The Apache Airflow Alternative that's 100x Faster and Just as Powerful.

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What do you care about most?

Low-Code TemplatesStreamlining Code ExecutionEfficient Code ReusabilitySeamless Package ManagementEffortless ScalabilitySimplifying SecurityEasy Version ControlContinuous ObservabilityCost of OwnershipInstant Support
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Low-Code Templates

Airflow's Operations allow for the creation of reusable templates, but there's a catch—they require someone knowing they exist and scripting knowledge. 

Enter Shipyard, designed to make templates accessible without coding expertise. Each template simplifies script use by mapping inputs to a user-friendly form. With over 150 open-source Shipyard templates, you have transparency and the flexibility to customize them as needed.

Forget the guesswork; using a template provides visibility into its usage across your team. No more scouring for reports—now you can scale your data team's efforts confidently. 

Why code when it's unnecessary?

Kurtis Sly
Director of Business Operations
PMG Digital Agency
"Shipyard has a lot of great features sets for the semi technical as well as very technical users who have a need to automate data transformation or various business processes. With seamless connections into many major platforms as well as capability to build your own python scripts, it has unlocked more time and improved many of our day to day tasks for reporting and more."
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Streamlining Code Execution

Data professionals face immense responsibilities, and modifying a script just for seamless execution adds an unwarranted burden. In Airflow, transferring a functional script from a notebook or code editor into your DAG involves additional complexities, including the insertion of Airflow-specific decorators. This not only complicates development but also acts as a barrier for non-technical team members.

Shipyard is known for offering a seamless transition from development to production. If your script works in a notebook or code editor, it seamlessly integrates without requiring platform-specific decorators. This simplifies the workflow, ensuring efficiency without unnecessary complexities.

Why settle for needless hurdles?

Kevin de Smidt
Head of Technology
Cure International
"Shipyard is way easier to use than the other data pipeline automation tools I investigated. We are able to quickly automate a wide range of our data processing tasks leveraging the great Python support Shipyard provides, including extracting data from and sending data to APIs, data transformation within our data warehouse, generating and emailing reports, and sending system error push alerts to our phones."
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Efficient Code Reusability

Airflow's recommendation for atomic scripts can result in complex, monolithic structures, making error identification and task reruns challenging. 

With Shipyard, tasks are modularized, allowing seamless data transfer between steps. Write components for data download, transformation, and external uploads—reuse them across the platform. Shipyard also enables teams to convert these components into custom templates for organization-wide use, with easy monitoring and bulk updates.

Why waste time on error troubleshooting and full task reruns?

Tomas Balciunas
Senior Data Engineer
"You can do so much with Shipyard that the possibilities are literally endless. Even when there isn't a Blueprint for your use case its very simple to create your own."
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Seamless Package Management

Running scripts simultaneously with different Pandas or Python versions in Airflow is nearly impossible. 

Shipyard eliminates this hurdle by automatically running each task in a container with specified package dependencies, bypassing the need for a Docker file. No more concerns about scripts interfering with one another—orchestrate tasks using various packages and languages effortlessly. Say goodbye to managing virtual environments and trust that your code will run smoothly.

Why let script interference be a concern?

Effortless Scalability

While Airflow offers the flexibility of hosting on your infrastructure, scalability can become a challenge as the number of pipelines grows. Managing increased storage, memory, and compute needs can be overwhelming, even for larger organizations with dedicated infrastructure teams.

Shipyard’s an optimal solution. It takes the infrastructure management burden off your team's shoulders. Whether you're running ten workflows or thousands simultaneously, Shipyard efficiently handles and scales the infrastructure as needed. This allows your organization to channel efforts into addressing data challenges rather than being consumed by infrastructure maintenance.

Why risk leaving your infrastructure unattended?

Thanh Khuu
"For a team like ours, Shipyard's low-maintenance, standalone platform made it easy to build our data integration pipelines. It saved us from a lot of infrastructure work."

Simplifying Security

While Airflow offers flexible setup, customizing its security can be a time-consuming process, burdening teams and diverting resources. 

Shipyard streamlines this by providing built-in security features such as single sign-on (SSO), multi-factor authentication (MFA), and seamless integration with identity providers like Okta and Active Directory. Administrators have precise control over user access, and Shipyard ensures secure handling of credentials and automatic deletion of generated data after each workflow run. This comprehensive security approach allows your team to focus on core goals without the need to manage security complexities.

