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BizTalk Data Integration vs K3 ETL Data Prep & Integration: Which is better?

The Major Differences between BizTalk Data Integration and K3 ETL and Data Prep

Is your organization considering an ETL solution for its data needs? Here is a high-level comparison of the Microsoft BizTalk and K3 ETL platforms to determine which option is a better fit.

  • Ease of use: BizTalk requires expert-level coding knowledge; K3 visualizes and normalizes data with no coding required.
  • Scalability: BizTalk is challenging to scale due to its high-code environment and difficulty to troubleshoot; K3 offers a low-code environment with one price.
  • Data integration: BizTalk is a capable message bus, but has limited ETL functionality; K3 ETL can drive data to virtually any endpoint.
  • Data management: BizTalk is focused on XML validations; K3 ETL can ingest thousands of files across different file types and formats.
  • Sustainability: Every indicator suggests Microsoft is close to sunsetting BizTalk; K3 ETL understands difficult enterprise systems using a low-code, high-supported environment.

THE BIG TAKEAWAY

  • Biztalk is a high-c0de environment that is difficult to scale and troubleshoot.
  • BizTalk is a capable message bus, but lacks ETL functionality.
  • BizTalk is on its way to being sunset by Microsoft.

     

K3 gives you more flexibility, long-term solution and low-code ETL, data prep and data integration solution all in one without the heavy lifting of code-intensive solutions like BizTalk which Microsoft is phasing out.

BizTalk and K3 Overview

Microsoft BizTalk and Data Integration Solutions use the integration capabilities of Azure BizTalk Services and Service Bus. BizTalk is designed to extend on-premises applications to the cloud, process and transform messages, use business-to-business messaging, and enable hybrid integration with applications in the cloud and on-premises.

K3 Enterprise is a low-code integration application with 100+ API adapters and connectors. It is a ready-to-go-solution that eliminates the headache of a high-code environment. K3 ETL doesn’t require an army of IT professionals enablign your IT team to focus on higher value tasks. It’s built to handle legacy archetypal data forms, non-conforming data sources and also features K3 data prep and K3 data load functionalities. With K3 ETL, you can visualize your data, map it and then flow it to files, APIs, databases, data warehouses, and data lakes like Redshift or Snowflake.

Let’s take a more in-depth look at how BizTalk ETL and K3 ETL compare side-by-side.

FEATURE COMPARISON OF BIZTALK V/S K3

Data Deployment

Hosted Cloud Deployment

Yes

Yes

Private Cloud Deployment

Yes

Yes

On Premise Deployment

Yes

Yes

Data Stays Private Guarantee

Yes

Yes

Scalability

No Per User Charges

Yes

No

Database CDC Connections (see databases)

Yes

No

SaaS Connections (see connectors)

Yes

No

Multiple Formats (XML, JSON, EDI, etc.)

Yes

Yes

Features Comparison

Data Rules Engines

Yes

No

Low Code Data Route Configuration

Yes

No

Low Code ETL

Yes

No

Data Orchestration

Yes

No

Low Learning Curve

Yes

No

Audit Trail

Yes

No

Test/Prod accounts included

Yes

No

CAPABILITIES AND FUNCTIONAL COMPARISON IN-DEPTH LOOK

K3

BizTalk

EASE OF USE

K3 ETL requires no coding or programming expertise. Wherever you’re flowing data, it is an intuitive, out-of-the-box solution. K3 ETL also seamlessly connects with legacy and heritage applications through off-the-shelf adapters enabled by our delta/CDC adapters.

BizTalk is a high-code environment that requires extensive training for users to successfully operate the platform.

SCALABILITY

K3 ETL is optimized for scalability, and the low-code environment makes it accessible to non-technical users and experienced developers alike. With K3, you get one solution with one price.

BizTalk is not easily scalable since it is high-code and difficult to troubleshoot. It can also be expensive for large enterprises.

DATA INTEGRATION

K3 requires no API development, but rather has over 100 pre-built connectors for upstream and downstream data needs, a visual data mapping, and a low-code data rules engine that streamlines all of these custom development steps away.

K3 ETL can drive data to virtually any endpoint. Prep data from a wide variety of sources into one conformed format and pipe it directly to the world’s leading data repositories.

DATA MANAGEMENT

K3 ETL ingests thousands of files across different file types and formats such as JSON, custom XML and comma-delimited. K3 also enables intuitive, code-free transformation through a mapping and rules engine.

BizTalk is focused on XML validations and does not have the ability to ingest different file types.

SUSTAINABILITY

K3 ETL understands difficult enterprise systems using a low-code, high-supported environment. It places less burden on your IT team by ensuring technical tasks can be performed by non-technical people.

BizTalk is not a main focus for Microsoft. Indicators suggest it will sunset the platform and offer users an Azure BizTalk integration option, which is already available.

K3 IS BEST FOR EASE OF USE, ETL FUNCTIONALITY AND SUSTAINABILITY

BizTalk is a capable message bus, but lacks ETL functionality and will probably be sunset by Microsoft in the near future. K3 is a powerful, low-code ETL tool that integrates with legacy and new applications alike, regardless of where they reside—in the cloud, private cloud or on-premises. Setup a free demo to see how K3 ETL can empower your data transformation.

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