Talend Data Integration

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Talend review by Jan L.
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"Great all purpose tool for Data Integration and ESB"

What do you like best?

It has a clear and easy to understand interface to design jobs and services.

The same way you design data integration job can be used to design services.

It is easy to enhance by custom components and can adapt to all requirements.

It is Open Source.

It has a very huge list of connectors to all databases, SAP, cloud platforms and can work with nearly all formats like JSON, XML, Excel, CSV or what ever - also main frame formats are usable like EBCDIC.

What do you dislike?

The Git integration can be improved and is a bit slow.

In the previous versions we had a number of bugs - now mostly solved.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Start with a training and choose right at the beginning a consulting partner.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have created data integration jobs for very huge companies for data ware housing or simply data exchange between applications.

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Talend review by Joseph A.
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"Simplify and unify complex ETL processes"

What do you like best?

Talend Data Integration is one of many Talend products that helps us simplify ETL processes that were previously scattered among various shell scripts and stored procedures. Once the basics and components are understood, you can create almost any extract or load script imaginable by simply dragging components over from the tool palette and wiring them together. Processes can be run from within the GUI or compiled to shell scripts for hooking into other processes. The tool is widely used, so it's easy to find support online. This includes official support forums and a knowledge base hosted by Talend.

What do you dislike?

The interface can be deceiving on first glance. You really need to understand each of the components before you know its inputs and outputs fully. In fact, I occasionally had a problems with the interface not showing up completely. That was in an older version and may have been fixed now. It can be confusing understanding how data will be mapped between components. Our projects end up being a Java "black-box" requiring Talend to modify, even when compiled to run from the command line. That wouldn't be a problem if our entire process was contained within Talend, and online unofficial and official support channels were helpful in overcoming such issues.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

ETL from multiple sources into a data warehouse

What On-Premise Data Integration solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Talend review by David A.
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"De las mejores herramientas ETL"

What do you like best?

Tiene una utilidad gratuita muy completa y sin caducidad, gran rendimiento para una gran cantidad de registros, OpenSource, facilidad de aprendizaje.

Fácil de implementar y administrar.

What do you dislike?

Poco conocida, poco soporte referente a componentes y bugs técnicos. No incluye control de versiones como Git en la versión Open Studio.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Es la herramienta ideal para las soluciones de negocio de la mayoría de empresas. Gran cantidad de componentes para buscar soluciones a cualquier gestión o problemática del negocio.

Talend review by Zaštita na radu W.
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"Greate and easy tool for data integration (ETL)"

What do you like best?

Easy to user interface, good documentation and community

What do you dislike?

I would like to see an easier tool for deployment and management of ETL jobs on a small scale in SMB environments. Maybe an out-of-the-box integration with a ping tool like pushmon or similar would come in handy.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely give it a try if you are looking for an ETL solution. If you are fond of Java, even better.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Synchronization (Extract Transform Load) of data between different data sources, from flat files to databases and WebAPIs.

Talend review by Ankur S.
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"Great product which can make short work of various data integration tasks"

What do you like best?

The drag and drop interface

Treating files and databases as simple input and output

Can produce executable jars even in the free version

Because it is java you can use any libraries you need to

What do you dislike?

Things can get complicated and it is difficult to manage the complexity.

Larger jobs get slow

The Java code generation can get out of sync with the custom work that you do

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a great product. We did not try the other expensive alternatives and felt Talend did all we needed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Any data integration tasks with moving data from one place to another. Some of the data integration tasks involve pulling data from the internet via web services and inserting into legacy databases. Other is simply de-normalization.

Talend review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Daily usage"

What do you like best?

I think the best feature of Talend is the free version. This version can meet 80% of data integration activities in most companies, and some companies may be sufficient. There are many great features for free. The interface is simple and easy to understand and work.

What do you dislike?

The main deficiency in my opinion is that there is still a need for coding in Java for some more specific work, which restricts a little the public who can make the best use of the tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is im my opinion the first tool that anyone should look when searching for options.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Desde atividades simples de importação e exportação diários a projetos de integração de grande volume de dados.

Talend review by Ramon B.
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"the interface is intuitive enough to jump in"

What do you like best?

The community is very active, and by this point most problems that you could run into, others have and already solved.

What do you dislike?

