Reasons to Use Open-Source ETL

by Olga BelokurskayaOctober 26, 2009

According to a recent survey by Third Nature, open-source BI tools—as well as extract, transform, and load (ETL) solutions—keep maturing. Moreover, it becomes more accessible for end users who have almost no technical background, thanks to enhanced user interfaces, allowing ETL operations performed without hand coding.

There are several more reasons of such an interest to open-source data integration tools.

Open source is viewed as a cost-cutting model. The interest in open-source tools adoption from this point of view is obvious.

What came as a surprise to me is that open-source solutions are preferred to proprietary tools in terms of simplicity. Not having as many functions as proprietary software, open-source tools seem to provide “just enough” functionality for data integration initiatives. While there is a tendency for proprietary software vendors to overload their tools with lots of functions which are never used, users seem to need “basic software that works.”


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