User Reviews Overview

Feature Ratings

Ease-of-use

4.0 / 5

Value for Money

4.5 / 5

Customer Support

4.0 / 5

Functionality

4.5 / 5

Ratings Breakdown

5 stars

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15

4 stars

(19)

19

3 stars

(4)

4

2 stars

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1 stars

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  • 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."

  • "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."

  • "· Very powerful integrated tools · Better user interface · Best report design wizard · Fastest growth and improvement · Better dashboard capabilities"

  • Cons

  • "Some version are slow on initializing and fetching data such as Pentaho report designer version 5 and above. Unlike version 3 which has smooth process, that was base on my experience. "

  • "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"

  • "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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April 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

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...

Cons

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

January 2020

Enrico from AGCO Corp

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Industry: Farming

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

3.0

Functionality

5.0

January 2020

Nice surprise

The tool allows the creation of complex ETL projects in a quick way and save time to produce valuable solution for the company.

Pros

Data Integration allows the build of such a complex ETL projects in a quick way, it's very powerful. Being an open source software allows the user to always find hints over the web

Cons

Issue log reports not really clear the error/s occurring and the troubleshooting results sometimes difficult. Scheduling

Reasons for Choosing Pentaho

Pentaho is an open source software.

April 2017

Dalton from Rentcars.com

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Transportation/Trucking/Railroad

Time Used: More than 2 years


Ease-of-use

3.0

Value for money

2.0

Functionality

4.0

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.

May 2018

Felix from corporación Estelio

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Management Consulting

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

5.0

May 2018

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

Pros

"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"

Cons

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

June 2017

Kavan from NA

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Industry: Computer Software

Time Used: More than 2 years


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.0

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

January 2019

senando from Progear inc

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

5.0

January 2019

Great partner of IT business analyst

Using this kind of software brings ease and accurate data reports that helps the company on decision making

Pros

Easy to use, compatible in many database such as mysql, ms sql server, different type of output to choose such as excel, html, richtext, etc.

Cons

Some version are slow on initializing and fetching data such as Pentaho report designer version 5 and above. Unlike version 3 which has smooth process, that was base on my experience.

October 2018

riyaadh from CES

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Telecommunications

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4.0

Functionality

5.0

October 2018

ETL on the fly

Pros

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.

April 2018

Michelle from Central Kansas Foundation

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Civic & Social Organization

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4.0

Functionality

4.0

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.

April 2018

Sara Natalie from Fondo de Compensación Interterritorial

Verified Reviewer

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

3.0

Customer support

3.0

Functionality

5.0

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.

March 2018

Stewart from Publicis Media

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Industry: Marketing and Advertising

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

3.0

Value for money

5.0

Functionality

4.0

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.

February 2017

James from Legal Server

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Legal Services

Time Used: Less than 12 months


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Functionality

4.0

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.

May 2018

Ritchea from Software Industry

Company Size: 501-1,000 employees

Industry: Computer Software

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

5.0

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.

March 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

3.0

Customer support

3.0

Functionality

4.0

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

Pros

-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.

October 2017

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.0

October 2017

The best tool for data integration

Pros

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

November 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 501-1,000 employees

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

3.0

Functionality

4.0

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.

December 2018

Hasin from Waroong

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Computer Software

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

3.0

December 2018

I love the out of the box visualization templates!

I really like using it but chose to use other apps like tableau due to lack of features.

Pros

Pentaho makes it really easy to generate some complex data driven visualizations.

Cons

Pentaho doesn't have a lot of options for pulling data from public APIs.

February 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

2.0

Functionality

4.0

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.

December 2014

Yinghua from Card.com

Industry: Financial Services

Time Used: Free Trial


Ease-of-use

4.0

Customer support

3.5

Functionality

4.0

December 2014

Pentaho is a user-friendly open source ETL tool

Pros

I like its ease of use; it is very easy to build an ETL pipeline after the initial learning curve. I also like the variety of modules. There are a lot of powerful modules, and you will mostly find the module you want. User-defined code is very flexible; it's possible and very easy to plug in user-defined Java code. When there is no module implemented for desired function, this feature comes handy. Multithreading is also easy. The transformation can be set to run multiple copies in parallel.

Cons

Occasionally, Pentaho Spoon (GUI) crashes, and a restart is required.

November 2017

Victor from waytoweb.com.br

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Computer Software

Time Used: Less than 6 months

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

5.0

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.

December 2016

naresh from saint elizabeth healthcare

Company Size: 5,001-10,000 employees

Industry: Health, Wellness and Fitness

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Functionality

4.0

December 2016

cool tool for your web app

I was impressed with the ability to integrate this into an existing web app. It allowed our users to start looking at operational data and learning from it.

Pros

It provided an intuitive interface for most advanced users.

October 2015

Gaurav from SJSU

Industry: Primary/Secondary Education

Time Used: Less than 12 months


Ease-of-use

4.0

Functionality

4.5

October 2015

Good business analytics tool

Pros

Fetures like data reporting, integration, data mining and ETL capabilities

Cons

nothing to dislike, everything is good. All the features are really good.