After building your solution, the implantation part (taking it from workspace to production) is not as clear as all other parts. And took me several times doing it before I felt even the remotely comfortable.

Recommendations to others considering the product

follow the tutorials!

the interface is intuitive enough to jump in, but if you want to be effective, do the tutorials.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

ETL solution, from multiple data sources. We had CSV,XML,Json, Sqlite3, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, CouchDB, and combining all of them into a single format, for analsys was actually quite easy using this tool.

Talend review by Washington N.
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"Great integration tool for low price"

What do you like best?

Talend is one of the more easy integration software to use, the learning curve is also very low.

What do you dislike?

Some years ago, Talend was very immature software, but now this is changing very fast.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Same or more functionalities that other vendors with low price.

Very easy to yse.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

-Data Integration

-Web Services

-Files

-Databases

-Big Data (Hadoop, HDFS, Pig, Hive, Sqoop) - Integrating natively with Hadoop Distributions

-Data Quality

-Data Profiling

-Data Preparation

-Master Data Management

Talend review by Nader S.
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"A complete ETL/ELT Tool"

What do you like best?

Large palette of components

Performance

Can do infinite types of transformations

What do you dislike?

Versions management: it's impossible to compare two versions or merge them.

Studio immaturity

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

All kinds and sorts of data integrations between different sources and targets

It can builds web services

Talend review by User in Retail
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"Talend ETL is Great"

What do you like best?

Talend ETL is a life saver, there is nothing like taking an issue from the business, finding a way to automate that process through Talend and save time and money.

What do you dislike?

It is a steep learning curve for new users, but totally obtainable for users.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I believe Talend offers a free trail for you to use, get familiar with all the ways you can modify data, and how you can manage your processes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have used Talend ETL to automate a lot of processes within our business. It saves time, money, and is a reliable tool for us to use.

Talend review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Information Technology and Services
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"Great open source ETL tool"

What do you like best?

It is a opensource tool with all the integrated component therefore no need to write UNIX script. Also it has all the components to do miscellaneous tak.

What do you dislike?

Not able to allocate memory itself. We need to specify the heap size at job level.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use this with TAC to fully utilize this.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Migrating abinitio developed code to Talend thus reducing licencing cost.

Talend review by Apoorva S.
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"Talend Data Integration Review"

What do you like best?

the ease of using the components for various purposes.

What do you dislike?

It takes a lot of time to run the job on server and we cannot work on two jobs at the same time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Migration jobs for my clients from DataStage as our clients are going to cloud.

Talend review by Madhusudan C.
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"A simple easy way to do ETL"

What do you like best?

The User interface is Eclipse based, so it is easy for Java developers who have worked on Eclipse. The components are easy to understand and can be tuned for specific requirements. Talend provides seemless integration of Java code, so we can have most of the pre-processing done in Java and the main ETL done using the Talend components there by enhancing performance. We can create custom components in Talend that can be exported to other developers or saved in a repository. The big data components of Talend can be directly integrated with Hadoop and can run MR jobs thus optimizing performance. Talend Enterprise version provides the Activity Monitoring console that is helpful intracking the jobs, processes running in Talend. This tool can also be used for scheduling this the Enterprise version can be used for end-to-end integration.

What do you dislike?

For advanced coding, knowing Java is a pre-requisite for Talend and this skill may not be present in core ETL developers, Some of the components need to be tuned for performance before they can be directly used in a job.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Talend is used to address all data integration requirements and Big Data engagements. Since it is open source, it has reduced the investment cost of our customers.

Talend review by Raju D.
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"Easy to learn and use, but still ways to go on server stability"

What do you like best?

Talend, is easy to learn, and very configurable. It has all apis needed to connect to all kinds of databases and major servers. It is pretty easy to write custom code ( in Java in my case). Most of the ETL processing can be done with minimal effort and custom coding.

Due base Talend tool being freeware, you can write custom api's if you need and have it approved by talend to be part of api set.

What do you dislike?

Documentation is very bad for Talend. Which they agree is a weak point. At least this was the case till last year, when I was still working on it.

Server configuration and reliability has been not so stable from the base configuration. Again this was till last year. Consequently felt like for Server issues, the support sometimes was not upto to par to resolve issues quickly, and had to few times, completely re-install the server side setup.

