The integration and management of data is a central issue in today’s system landscapes of all companies. Business processes are not limited to the space within a system, but extend across any number of systems. Potential often remains untapped because processes cannot be modeled across systems – data simply does not flow across systems. This inhibits internal processes and thus ultimately works to the disadvantage of the customer.
Workato vs. Marini Systems
Data integration is not an end in itself. It is merely a means to an end, but an essential and necessary one at that. There are numerous iPaaS solutions on the rather non-transparent market. Which one is the right one for one’s own purposes is usually difficult to identify. Therefore, we compare the integration platform from Workato with the Enterprise Data Integration platform from Marini Systems, consisting of the HubEngine and DataEngine components.
What do the integration platforms offer?
The Enterprise Data Integration Platform consists of two basic components: the HubEngine and the DataEngine. While the HubEngine specializes in data exchange between APIs and thus enables synchronization between systems, the DataEngine is designed for data management and ETL. Both cloud and on-premises integrations are supported. The platform follows a consistent and user-friendly no-coding principle. All common systems are available to be linked. Applications, microservices or databases can be linked without any problems. If a system is not available for selection, we will develop the appropriate connector for you.
Ease of use
HubEngine is specially designed to provide a simple user interface and intuitive operation. It can be operated even without technical knowledge. Therefore, HubEngine can be used as a self-service product, but usually our integration experts do the setup for you. Systems are synchronized within a few hours, including planning, tuning and testing.
ETL for each case
As soon as an integration becomes more complex, i.e. data is to be transformed (aggregated, disaggregated, enriched, consolidated, translated, etc.) before synchronization, the DataEngine comes into play. In addition, the DataEngine still has a user interface and thus provides a view of your data and visualizes it. Theoretically, reports, diagrams and charts are possible. The DataEngine – as a data layer – offers all possibilities to perform simple as well as complex data transformations. These can of course be done in the user interface – without writing a line of code.
Workato’s integration platform specializes in process automation. Applications, data, APIs and devices can be integrated across the enterprise. The platform is offered as a self-service product, so customers can build their own automations. Workato refers to integrations and automations on its platform as “recipes”. Business processes (or workflows) can be automated across systems as needed. The basis for this are “triggers” and “actions”. Triggers in one system can trigger actions in other systems. Triggers and actions are available for every supported system.
Ease of use
Thus, the focus of Workato’s integration platform becomes clear. Workato provides an answer when specific and clearly defined business processes are to be automated across systems. The self-service platform promises an intuitive user interface, but understandably also requires some time for familiarization. In addition to process automation, complex things like API management and API gateways are also possible.
Simple process control, but complicated synchronization
Pure synchronization integrations are possible in principle, but must be mapped via triggers and actions. Therefore, bidirectional synchronizations quickly become a complex matter. Separate workflows must be created for each case (update, create, delete). In addition, if data is to pass through an ETL process, it requires a suitable system that offers the desired ETL function.
At a glance
|Facts||Enterprise Data Integration Platform||Workato Platform|
|Costs||Low-cost entry possible||3.000 $ – 60.000 $|
|Fares||Fares depending on processing volume
||Different tariff levels
|Setup||Self-service or setup by us||Self-service or through external consulting|
|Extension||Self-service or set-up by us (e.g. project contract)||Self-service or through external consulting|
|Usability||Simple to medium||Medium to heavy|
|Hosting||100% Germany||Possible in Germany|
|Connection of applicatons||Check availability (List is constantly being expanded)||Check availability (also depends on tariff)|
|Trigger and Actions||Yes||Yes (focus on it)|
|Runtime||Min. 1 year||No annual term for many plans|
Data security and GDPR
The Enterprise Data Integration Platform is robust and secure. We work according to the principle of “Security by Design”. All components are 100% DSGVO compliant. Of course, all services are hosted exclusively in Germany. If you want to learn more, you can find more information in our Trust Center.
The data security measures taken by Workato can be found here. These include measures from the areas of “Access and Authentication” or “User Provisioning and authorization”. Workato answers all important questions about the GDPR here. Workato has also responded to the requirement for European cloud hosting. This means that a cloud can alternatively be hosted in Germany.
The Enterprise Data Integration Platform prices the HubEngine and DataEngine components individually, as they can also be booked independently of each other. The rates and options are transparent and primarily based on the usage of the individual components. We offer low entry prices per component per month. Thus, even simple integrations can be realized at a reasonable price. For an estimation of your costs you can ask here.
Calculation example for a Salesforce integration: approx. 8.000 – 12.000€ per year
The basic version of Workato costs 249 $ per month and includes connections to three basic applications and 5,000 transactions. If heavyweights such as Salesforce are to be integrated, the Business Package (1,499 $ per month), the Business Package Plus (2,499 $ per month) or even the Enterprise Package (5,000 $ per month) are available, depending on the system. The largest tariff, which also includes databases, costs 60,000 $ per year.
Calculation example for a Salesforce integration: approx. 30,000 $ annually
HubEngine allows you to view all relevant statistics of your plans in real time. The statistics and visualizations include logs, API calls, relations and plan executions. In addition to the live view, the historical view is also available. In the DataEngine, you can build custom reports, charts, and dashboards across all data. This way you always have an overview of movement and master data.
Reporting includes monitoring and management of the jobs of the respective integrations (workflows). Individual reports can be created for tracking business data and integration meta-data. Workato provides dashboards for current workload and usage. In addition, other pre-built and customized analytics data on usage, activities and executions are available.
Customer Data Platform (CDP)
With the Marini Systems Enterprise Data Integration Platform we offer you an actual CDP. You can merge all data, whether master data or any transaction data in the platform using HubEngine. In the DataEngine – as data layer – the data is stored. Here you have the central view of the customer. We offer you an actual system for logging in, not a platform that just moves data around. If you don’t need the data layer, the DataEngine operates in the dark, with the option to display the data visually at any time via a user interface – you just have to log in.
To our knowledge, Workato does not offer CDP. To get a central view of the customer (dashboards, tables) it needs another system such as a CRM system (which may not be designed to act as a CDP). Workato can be used to route the data there.
The Enterprise Data Integration Platform from Marini Systems is endpoint independent. Using the HubEngine, you can synchronize and link all systems. If you want to transform, enrich, control or view your data, you can interpose the DataEngine – as a data layer. This allows you to model each of your processes individually, regardless of the system or department. We offer you all the associated professional services – from planning to setup.
Workato specializes in process automation in the areas of marketing, sales, IT, finance, support and HR. Complex platforms with API management and API gateways are also possible. However, the focus is on fast and simple process automation.