Pentaho Data Integration Review

It enables a technical product manager to be able to write ETL jobs themselves.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable thing for me is that it enables a technical product manager to be able to write ETL jobs themselves, which saves developers time so that they can do more important things.

How has it helped my organization?

Now developers focus on improving it as a tool (since it's open source) and teach Project Managers about it. The Project Managers are the ones responsible for their own ETL jobs as they know what they want, so hence it's best for them to manage their own jobs.

What needs improvement?

Its performance can be improved so it will work better with Big Data. Also, sometimes it can be very buggy which keeps away some potential users.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for two years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We have had no issues with the deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The performance for Big Data needs to be improved.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have had no issues scaling it for our needs.

How are customer service and technical support?

There is a community that can support limited technical help. I'll give a 6 to the community since it's not very active.

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

It was already in place when I joined the company.

How was the initial setup?

It's very easy to install.

What about the implementation team?

We did it in-hous. It's worth it to have someone in your company who knows Pentaho really well.

What was our ROI?

ROI is pretty good since it is kind of a major thing in our company.

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

The only cost is the time it takes for the developer to get to know it.

What other advice do I have?

If your ETL jobs are small and straightforward, then this solution is definitely worth it.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

4.4 and 5.0
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: The company is also contributing back to the open source project.
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