Key differences between Boomi, MuleSoft, and Xplenty:

  • Usability: Boomi and MuleSoft users need entry-level IT and coding skills, at the very least. Xplenty users don't. 
  • Features: Boomi and MuleSoft come with more features than Xplenty. But all these features make things a lot more complicated and expensive...
  • Scalability: All three platforms scale as your business blossoms, but Boomi and MuleSoft charge you more money as this happens. 
  • Price: Xplenty is more affordable than Boomi and MuleSoft. 
  • Reviews: All three platforms receive positive reviews from users. MuleSoft has more positive reviews on the comparison website G2 (but only slightly.)

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Data integration is a complicated beast. With so much data coming from so many sources at so much speed, it's hard to combine all this information and keep it where you need it. (Computer systems created 2.5 quintillion bytes of data in the last 24 hours alone.) 

Thankfully, good software makes the data integration process easier, letting you centralize data into the right systems (and subsystems) at the right time. Boomi, MuleSoft, and Xplenty all claim to optimize data integration, but which one's worth your cash?

Below, we compare Boomi, MuleSoft, and Xplenty in one review. 

Table of Contents 

  1. Overview
  2. Features 
  3. Data Sources and Integrations
  4. Support and Training
  5. Pricing
  6. Conclusion

Boomi vs. MuleSoft vs. Xplenty: Overview

About Boomi

Boomi is an Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), an API Gateway, and API Manager. It "breaks down" data silos by combining data, cloud/on-premise apps, and devices. (It integrates data.) Boomi does other things. It has tools for creating custom APIs and other features, but it also serves as an alternative to the Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) process. Launched in 2000, Dell purchased Boomi a decade later.

For a more detailed Boomi vs. Xplenty review, click here

About MuleSoft

MuleSoft is a platform that has the ability to execute ETL/ELT functions (as well as iPaaS functions). It moves data between various destinations via the “Anypoint Exchange,” which comes with pre-built connectors for these destinations. It supports Java, Python, Ruby, and other languages for custom integrations. MuleSoft also supports Salesforce integrations. (It's owned by Salesforce!) 

For a more detailed MuleSoft vs. Xplenty review, click here

About Xplenty

Xplenty is an ETL/ELT platform that combines the best features from Boomi and MuleSoft without the expensive price tag. Unlike the other two, Xplenty requires no code, making it the easier (and cheaper) data integration alternative. Just because there are fewer features, Xplenty doesn't sacrifice service or pinch performance. Users create nuanced workflows on their terms, just the way they like, without the need for a data engineer. Those who code will also find various useful features, such as advanced customizations,

Boomi vs. MuleSoft vs. Xplenty: Features 

Xplenty

MuleSoft

Boomi

Trial length

7 days

30 days 

30 days

Support

Free to ALL users (phone, email, live chat, etc.)

Depends on subscription. Not free for standard users.

Depends on subscription. Not free for standard users.

G2.com score

4.4/5

4.5

4.2

Data integration

ETL/ELT

ETL/ELT/iPaaS

IPaaS

Skill level required

Low

High

High

Integrations/connectors

Connectors 100+ integrations and pre-built connectors

Wide range

Wide range

Customization

Yes

Yes

Limited

SaaS integration

Yes

Yes

Yes

Connects to data warehouses?

Yes

Yes 

Yes (via iPaaS)

Data lakes?

Yes

Yes

Yes (via iPaaS)

Support for SLAs?

Yes

Unknown

Unknown

Compliance, governance, and security

SOC 2, CCPA, GDPR, HIPAA, and more 

SOC 2, HIPPA and more

SOC 2, HIPPA and more

Developer tools

REST API, Native Scripting Language, SQL and more

Yes

Yes

Boomi vs. MuleSoft vs. Xplenty: Data Sources and Integrations

Xplenty

Xplenty comes loaded with over 100 out-of-the-box transformations for pipelines with its super-simple drag-and-drop interface. 

  • Database integrations include Amazon Aurora, Amazon RDS, Amazon Redshift, Google BigQuery, Heroku Postgres, MariaDB, MemSQL, Microsoft Azure SQL Database, MongoDB, MySQL, Oracle, Snowflake, and more.
  • BI tool integrations include Chartio, Looker, Periscope Data, among others.
  • Cloud service integrations include Amazon Kinesis, Base CRM, ChartMogul, Crunchbase, Elasticsearch, Google Drive, HubSpot, Intercom, LivePerson, Magento, and Marketo (For more, click here). 

MuleSoft

  • Popular integrations include Microsoft, Salesforce, SAP, and ServiceNow.
  • MuleSoft integrates data from various sources but its kaleidoscope of features makes you feel overwhelmed. There are API managers, API visualizers, runtime managers, etc. 
  • Plus, you can't technically build ETL/ELT pipelines on MuleSoft, anyway. Not really. Only MuleSoft "engineers" can. To become an engineer, you need data engineering experience. Then you need to complete the MuleSoft certification program. (This costs extra.) 

Boomi 

  • Popular integrations include Amazon Marketplace, Quickbooks, and Salesforce. 
  • Enterprise-level users can access integrations for Oracle E-Business Suite and SAP (Business Suite / NetWeaver)

Boomi vs. MuleSoft vs. Xplenty: Support and Training 

Xplenty

  • Webinars
  • Books and guides
  • Developer resources
  • Free support for ALL customers
  • Webinars
  • Documentation
  • XP University

MuleSoft

  • Training programs (self-paced courses, instructor-led courses, etc.)
  • Community
  • Meetups
  • Documentation
  • Forums

Boomi

  • An online community (forums, blogs, events, etc.)
  • Training programs
  • Documentation
  • Knowledge basis

Boomi vs. MuleSoft vs. Xplenty: Pricing

Xplenty

Xplenty has a simple pricing structure that charges by the connector and not volume. 

  • There's a flat rate depending on the number of connectors you need with no hidden costs for large volume datasets. 
  • Your price stays the same, month after month after month. 
  • Telephone support (and video and email support) are free for users. 

MuleSoft

MuleSoft has complex pricing, with no dollar amounts posted on its website. (Potential users can contact MuleSoft for a quote.) For this reason, it's difficult to make a like-for-like comparison. 

Boomi 

Boomi also has a more complicated pricing structure than Xplenty.

  • Tiers start from $549 per month for small-medium businesses. The problem is that you can only integrate two applications. Plus, you can't access telephone support. 
  • The same goes for all Boomi's "lower-cost" packages. 
  • From here, prices spiral. 

Conclusion

Sure, Boomi and MuleSoft boast more features, but nothing provides value like Xplenty. For a lower cost, you get the best of both Boomi and MuleSoft in one package with a cloud-based ETL solution that integrates data from various destinations.  

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