Actian ETL & Data Integration

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Author: Daan van Beek MSc
Senior Actian consultant
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Below, we present a concise summary of our recently updated, independent ETL & Data Integration research on the software vendor Actian and its product portfolio (such as Actian Avalanche, Actian Dataconnect, and Actian Dataflow). Actian ETL & Data Integration scores better in our survey than Astera but slightly worse than Precisely. Of all the categories in our study, Actian has the best performance in data integration and has the worst score in master data management. Within the context of ETL & Data Integration, we have researched the pros and cons of Actian Data Integration, and arranged them by topic (DI, extract transform load, data replication, and data quality). We also display the strengths of key products like Actian Avalanche, Actian Dataconnect, and Actian Dataflow et cetera.

How does Actian ETL & Data Integration perform on different parts?

In our survey, we looked in detail at the different products of Actian software. We examined no less than 290 aspects. The bar graph below shows the strengths and weaknesses of Actian Data Integration, compared to the competition. Please note that Passionned Group is 100% independent of the software vendors in our research. We do not sell software licenses, we do not make deals or have any relationship with the vendor. Among other things, we help and advise organizations in selecting the right ETL & Data Integration platform.

Score of Actian Data Integration software.Figure 1: Strength-weakness analysis of the supplier Actian ETL & Data Integration. A maximum of 100% can be obtained. Reference: The ETL & Data Integration Guide 2024. Do you want to take a deep dive into the research justification? Check out our buyers guide for ETL & Data Integration.

The Actian analysis was conducted by collecting a lot of public big data and from there it was scrutinized in detail. More than 2,039 documents further we know that Actian excels in data integration. In this process, both AI models and the critical eye of a senior Data Integration expert played a distinguished role in drawing conclusions.The ETL & Data Integration Guide 2024 Image of The ETL & Data Integration Guide 2024In our 100% vendor-neutral ETL & Data Integration Guide we have researched all the ins and outs of Actian for you. You will get access to many (short) courses, tutorials, tech talks, lectures, demos, and so on and always have the latest ETL & Data Integration news at your fingertips. This guide will additionally assist you in profoundly improve your expertise in ETL & Data Integration.Actian in our ETL & Data Integration Guide

Actian and their complete ETL & Data Integration product portfolio

Actian sells (a minimum of) 6 products in the field of ETL & Data Integration. We rank and describe the products below in order of relevance:

What is Actian Data Integration?

In this section, we portrait Actian Data Integration, including some of its features and any related products. This product group consists of Actian Avalanche, Actian Dataconnect, Actian Dataflow, and Actian Nosql Object Database. This product/group of products can be best characterized by the following characteristics:

  • big data
  • big data analytics
  • data integration
  • data integration platform
  • data management
  • data quality
  • data sources
  • data warehouse
  • ETL
  • salesforce

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Actian Data Integration in action
Figures 2, 3 and 4: These three images give a first impression of Actian Data Integration. Click on an image to make it bigger. Credits: Actian & partners.

What is Actian Avalanche?

Under this heading, we report the (main) characteristics of Actian Avalanche, including some of its features and any related products. This product/group of products can be characterized by the following characteristics:

  • data integration
  • data warehouse
  • hadoop
  • JDBC
  • ODBC
  • real-time data
  • real-time data integration
  • security
  • self-service data integration
  • SQL

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Screen shot of Actian Avalanche software.
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Actian Avalanche in action
Figures 5, 6 and 7: Overlying figures show the operation of Actian Avalanche. Click on an image to enlarge it. Credits: Actian & partners.

What is Actian Dataconnect?

Under this heading, we provide a description of Actian Dataconnect, including some of its features and any related products. This product group consists of Actian DataConnect Studio. The Actian Dataconnect can be best defined by the following properties:

  • AIX
  • API
  • cloud data integration
  • data integration
  • data integration platform
  • data management
  • data quality
  • self-service integration
  • windows
  • windows server

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Actian Dataconnect in action
Figures 8, 9 and 10: Various figures show the operation of Actian Dataconnect. Click on an image to enlarge it. Credits: Actian & partners.

What is Actian DataConnect Studio?

In this paragraph, we describe Actian DataConnect Studio, including some of its features and any related products. This product can be best characterized by the following functionalities:

  • AWS
  • data integration
  • data integration platform
  • data management
  • security
  • windows

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Actian DataConnect Studio in action
Figures 11, 12 and 13: Several images show the operation of Actian DataConnect Studio. Click on the image to enlarge it. Credits: Actian & partners.

What is Actian Dataflow?

