Reports and records. Sales sheets and spreadsheets. Files and financials. Your team has more big data than you can comprehend spread across multiple data sources in more locations than a James Bond movie. Isn't it time you kept this data somewhere safe 

Moving data to a data warehouse like Snowflake is like keeping thousands of books in a library or a trove of treasure in an underground vault. Big data, your most prized asset, will be safe and snug. Also, use Snowflake to store data for real-time big data analytics, which generates top-secret intelligence for business growth. 

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Table of Contents

  1. What is Snowflake?
  2. What is ETL for Snowflake?
  3. Why ETL for Snowflake?
  4. The Top ETL for Snowflake Tools for 2021
  5. Conclusion

What is Snowflake?

Snowflake is a sturdy and super-scalable cloud data warehouse designed to support your business intelligence (BI) needs. It's available as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Data-driven teams like yours need a warehouse such as Snowflake to make time-critical decisions that power business growth. 

Snowflake incorporates and centralizes massive amounts of data (structured, semi-structured, JSON, XML, etc) from multiple data sources so you can analyze it all with greater clarity and precision. Sounds good. 

But analytics is the easy bit. Getting data to Snowflake in the first place can be a head-scratching challenge. 

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What is ETL for Snowflake?

ETL stands for Extract, Transform, Load — three critical words when moving data to Snowflake. Here's how it works:

  • ETL extracts data from all kinds of data sources. Think databases, flat files, legacy systems, SaaS sources, CRMs, ERPs, etc. 
  • It transforms the data from an unusable format to a usable format. (Otherwise, the data is useless.)
  • It loads the data into a warehouse like Snowflake. 
  • Your data is now ready for analytics!

Why ETL for Snowflake?

ETL tames data and gives it a much-needed makeover so it's ready for Snowflake and then ready for analytics. 

But why is ETL necessary? 

Many data warehouses and BI tools can't handle enormous amounts of data from a bundle of different sources. Some platforms have to standardize data formats and join up records, grinding analysis to a halt. When you extract, transform, and load data, none of this is a problem.

The ETL process preps enormous data volumes for Snowflake storage, combining structured and unstructured data from even the most obscure data sources. (Those weblogs from the '90s? Not a problem.) This reduces time and hassle. 

Of course, not all ETL for Snowflake tools are the same.

The Top 5 ETL for Snowflake Tools for 2021

We've compiled five of the best ETL for the Snowflake data warehouse, so you don't have to. These tools are:

  • Xplenty
  • Apache Airflow
  • Matillion
  • Blendo 
  • Stitch

Also, check out the Top Python ETL Tools, the Best ETL Tools for MySQL, and How to Pick an ETL Tool.

1) Xplenty

Average user score on G2.com: 4.4/5

The Good:

  • Native Snowflake connector
  • No code
  • Simple drag-and-drop interface
  • A super-generous 200+ data sources (more than any other on this list)
  • Free customer support for all users
  • Easy data transformations
  • Charges by the connector, not data volume, which could work out cheaper
  • Integrations with many other cloud platforms, databases, systems, apps, and data warehouses including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Redshift, Talend, Oracle, Microsoft, Tableau, and Salesforce.

Xplenty is an all-in-one ETL solution for Snowflake, boasting a ready-to-use native Snowflake connector. Unlike the other tools on this list, Xplenty requires no code, making it a good fit for teams of all sizes. There's free customer support for all users, more than 200 data sources, simple data transformations, a drag-and-drop interface, and a simplified pricing structure (Xplenty charges by the connector and not data volume).

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2) Apache Airflow

Average user score: 4.1/5

The Good:

  • Extensive support via Slack
  • Scalable pricing 

The Bad:

  • Moves data from sources via plugins
  • Python only

Apache Airflow is an open-source project that facilitates ETL for Snowflake. It's one of the most popular ETL tools on the market. Unlike other data platforms on this list, Airflow moves data from sources via plugins — essentially templates written in Python. So if you don't know Python, you're going to struggle to extract, transform, and load data into Snowflake. On the plus side, there's extensive support via Slack and scalable pricing, where smaller teams with fewer ETL requirements pay lower costs than larger teams. 

3) Matillion 

Average user score: 4.3/5

The Good:

  • 70 data sources
  • Annual billing plans available

The Bad:

  • Requires knowledge of SQL
  • Limited click-and-point 
  • No training videos

Matillion is a cloud-based ETL platform that moves data from 70 data sources to Snowflake. But click-and-point capabilities are weak compared to low-code alternatives Xplenty. While users can drag components onto visual workspaces at a specific point in a pipeline, the entire process requires SQL knowledge. Still, Matillion's data sources include a broad range of databases, social networks, CRMs, and ERPS, and users can create additional pipelines if needed. Matillion ETL charges by the hour, and there are annual plans available.  

Read More: Xplenty vs. Matillion 

4) Blendo

Average user score: 5/5 

The Good:

  • 50 data sources to choose from

The Bad:

  • It doesn't transform data
  • Users can't build additional data sources
  • No training 

Blendo is an ELT (not ETL) platform that moves data to Snowflake successfully. However, it focuses on extracting/loading and doesn't transform data from sources. This is problematic if organizations need to transform data before loading it to a warehouse, especially when adhering to data safety and compliance requirements. Users can request Blendo to create data sources that serve their needs but can't build sources themselves. Still, there are 50 data sources to choose from, including popular CRM and ERP systems. 

5) Stitch

Average user score: 4.7/5 

The Good: 

  • 100 database and SaaS integrations
  • Users can add additional data sources via open-source Singer

The Bad:

  • Expensive, with standard plans costing up to $1,250 per month
  • Users need to know code

Stitch is a cloud-based ELT (not ETL) solution used by thousands of companies. Again, the ELT approach might not be suitable for organizations concerned about data compliance. It's a suitable choice for larger teams, boasting more than 100 integrations. This popular platform makes it easy to move new data to the Snowflake database — as long as you know Python, SQL, or another programming language! (Not all teams have these skills.) It's also expensive, with standard plans costing up to $1,250 per month.  

Read More: Xplenty vs. Stitch 

Conclusion

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The five ETL to Snowflake tools above pack an almighty punch, but Xplenty wins the knockout. With its native Snowflake connector and no-code and point-and-click interface, Xplenty benefits organizations that lack a data engineering team, seamlessly extracting, transforming, and loading data to Snowflake like a heavyweight champion. 

With hundreds of integrations, super-easy data transformations, streamlined workflow creations, a reliable REST API, free support, and loads of other incredible features, Xplenty is the only ETL tool for Snowflake you need.

 

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