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Great analytics and results are very useful. Provides good insight of the business.

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Sumant M.

A very well designed platform, of great cost benefit, as well as the integration and reports, even better than when we analyze the costs.

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Juan Felipe M.

Higher visual interface to processes, has a good number of functions (and very easy to understand) for data reporting, integration, data mining and ETL. Very simple but effective Big data transform.

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Felix F.

Lack of detailed comments in error messages. It does not have documentation in Spanish language.

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The bugs are usually not so easy to solve, and the errors shown sometimes don't give you a clue of what is wrong.

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Gabriel M.

Pentaho has a Truncate [prior to load], but no option create the table as part of the data flow nor an option to drop an existing table.

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James W.

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It is definitely the solution to carry out all the projects successfully!

Reviewed 4 years ago

Everything is organized better using this software. It is quite efficient and easy to use...

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This software is wonderful, with it you can obtain performance and scalability. As well as manage and schedule reports. It is very efficient which means that you save a lot in daily reports...

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This software is potentially amazing. Has it all! Your free trial is as complete as the paid version. It's very complete.

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Nice surprise

Reviewed 2 years ago

The tool allows the creation of complex ETL projects in a quick way and save time to produce valuable solution for the company.

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Data Integration allows the build of such a complex ETL projects in a quick way, it's very powerful. Being an open source software allows the user to always find hints over the web

Cons

Issue log reports not really clear the error/s occurring and the troubleshooting results sometimes difficult. Scheduling

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Worth for Money

Reviewed 2 months ago

I was using both PDI(data integration) and PRD(report designer) tool for my internal project. Totally enjoyed and satisfied with my experience.

Pros

Best Pricing tier in industry, excellent Data Integration across the database nodes and high consistency in service.

Cons

Limitation in feature, customer support is not quick and data loading strategy could have improved a bit. Apart from these, everything is great.

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Riding a Wild Horse - Community Edition

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

Many features. I like to use the reporting PRD, I think that it is the best. I use Spoon/Kettle that is a ETL tool to process data.

Cons

Many bugs. Maybe is because of Community Edition. We have many difficult to install in cloud. The layout of some report that run in developing, don't run in production.

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Best Tool for Reporting and Data Integration

Reviewed 2 months ago
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Pentaho is user friendly, having high data consistency and integration with different database is cool for developers.

Cons

Report designer is having dashboard limitations and dynamic processing of data into report from database is not fast when data is huge. Apart from that, pentaho is life saver for developers.

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Once you understand the basics of this program it is very, but very easy to use

Reviewed 4 years ago
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"higher visual interface to processes, has a good number of functions (and very easy to understand) for data reporting, integration, data mining and ETL.. very simple but effective Big data transform You can build many dimensional model and load the results of the transformation into a database to develop any report whit low margin of error through a dimensional model and load the results of the transformation into a database to develop specialized reports , low margin of error-Automate the steps for execution"

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Its a great tool to use, nothing to dislike about the product. Nothing to dislike, everything is good. All the features are really good.

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Excellent tool for integration and reporting

Reviewed 2 months ago
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Excellent data integration across various data nodes, high user friendly which means easy to learn and cheaper cost compared to current market standards.

Cons

Limitation in integration with JDBC connector, reporting designer features needs to be enhanced a bit and slow in fetching huge data.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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The best tool for data integration

Reviewed 5 years ago
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Ease of use and abundant features to get things done. Helps a lot in filling the various gaps in data sources.

Cons

Not so user friendly, takes sometime for new user to get around the application and figure out the various tricks and tools available

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Totally Worth it!!

Reviewed 2 months ago

I had used both pentaho report designer(PRD) and pentaho data integration(PDI) for optimizing power BI connectivity. Totally satisfied with my experience.

Pros

Excellent Data Integration, affordable price model and high user friendly.

Cons

Slow in loading huge data, technical limitation in reporting and resolving of ticket could have been improved a bit.

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PDI Community Edition is amazing.....the rest is mud

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

- Free PDI tool....its free so no discussions with finance - PDI is actually very effective ETL application with a easy to understand flow - Community is actually helpful

Cons

- Free BI tool is just slightly easier than building a website from scratch but a lot harder than using any other BI tool. - You need to know how to hack java to use. - The paid version does not have competitive pricing for the incremental value.

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Pentaho, a great open source BI suit with strong community support

Reviewed 5 years ago

One of the best opensource BI tool, also well integrated with existing platforms. It will be interesting to see how will it get integrated with fast evolving Big data technologies. Pentaho 7.1 is step in right direction.

Pros

- We mature DI (Data integration) module - Easy to learn design console (Spoon) - wide community support - Very well integrated with different platforms - Innovating fast in Big data world specially Pentaho 7.1

Cons

- Not very well documented for latest releases one of the reasons is many innovation are happening very fast

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Great partner of IT business analyst

Reviewed 3 years ago

Using this kind of software brings ease and accurate data reports that helps the company on decision making

Pros

Easy to use, compatible in many database such as mysql, ms sql server, different type of output to choose such as excel, html, richtext, etc.

