ETL Pros and Cons

ETL stands for extract, transform, load. ETL tools, in one form or another, have been around for over 20 years, making them the most mature out of all of the data integration technologies. Their history dates back to mainframe data migration, when people would move data from one application to another.

Advantages of ETL include:

  • good for bulk data movements with complex rules and transformations
  • make maintenance and traceability much easier than hand-coding
  • good for data warehouse environment
  • Disadvantages of ETL include:

  • you must be a data oriented developer or database analyst to use
  • not ideal for near real-time or on-demand data access, where fast response is required
  • takes months to put into place
  • difficult to keep up with changing requirements
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    InetSoft's Answer to ETL

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