Pentaho Business Analytics Review

Pentaho is best fit for small and medium enterprises where the quantity of data and the workload are not critical.

What is our primary use case?

To manage the different data flows from various data sources(including both upstream and downstream) using visual representation. The usecase is to track various user activities from multiple sources within the enterprise.

How has it helped my organization?

Making business decision easily and efficient by simplifying the Performance Management of each business units on timely basis.

What is most valuable?

Ad-hoc reporting (available only in Enterprise Edition) GEO-referencing using Google Maps ETL (Pentaho Data Integration) Support for both JasperReport, BIRT

What needs improvement?

QueryByExample Portal support for Liferay No collaborative BI Auditing / User-Profiling is available only in Enterprise edition

For how long have I used the solution?

7 years

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Very rarely

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?


How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

3 (out of 5 scale)

Technical Support:

3 (out of 5 scale)

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?


How was the initial setup?

It is easy

What about the implementation team?


What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Completely using community edition along with features implemented on top.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, but now evaluating both SpagoBI and Jasper

What other advice do I have?

Study, Analyze and Compare with other platforms feature according to your requirements. Following are the nice features of Pentaho: Ad-hoc reporting Support for both JasperReport,BIRT Dashboard using JFreeChart

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarDeveloper at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Can you tell me, please, what was the result of the evaluation with SpagoBI and Jasper?

author avatarVice President - Product Information with 51-200 employees

Wondering what is meant by the quantity and workload are not critical?

author avatarDiego Hidalgo
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

estimated that refers workload figures and data critical ?? in my experience fits for any type of business, obviously you must parameterize the servers and all

author avatarUser at a tech vendor

Stability is still an issue in Pentaho, Bugs are always there.. still it continuous

author avatarDatabase Expert

Spago BI will be a good alternate for it, it is the 100% open source BI available till now.

author avatarConsultant at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees

There are some issues with stability with Pentaho reporting , but Penatho data integration is very good tool available in market considering its pricing as well as features.

author avatarSaravanan Ramaraj
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The recent version of pentaho supports various integration such as Big data tools, SAP etc., for efficiently create/schedule/run the transformation/job in standalone/cluster environment.