Why handle security when Shipyard can do it for you?

John McPhillips
Senior Data Engineer
"Shipyard solved a huge problem for me and my team. It gives us a platform where we can take our existing data management scripts and run them in a secure environment without the overhead of managing our own compute resources."

Easy Version Control

Airflow requires constant uploads to an external server for workflow management, necessitating manual synchronization with GitHub through cron jobs. Shipyard simplifies this process by connecting directly to your GitHub repos, enabling runtime syncing to a specific branch or tag. Test changes on development branches with ease, ensuring you always run the latest code.

Even without GitHub, Shipyard automatically tracks and versions every workflow change made through the UI or API. Explore historical configurations and revert changes as needed, saving time and effort.

Why waste time on manual code syncing?

Continuous Observability

Airflow's logs are a single file for the entire workflow, requiring manual sifting to identify and address issues, consuming valuable time. 

Shipyard offers a streamlined solution by providing logs directly in the user interface at both workflow and task levels. Stay on top of workflows effortlessly, and receive instant email notifications on task failures for continuous observability. Shipyard further allows log exportation to dashboarding tools, empowering you to build the observability level your organization needs.

Why sacrifice observability when Shipyard simplifies it?

Brett Trani
Director of Analytics
"Shipyard helps us integrate our systems and monitor kicking off data workflows across a variety of tools and platforms. We can now develop custom data workflows easily for any new platform."

Cost of Ownership

Airflow is not free. When determining the total cost of ownership there is much to consider. Start by calculating the cost of a team with infrastructure knowledge to build and maintain your infrastructure. Next determine the amount of time required of engineers to code every Airflow pipeline. 

Shipyard, in contrast, is a fully hosted tool, eliminating infrastructure concerns and the need for an infrastructure team as you scale workflows. With the option to code or leverage low-code templates, Shipyard accelerates pipeline development, saving significant time and money. The simplicity of Shipyard's approach also broadens participation, enabling less technical team members to contribute to the pipeline building process. 

Why settle for expensive and complex tooling when a powerful, cost-efficient option is available?

Forrest Sutton
Manager of Information Systems
Equal Exchange
"Shipyard's greatest strengths are its ease of use, ability to save time, and scalability. It's extremely affordable compared to other competitors in the space."

Instant Support

Choosing Airflow may seem cost-effective initially, but hidden costs arise from coding complexities and the time spent troubleshooting issues through extensive articles. Bug fixes may take months in the community-driven model, and sudden workflow failures lead to urgent infrastructure troubleshooting.

In contrast, Shipyard prioritizes customer support with a dedicated team ready to assist instantly. Whether it's script execution challenges or custom feature requests, our experts are just a click away. Say goodbye to frustration and delays and hello to immediate assistance from a team of experts.

Why wait for support when it's available instantly with Shipyard?

Nate Balson
Data Scientist
"Shipyard is a great tool run by great people who go above and beyond to help you get what you need, whether that's helping you fix an issue or creating a solution you are struggling to build yourself."


Shipyard is a cloud-native workflow orchestration platform designed for the modern data team. With its intuitive UI and powerful infrastructure, Shipyard can easily automate the toughest tasks in a matter of minutes. Solutions can be created modularly and shared across the organization to help spread the influence and reusability of a data team's work.


Apache Airflow

Apache Airflow is a well-known open-source project for workflow orchestration, released in 2014 by the Data Team at Airbnb. While flexible in its potential use cases, its rigidity and adherence to python-specific code prevent make it more difficult to work with. Infrastructure knowledge is required to ensure a solid foundation for your workflows.

Shipyard is the only Airflow alternative that empowers your team to get data where it needs to be in a 🫰.

Stop working on finding solutions to limitations and restrictions. 

Start spending more time working on what matters to your business.

Phyllis Helton
Data Sciences & Engineering Lead
Global Non-Profit Organization
"We don’t want to be in the business of maintaining servers and software. We want to be in the business of moving data. Shipyard lets our data team focus more on the things we’re good at and make a positive impact on the organization."

Ship your data anywhere faster than you ever thought possible.

Kira Furuichi
Manager, Analytics and Data Science
"Shipyard is so easy to use. When we have internal data issues, I’m now able to build solutions that move data between APIs and databases in just a few hours."

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