Pentaho Data Integration vs Supermetrics vs Skyvia

Pentaho Data Integration and Supermetrics both offer a data integration solution. Compare the features and benefits, data sources and destinations, and see which meets your needs. Look at the side-by-side comparison chart of the two data integration solutions.

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About the Services

Pentaho Data Integration

Pentaho Data Integration (PDI) is an ETL tool with different offerings. You can choose between open-source and Enterprise Edition. Hitachi Vantara launched this in 2004. Since then, this tool has been serving a growing number of customers worldwide, and the feedback is positive.

PDI enables you to extract, transform, and load (ETL) data from a variety of sources. With PDI, you can integrate data to create meaningful insights and reports. These reports can help in business decisions.

PDI’s user interface is intuitive and easy to navigate. However, it can get slow at times, and customization of the UI is limited, according to some reviews in Gartner Peer Insights. And only 68% Would Recommend according to the same reviews.

PDI is a product you need to install and configure. That means you take care of security and privacy concerns on your own. Yet, you can deploy PDI in the cloud and use whatever certifications the cloud provider has. PDI also uses security providers like LDAP, Secure Socket Layers, and more. So, PDI is not lax on security and privacy.

Supermetrics

Supermetrics is a tool for delivering sales and marketing data into reporting tools. It was launched in 2013 and now serves more than 17,000 customers, according to its website.

Supermetrics is a web-based ETL tool that lets you connect to 120+ sources and 16 destinations. It is a simple fill-in-the-blanks form and easy-to-use query tool without coding focused on marketers. So if you're tech-savvy and find the tool doesn't fit your needs, keep in mind that it just wasn't designed for data professionals and developers. Note that if you sign-up for at least one year, you can't opt out and get a refund as a general policy. Use the 14-day trial to test it first.

Supermetrics has the ETL tool components. You can set your data source and destination, and you can define transformations through the Supermetrics API. It’s the most technical thing you can have with this tool. But most of the users admire its easy integration into Google Sheets and Excel.

Supermetrics has SOC 2 Type II, GDPR, and CCPA certifications. These ensure your data is safe until it reaches the destination.

Skyvia

Skyvia is a no-code cloud data integration platform for many data integration scenarios. It’s an all-rounder tool for ETL, ELT, Reverse ETL, data migration, one-way and bi-directional data sync, workflow automation, and more. Devart launched this fantastic product in 2014 for cloud data integration and backup.

Skyvia offers more than 160 ready-made data connectors. These are available for thousands of free users, including 2000+ paid customers. Big names like Hyundai and General Electric trust Skyvia to process their data. Its easy-to-use, drag-and-drop interface suits both IT professionals and business users. And don’t take our word for it. Listen to G2 reviewers about how easy it is to start and work with it. Data integration experts who used other tools can adapt with little to no help from support.

Skyvia has flexible pricing plans perfect for small startups and large enterprises. So, it makes it applicable to businesses of all sizes. Also, Skyvia’s freemium model allows users to start using it now and then decide if they need to upgrade later.

The safety of your data is also our prime concern. So, we hosted it in Microsoft Azure cloud, providing the best data security and privacy. It complies with a wide set of security standards, including SOC 2, ISO 27001, and many others.

