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. the best BI integratorOur product intended to analyse Media and Communications data and provide decision making capabilities to our end users. Whereas we built the workflow management, transactional capabilities, Pentaho provided the BI layer for our product. Analysts were our end users. Everything from data ingestion to decision making was the scope of our product. We read data across disparate data sources/formats and using our business expertise provided decision making capability.,Data Integration. Pentaho wins hands down. You can read huge data using a Hadoop process, do your encirchment, load it to a Netezza database afterwards, finally input the data to your WEKA model to predict which Customer will churn or what offer should be made to the customer so that he/she stays put. BI Server. If you want to schedule a data read operation of your clickstream data, to finally burst out recommendations of next best actions to end users, Pentaho's BI Server performs this integration seamlessly. Mondrian. This layer provides Cube based Hierarchical data modeling on the front end and at the back end converts this OLAP structure to a ROLAP, SQL based model. Hence any relational database becomes a ROLAP engine seamlessly.,Data Visualization. Provide richer library of data visualization capabilities. Ultimately the dashboards are the end result of all the hard work done at the back office. Yes, Pentaho has a lower TCO compared to other Products but richer data visualization capabilities would make it a winner! Pentaho has overcome this limitation by allowing external charting engines to be integrated with their product suite, but more needs to be done to strengthen core Pentaho Data Visualizaiton capabilities. Alternatively the external charting engine capabilities need to be documented and evangalized. Alternative to Mondrian. In our case we needed to analyse data for a million subscribers over key performance areas like Churns, Activations etc. In these scenarios semi additive measures needed to be calculated and presented in a report across days to years grains of time. In such scenarios the Mondrian based ROLAP capability did not scale up to our expectation. Pentaho needs to address such issues and fast. In the world of R/SAS/SPSS its hard to find use cases where WEKA was used in Production environments to solve a business problem. We would have needed some hand holding to replace our R/SPSS code to WEKA and help us build newer alogorithms on this platform ground up.,7,,6,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.,8,6,4,10,5,As a replacement for our costly and technically disparate ETL and data visualization solution. As a integration software for our transactional systems with our BI systems. As a workflow management, business process specific application system.,As a dashboard/reporting solution. As a end to end data integrator. Right from data ingestion to pretty pictures that provide business value and decision making capability. As a workflow management solution.,No,Price Product Features Product Usability,I would place high marks on the visualization layer. If I cannot use one aspect of a Product suite it becomes difficult to evangelize the product within an organisation. Or I would set internal expectations that though the Product offers various modules, our evaluation should restrict itself to 2-3 core ideas and evaluate accordingly.,Implemented in-house,Yes,Technical expertise. Finding the right people who understood Java and BI was a tough ask. So we decided to keep the teams separate and let a Solutions Engineer/Architect provide direction for the integration. The team had prior experience in using stable proprietary products where documentation was plenty and hence any issue could be solved easily by tapping into the knowledge base around. Customer support interactions were infrequent. With Pentaho it was vice versa, where we depended more on Customer support than on community knowledge.,5,Yes,8,Yes,End to end data ingestion to data visualization is easiest to do. Dashboard/report creation, distribution is easy too. Workflow integration is best used in Pentaho. You can schedule an invoice to be loaded as soon as it arrives in your ftp server, you can apply business rules, load it to your database, refresh the data warehouse with this latest invoice and finally burst an email with telling all users to go and see the report. All this can be achieved in Pentaho's Workflow integration tool.,You HAVE to know Java to use Pentaho to the best of its capability. For pure BI enabled users like myself, it was a steep learning curve. Trying to match Customers data visualization expectations was tough, Our customers had already used Tableau and/or Microstrategy/Cognos/Business Objects, hence it was always a tough ask to match/better what they had already seen and experienced.,Yes, but I don't use it,5
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User Review: "Pentaho the best BI integrator"

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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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Pixel Perfect reports (12)
Customizable dashboards (11)
Report Formatting Templates (12)
Drill-down analysis (12)
Formatting capabilities (12)
Integration with R or other statistical packages (7)
Report sharing and collaboration (11)
Publish to Web (11)
Publish to PDF (13)
Report Versioning (8)
Report Delivery Scheduling (11)
Delivery to Remote Servers (3)
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (10)
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (10)
Predictive Analytics (9)
Multi-User Support (named login) (13)
Role-Based Security Model (12)
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (12)
Single Sign-On (SSO) (4)
Responsive Design for Web Access (6)
Dedicated iOS Application (3)
Dedicated Android Application (3)
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (7)
Javascript API (3)
iFrames (3)
Java API (3)
Themeable User Interface (UI) (3)
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (3)

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