Pentaho Data Integration Review

​We have been able to expose data services through the use of CDA relying on the same database as the reporting tools.


Valuable Features

Its ability of blending data and the dashboarding with C*TOOLS for creating responsive single page apps.

Improvements to My Organization

We have been able to expose data services through the use of CDA relying on the same database as the reporting tools, thus avoiding inconsistencies among the data shown by reports and data acquired by external systems.

Room for Improvement

The User Console, aka workspace, and the development of dashboards. They work but they require some programmer skills. This means a continous application management on behalf of IT dept.

Use of Solution

I've used it for six years.

Deployment Issues

There were issues, but they were solved with help from tech support.

Stability Issues

There were issues, but they were solved with help from tech support.

Scalability Issues

There were issues, but they were solved with help from tech support.

Customer Service and Technical Support

It depends, as it takes usually a long time, and some answers are just a way to acquire time and the commitment seems poor. However, when you finally get to an engineer your are likely to have your problem solved in a few days.

Previous Solutions

We used Microstrategy, Cognos, and Business Objects. The pricing was the key driver, but also the open source licensing which made us think we would have been able to develop on our own improvements. This didn't happen because primarily of the few resources we effectively put on development.

Initial Setup

It's complex because of the lack of documentation and the absence of an installer for Linux.

Implementation Team

We did it in-house one, and we had to hire some developers for some months with Java skills.

Other Advice

Have a vision, and do not let yourself be guided by the technology.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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