May 2018

Luigi from Sansottera SAS

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Computer Software

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

3.0

Functionality

5.0

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

November 2015

Ashutosh from SJSU

Industry: Computer Software

Time Used: Less than 12 months


Ease-of-use

4.5

Functionality

5.0

November 2015

Very ergonomic ETL tool

Pros

Really helps to solve complex business solutions with its cool features and like their contribution to open source.

Cons

Its a great tool to use, nothing to dislike about the product.

May 2018

Ummar from COMSATS Institute of Information and Technology

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Industry: Higher Education

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

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.

December 2019

Franz from Telefonica

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Industry: Telecommunications

Time Used: Less than 6 months

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.0

December 2019

My experience with pentaho

Using pentaho has a very large growth curve, at first it is difficult but when you know how to use all the tools, you will be able to make very important corporate decisions.

Pros

Pentaho is the best tool used for business intelligence, there are many tutorials on the internet on how to use the tool and it integrates very well with our internal company applications. I recommend it

Cons

Pentaho must modify the user interface, improve the user help system, it is very difficult to know how to handle all the tools

March 2018

Juan Felipe from Casa Garcia

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Industry: Computer Software

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

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

December 2016

Gaurav from University of Illinois at Chicago

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Computer Software

Time Used: Less than 6 months


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

3.0

Functionality

4.0

December 2016

Pentaho review

Pentaho features pixel-perfect reporting, subreports, parameterized reports, and OLAP. The OLAP tools let you perform ad-hoc views, reports, and views through MDX queries. Pentaho puts more effort into data integration, ETL, and workflow automation.

Pros

· Very powerful integrated tools · Better user interface · Best report design wizard · Fastest growth and improvement · Better dashboard capabilities

Cons

· Doesn’t seem to have a wizard for creating charts · Weaker support community

May 2019

Jonah from East Central Mental Health

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Mental Health Care

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

2.0

Functionality

3.0

May 2019

Limited flexibility and subpar UI

Pros

Ease of install I suppose; that and its ease of uploading reports into our EHR.

Cons

Flexibility is limited. Other report designers will offer time saving features that are missing here. Having to manually create queries instead of having a UI do it for you ( a la Crystal Reports) is a huge time sink. Using the Report Designer locks you into appearance constraints and removing them is a pain.

October 2015

Rohit from Intuit

Industry: Computer Software

Time Used: Less than 6 months


Ease-of-use

2.5

Functionality

4.0

October 2015

Requires training before actual use

Pros

Pentaho Data Integration has lot of functions to fulfill the requirements. Functions dealing with running shell script to creating and reading from Excel spreadsheets were quite useful for creating an ETL flow.

Cons

Requires the training to actually understand the product. It is hard to figure out several aspects like declaring variables (global) within the product.

November 2015

Tushar from SJSU

Industry: Primary/Secondary Education

Time Used: Less than 6 months


Ease-of-use

5.0

Functionality

4.5

November 2015

Its a great Experience.

Pros

This product has good features including data mining, integration. This product also has features for data reporting. Learning curve for the product is less.

Cons

Not Really. I don't think there is anything I dislike. This product has all good features.

November 2019

victor from w2w

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Graphic Design

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5.0

Functionality

5.0

November 2019

Pentaho Open Source

Pros

Simply the best BI on the market and still for free, perfect

Cons

I have not reported any issues with my use

March 2018

Gabriel from Poli Junior

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Computer Software

Time Used: Less than 6 months

Review Source


Ease-of-use

3.0

Functionality

4.0

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.

February 2017

Jason from MemberPlanet, LLC

Time Used: Free Trial

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.0

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.

September 2018

Cleber from Linx S.A.

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Industry: Information Technology and Services

Time Used: Free Trial

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

5.0

Functionality

5.0

September 2018

November 2015

Sumant from San jose State University

Industry: Primary/Secondary Education

Time Used: Less than 6 months


Ease-of-use

4.5

Functionality

5.0

November 2015

Great business product. Easy to use

Pros

Great analytics and results are very useful. Provides good insight of the business.

Cons

Nothing much to dislike, in fact haven't seen so many applications supported by a single software

November 2015

Sudhakar from VMware

Industry: Computer Software

Time Used: Less than 6 months


Ease-of-use

4.0

Functionality

4.5

November 2015

Sudhakar from VMware

Pros

Features like data reporting, integration, data mining and ETL capabilities

Cons

Nothing, Everything looks good to me. All features meet expectations.

January 2018

John Wisani from SkyLimit IT Solutions

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Information Technology and Services

Time Used: Free Trial

Review Source: GetApp


January 2018

November 2016

Henrik from pr3tium

Verified Reviewer

Industry: Information Technology and Services

Time Used: Less than 6 months

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

5.0

November 2016

January 2019

Rajesh from Damco

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Computer Software

Time Used: Less than 6 months

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

4.0

January 2019

Easy reporting and data mining tool

Best to consider for data mining.

Pros

we can create reports very easily and its very easy to manage. we can provide information in more informational way to our customers.

Cons

This is easy to use but hard to integrate ,use is limited in many cases and not for every application.