Talend Data Integration
[The Data Management Survey 20 results, not included in Data Management Survey 22] Talend was founded in 2006, it is an open source provider of middleware solutions for data management and application integration and is also seen as Europe’s biggest open source software provider. Founded in France, Talend is now headquartered in the United States and has 26 offices worldwide. The vendor continues to deliver strong annual growth rate. Talend started out with data integration in 2006 and has since added data management functionality such as data quality and application integration (ESB).
Since 2012, Talend has been working on big data solutions, especially leveraging Apache Hadoop and Spark. Cloud solutions have become mission-critical for the vendor. Talend has continued to fill out its portfolio and in recent years has added API management, data preparation, a pipeline designer and a data catalog as well as data governance functionality. The vendor has a broad partner network with over 150 partners. The company has been listed on the stock exchange since 2016.
Talend’s goal is to help companies generate insights from data and monetize them. At the core of its offering is a unified platform, Talend Data Fabric, which helps customers to transform data into tangible business outcomes. The goal is to offer a range of data management apps based on this platform for the implementation of various data integration patterns, on-premises, in the cloud or in hybrid scenarios. Its apps include Talend Data Catalog, Cloud API Services, Stitch Data Loader, Talend Data Preparation, Talend Big Data Integration, Cloud Integration, Data Quality and Talend Data Integration. Talend Data Integration was evaluated by the users in this survey.
Talend Data Integration is available as a commercial variant or, with functional limitations, as an open source variant. The tool is one of the code generators. The logic is developed in a graphical user interface with extensive test support and is stored as metadata. Developers can use a large number of ready-made connectors to source and target systems, as well as an extensive function building set for designing various pipeline patterns. Code can be generated from the logic description, which can then be executed in the Talend engine, in databases or on Hadoop clusters. Talend takes care of the distribution and execution of the code. The platform is open to integrations. The Git version control system can be used to manage data integration artifacts, and can be controlled from Talend. For DevOps support (CI/CD), Talend uses open source products such as Maven & Docker (build, test), Nexus & JFrog Artifactory (release), Jenkins, Azure DevOps and others.
Talend Data Integration is part of Talend’s vision of a ‘Data Intelligence Platform’ to make data in the enterprise consumable and usable by different people. The vendor is striving to create an agnostic platform that captures data in a structured way, prepares it in a comprehensible way and consciously controls the transformation of data into business assets. AI is used to simplify data usage, especially by automating routine activities.
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