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Pentaho

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Pentaho

100 Ratings
Score 7.5 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Pentaho

Overall as an OEM vendor of analytics, I would say it was about average. They did help us get to market sooner than if we developed everything in-house, but I felt the dashboards were pretty ugly and I wouldn't say I was super impressed. I found the Analyzer OLAP tool to be very useful and that part would have been harder to develop in-house, but I would skip the dashboards next time and go straight to developing those in-house, which is what we ended up with in the end
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Pentaho
6.7
Pixel Perfect reports
Pentaho
6.5
Customizable dashboards
Pentaho
6.9
Report Formatting Templates
Pentaho
6.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

Pentaho
6.2
Drill-down analysis
Pentaho
7.1
Formatting capabilities
Pentaho
6.6
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Pentaho
6.2
Report sharing and collaboration
Pentaho
4.9

Report Output and Scheduling

Pentaho
6.6
Publish to Web
Pentaho
6.2
Publish to PDF
Pentaho
7.4
Report Versioning
Pentaho
6.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
Pentaho
6.9
Delivery to Remote Servers
Pentaho
6.1

Data Discovery and Visualization

Pentaho
6.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Pentaho
6.1
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Pentaho
6.4
Predictive Analytics
Pentaho
5.9

Access Control and Security

Pentaho
7.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
Pentaho
7.5
Role-Based Security Model
Pentaho
7.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Pentaho
7.4
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Pentaho
7.2

Mobile Capabilities

Pentaho
6.1
Responsive Design for Web Access
Pentaho
5.4
Dedicated iOS Application
Pentaho
6.5
Dedicated Android Application
Pentaho
6.5
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Pentaho
5.9

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Pentaho
6.0
REST API
Pentaho
6.7
Javascript API
Pentaho
6.3
iFrames
Pentaho
5.0
Java API
Pentaho
5.9
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Pentaho
5.6
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Pentaho
6.4

Pros

  • Pentaho Data Integration (PDI), which is Pentaho's ETL tool, is a powerful visual scripting tool. It is a very mature ETL tool that can process large quantities of data quickly when provided with appropriate hardware.
  • Pentaho Analyzer which is Pentaho's Enterprise browser-based analysis and pivot table tool is powerful and intuitive. When provided with a well defined data warehouse schema it is easy for even non-technical users to quickly generate reports and graphs.
  • Pentaho allows you to connect to virtually any datasource provided there exists a JDBC connector, REST API, or some other API end point.
  • Pentaho has an open-source Community Edition which provides much of the functionality of the Enterprise Edition without any licensing fees.
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Cons

  • A major problem we have had with Pentaho is their enterprise licensing. As a client who understands very well what is offered within the free Community Edition we felt their mark up on their enterprise features was much too high. They wanted to charge us for migrating from MySQL to Amazon RedShift since RedShift is an "analytical database" while nearly every other database could be connected to for free. Due to licensing concerns we terminated our enterprise license.
  • Pentaho's visualization tools are very capable, but have a very steep learning curve and engineering cost. Due to this we ended switching from Pentaho for the majority of our internal dashboarding and reporting to purchasing Tableau licenses. If Pentaho could improve their visualization and dashboarding capabilities, they could truly be an end-to-end BI solution.
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Likelihood to Renew

Pentaho8.8
Based on 11 answers
Although the security piece is a major game changer in our shop, Pentaho is a great tool overall. I have known other shops to work out their security issues with Pentaho and do great things so we'll need to get through this growing pain point as well and make Pentaho our positive game changer. I am excited to see the improvements in Pentaho 5 and look forward to evangelizing it's benefits over the more high priced solutions out there
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Usability

Pentaho5.0
Based on 1 answer
I would have liked some hands on help in trying to match what Customers were already used to. Plus having a team of Java/BI folks was difficult to assemble since what required to be done in an object oriented fashion could have easily been done via a SQL construct. This hash of technologies was difficult to manage.
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Support

Pentaho9.9
Based on 2 answers
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

Pentaho9.5
Based on 2 answers
Course Taken: DI1000 Pentaho Data Integration FundamentalsSetup 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 CourseThe 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

Pentaho5.0
Based on 1 answer
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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Breadth of Deployment

Typically system analysts, business analysts and departmental managers were our target audience. 10-15 users was the most we could reach before we decided to go with another suite of Products. But who ever used it did appreciate the end to end flow of data that they could see as opposed to the data obfuscation they noticed before.
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Alternatives Considered

I have used Tableau, which also does a great job and has better integration features, but as a report generation/ ETL/ BI tool, I'd recommend Pentaho. I also prefer Pentaho as it is best suited for the current client base that the firm has. It fulfills specific needs with great ways of report customization.
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Collaboration and Sharing

Pentaho7.3
Based on 14 answers
Pentaho offers the possibility of sending to XLS, PDF or CSV, once saved on your local computer you can share with anyone. Reports used for PDF must have a special design from the start. Also, a special schedule to send report can be created in the .xaction and is working fine.
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Data Integration

Pentaho7.3
Based on 14 answers
With a built in AR Data source connector, setting this up was very easy. Currently we are using Pentaho to connect it to our multiple-discovery platform, HR user platform and exporting data from our AR system to various consumers of the data. Once I get started, most jobs take 1-2 hours of "coding". Very easy, and I am quite excited to hear about new projects that I can utilize Pentaho to help us deliver what the customer wants.
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Return on Investment

  • 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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Pricing Details

Pentaho

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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