Azure Analysis Services vs. Pentaho

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Azure Analysis Services
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Azure Analysis Services delivers enterprise-grade BI semantic modeling capabilities with the scale, flexibility, and management benefits of the cloud. Azure Analysis Services helps transform complex data into actionable insights. Azure Analysis Services is built on the analytics engine in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services.N/A
Pentaho
Score 6.7 out of 10
N/A
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
Azure Analysis ServicesPentaho
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Azure Analysis ServicesPentaho
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Azure Analysis ServicesPentaho
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Features
Azure Analysis ServicesPentaho
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Azure Analysis Services
8.7
9 Ratings
6% above category average
Pentaho
9.0
20 Ratings
10% above category average
Pixel Perfect reports8.99 Ratings8.618 Ratings
Customizable dashboards8.78 Ratings9.918 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates8.59 Ratings8.718 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Azure Analysis Services
8.9
9 Ratings
10% above category average
Pentaho
8.7
19 Ratings
8% above category average
Drill-down analysis9.07 Ratings7.618 Ratings
Formatting capabilities8.98 Ratings8.319 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages8.98 Ratings9.312 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration9.09 Ratings9.717 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Azure Analysis Services
9.0
9 Ratings
8% above category average
Pentaho
9.6
20 Ratings
14% above category average
Publish to Web9.19 Ratings9.618 Ratings
Publish to PDF8.98 Ratings9.819 Ratings
Report Versioning9.48 Ratings9.713 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling9.09 Ratings9.917 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers8.78 Ratings9.310 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Azure Analysis Services
9.1
8 Ratings
12% above category average
Pentaho
8.1
17 Ratings
1% above category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)9.37 Ratings7.916 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization9.18 Ratings8.216 Ratings
Predictive Analytics8.77 Ratings8.314 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
Azure Analysis Services
9.3
9 Ratings
9% above category average
Pentaho
9.1
20 Ratings
6% above category average
Multi-User Support (named login)9.38 Ratings9.320 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model9.39 Ratings9.519 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)9.29 Ratings9.918 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)9.58 Ratings7.610 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Azure Analysis Services
8.8
8 Ratings
10% above category average
Pentaho
8.3
11 Ratings
4% above category average
Responsive Design for Web Access8.58 Ratings9.710 Ratings
Mobile Application9.54 Ratings7.07 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile8.56 Ratings8.711 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
Azure Analysis Services
8.9
8 Ratings
12% above category average
Pentaho
8.6
10 Ratings
9% above category average
REST API8.97 Ratings8.310 Ratings
Javascript API8.77 Ratings9.09 Ratings
iFrames9.06 Ratings7.39 Ratings
Java API8.98 Ratings8.79 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)8.65 Ratings8.910 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)9.24 Ratings9.610 Ratings
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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Score 10.0 out of 10
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Score 10.0 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 9.7 out of 10
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User Ratings
Azure Analysis ServicesPentaho
Likelihood to Recommend
9.1
(10 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
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
5.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Azure Analysis ServicesPentaho
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
We would have many technical issues and glitches with previous similar providers but found that Azure Analysis Services can simply handle our workload and memory better. I remember we lost an account due to cloud issues not fully saving or corrupting some files. Granted, this is rare with any cloud but haven't had that issue with the same load of memory with Azure Analysis Services.
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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
Microsoft
  • Providing role based access or we can say privilege based on the role to the user if it is integrated with Azure active directory and hence securing the access to sensitive data.
  • We use to run different type of analytics services to get the better result which is hectic if done manually or with human efforts.
  • We also use to collect bulk of data with the help of this tool and run customized test cases for better efficiency of result and better decision making. The result are very crucial and helps in taking big decision.
  • It supports different or we can say heterogeneous database vendors like the Oracle, SQL, and hence make the task easy.
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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
Microsoft
  • There is very least content available on Microsoft docs and the Internet to get through with AAS.
  • i faced lots of connection issues while implementation.
  • The need for serious platform experience or expertise.
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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
Microsoft
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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
Microsoft
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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
Microsoft
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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
Microsoft
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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
Microsoft
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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
Microsoft
The platform has vast number of features and modules. The UI is sleek and once you get to use to it, you will be able to do a lot of stuff. Also support for data sources is more in Azure Analysis Services.
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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
Microsoft
  • Azure Analysis Service scale resources to match our business needs.
  • Helps us to govern, deploy, test and deliver our BI solution with confidence.
  • Stores our business data and clients data in a safe place where it's easy to access and visible to all our teams.
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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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