Another big issue was large data processing. Although they have some features that enable large data ETL processing, it was not a good tool set. Cosequently had to do some innovative configuration to process large data or speed up the process.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For large data processing, this might not be ideal fit. If you need high performance servers, it might be not as stable currently. But for small to medium business, this might be a real good option.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were trying to centralize our EAI programming/software, so that everybody uses same tool for ETL or integration between different systems. The aim was able to have tool that will make it easy to learn and quick to create custom integration without lot of learning or coding.

Talend review by Rima U.
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"Talend: Powerful and effective ETL Tool"

What do you like best?

Talend is a very powerful ETL tool.

1. Huge amount of Data can be cleaned up/formatted within few seconds.

2. With my Reporting tool, i face many issues if the Geo-coding is not in a proper format Talend helps a great deal to handle such issues and convert it to proper format within few minutes.

3. Easy and effective Data profiling features adds huge value.

4. I am very excited about the BIG data integration. Though i haven't used Talend Enterprise for Big data i am looking forward to using it.

5. Since you can visually setup the jobs and see its progress(while execution) and get info at any point, it is very easy to handle data.

All in all this is a powerful ETL tool, saves a lot of time, and i would recommend this to whoever is facing data issues. This tool gets my job done ASAP.

What do you dislike?

Tool is a little complex for first timers. But can be learnt easily.

There is a scope to improve the tool support and documentation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cleaning up and formatting data is faster as compared to other tools.

When scheduling Jobs is a requirement, then talend is one of the good choices (top recommendations) .

In cases where business has to depend on ETL tools to cleanup/format the data, Talend is most reliable tool and saves a lot of time.

Talend review by Luke S.
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"TDI - Review"

What do you like best?

For an Open Source originated solution, Talend really brings a lot of functionality to the table. It has a great user community portal which allows for quick ramp up on the technology stack for users familiar with ETL. The community forums are also a great place to get questions answered and search for pattern ideas. In terms of functionality, unlike many of the competitors, Talend offers a very full feature set in their free offering. The Team and Enterprise editions offer enterprise features (such as CDC, SCD, central job scheduling and versioning functionality) which are relatively straight-forward to implement.

What do you dislike?

There is not much to dislike about TDI, however it is worth mentioning that the product release cycles have in the part been pretty buggy. While Talend strives to produce the best product with each release, bugs often slip through. However, if you have a professional (Team/Enterprise) license, Talend support is very good at turning around patches to these bugs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have leveraged Talend for a variety of needs. Primarily I have used Talend as an ETL tool to source data into a staging environment and process it from stage into a warehouse. The integrations available are very flexible including souring from traditional RDBMS systems (JDBC/ODBC), Web Services, XML parsing, File triggers, MDM, etc. Major benefits realized are a relatively low TCO compared to enterprise solutions in its' class (i.e.: Informatica), low ramp up time to learn the tech stack, flexibility in adapters for both input and output.

Talend review by Frank T.
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"It makes ETL jobs easy to create and run and fits lean budgets."

What do you like best?

The drag-and-drop interface is easy to use and understand. The low cost also makes it easy to use for every project, especially ones with lean budgets.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it can be hard to debug a job that fails, especially when you first start using it. But after you create a few jobs it gets a lot easier.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try and soon you'll find yourself using it for almost everything. If you run into a problem, check out the online forums and Google and you'll usually find the answer quickly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Data Integrator to retrieve data from many different sources (XML files, Excel spreadsheets, databases, CSV files, etc...) and load them into a database so the data can be analyzed. It saves us lots of time and is easy to create new jobs or modify existing ones when the schema changes. We also run DQ checks on the data and flag records for further investigation.

Talend review by Terry S.
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"Robust and Simple to Use ETL Tool"

What do you like best?

Talend is extremely simple to use right out of the box. There are lots of built in components that make connecting to data sources and processing extremely simple.

What do you dislike?

There are a few gotchas that you need to remember when saving some changes otherwise you'll need to redo your work.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easy to use. Ability to customize ETL processes with Java. Big time saver over creating custom stored procedures or code.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have numerous relational database systems that we use, along with some Excel files. All of this data gets processed and pushed into our Hadoop Cluster. We were able to easily pull data out of the RDBM's, do the necessary processing and data manipulation via Java, and then push the output into Hadoop. The whole process was relatively painless and so much faster than trying to write stored procedures by hand to do the processing.