In this section, we portrait Actian Dataflow, including some of its features and any related products. This product can be best defined by the following characteristics:

  • apache
  • BLOB
  • CSV
  • data extraction
  • data integration
  • ETL
  • hadoop
  • linux
  • security
  • windows

Are you curious about all features (100+) of Actian Dataflow? Then order the ETL & Data Integration Guide™ 2024 here.

Screen shot of Actian Dataflow software.
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Actian Dataflow in action
Figures 14, 15 and 16: Overlying images illustrate the functionality of Actian Dataflow. Click on the image to make it bigger. Credits: Actian & partners.

What is Actian Nosql Object Database?

Under this heading, we provide a description of Actian Nosql Object Database, including some of its features and any related products. This product can be characterized by the following functionalities:

  • data ingestion
  • data integration
  • data management
  • ETL
  • nosql
  • open source
  • SQL

Are you curious about all elements (100+) of Actian Nosql Object Database? Download directly our ETL & Data Integration Guide™ 2024 here.

Screen shot of Actian Nosql Object Database software.
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Actian Nosql Object Database in action
Figures 17, 18 and 19: These three images give a first impression of Actian Nosql Object Database. Click on an image to enlarge it. Credits: Actian & partners.

Three recent innovations of Actian Data Integration tools and the version history

Recently, we see a positive evolution with respect to ETL & Data Integration functionality and support for operating systems, cloud platforms, and connectivity. The latest innovations are in the areas of data quality management > data quality issues, data management > data extraction, and data replication > sql replication.

We investigated Actian’s latest updates of its complete product portfolio. Below you can see the respective version numbers of all the known versions of the ETL & Data Integration products of Actian:

  • Actian Avalanche: 1
  • Actian Dataconnect: 12.0 12 11.6 11 9
  • Actian DataConnect Studio: 11.5 11
  • Actian Dataflow: 8.0.0 6.9 6.6.1

Behind each product, we notate the version numbers, the most recent updates are listed first.

Can you easily determine the licensing costs of Actian Avalanche, Actian Dataconnect, and Actian Dataflow?

In many cases, it can be difficult to determine the licensing costs of Actian ETL & Data Integration because it depends on the country, the number of users (or the number of CPUs in the case of server software), the connectors to data sources, and at what point in the year you request a quote. And before the end of a fiscal quarter of Actian, you may be able to look forward to a decent discount. In addition, nowadays it is recommended to run the software in the cloud, for the most part, you only pay for your consumption then. The purchase cost of Actian Avalanche, Actian Dataconnect, and Actian Dataflow may not be the largest cost item, but maintenance and support of course do limit your future investment scope.

What makes Actian ETL & Data Integration distinctive

In our study, we see that Actian in the field of ETL & Data Integration software has a number of specific features which emerged distinctively in our research. This makes Actian Data Integration more or less unique: self-service data quality, visual workflow, employee master data, sql replication, and red hat.

The advantages and disadvantages of Actian Data Integration

Tag cloud of the Actian Data Integration software.Figure 20: Tag cloud of the pros and cons of Actian ETL & Data Integration

Get to know the key features of Actian ETL & Data Integration in the following topic paragraphs. There we describe all the pros and cons of Actian ETL & Data Integration, Actian Avalanche, Actian Dataconnect, and Actian Dataflow, et cetera. They are not cemented in place, i.e.: Actian can currently work on improving current functions and adding innovative functionalities (such as support for WSDL, google bigquery, GIT, apache kafka, slowly changing dimensions, dimension tables, synthetic data, impact analysis, microservice, and reverse geocoding). In addition, documentation may lag behind current events.

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1. Actian Data Integration

71%

Actian has a good score in our 100% vendor-independent ETL & Data Integration survey on the section ‘Data Integration’, given that they score 71% on this, relative to other vendors. The following criteria were used: data integrity, data ingestion, data integration patterns, enterprise data fabric, iot integration, cloud-native data integration, and hand-code data integration jobs. In doing so, we assessed the following five products: Actian Dataconnect, Actian Avalanche, Actian Data Integration, Actian Dataflow, and Actian DataConnect Studio. In total, we examined 167 aspects in this category. Are you planning to specialize further in the subject ‘Data Integration’? Then download here our ETL & Data Integration Guide 2024.

