Why you should consider the emerging leader
When it comes to Talend, prospective customers have a favorite question they like to ask analysts: “If I can get all of this from Talend at a fraction of the cost of the big guys, what am I really missing by not going with bigger vendors?”
And, what the analysts likely say is something along the lines of: “Talend isn’t as mature as Informatica or IBM, so their support and how-to tools won’t be as robust.”
As you might anticipate, my answer would be different.
I’d tell prospects that they’ll never regret taking a deeper look at Talend and assessing for themselves how we stack up.
For my part, here’s how I’d categorize the Data Integration players:
Megavendors (Informatica, IBM, Oracle) – These vendors have mostly grown through acquisitions which means they all have different design and management environments. While they offer a broad set of capabilities, they also require you to deploy/learn multiple, complex and propriety products that come with a high total cost of ownership.
Stovepipes (SAP, SAS, Microsoft) – These vendors all have solid solutions, but they mostly win in their own ecosystems and we don’t see them in the market more broadly. So, if you are ONLY a Microsoft shop or ONLY a SAP shop, then these could be for you. Of course though, these vendors still require you to buy multiple products with a high TCO.
Point Players – (Syncsort, Adeptia, Denodo, Cisco, Actian, Information Builders) – If you have a specific need, these players can fit the bill and they tend to be less expensive. However they lack the full set of capabilities and they aren’t players in the broader integration market.
Talend (Yes, shameless I know, but I truly believe we are currently in a category of one) – If you’re looking for a modern integration platform, that can give you agility, meet all your integration needs, including big data, with great cost of ownership, Talend really is your only one option.
A Good Choice for Today and Tomorrow
Gartner outlines seven trends that are shaping the market and Talend is investing in all of them. We are setting the bar on support for the key platforms of the future like Hadoop, NoSQL and the cloud. As the complexity of use cases grows and the need to operate in real-time intensifies our enterprise service bus and upcoming support for Spark streaming mean that we will deliver on more real-time use cases than anyone else.
Here are all seven of the trends highlighted by Gartner in the Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools*:
1. Growing interest in business moments and recognition of the required speed of digital Business
2. Intensifying pressure for enterprises to modernize and enlarge their data integration Strategy
3. Requirements to balance cost-effectiveness, incremental functionality, time-to-value and growing interest in self-service
4. Expectations for high-quality customer support and services
5. Increasing traction of extensive use cases
6. Extension of integration architectures through a combination of cloud and on-premises deployments
7. Need for alignment with application and information infrastructure
Of course, don’t take my word for it. Add Talend to your due diligence list and assess for yourself how a company that’s less than a whisker away from the Leaders Quadrant matches up.
* Gartner, Inc., "Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools” by Eric Thoo and Mark A. Beyer, July 29, 2015