Talend review by Akash B.
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"Data Integration "

What do you like best?

Easy to understand all the components, Easy to use , Easy to handle the errors...

What do you dislike?

Just ugly dashboard..

If we change in database every time we need to retrieve the database...as compare to SSIS automatically done ..

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I just use for my university project (Data Integration Project )

Talend review by Kristian G.
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"Promising product, but the admin tool was still really immature and unstable in the version I used. "

What do you like best?

Probably the better of the open-source ETL tools. A lot of transformation and source/dest components, more than you typically see in other tools. The webservice and message queue integration features are nice, and the ability to expose your jobs as web services is also useful. The flexibility of coding custom java components and logic comes in handy. The approach at reusing metadata via schemas is great.

What do you dislike?

The fact that it's a code generator and requires compiling of the entire code-base anytime you want to test a small change can lead to a frustrating development experience. Job re-use is difficult to achieve with this tool, passing data back and forth is not easy. Unit testing and debugging your code takes a lot of time. The combination of process flow and data flow in the same designer gets confusing and can lead to some messy looking screens. The admin console is very flaky and unstable. Requires a lot of restarts and loses its mind at times reflecting inaccurate or incomplete job statuses and logs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The tool does works ok when you keep things simple. Don't try to do too much with re-usability. Certain issues will require in-house Java expertise.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Traditional batch loads of data from multiple sources into an operational data store running on mysql. Sources we're dealing with are APIs, flat files, and databases of different types. The tool achieved our goals of moving data from multiple source types into a single target, but the experience was painful. Mainly on the administration and operations side.

Talend review by Suhast J.
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"A lot to offer but a limited resource pool"

What do you like best?

To start with Talend offers an Open Source version that can be downloaded free of cost from the Talend website and can satisfy a variety of business requirements through it’s extensive range of components. These components are easily configurable through variety of predefined parameters and drag-n-drop functionalities there by reducing if not eliminating the need to write code and this is something that developers new to the tool (and Java or Perl) would love. Behind the scene, TOS creates Java or Perl script (depending on the type of project created) for the jobs that are designed in the studio. These scripts can then be deployed to run on job servers in a serial or parallel fashion. Talend also provides solid technical support through their Talend Forum (Talend Forge).

What do you dislike?

As the title of this review says, the studio has a lot of offer, there are many menus, parameters, properties and at times it becomes difficult to get a grasp on all that is happening in a job or a project. Good knowledge of Java and ETL methodologies will help to fully utililze the Data Integration capabilities of Talend, and there is a limited resource pool of such skills.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are helping clients to meet their Data Integration and Big Data needs through Talend. There is a huge cost benefit since TOS is open source and most of the business requirements are met right out of the box. The studio offers an extensive and impressive range of components that can satisfy the Data Integration requirements.

Talend review by Anand R.
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"I am exploring the product as an ETL user."

What do you like best?

The features provided in even the Open Studio are enough to do most of the ETL work. It being the open source can be customized as per needs. Its easy accessibility can create the talent pool very easily to satisfy the resourcing needs.

What do you dislike?

The enhancements if required needs Java expertise which in general ETL people do not know. Some of the times errors thrown are Java specific.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is worth exploring tool. Flexibility because of being an Open Source tool is amazing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are evaluating the tool to replace existing ETL tool.

Benefits:

Cost: As open source free version could be used to do simple tasks

Customization: It allows a good customization of components.

The connectivity with Big data is a big plus.

Talend review by Andy B.
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"Talend Data Integration Suite Review"

What do you like best?

During our due diligence while looking for an ETL / data integration tool for our vast needs, Talend rose to the top for a number of reasons. Here are some, but not all reasons we have been using Talend for 6 years and will continue to do so in the long-term future:

1) Open Source - we all know the arguements for open source software versus proprietary, but we really needed a solution we can control, and not be at the mercy of an enterprise software's development team.

2) Support - not only does Talend offer really responsive ticket-based service, but the tools are supported by a passionate community. Whether it be a one-off question or a missing component I needed, I've always been able to find it in a reasonable amount of time. There hasn't been one issue I haven't been able to resolve.

3) Ease of Use - once someone gets past the learning curve, the tool is incredibly easy to use and deploy.

4) Extensibility - we love the fact we can deploy, not to multiple physical servers, but to multiple virtual servers on one box... again, full control.

