Tech Lead at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Good scheduling and a nice visual interface but some components are not easy to exploit

Pros and Cons

  • "The basic tools are easy to pick up and understand."
  • "Once you get past the basic tools, it gets pretty complicated."

What is most valuable?

The scheduling part of the solution is very good.  

Talend has a lot of connectors, which is very useful.

The user interface is good. It's very visual.

The basic tools are easy to pick up and understand.

What needs improvement?

Some components of the solution are not easy to exploit.

The solution takes quite a long time to master, even with a visual interface. They should work to make it more user-friendly and easier to learn. 

Once you get past the basic tools, it gets pretty complicated.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for eight months.

What other advice do I have?

I'm a user and a client. I'm a Data Integration Tech.

I'd rate the solution six out of ten.

It's my understanding that the solution is lining up a lot of new features to add and deploy in the near future. That will be great. I hope they continue to focus on new releases.

There are only a few things that are straightforward, however. Many things take a lot of time to understand and get used to. If they can improve the basic stuff, I think it would be much less complicated overall. There are also more connectors that could be added as a feature. Other than that, it's a good product.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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