Pentaho Data IntegrationSupermetricsSkyvia
FocusETL, streaming dataETLData ingestion, ELT, ETL, reverse ETL, data sync, workflow automation.
Skill levelLow-code, no-code solution.No-code solutions.
Liquid template language for transformations.
No-code and easy to use wizard.
Sources40+120+160+
DestinationsSupported data sources.16Supported data sources, including databases, data warehouses, cloud apps and flat files.
Database replicationFull or incremental load.Full or incremental load.Full table and incremental via change data capture.
Ability for customers to add new data sourcesThrough JDBC or ODBC.By request.Yes, by request or using REST API connector.
G2 customer satisfaction4.3 out of 5
15 reviews
4.4 out of 5
596 reviews
4.7 out of 5
167 Reviews
Peer Insights satisfaction4.1
137 Ratings
4 out of 5
2 reviews
4.8
87 Ratings
Developer toolsPentaho Data Integration.
Pentaho Metadata Editor.
Pentaho Aggregation Designer.
Pentaho Schema Workbench.
Supermetrics Hub and API.REST connector for data sources that have REST API.
Advanced ETL capabilitiesSupports Hadoop and Spark integrations for Big Data.Supermetrics API.Visual ETL data pipeline designer with data orchestration capabilities.
Compliance and security certificationsNo provided security and privacy certifications.
User and Role management within PDI.
Supports security providers such as LDAP, MSAD, SSO, SSL, AES, JDBC.
SOC 2 Type 2, GDPR, CCPA.HIPAA, GDPR, PCI DSS.
ISO 27001 and SOC 2 (by Azure).
Purchase processUse the free trial and talk to sales.Use the 14-day free trial and talk to sales.Self-service or sales.
Vendor lock-inPentaho Community Edition is open-source.
Talk to sales for more details.
Annual contracts.Monthly or annual contracts.
PricingCommunity Edition is free and open source.
Contact sales for Enterprise Edition.
30-day free trial of Enterprise Edition.
Fixed-fee pricing depending on destination.
Contact sales for more information.
With a 14-day free trial.
Volume-based and feature-based pricing. Freemium model allows to start with a free plan.

Connectors

Pentaho Data Integration

Pentaho Data Integration offers a wide range of data connectors through JDBC. So, you can connect to databases, cloud platforms, and big data sources like Hadoop. Some of the most popular ones are MySQL, SQL Server, Google Analytics, and Salesforce.

PDI allows you to create your own custom data connector. Or use pre-built connectors created by the Pentaho community. In addition, PDI offers a marketplace where you can find third-party connectors. So, you can also try your luck here if you don’t want to roll up your sleeves to build a connector.

Supermetrics

Supermetrics allows you to connect to 120+ connectors. The apps list includes sales and marketing platforms, data warehouses, and data lakes. There are only 16 destinations supported. Some popular sources are Google Ads, Facebook Ads, and Google Analytics. Popular destinations are Google Sheets, Looker Studio, and BigQuery.

Note that the pricing depends on the destination. For example, you need to load your data to Excel and then to Snowflake. Each has separate pricing. The pricing plan for each destination limits the number of sources you can connect to. So, you better plan your destination to avoid paying more. For example, instead of loading data to Power BI and Snowflake, use Snowflake only. You can connect any reporting or visualization tool to Snowflake.

If you can't find the needed data source in their list, you can request it. Or you can check their connector roadmap first and see if the missing data source is already under development.

Skyvia

Skyvia offers more than 160 connectors, and more to come very soon. It supports connectors for CRMs, accounting, email marketing, e-commerce, human resources, marketing automation, payment processing, product management, all major databases and DWH, flat files, and more. It’s also not a problem whether your data is on-premise or in the cloud.

You can access your on-premise data with peace of mind using the Skyvia Agent. It allows you to connect to databases like SQL Server, MySQL, and more using an encrypted connection. You need to download the Skyvia Agent and install it. Then, download a secured key file and place it in the same folder as the Agent. The Agent is like an unbreakable metal door, and you use the key file to open that door to your on-premise data. You can also set it up so that Skyvia can access only the resources you specify and nothing else.

Customers can also leave a request for a new data connector. And Skyvia will prioritize building it without additional payment.

Transformation

Pentaho Data Integration

Pentaho Data Integration (PDI) allows you to transform data from one format to another. With PDI, customers can perform a variety of data transformations. Some of these are simple operations like filtering and sorting. There also are complex operations like pivoting, joining, and data validation.

PDI lets you drag and drop transformations into place. No need to write any code. But if you need custom transformations, you can code in languages like Java.