5) Price - Talend was, by far, the best bang for the buck.

What do you dislike?

* There were idiosyncrasies to deal with in the early days, but with each release, things have actually been fixed.

* Performance - performance used to be an issue for us in dealing with very large files, however speed has been drastically improved in both, job processing and adminstration.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Compare this solution in the same light as others, and Talend will rise to top each time. Make sure they are on your list.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Talend in several environments from integrating business partner product information, content and inventory status feeds as well as master data to data warehouse ETL procedures.

The primary benefit has been the time reduction in solving real data problems. What used to take us two weeks (code, debug, QA, deploy), now takes us hours max.

Talend review by Brian F.
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"Excellent ETL tool, rapidly developed, feature rich with an elegant interface"

What do you like best?

Java integration. TOS supports low level access to Java routines you can write to do all sorts of custom transformations to your data.

In-Database routines. TOS supports many in-database transformation routines, allowing you to save expensive data movement operations and work more efficiently.

Slow Changing Dimensions. TOS has excellent support for SCD's. The SCD editors are very intuitive and easy to use, which makes dealing with SCD's a snap.

The pieces plug into each other like pieces of a puzzle. Unlike a puzzle however, TOS is very simple and straight forward to use. After a little bit of orienting yourself with the product, you often don't need to refer to the documentation much, you can often just click away and get an idea of what component your looking for and how to use it. In the cases that you need to look at the documentation, its all online and very nicely done.

TOS is based on Eclipse, which is a very extensible framework. All of the windows, pallets and toolbars can be resized, moved and closed when not needed. TOS is based on the Java programming language, and allows a lot of low level under the hood access via the Java language.

What do you dislike?

If your not someone familiar with BASIC Java, then you may find yourself a little bit off balance at first when you have to do something outside of the drag and drop functions. The learning curve is not bad at all however, as most of what you need to do in Java is very basic.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I really liked TOS. I have use Informatica, IBM DataStage and Microsoft SSIS. I would say that TOS is my preferred product over these. I find that it has a feature rich user interface, without being too confusing, and its supported with rapid updates, new functionality is always being added.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Trying to automate an entire EDW workflow: Auditing/Logging, Processing of Dimensions, Processing of Facts. The user interface makes it real easy to lay everything out, copy/edit various parts, add components, change data sources, etc. I also need a place to store the tons of metadata, schemas and documentation for my projects, and TOS gives me one nice place to do that, and allow others to access it as well.

Talend review by sreekanth v.
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"Talend Data Integration product review"

What do you like best?

It is very great open source product in the ETL world. It has almost all the fetaures like commercial ETL tools and even more. It is easy to learn and lot of tutorials, help center on their web site.

Users can do lot of custom development using this and can be used for lot of other functions apart from data integration.

What do you dislike?

1) Debugging is not that user friendly.

2) Automatic rollback features need to be implemented like other commercial tools. That is a drwback here.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a low cost tool with lot of customization, it is very useful. If your development community is based on Java, it is still easy for them.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

1) We had used for our ETL processing purposes and it minimized our development cost drastically.

2) We are trying to use the low cost ETL tool. It served that purpose compared to high cost ETL tools.

Talend review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Talend Exciting - Lot more to"

What do you like best?

The way the parameter passing designed allows to create reusable jobs. Talend's big data features enables leveraging MR job without much coding. Also this being open source provides more flexibility to edit existing components and inheriting user defiined components.

What do you dislike?

Some components/features that Talend provides have defects.They need to bring in more focus on component testing before publishing components in their suite, as at some business cases because of the defects the developer need to look for a workaround.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This suite best suite for integrating with hadoop. When it comes to transforming high volume of data outside Hadoop there are other market leaders and Talend has lot of scope to grow in this space.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was trying to parse a large set of XMLs and parse them in hadoop transform based on business case and move in to Teradata. Talend as one suite allows me to parse the XML and create MR job with much ease to transform on hadoop and move the data into Teradata.

Talend review by Gary C.
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"Talend for Data Integration"

What do you like best?

Processes are defined using workflow mapping, much like ESB's or BI products.

There are a large number of adapters for many databases and data types already included with the product. The fact that the Talend IDE is based on Eclipse IDE, also makes it easy for developers who already use the Eclipse IDE.

What do you dislike?

