Alteryx Vs MuleSoft

Data understanding is a crucial part of any business as it lays a foundation for what to do in the future. It will help us explore data in meaningful ways. Presenting data from multiple sources into useful information is a challenging task. Data being in different formats and different places make it difficult for the Organizations to pull it all together and perform analytics on it. To perform aggregations on data, the data should be in one place. This is where a Data Warehouse or a Data Lake will help solve the data centralization problem. A Data Lake or Data Warehouse allows us to load data from different sources. We can then make the data understandable by running analysis and analytics on top of the data. We can also apply prediction on historic data to predict future trends. Alteryx and MuleSoft are two such tools that help developers work with data in a lot of ways. In this post, I will give you a basic understanding of these tools. I will give brief information on how these tools are different from each other.

What is Alteryx?

Alteryx is a self-service data analytics platform that is useful for data discovery, data preparation, deployment, and share analytics. It catalogs all the data making it searchable and trackable. users will have increased visibility for governance. Users can automate manual tasks into analytic workflows. These analytic workflows can be used as Extract, Transform, Load (ETL). Alteryx supports both code-less and advanced modeling with code. Not only data analytics, but it also supports predictive, spatial, and statistical analytics. Alteryx includes four components.

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  • Alteryx Designer - This is where you can create workflows for data manipulation and analytics.
  • Alteryx Server - It allows integrating internal and external applications to your workflows through APIs and macros.
  • Alteryx Connect - It catalogs data assets and stores the results of previous analysis results.
  • Alteryx Analytics Gallery - It contains pre-built applications that are publicly available to download.

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What is MuleSoft?

MuleSoft is an integration platform that connects data from on-premises and cloud computing environments. It can connect applications, data, and devices through an API approach. It creates a communication layer between two systems with the bidirectional flow. Users can easily build integration flows on the cloud. MuleSoft allows data to transform data using machine learning. It also enables users to employ CI/CD pipelines. The following are some of the services that the MuleSoft offers.

  • API Designer -  Users can design an API, document an API, and share it with others.
  • Anypoint Studio - It is used to deploy API to on-premises and cloud environments. 
  • Anypoint Analytics - It is used to perform analytics on the usage and performance of the APIs.
  • Anypoint Connectors - It offers connectors to integrate with external applications.
  • Anypoint  Visualizer - It is used to map APIs to their dependencies in real-time.

Alteryx Vs MuleSoft

Both Alteryx and MuleSoft are great tools in their own way. Let us look at some of the differences between these tools.

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Connectors

Alteryx can connect to a variety of data sources like data warehouses, file formats, databases, data lakes, etc. It can read, write, or read and write, depending on the data source. It offers connectors for more than 80 data sources. Amazon S3, Hadoop, Databricks, Google BigQuery, IBM DB2, Microsoft Azure Data Lake Store, JSON, MySQL, MongoDB, SAP Hana, Salesforce, Text, Zip, Tableau Data Extract are some of the connectors that Alteryx provides.

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MuleSoft offers a wide range of connections with assets and tools such as storage resources, databases, SaaS platforms, etc. It offers a total of around 300 connectors. Apache Kafka, Salesforce, Workday, Microsoft Dynamics 365, MongoDB, ServiceNow, Redis, Twilio, SAP, NetSuite, Amazon DynamoDB, Apache Cassandra, Azure Data Lake Storage, FTP, FTPS, Hadoop are some of the popular MuleSoft connectors. However, MuleSoft does not provide connectors for cloud data warehouses.

Transformations

Alteryx is the most popular data transformation tool. It provides a graphical interface with several actions as icons. Users can drag and drop the icons into the workspace to create a workflow. Once a data source is connected, users can perform data preparation tasks like setting data types, clean up missing values, apply transformer functions on the data, one-hot encoding, and many more. Users can also write macros in XML, and custom functions in C++ to add them to the workflow.

MuleSoft focuses more on application integration. To move data from a source to a destination, MuleSoft provides a graphical interface to map two data sources. It offers drag and drops functionality to construct the mappings. Users can also construct mappings through the DataWeave code. MuleSoft comes with 20 pre-built transformers. Users can also define their own transformers by writing code in JavaScript or Groovy. Then users can define the input and output of the components to fit the source schema with the destination schema. 

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Pricing

Alteryx has various pricing models for various components.

  • Alteryx Designer costs $5,195 per user per year. If we want any additional capabilities, we have to pay for them separately such as $11,700 per user per year for Insights Suite, $2,300 per user per year for Intelligence Suite, $33,000 per user per year for Business insights. 
  • Alteryx Server costs $78,975 per year. If we want to add Alteryx Connect to Alteryx Server, that's an additional $39,000 per year. 
  • Alteryx Analytics Hub costs $72,000 per year. It comes with 1 Alteryx Analytics Hub license, 4 Analytics Hub Designer licenses, and 10 Analytics Hub User licenses.
  • MuleSoft platform has three pricing plans - gold, platinum, and titanium. The services offered will differ based on the plans. However, the prices for these plans were not disclosed. MuleSoft does provide a 30-day free trial.
Support, documentation, and training

Alteryx has a community, where it provides resolution documents for common issues. They also offer customer support through an email ticketing system with different support levels - standard, advanced, and premium. Alteryx provides several learning guides and starter kits to help users start working with the Alteryx components. It also has a training academy, known as Alteryx Academy, through which they provide live training, interactive lessons, and weekly challenges.

MuleSoft provides customer support through several mechanisms such as general forums, discussion groups, developer blogs, community, telephone, and email support. They provide a variety of training materials through training forums and resources. They provide instructor-led training, blog posts, quick start guides, product documentation, etc. They also conduct webinars now and then.

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Conclusion

Every organization's requirements will be unique in its own way. Choosing the right tool for an organization always depends on the business needs. It also depends on the data sources that you want to use. So, check which tool offers connectors for the data sources that you need and select the one that matches your criteria. And then check if it falls under your price range. One tool may not offer all the things that you need. But, you have to see which features are most important and check if the tool satisfies them. I hope this post might have helped you in determining which tool best suits your needs.

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As a senior Technical Content Writer for HKR Trainings, Gayathri has a good comprehension of the present technical innovations, which incorporates perspectives like Business Intelligence and Analytics. She conveys advanced technical ideas precisely and vividly, as conceivable to the target group, guaranteeing that the content is available to clients. She writes qualitative content in the field of Data Warehousing & ETL, Big Data Analytics, and ERP Tools. Connect me on LinkedIn.