Pentaho is a business intelligence system designed to help companies make data-driven decisions, with a platform for data integration and analytics. The platform includes extract, transform, and load (ETL), big data analytics, visualizations, dashboards, reporting, data mining, and predictive analytics.

Pentaho’s data integration functionality allows users to find, manage, and combine data from multiple sources, including native support for analytic databases, Hadoop, and NoSQL. The system can integrate with partners like Melissa Data and Human Inference.

Pentaho is also suitable for embedding or white labeling visual analytics as part of third-party Software as a Service (SaaS)/software applications as it is data agnostic. The application can be rebranded and customized based on open standards and architecture.

The software offers interactive business analytics tools like visual analysis and dashboards, as well as flexible reporting solutions. Predictive analytics offered by the system includes machine learning algorithms, tools for processing data and the capability to import third-party models with PMML.

Pentaho helps users translate big data into insights within a singular platform. Users have access to a complete spectrum of data from different sources with the system’s adaptive big data layer, which takes the source of the data into account. The software is built on an open architecture and can be integrated with multiple systems. Pentaho is available for a limited period free trial.

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Homepage

Homepage

Dashboard

Dashboard

EMEA sales dashboard

EMEA sales dashboard

Predictive plugin

Predictive plugin

PDI transformations

PDI transformations

Vendor sales report

Vendor sales report

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Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8, Windows 10



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Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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November 2018

One of the best Business Analytics tool out there

Pros

This tool can be installed on any operating system. It has a simple interface, so it takes less time to learn.

Cons

The design of the software is pretty old! Needs lot of improvement when compared to its competitors.

Review Source: Capterra

riyaadh from CES

Industry:  Telecommunications

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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October 2018

ETL on the fly

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Drag and drop functionality makes it easy to create transformations. Able to analyse data from multiple sources quickly and efficiently. Jobs can be scheduled in order to run specific tasks and transformations at a certain time.

Cons

Can take some time to figure out how to use it as there are lots of components involved. Can be a bit slow or run into out of memory issues for bigger queries but upping the virtual memory in the configuration can fix this issue.

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Ritchea from Software Industry

Industry:  Software / Technology

Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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May 2018

Best Data integration and business analytics tool

Best product for reporting and analyzing.

Pros

Best reporting tool.Features like data reporting, integration, data mining and ETL.
Provides easy and good insights of business.
Provides intuitive interface for most advanced users

Cons

Sometimes Pentaho Spoon(GUI) crashes.sharing and collaboration capabilities need to be enhanced Other all features are really good.

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Felix from corporación Estelio

Industry:  Consulting

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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May 2018

Once you understand the basics of this program it is very, but very easy to use

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"higher visual interface to processes, has a good number of functions (and very easy to understand) for data reporting, integration, data mining and ETL.. very simple but effective Big data transform

You can build many dimensional model and load the results of the transformation into a database to develop any report whit low margin of error through a dimensional model and load the results of the transformation into a database to develop specialized reports , low margin of error-Automate the steps for execution"

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Its a great tool to use, nothing to dislike about the product. Nothing to dislike, everything is good. All the features are really good.

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Ummar from COMSATS Institute of Information and Technology

Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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May 2018

Pentaho is integrated set of tools for business intelligence

I have transformed multiple databases from different sources and formats into one single format and recognizable database set. After single database operation, I need to summarize report for that purpose i used Pentaho report designer tool to summarize and design report.

Pros

Data in Pentaho can be easily import from nearly any type of source including .csv, excel etc to create single report.

Cons

Pentaho itself is too much resource hungry as compared to other BI softwares. Configuration after installation is required that will be difficult for non-techies.

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Luigi from Sansottera SAS

Industry:  Software / Technology

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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May 2018

An easy BI tool with a POWERFULL ETL inside

Pros

Pentaho BI Solution is nomilly a BI Open Source solution that can compete with the most important players of this area.
Pentaho is easy to manage and has a powerfull ETL inside that can be managed itself as a product.

Cons

The "Open Source Philosophy" is not away true.... I mean that if you want a full support from Pentaho it will be not-so-cheap

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April 2018

It is definitely the solution to carry out all the projects successfully!

Everything is organized better using this software. It is quite efficient and easy to use...

Pros

This software is wonderful, with it you can obtain performance and scalability. As well as manage and schedule reports. It is very efficient which means that you save a lot in daily reports...

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This software is potentially amazing. Has it all! Your free trial is as complete as the paid version. It's very complete.

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Sara Natalie from Fondo de Compensación Interterritorial

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April 2018

I love this tool, because it has minimized data preparation time by filtering the most interesting d

Represents the solution to meet the needs of extraction, manipulation, validation and data loading from multiple sources of origin and in different environments can solve many problems. For the creation of the Dimensions Tables. Transformation of these data and Upload of that data in another site.

Pros

It allows to extract the information from an OLTP database, transform the information through a dimensional model and load the results of the transformation into a database to develop specialized reports which Pentaho also has. It includes tools to perform queries, generate reports and reports, interactive analysis, dashboards, extraction, transformation and data loading, data integration.

