Altova MapForce Server vs. Pentaho

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Altova MapForce Server
Score 8.1 out of 10
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Mapforce Server, from Altova in Beverly, is a data integration platform which the vendor states supports all major databases and data formats without extra-cost "connectors," and automates integration of any combination of XML, JSON, database, EDI, XBRL, flat file, Excel, and/or Web service data.N/A
Pentaho
Score 7.5 out of 10
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Pentaho is a suite of open source business intelligence and analytics products, now offered and supported by Hitachi Data Systems since the June 2015 acquisition.N/A
Pricing
Altova MapForce ServerPentaho
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Altova MapForce ServerPentaho
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Features
Altova MapForce ServerPentaho
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Altova MapForce Server
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Ratings
Pentaho
9.0
20 Ratings
9% above category average
Pixel Perfect reports00 Ratings8.718 Ratings
Customizable dashboards00 Ratings9.818 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates00 Ratings8.618 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Altova MapForce Server
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Pentaho
8.7
19 Ratings
7% above category average
Drill-down analysis00 Ratings7.718 Ratings
Formatting capabilities00 Ratings8.319 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages00 Ratings9.312 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration00 Ratings9.617 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Altova MapForce Server
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Pentaho
9.6
20 Ratings
14% above category average
Publish to Web00 Ratings9.618 Ratings
Publish to PDF00 Ratings9.719 Ratings
Report Versioning00 Ratings9.613 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling00 Ratings9.917 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers00 Ratings9.310 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Altova MapForce Server
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Pentaho
8.2
17 Ratings
1% above category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)00 Ratings7.916 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization00 Ratings8.216 Ratings
Predictive Analytics00 Ratings8.314 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
Altova MapForce Server
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Pentaho
9.1
20 Ratings
6% above category average
Multi-User Support (named login)00 Ratings9.320 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model00 Ratings9.519 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)00 Ratings9.918 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)00 Ratings7.710 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Altova MapForce Server
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Ratings
Pentaho
8.3
11 Ratings
4% above category average
Responsive Design for Web Access00 Ratings9.710 Ratings
Mobile Application00 Ratings7.07 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile00 Ratings8.711 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
Altova MapForce Server
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Pentaho
8.6
10 Ratings
8% above category average
REST API00 Ratings8.310 Ratings
Javascript API00 Ratings9.09 Ratings
iFrames00 Ratings7.39 Ratings
Java API00 Ratings8.69 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)00 Ratings8.910 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)00 Ratings9.610 Ratings
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User Ratings
Altova MapForce ServerPentaho
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(2 ratings)
9.1
(31 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.8
(11 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.3
(6 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.3
(7 ratings)
Online Training
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(0 ratings)
9.5
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
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5.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Altova MapForce ServerPentaho
Likelihood to Recommend
Altova
Altove Mapforce Server is a software that offers high performance at the server level when executing data mappings and offers even greater productivity by improving the automation of data mappings, it is a tool that offers the advantage of making use of functions that allow actions automated before or after mapping execution, is used because it provides up to 70 times faster performance.
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Hitachi Vantara
Pentaho is very well suited to perform data extraction & data mining from various cloud storage & transform that data using various available data models. However, the software struggles when it comes to visualizing the extracted data in an appealing manner & can be difficult for end-users to get an understanding of data tables created using those models.
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Pros
Altova
  • Connecting to and mapping data from a variety of sources, including databases, XML files, and text files.
  • Transforming data from one format to another, such as XML to JSON or CSV to XML.
  • Generating output in a variety of formats, including XML, JSON, CSV, and SQL.
  • Running mapping jobs on a schedule or on demand.
  • Providing comprehensive logging and email notification.
  • Supporting multiple users and roles with security and permissions.
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Hitachi Vantara
  • Integrate and synchronize with big data easily
  • Import data from any sources and different databases
  • Managing data in on-premise, hybrid and cloud environments.
  • Compatibility and flexibility of the platform with any type of scenario and any business or industry
  • Various tools in the software suite to transformation of data
  • Simple interface appearance and creative UI graphics
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Cons
Altova
  • Altove Mapforce Server is an enterprise software that performs data transformation and mapping on MacOS, Windows, Linux operating systems with seamless operation and flexible features that adjust to user needs, It offers high-level services such as bulk database inserts. data by reducing the processing load and achieving much faster performance.
