Pentaho Review
A few steps in PDI can be fine tuned, but has enabled our clients and their users to make calculated decisions.


Valuable Features

Pentaho Data Integration.

Improvements to My Organization

Pentaho reports have enabled our client and their users to take calculated and informed tactical decisions. The drag and drop reporting of Pentaho is very user friendly and takes care of all reporting needs very efficiently.

Room for Improvement

  1. A few steps in PDI like Database Join can be fine tuned.
  2. Work could be done on roles and securities.

Use of Solution

3 and a half years.

Deployment Issues

None so far.

Stability Issues

Pretty stable. But database and repository cache sometimes need to be manually refreshed to make the changes effective.

Scalability Issues

Yes. A few steps like Database join and merge join steps could be finetuned.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

A 3/5. The support is prompt and timely. But there have been some technical limitations sometimes.

Technical Support:

3/5.

Previous Solutions

Used MSBI sparingly. Used Pentaho mostly for cost benefits.

Initial Setup

Pretty straightforward. Also the support Pentaho documents are self explanatory for installation guidelines.

Implementation Team

In-house team.

ROI

Awesome. Even for enterprise edition. Obviously much better for community version.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

Currently using community edition. So zero maintenance cost.

Other Solutions Considered

Not thoroughly enough.

Other Advice

If budget is a constraint, then Pentaho is a very good option. If budget is not an issue , then paid BI tools can be easily considered. Pentaho is leader in open source technology but still may not match paid BI tools.

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

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