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GigaOm Radar for Data Pipelinesv2.0

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. Market Categories and User Segments
  3. Key Criteria Comparison
  4. GigaOm Radar
  5. Vendor Insights
  6. Analyst’s Take
  7. About Andrew Brust

1. Summary

Today’s organizations are grappling with a growing volume of data—data of various types and formats that are stored in an increasing number of repositories. Somehow, organizations need to ensure the quality and manage the flow of all this data throughout their company so they can successfully derive valid insights from it. Data pipelines offer a solution to this challenge: taking source data, transforming it from its source format into a uniform format suitable for its target system, and loading it into a target database or storage system for downstream consumption and analysis.

Building a data pipeline from scratch is time-consuming and code-intensive, but the market now offers a broad array of solutions for moving and processing data. These products streamline and automate the process from start to finish, facilitating the authoring and creation of pipelines, as well as the overall orchestration, the movement, transformation, and monitoring of data, and error handling. Many of them do so through no-code interfaces, allowing even data novices to be involved.

Data pipeline solutions have their origins in traditional extract, transform, and load (ETL) tools, but the category has evolved beyond that approach to encompass additional frameworks and types of pipelines. The category is robust, mature, and stable but by no means stagnant. Innovation continues in the form of ever-widening arrays of data source connections, more refined tools for data transformations, platforms that support a variety of deployment scenarios, and improved security features.

This GigaOm Radar report highlights key data pipeline vendors and equips IT decision-makers with the information needed to select the best fit for their business and use case requirements. In the corresponding GigaOm report “Key Criteria for Evaluating Data Pipeline Solutions,” we describe in more detail the key features and metrics that are used to evaluate vendors in this market.

How to Read this Report

This GigaOm report is one of a series of documents that helps IT organizations assess competing solutions in the context of well-defined features and criteria. For a fuller understanding, consider reviewing the following reports:

Key Criteria report: A detailed market sector analysis that assesses the impact that key product features and criteria have on top-line solution characteristics—such as scalability, performance, and TCO—that drive purchase decisions.

GigaOm Radar report: A forward-looking analysis that plots the relative value and progression of vendor solutions along multiple axes based on strategy and execution. The Radar report includes a breakdown of each vendor’s offering in the sector.

Solution Profile: An in-depth vendor analysis that builds on the framework developed in the Key Criteria and Radar reports to assess a company’s engagement within a technology sector. This analysis includes forward-looking guidance around both strategy and product.