It is a bit memory and processor intensive. So expect there to be some lag on older machines.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do NOT use the Eclipse plugin. Install the full IDE for stability and performance gains.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

ETL. Data translation from our vendor's data format into our data warehouse.

Talend review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Excellent product with an easy to use GUI"

What do you like best?

It was easy to add custom code to the data flows to get specific use cases accomplished without purchasing other tools.

What do you dislike?

I first checked Talend out to solve a specific case of performing ETL work quickly without the knowledge of Map Reduce on Hadoop. Since Talend had integration components for Hadoop and has a nice interface, I felt we should give it a try. It was extremely difficult to get this to work the "first" time. After a few days of searching I was finally able to get it to work. Once it worked it worked perfectly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Transforming JSON data to create more normalized data structures for analytics users. Perform data scrubbing on bad input data and perform masking of PII data.

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"Nice and simple open source tool for ETL"

What do you like best?

First There a lots and lots of connector available for each and every task needed to be performed in real production environment.

Second, there is lot of help/solution available in internet when stuck somewhere.

What do you dislike?

for new developers like me who don't have java background sometime its very difficult to debug issue

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is nice open source tool which will emerge as major tool down the road

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have traditional database systems along file flat files sometime excels too which we process and load into Tera data and hadoop too. We also to cleansing and data manipulation and its integration with hadoop is one of the major reason for us to use talend while working with Hadoop

Talend review by Bryan A.
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"Talend is a great tool, though not without frustrations"

What do you like best?

Talend's ability to interface with various datasources and manipulate them via a graphic interface is extremely powerful. Being able to add java code is also a great plus..

What do you dislike?

Talend's support is very weak, as you might expect from an open-source platform.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a great tool, but their support is limited.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Talend for various integrations between our Salesforce solution and legacy solutions for data migrations, as well as upload of data from Spreadsheets..

Talend review by Paulo K.
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"Software Engineer"

What do you like best?

Easy visualization of workflows ; fast implementations (just drag and drop)

What do you dislike?

-no "subversion", hard to work with co-workers

-components are buggy, sometimes need to write native Java code rather than using some components

-context variables are "global", not under the scope of each job.

-need to export and compile every jobs one by one when i change something in a subjob, which is shared by these jobs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

don't use custom components written by other people, write one yourself. Using components written by others will break stuffs

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

ETL, fast implementations

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"Initial review "

What do you like best?

Easy to use nice graphical development interface helps speedup the process of developing data integration job design. Lots of connectors and important thing is open source tool.

What do you dislike?

some times installation is difficult. Plenty of documentation available. But some times felt over whelming in finding related issues. Overall it may not be a big deal since any kind of similar tools are always complex and its worth while.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try few small proof of concepts before you listen to others and come to conclusion after you finished the POC.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

data integration, data manipulation, big data analytic tool experiments.

Talend review by shweta c.
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"Talend"

What do you like best?

data integration and data cleansing and data analyzing which will help us to clean up the data

What do you dislike?

i am not sure about this since still in the evaluation phase

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

i am not sure about this since still in the evaluation phase

Talend review by Internal Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Best Tool for Data Integration"

What do you like best?

The best thing availability of underline java source code inside process view. You can directly edit java code to tweak the logic.

What do you dislike?

Transition flow are not very visible and meaningful. Input/ouput messages at particular pallete level are not informative.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You must have excellent data integration concepts.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Heterogeneous data type transformation

Talend review by Navdeep S.
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"Beautiful product for integrating data from disparate sources for reporting"

What do you like best?

My teams have used Data Integrator to retrieve data from a variety of sources (XML files, multiple flavors of SQL Databases databases, CSV files, etc...) and load them into a unified database for reporting purposes

What do you dislike?

Hard question to answer given the beautiful product. At times the config panel has been a little challenging but that may be more of an operator knowledge gap than a shortcoming of the product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business need is to get actionable reports from data that resides in disparate sources.

Talend review by Callistus P.
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"Easy to Use , good visuals"

What do you like best?

The UI gives a quicker understanding of the integration process

What do you dislike?

Less user communities, since it is not as popular probably !

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were trying to integrate data from different databases(sql server, oracle,mysql) and apply different SCD types. We realized, it was easy to customize our settings using Talend

Talend review by Gareth P.
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"Talend Review"

What do you like best?