Supermetrics

Supermetrics allow you to convert, pivot, sort, and do other transformations. You can do this using Liquid Filters, an open-source template language from Shopify via the Supermetrics API.

Supermetrics provides the data in a denormalized form. It means that combining data doesn’t need relating different tables. Since this tool is for marketers, joining related tables will only confuse them. Supermetrics provide these denormalized data through standard schemas. So, common metrics and data dimensions are ready for use in reports. Users familiar with relatinal data can use custom schemas as well.

Transformations using Liquid will require technical skills. So business users can do transformations in the target reporting platform, like Google Sheets, Excel, or Power BI.

Skyvia

Skyvia is a full-featured ETL service that allows powerful data transformations. It is a no-code solution allowing data splitting, conversion, lookups, and many more.

You can use the Skyvia Data Flow and Control Flow for advanced data pipelines. Transformations for these advanced pipelines are flexible. It supports extending your data with new columns, conditional flows, and summarized values. And all these you can do with parameters, variables, and more for flexibility without code.

Moreover, Skyvia has an Expression Builder to build formulas with many functions. With this, you can convert or extract parts of the data or form new values to suit your needs. And if you love coding in SQL, Skyvia can further extend your transformation needs. It supports multiple joins, groupings, CASE expressions, and more in SELECT queries. And you can also use DML commands like INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE.

Support

Pentaho Data Integration

Pentaho Data Integration (PDI) offers various levels of support. You can access support through the Hitachi Vantara support portal. From there you’ll see the knowledgebase articles, product documentation, and community forums.

PDI customers have access to standard support. This includes email support and access to the support portal during business hours. Premium support is also available. It provides 24/7 phone support, priority handling, and faster response times. Service Level Agreements (SLAs) are available for premium support.

You can also access a range of professional services like consulting and training.

Supermetrics

Supermetrics provides resources for creating ETL pipelines and reports. There are videos, technical documentation, etc. Supermetrics also provides customer onboarding. If this is not enough, you can send a support ticket.

Customer support is a mixed bag in review sites such as G2. Some report good response times, others - longer times. Most of the complaints pertain to bugs mainly resolved by the Supermetrics team.

Skyvia

Skyvia offers free email, chat (on the website or in-app), and forum support for all customers. It also provides extensive documentation with lots of tutorials and user guides.

For paid customers, there's also a phone support option and additional support options for Enterprise customers.

Pricing

Pentaho Data Integration

Pentaho Data Integration (PDI) offers a free Community Edition. It is also open source but comes with limited features. If you’re looking for more advanced features and support, try the Enterprise Edition. But, the website doesn’t mention the pricing for the Enterprise Edition.

But, PDI offers a 30-day trial for the Enterprise Edition. It allows you to try out the full range of features and see if this product is for you. If you decide to buy it, you’ll be able to access premium support services as well.

Supermetrics

Supermetrics have fixed-fee pricing depending on the destination of your pipeline. There’s separate pricing for each of the 16 destinations. So, if you need two destinations, you have to pay separately for each. Each destination pricing plan depends on the number of data sources and users. It also depends on how frequently your ETL pipeline runs. So, if you need to have hourly runs for Google Sheets, you need to avail yourself of the Enterprise plan. Data sources beyond your pricing plan require extra payment.

You can avail of the 14-day free trial limited by 100 queries per day per data source. Some users in review sites consider Supermetrics as pricey for its supported features.

Skyvia

Skyvia Data Integration is a freemium tool with an option to request a 14-day trial. So, price is not a barrier to entry.

And when you’re ready, paid plans start from $19 per month. Pricing tiers depend on a few factors. It includes the number of loaded records, scheduling frequency, and advanced ETL features. There are no sale commitments. And customers can upgrade or downgrade at any time. Check out a detailed comparison here.

If you doubt the price is worth it, check out review sites like G2. Aside from ease of use, reasonable pricing is one of the things Skyvia customers like. So, you can be sure the features you get are worth every penny.