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Hitachi Vantara
  • I think the relative obscurity of the tool is a downside, not as many developers, consultants or peers you can tap into.
  • Lack of a solid user community held us back, looking at Power BI and Qlik, they have huge user communities that help each other out. Would have liked that here.
  • Smaller company means smaller sales force, and the lack of a local presence made it hard to only interact online with the account rep. Other companies have someone local who often stops by with pre-sales developers to just pitch in free of charge when they have time.
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Likelihood to Renew
Altova
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Hitachi Vantara
I will use Pentaho until I find a better tool with a better, easier to use report designer client. For now, Pentaho has been the most powerful reporting tool for our clients because of its ability to connect to Odoo, integrate in Odoo (reports are accessible in Odoo) and the flexibility in report design and parameter integration
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Usability
Altova
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Hitachi Vantara
The Pentaho tools are designed so you can start playing around on your own. Of course, you will need guidance at some point, but the training teams are good at guiding new users, and the online documentation is usually pretty up-to-date.
Some of the tools, such as the Pentaho Data Integration tool and the Pentaho Server, are pretty self-explanatory. The other tools maybe are not so quickly and obvious to use, but again, with some documentation and some customer support, you can find your way around them.
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Support Rating
Altova
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Hitachi Vantara
They were responsive to our questions when we raised issues. They gave us workarounds when required. They were quite knowledgeable when it came to issue analysis and providing fixes. They were forthright in informing us if a bug was not due for release soon.
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Online Training
Altova
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Hitachi Vantara
Course Taken: DI1000 Pentaho Data Integration Fundamentals Setup A week before your class started, the instructor will start sending out class material and lab setup instructions. This is helpful so that you understand how the environment is laid out and can start reviewing the content. Ultimately it saved about a 1/2 day trying to setup with 10 other people online which was great! The Course The 3-day course was laid out like many other technical classes with 15-30 minutes instruction and 15-60 minutes of lab exercises. The instructor was very knowledgeable with the functionality from version to version and answered questions as we went along. I was amazed at some of the functionality that was available that I was not using at the time and quickly implemented changes to many existing transformations and jobs. The novice users seemed to catch on quickly and more experienced users explained how some of the functionality was used in their home environments. Towards the end there was enough time so that we were able to ask very directed questions about our own environments. Overall, I really found the class to be informative and deliver enough information to be dangerous. My skills improved and I was able to design better and efficient transformations for the HIE. Course Description: https://training.pentaho.com/instructor-led-training/pentaho-data-integration-fundamentals-di1000
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Implementation Rating
Altova
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Hitachi Vantara
Get the right people in before starting implementation. Start small and build as you go approach is time consuming and involves lot of rework. Evangalize within the organization the capabilities and limitations equally so that correct delivery expectations are set. Set expectations with the Customer that the tool cannot replace proprietary software in terms of stability/usability and that timelines could change given the new ness of the product.
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Alternatives Considered
Altova
Altova MapForce Server is a powerful data integration tool that supports a wide range of data sources and targets. Talend Data Integration is also a powerful data integration tool, but it does not support as many data sources and targets as Altova MapForce Server. Altova MapForce Server also supports a wide range of data transformation and mapping features, making it a more versatile tool than Talend Data Integration.
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Hitachi Vantara
Since the Pentaho platform offers a range of broad functionality across data preparation and advanced analytics, it also can be easily integrated to support many data sources and machine-learning frameworks. Based on that fact, we selected Pentaho to be used in our internal department. It also supports many of our BI use cases as required by company management or the business user. Last but not least, the Pentaho license is cheaper than their competitor.
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Return on Investment
Altova
  • Altove Mapforce Server is an ETL and data mapping tool that performs mapping to all popular data formats and transformation between any combination of XML, JSON, Excel, and Web service data. It positively impacts my organization by helping us develop delivery notifications internally by converting data from one format to another.
  • A perfect platform for developers and IT professionals to map data from one format to another with security and speed.
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Hitachi Vantara
  • Pentaho has improved our overall business process.
  • Pentaho has helped the Managers and Directors to analyze the numbers going up and down from time to time.
  • We have a started a big project using Pentaho that is going to include all the business processes in the organization.
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