2. Actian Data Management

70%

The company has a good rating in our current ETL & Data Integration survey of the theme ‘Data Management’. The score amounts to 70%, relative to other vendors. The following criteria were used: scheduling, data migration, data pipelines, streaming data, data mapping, data extraction, and database containers. In doing so, we studied the following three products: Actian Data Integration, Actian Nosql Object Database, and Actian DataConnect Studio. In total, we examined 71 criteria within this section. Would you like to learn more about the subject ‘Data Management’? Then download here our ETL & Data Integration Guide. Or learn more about the following topics:

3. Actian Data Connectivity

69%

Actian has a good score in our independent ETL & Data Integration survey on the subject ‘Data Connectivity’. The score amounts to 69%, compared to other vendors. We used the following selection criteria: amazon redshift, JSON, mongodb, and nosql. In total, we examined 50 criteria in this category. Would you like to delve further into the subject ‘Data Connectivity’? Then download here our ETL & Data Integration Guide 2024.

4. Actian Data Infrastructure

64%

Actian has a good performance in our 100% vendor-independent ETL & Data Integration survey of the theme ‘Data Infrastructure’. The company scores 64% on this topic, relative to other vendors. We used the following selection criteria: open source, operating system, data virtualization, interoperability, sandbox, data transfer, and enterprise service bus. In total, we examined 87 selection criteria within this main theme. Would you like to go into more depth with the subject ‘Data Infrastructure’? Then download here our ETL & Data Integration Study. Or learn more about the following topics:

5. Actian Data Governance

48%

Actian has a moderate score in our independent ETL & Data Integration survey of the theme ‘Data Governance’. The company scores 48% on this topic, relative to other vendors. We looked at the following criteria, among others: dataops, data protection, and data privacy. In total, we examined 15 features within this discipline. Are you excited about the subject ‘Data Governance’? Then download here our ETL & Data Integration Guide.

6. Actian Data Quality Management

44%

The company has a moderate rating in our independent ETL & Data Integration survey on the subject ‘Data Quality Management’ with a score of 44%, relative to other vendors. The following criteria were used: data profiling, business rules, data cleansing, address verification, financial data quality, data matching, and address cleansing. In total, we examined 28 criteria within this section. Are you excited about the subject ‘Data Quality Management’? Then download here our ETL & Data Integration Guide 2024.

7. Actian Metadata Management

42%

Actian has a moderate score in our 100% vendor-independent ETL & Data Integration survey on the subject ‘Metadata Management’. The score amounts to 42%, relative to other vendors. We considered the following factors: data lineage, enterprise data catalog, business glossary, and impact analysis. In total, we examined 7 criteria within this section. Would you like to go into more depth with the subject ‘Metadata Management’? Then download here our ETL & Data Integration Guide.

8. Actian Self-service Integration

34%

The vendor Actian has a moderate score in our 100% vendor-independent ETL & Data Integration survey on the subject ‘Self-service Integration’, given that they score 34% on this, relative to other vendors. We considered the following factors: self-service data preparation, self-service data integration, self-service data management, self-service data profiling, and self-service data cleansing. In total, we examined 8 features within this discipline. Are you planning to specialize further in the subject ‘Self-service Integration’? Then download here our ETL & Data Integration Study.

9. Actian Data Replication

16%

Actian has a poor score in our study on the section ‘Data Replication’, given that they score 16% on this, compared to other vendors. We considered the following factors: data synchronization, database replication, sql replication, transactional replication, replication model, file replication, and manual replication. In total, we examined 32 aspects in this category. Would you like to delve further into the subject ‘Data Replication’? Then download here our ETL & Data Integration Guide.

10. Actian Master Data Management

15%

The company has a poor rating in our objective ETL & Data Integration survey on the subject ‘Master Data Management’, given that they score 15% on this, relative to other vendors. We looked at the following criteria, among others: master data integration, location data, master data replication, master data quality management, vendor master data, and master location data. In total, we examined 16 selection criteria within this main theme. Are you planning to specialize further in the subject ‘Master Data Management’? Then download here our ETL & Data Integration Guide. Or learn more about the following topics:

Want to know more? Then take a look at our ETL & Data Integration Guide™ 2024 here

The footprint of Actian ETL & Data Integration in different sectors

In our vendor-independent research, we also found out at which industries a supplier operates in. These are the industries where Actian is most frequently used: banking, education, energy, health care, retail, and retail banks.

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Training and incompany training Actian ETL & Data Integration

The teachers of Passionned Group give various trainings in the area of ETL & Data Integration but can also provide specific Actian training, for instance as in-company. You will be trained, for example, in the following software: Actian Avalanche, Actian Dataconnect, and Actian Dataflow. Of course, we frame the training with the ideas of the intelligent, data-driven organization.

Final judgment: Actian Data Integration scores reasonably well

Actian has a minimal product portfolio with which it scores reasonably well in our ETL & Data Integration survey. Actian ETL & Data Integration innovates (approximately) at an average rate of more than 15 features per year, is active (for now) in many different sectors, and is strongest in data integration.

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