Cons

Some version are slow on initializing and fetching data such as Pentaho report designer version 5 and above. Unlike version 3 which has smooth process, that was base on my experience.

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ETL on the fly

Reviewed 4 years ago
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Drag and drop functionality makes it easy to create transformations. Able to analyse data from multiple sources quickly and efficiently. Jobs can be scheduled in order to run specific tasks and transformations at a certain time.

Cons

Can take some time to figure out how to use it as there are lots of components involved. Can be a bit slow or run into out of memory issues for bigger queries but upping the virtual memory in the configuration can fix this issue.

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Saves me not only hours, but DAYS

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

Pentaho has nice schema browsing features whereby one not need know anything about the underlying schema in order to design a transformation. Automatic multi-threading by default.

Cons

When outputting to a table, Talend has an option to Drop if exists, and create. Pentaho has a Truncate [prior to load], but no option create the table as part of the data flow nor an option to drop an existing table.

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Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Once you understand the basics of this program it is easy to use. The bonus with this program is that if someone write a report, they can share the script with you. The updated 6.1 version is definitely an improvement.

Cons

If you are not at all familiar with writing script, this program can be very challenging. No real user manuals are included.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Best Data integration and business analytics tool

Reviewed 4 years ago

Best product for reporting and analyzing.

Pros

Best reporting tool.Features like data reporting, integration, data mining and ETL. Provides easy and good insights of business. Provides intuitive interface for most advanced users

Cons

Sometimes Pentaho Spoon(GUI) crashes.sharing and collaboration capabilities need to be enhanced Other all features are really good.

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Practical, versatile and objective

Reviewed 4 years ago

Fast execution of ETL processes in the case of massive data migration with a very low margin of error

Pros

-Automate the steps for execution - It has a friendly graphic environment - Easy to use - Wide range of tools

Cons

-High basic requirements for execution. - lack of detailed comments in error messages. -It does not have documentation in Spanish language.

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One of the best Business Analytics tool out there

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

This tool can be installed on any operating system. It has a simple interface, so it takes less time to learn.

Cons

The design of the software is pretty old! Needs lot of improvement when compared to its competitors.

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I love the out of the box visualization templates!

Reviewed 3 years ago

I really like using it but chose to use other apps like tableau due to lack of features.

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Pentaho makes it really easy to generate some complex data driven visualizations.

Cons

Pentaho doesn't have a lot of options for pulling data from public APIs.

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Gives me the ability to use clicks instead of code.

Reviewed 4 years ago
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Penatho brings a visual interface to processes which would traditionally only be accomplished by many, many lines of code (which it can also do). Many powerful inputs from servers, software, and CRM systems. It also has very detailed error handling, which makes it easy to troubleshoot.

Cons

Support is mostly wiki/community based, with instructions for particular steps being lacking, outdated, or missing completely. Outputs could be simplified as well, with even a basic CSV output being slightly more complex than it should be, compared to other steps.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Pentaho is a user-friendly open source ETL tool

Reviewed 7 years ago
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I like its ease of use; it is very easy to build an ETL pipeline after the initial learning curve. I also like the variety of modules. There are a lot of powerful modules, and you will mostly find the module you want. User-defined code is very flexible; it's possible and very easy to plug in user-defined Java code. When there is no module implemented for desired function, this feature comes handy. Multithreading is also easy. The transformation can be set to run multiple copies in parallel.

Cons

Occasionally, Pentaho Spoon (GUI) crashes, and a restart is required.

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Pentaho is amazing...

Reviewed 5 years ago

It's a great platform, congratulations ... is the only one compatible with the bank I use, only a more robust documentation is missing.

Pros

The only BI software that is compatible with Firebird SQL, I have not found any other compatible BI.

Cons

Particularly I found it difficult to start learning, the documentation regarding the data integration (spoon) is scarce.

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cool tool for your web app

Reviewed 5 years ago

I was impressed with the ability to integrate this into an existing web app. It allowed our users to start looking at operational data and learning from it.

Pros

It provided an intuitive interface for most advanced users.

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Good business analytics tool

Reviewed 7 years ago
Pros

Fetures like data reporting, integration, data mining and ETL capabilities

Cons

nothing to dislike, everything is good. All the features are really good.

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An easy BI tool with a POWERFULL ETL inside

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Pentaho BI Solution is nomilly a BI Open Source solution that can compete with the most important players of this area. Pentaho is easy to manage and has a powerfull ETL inside that can be managed itself as a product.

Cons

The "Open Source Philosophy" is not away true.... I mean that if you want a full support from Pentaho it will be not-so-cheap