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

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.

Improvements to My Organization

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

Valuable Features

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

Room for Improvement

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

Use of Solution

One to three years.

Stability Issues

Very rarely

Scalability Issues


Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

3 (out of 5 scale)

Technical Support:

3 (out of 5 scale)

Previous Solutions


Initial Setup

It is easy

Implementation Team


Pricing, License Cost and Setup

Completely using community edition along with features implemented on top.

Other Solutions Considered

No, but now evaluating both SpagoBI and Jasper

Other Advice

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

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


it_user4401Real UserPOPULAR

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

Like (0)19 August 14
Bruce WesterReal User

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

Like (0)22 May 15
Diego HidalgoReal UserTOP 5POPULAR

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

Like (0)22 May 15
it_user166455Real User

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

Like (0)26 May 15
Murali ParamuReal User

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

Like (0)25 June 15

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.

Like (0)24 January 16
Saravanan RamarajReal UserTOP 5POPULAR

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.

Like (0)21 February 18
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