Informatica Power Center blends four data engineering products into one system, making it one of the most feature-rich but complicated ETL/ELT platforms on the market. With data management, app integration, API gateway, and iPaaS features, smaller teams that struggle to tame this all-encompassing tool might seek out an Informatica alternative instead. 

While Informatica optimizes data design, monitoring, workflow management, and repository management, it requires skilled and certified data engineers, making this tool a better fit for larger companies with bigger tech budgets. When you throw in other auxiliary costs like hardware and server management, one of the five alternative platforms below might be a more economical solution. 

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#1. Xplenty

Xplenty focuses solely on ETL/ELT, which means you won't pay for iPaaS or other data management features you might not need. This platform has low and no-code options, does not require hardware, and no complicated setup, saving you time and money. You can build complex data pipelines with no programming knowledge, and you won't have to worry about server management or hiring certified data engineers. 

Informatica and Xplenty have around the same number of data connectors, but Xplenty's Salesforce-to-Salesforce connector, which moves Salesforce data to a second destination and then back again, is worth the investment alone. Plus, there's free 24/7 support for all users. Compare that to Informatica, where users have to pay extra to access telephone support. 

Other perks include Xplenty's revolutionary flat-rate pricing model, a rarity in the ETL/ELT world. The platform charges you for the number of connectors you use, not for data volume or number of users, so there won't be any surprise usage fees down the line.

If you want an ETL/ELT tool with security as a priority, Xplenty is your tool. Informatica upholds SOC 2 and HIPAA, and Xplenty does as well, with added security and data governance credentials. There's support for GDPR, CCPA, PCI, SOX, SSL/TLS encryption, and the platform protects data via the latest AWS technology, providing peace of mind. 

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#2. Stitch

Stitch is a more stripped-back platform than both Xplenty and Informatica, handling only ELT jobs, which might limit your data integration goals. Still, there's plenty to get excited about. Stitch has about 100 native connectors and a free tier for "low-volume" data transfers, so it's a good option for tiny teams. The problem is the vast majority of data-driven companies will probably need to upgrade to the Enterprise version to benefit from this platform, and that's where Stitch's complicated (and expensive!) pricing model comes into play. You'll pay for the amount of data you consume, not the number of connectors you use, so expect considerable costs if you have large-scale data transformation projects on the horizon. 

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#3. Matillion

Matillion also only handles ELT jobs, so transformation doesn't happen until you load data into a warehouse or lake. But if that's fine with you, you'll find this platform far easier to use than Informatica. There's lots of automation, and the tool scales as your business does, offering lots of flexibility. 

Unfortunately, Matillion's pricing structure is even more convoluted than Stitch's because the company charges per project and user. Also, you'll find fewer native connectors on Matillion than any platform on this list so far - just 40 connectors. 

#4. SnapLogic

SnapLogic has an impressive Elastic Integration Platform that connects SQL databases, No-SQL databases, file stores, and other data sources for solid pipeline-building. Still, users consider it to be an inferior option to Informatica. (SnapLogic has an average user score of 4.2/5 on G2.com; Informatica has a score of 4.4/5.) That's despite a decent number of native connectors (around 100) and a streamlined UI. 

On cost, it's tricky to compare SnapLogic with other platforms on this list because the company doesn't publish its prices online. If you're considering this tool as an Informatica alternative, you'll need to dig a little deeper. 

#5. Alteryx

Alteryx is primarily an ETL tool, and this simplicity makes the platform a viable alternative to the ever-complicated Informatica. However, Alteryx's simplicity might also be its downfall, with only a few data connectors available, limiting the number of pipelines you can create without code. 

Another problem is that Alteryx isn't cloud-native, so you'll need to purchase a license for the software and download it onto your computer or server, which, in 2021, seems a little outdated. Then there are the prices, with basic plans starting from $5,000 per user per year. 

That said, Alteryx has some incredible business intelligence features, providing real-time insights into all things sales, marketing, and customer service.

Why Xplenty is the No.1 Informatica Alternative

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While Stitch, Matillion, SnapLogic, and Alteryx are less complicated than Informatica Power Center, only Xplenty provides the scale and scope you need to handle enterprise-level data transformation jobs with ease. Xplenty is the low and no-code ETL/ELT solution that builds all kinds of data pipelines. It has tons of features you won't find on Informatica, such as free 24/7 support for all users, flat-rate pricing, better security/compliance, and no auxiliary costs. 

Are you looking for an Informatica alternative? Contact Xplenty for a free 7-day pilot today!