Pentaho Business Analytics Review

It enabled seamless data movement from one system to another. ​Debugging and logging needs to improve.


What is most valuable?

Transformations. The wide range of transformations that are available in product suite, enable me to do data cleaning, transformation and mapping. I have used Pentaho mostly for ETL purposes.

How has it helped my organization?

Pentaho was used for data massaging in a system integration project. It enabled seamless data movement from one system to another. The biggest advantage of using this tool was that it support a wide range of input and output formats

What needs improvement?

Debugging and logging needs to improve. Not all the time debugging gives the accurate picture of what is going wrong with the jobs or transformations.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for one year.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We've had no issues deploying it.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's been stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Data type mismatch issues causes a lot of error in the transformations, which I believe at times make it difficult to scale. For example in many transformations you have to mention the data type of the data and if the input file changes the data type, these transformation also needs to be updated. Hence one data type change in the input file have cascading effects

How are customer service and technical support?

I've never had to use it, but they do have a strong online community.

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

There was no previous solution in place.

How was the initial setup?

It was straightforward, as there was not much of configuration was involved.

What about the implementation team?

I was the vendor team who implemented this solution for the client.

What was our ROI?

It's difficult to predict the ROI as it was just a component of the system.

What other advice do I have?

The tool is easy to implement, but it needs technical acumen to do so. In other words although it look like a simple drag and drop kind of tool, it can be fairly complex.

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