Cons


It requires a large investment, because its correct implementation is not an easy task and these systems consume many resources.

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Michelle from Central Kansas Foundation

Industry:  Healthcare / Social Services

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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April 2018

Pentaho Review

Pros

Once you understand the basics of this program it is easy to use. The bonus with this program is that if someone write a report, they can share the script with you. The updated 6.1 version is definitely an improvement.

Cons

If you are not at all familiar with writing script, this program can be very challenging. No real user manuals are included.

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Juan Felipe from Casa Garcia

Industry:  Software / Technology

Number of employees:  201-500 employees

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March 2018

A great data analysis tool

personally I think it is a very powerful tool, powerful, very robust and also free

Pros

A very well designed platform, of great cost benefit, as well as the integration and reports, even better than when we analyze the costs,
Pentaho is a free tool, incredibly, because when you work on it, you realize the robustness by handling a lot of information in just seconds

Cons

In addition to its great design, the learning curve is quite high, and its platform is not very intuitive

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Stewart from Publicis Media

Number of employees:  10,000+ employees

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March 2018

PDI Community Edition is amazing.....the rest is mud

Pros

- Free PDI tool....its free so no discussions with finance
- PDI is actually very effective ETL application with a easy to understand flow
- Community is actually helpful

Cons

- Free BI tool is just slightly easier than building a website from scratch but a lot harder than using any other BI tool.
- You need to know how to hack java to use.
- The paid version does not have competitive pricing for the incremental value.

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March 2018

Practical, versatile and objective

Fast execution of ETL processes in the case of massive data migration with a very low margin of error

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-Automate the steps for execution
- It has a friendly graphic environment
- Easy to use
- Wide range of tools

Cons

-High basic requirements for execution.
- lack of detailed comments in error messages.
-It does not have documentation in Spanish language.

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Gabriel from Poli Junior

Industry:  Software / Technology

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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March 2018

Very intuitive

Pros

It is intuitive for beginners, what makes it easy and quick to learn. Also, it's a free platform, and it has one large community.

Cons

The bugs are usually not so easy to solve, and the errors shown sometimes don't give you a clue of what is wrong.

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Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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February 2018

Gives me the ability to use clicks instead of code.

Pros

Penatho brings a visual interface to processes which would traditionally only be accomplished by many, many lines of code (which it can also do). Many powerful inputs from servers, software, and CRM systems. It also has very detailed error handling, which makes it easy to troubleshoot.

Cons

Support is mostly wiki/community based, with instructions for particular steps being lacking, outdated, or missing completely. Outputs could be simplified as well, with even a basic CSV output being slightly more complex than it should be, compared to other steps.

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Victor from waytoweb.com.br

Industry:  Software / Technology

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2017

Pentaho is amazing...

It's a great platform, congratulations ... is the only one compatible with the bank I use, only a more robust documentation is missing.

Pros

The only BI software that is compatible with Firebird SQL, I have not found any other compatible BI.

Cons

Particularly I found it difficult to start learning, the documentation regarding the data integration (spoon) is scarce.

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Number of employees:  201-500 employees

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October 2017

The best tool for data integration

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Ease of use and abundant features to get things done. Helps a lot in filling the various gaps in data sources.

Cons

Not so user friendly, takes sometime for new user to get around the application and figure out the various tricks and tools available

Review Source: Capterra

Kavan from NA

Industry:  Software / Technology

Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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June 2017

Pentaho, a great open source BI suit with strong community support

One of the best opensource BI tool, also well integrated with existing platforms. It will be interesting to see how will it get integrated with fast evolving Big data technologies. Pentaho 7.1 is step in right direction.

Pros

- We mature DI (Data integration) module
- Easy to learn design console (Spoon)
- wide community support
- Very well integrated with different platforms
- Innovating fast in Big data world specially Pentaho 7.1

Cons

- Not very well documented for latest releases one of the reasons is many innovation are happening very fast

Dalton from Rentcars.com

Industry:  Travel, Transportation & Logistics

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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April 2017

Riding a Wild Horse - Community Edition

Pros

Many features.
I like to use the reporting PRD, I think that it is the best.
I use Spoon/Kettle that is a ETL tool to process data.

Cons

Many bugs. Maybe is because of Community Edition.
We have many difficult to install in cloud.
The layout of some report that run in developing, don't run in production.

Jason from MemberPlanet, LLC

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February 2017

customization is key

Provides much-appreciated flexibility for us to customize KPI reports as well as client reports that we don't offer on platform.

Review Source: Capterra

James from Legal Server

Industry:  Legal

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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February 2017

Saves me not only hours, but DAYS

Pros

Pentaho has nice schema browsing features whereby one not need know anything about the underlying schema in order to design a transformation. Automatic multi-threading by default.

Cons

When outputting to a table, Talend has an option to Drop if exists, and create. Pentaho has a Truncate [prior to load], but no option create the table as part of the data flow nor an option to drop an existing table.


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