Unmethodical data can lead you down the unending staircase of a waste of time.
That is if you are not aggregating your data correctly. Having the correct ETL tool for the job is paramount.

Data is created all over your company and is a necessity to make crucial business decisions. Finding a way to unify scattered data is a daunting task, but it’s possible without endless nights.

Currently, many ETL tools claim they are the right fit for your company’s needs, and they have the data to back their claims.

Choosing the right ETL tool is in your hands, and your company’s future depends on it.

No pressure.

Relax, as we break down how to pick an ETL tool for your data warehouse.

What Doesn’t Your Current ETL Tool Do?

ETL processes are made to be scalable, efficient, and maintainable. If your current ETL process, if you even have one, cannot grow with the changing needs of your company, then it is obsolete.

Determine where the breakdown in your current system lies so the replacement tool doesn’t underperform in the same way.

A well structured and programmed ETL process should eliminate the need for manual input during the process creating a more efficient output. Time is a resource not to be wasted waiting for data to populate.

How to get started

Before you go crazy dissecting which company does what, understand the purpose of the ETL process is to enable the movement of data and transformation.

● Begin with the source systems currently in place. Will the new software be compatible?
● Research and determine whether the tool will excel at performance, function, and user-friendliness.
● Carefully select the right database vendor.
● Consult the Gartner Magic Quadrant to see which tools are setting the trends and taking the lead in the industry.
● Consider the price point, then track your ROI after implementation.


Don’t get so caught up in researching every ETL tool available. Focus your energy on understanding what your company needs and seeing which software meets those needs.

Whether that software company boasts of huge profits, quality analytics, high reliability, etc doesn’t matter, if the integration process is not for you.

If scalability and connectability are company goals, then ensure then the software should help achieve that goal, not set you back.

You are not alone in your struggle to find the right tools for the job.
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