October 17, 2008

Introduction to Talend

I didn’t spend much time on the show floor at Teradata Partners, but I did connect with Yves de Montcheuil of Talend for a couple of little chats.  Highlights of the Talend story include:


5 Responses to “Introduction to Talend”

  1. Yves de Montcheuil on October 22nd, 2008 6:07 am

    Curt, thanks for the detailed post. If I may refresh your memory on some of these points.

    – “I forget what the exact list of possible target languages is”: target languages for code generation are Java, Perl, with embedded SQL (native for each DB supported)

    – “charging for run-times is usually a lot better as a business model than charging for development seats”: in the sense that you can extract a lot more money from the customers, yes. But this is not the fairest model for clients.

    – “I forget whether there’s any feature difference between the editions, or whether it’s all support/indemnification/etc.”: it goes beyond support and indemnification, Talend Integration Suite also offers teamwork and enterprise deployment/monitoring capabilities. But all connectors are included in both the GPL and the subscription version.

    And I agree, the Teradata conference was great, and open source ETL attracted lots of people. It now is clearly identified as an enterprise-ready solution.

  2. Curt Monash on October 22nd, 2008 2:47 pm


    Thanks. I love the blog publishing format for many reasons. One reason is that it allows one to catch up with details like this. 🙂

    Great talking with you,


  3. Norman on October 23rd, 2008 6:37 pm

    I thought Talend compete with Pentaho Kettle among other open source projects. They both have a nice user interface but looks like the performance is not on their priority list.
    The teamwork module was weak so far so you pay 5K for support with hope to get some help from a live person because the documentation is just introduction.
    Definitely not a server based product, and I believe that why pay-per-dev seat make more sense to them

  4. Yves de Montcheuil on October 29th, 2008 8:03 am

    Norman, I wonder where you got that misconception about performance. Talend does not use an integration engine but is a code generator. Try to beat the performance of native code with a proprietary engine!
    And I am not going to apologize for charging for technical support – we are a commercial company, and we do charge for value added services and features.
    We do not really compete with Kettle, there is enough market share (and unhappy clients of proprietary vendors) out there for two open source products.

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