Good ETL Tool, easy to learn and update v

What do you dislike?

Interal configure deployment could be slicker

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Salesforce integrations

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"hadoop integration"

What do you like best?

very intuitive user interface, simple drag and drop, full functionality to connect to hadoop data sources and run mapreduce jobs, good logging and feedback on errors. easy to customerize

What do you dislike?

only run on certain platforms, no failure restart features, documentation is not straight forward, needs to guess and test. runs slower than I would like, probably will hit performance threshold when larger dataset is used.

Recommendations to others considering the product

good for simple and small integration project with small data set.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

trying to do hadoop related data integration projects, easy to do with simply hadoop project, good user interface allow easy learning.

Talend review by Umer M. C.
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"Evaluating Talend VS SSIS for future use"

What do you like best?

Its pretty powerful, and once you know how to use it, pretty easy.

What do you dislike?

Initial learning curve is steep. Hard to know what function/ ingredient to use for what we need to do. Error handling is harder than SSIS (you need some knowledge of java)

Recommendations to others considering the product

It can be very useful, based what you need to get done.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data ETL. Fast and simple once learned.

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"Good open source product"

What do you like best?

I like that it's an easily extendable product that has tons of accessible product documentation

What do you dislike?

It is a bit cumbersome to use, right click functionality is subpar.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Price to quality you cannot beat it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used it to access a web service (api) when changing company time tracking systems

Talend review by Internal Consultant in Outsourcing/Offshoring
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"ELT - Talend Review"

What do you like best?

Talend is Open Source, Powerful and is easy to use

What do you dislike?

Modifying the Java code is sometimes not intuitive

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Talend to retrieve data from disparate data sources such as external DB, Excel files, etc and use our BI tool VA-Club to visualize the data.

Talend review by Administrator in Telecommunications
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"best data integration tool"

What do you like best?

super flexible tool for anything data related. many out of the box components for the latest cloud standards and can be used as a ETL, MDM, and ESB solution all in one.

What do you dislike?

slight learning curve with some caveats.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

employee directory and aggregation of employee data.

Talend review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Difficult to figure out"

What do you like best?

It is useful. It does the job we set out to do, I suppose.

What do you dislike?

The instructions are more confusing than anything else.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data Integration

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"Open source Integration, with slick visual integration"

What do you like best?

I have used Talend many times to integrate with old legacy systems, that typically don't have a standard API or connector (due to their age and being completely a ground up custom system) The interface is very clear, and the visual capability of seeing via a flow chart where data is coming from, what is happening to it (translation) and where it is going is a really great feature. The Data mapping side is very powerful. I did not use the standard connectors (as it was custom applications I was connecting to) however I can see them being very powerful to as all the hard work has been done.

What do you dislike?

Being open source, some of the customers didn't like that idea. They would have preferred a paid for partner. The solution was the paid for Talend version with support, however the tag "open source" put some project sponsors off.

Apart from that there is nothing to really dislike

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a great offering over the paid for solutions. The forum is really good, and if you don't know how to do something, there community is so big, someone will either have done it before, or point you in the right direction.

Talend review by Francis P.
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"The integration tool that I use time and again."

What do you like best?

There is an open source version which allows you to get started. It has 100s of connectors to connect to Salesforce, SAP, Oracle, ODBC, JDBC, XML, Access, flat files. Also a whole host of other components WebServices, FTP and Email. The transformation tools allow you to manipulate data. The paid for version includes Data Quality tools, Management & Monitoring of data integrations but I have to say I've only needed to upgrade once for a client. It is incredibly powerful for what you get. What I also love is that its built in Eclipse and I know that if if doesn't have a component I can always write one. It has an App Store where users have contributed components.

Unlike competitors you can easily go under the covers and write simple Java code to manipulate your data.

What do you dislike?

It does have a bit a learning curve but has some great resources online. The application does have a couple of "gottyas" which soon pick up but can be a bit of a pain when learning.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The open source is free, try it!! Really competes REALLY well with other providers (Cast Iron, Informatica).

Download Talend MDM rather than Talend for Data Integration. This includes Data Integration & Data Profiler in the same tool.

Talend review by Shane H.
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"Decent BI but lots of setup"

What do you like best?

Dataflows work well, but it is hard to get setup

What do you dislike?

Setup is painful, but once it is setup it works well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Business intelligence

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