When to use SSIS PowerPack and when to use ODBC PowerPack

A common question from our customers is if they have to use SSIS PowerPack or ODBC PowerPack for their projects. In this article, we will help you to decide this question.

When to use SSIS PowerPack

If your company already has an SSIS license or if you are dealing with ETL processes, the choice to use SSIS PowerPack might be apparent. Learning the tool is straightforward, especially if you have prior experience with SSIS.

It’s a suitable option if you need to regularly export and import data, automating these processes efficiently.

If you don’t have SSIS yet, note that you will need a SQL Server license that includes SSIS.

For those without an SQL Server license but still want to use SSIS, consider leveraging Azure Data Factory (SSIS-IR) as a Pay-As-You-Go service. This allows you to use SSIS in the cloud without hefty investments in SQL Server licensing.

When to use ODBC PowerPack

If you’re working with Python, C#, Java, PHP, or any other programming language and need to connect to REST APIs, web services, or work with XML or JSON files, Zappysys ODBC PowerPack is a valuable choice.

Utilize Zappysys ODBC PowerPack if you already have a tool that connects to ODBC, as it allows you to extend connection sources using ODBC. Notable tools that can take advantage of ODBC PowerPack include Power BI, Tableau, Qlik Sense, Excel, Informatica PowerCenter, SQL Server, SSAS, Visual Studio, Microsoft Access, and Pentaho Kettle.

In other words, if the tool supports ODBC, you can use our tool and get online data. And query the sources online


In summary, the choice between ODBC PowerPack and SSIS PowerPack depends on your specific needs and preferences. Here’s a quick guide to help you decide:

Choose SSIS PowerPack if:

  • You prefer an ETL-based approach with more UI elements and enjoy a drag-and-drop interface.
  • SSIS is your primary ETL tool, and you want to enhance its out-of-the-box functionality with 70+ additional tasks/components.
  • You are comfortable with a job-based approach (e.g., running integrations hourly, daily, or weekly using jobs).
  • Your requirements include tasks and connectors not available in ODBC PowerPack, such as Email Task, Upsert Destination, SFTP Task, and Redshift.
  • Your team is already experienced with SSIS and prefers to stick with this approach.

Choose ODBC PowerPack if:

  • Using SSIS is not an option for your specific scenario.
  • You prioritize real-time data in your reports, SQL Server, or applications, rather than an ETL-based approach with scheduled jobs.
  • You are more comfortable working with SQL Server Query Language and appreciate the ZappySys Datagateway Linked Server Approach.
  • You are using a reporting tool, programming language, or BI app that supports a direct ODBC connection for more real-time data, which ZappySys Driver facilitates.
  • Your vendor supports a JDBC driver only, but your application supports ODBC only, making ZappySys JDBC-ODBC Bridge Driver a suitable choice.