Pentaho Reviews

Pentaho

Data integration & business analytics platform

4.2/5 (36 reviews)
Felix F.

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

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 22/05/2018
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

Pros

"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"

Cons

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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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Kavan D.

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

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 16/06/2017
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

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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7.0/10
Senando B.

Great partner of IT business analyst

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 15/01/2019
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

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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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Riyaadh K.

ETL on the fly

Used Other for 2+ years
Reviewed on 31/10/2018
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

Pros

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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9.0/10
James W.

Saves me not only hours, but DAYS

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 23/02/2017
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

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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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Michelle W.

Pentaho Review

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 04/04/2018
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

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 recommend

8.0/10
Ritchea A.

Best Data integration and business analytics tool

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 29/05/2018
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

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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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Verified Reviewer

Practical, versatile and objective

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 11/03/2018
Review Source: Capterra

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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Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10
Verified Reviewer

The best tool for data integration

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 05/10/2017
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

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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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Verified Reviewer

One of the best Business Analytics tool out there

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 03/11/2018
Review Source: Capterra

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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9.0/10
Hasin A.

I love the out of the box visualization templates!

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 15/12/2018
Review Source: Capterra

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

Pros

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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7.0/10
Verified Reviewer

Gives me the ability to use clicks instead of code.

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 02/02/2018
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

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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Dalton S.

Riding a Wild Horse - Community Edition

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 18/04/2017
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

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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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Yinghua H.

Pentaho is a user-friendly open source ETL tool

Reviewed on 05/12/2014
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

Pros

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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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Verified Reviewer

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

Used Weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 19/04/2018
Review Source: Capterra

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

Pros

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...

Cons

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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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Victor S.

Pentaho is amazing...

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 09/11/2017
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

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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Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10
Sara natalie A.

I love this tool, because it has minimized data preparation time by filtering the most interesting d

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 10/04/2018
Review Source: Capterra

Represents the solution to meet the needs of extraction, manipulation, validation and data loading from multiple sources of origin and in different environments can solve many problems. For the creation of the Dimensions Tables. Transformation of these data and Upload of that data in another site.

Pros

It allows to extract the information from an OLTP database, transform the information through a dimensional model and load the results of the transformation into a database to develop specialized reports which Pentaho also has. It includes tools to perform queries, generate reports and reports, interactive analysis, dashboards, extraction, transformation and data loading, data integration.

Cons

It requires a large investment, because its correct implementation is not an easy task and these systems consume many resources.

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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Stewart F.

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

Used Monthly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 20/03/2018
Review Source: GetApp

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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Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10
Naresh S.

cool tool for your web app

Used Weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 13/12/2016
Review Source: Capterra

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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8.0/10
Gaurav K.

Good business analytics tool

Reviewed on 23/10/2015
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

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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9.0/10
Luigi S.

An easy BI tool with a POWERFULL ETL inside

Used Monthly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 10/05/2018
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

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

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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Ashutosh C.

Very ergonomic ETL tool

Reviewed on 03/11/2015
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

Pros

Really helps to solve complex business solutions with its cool features and like their contribution to open source.

Cons

Its a great tool to use, nothing to dislike about the product.

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9.0/10
Ummar H.

Pentaho is integrated set of tools for business intelligence

Used Monthly for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 17/05/2018
Review Source: Capterra

I have transformed multiple databases from different sources and formats into one single format and recognizable database set. After single database operation, I need to summarize report for that purpose i used Pentaho report designer tool to summarize and design report.

Pros

Data in Pentaho can be easily import from nearly any type of source including .csv, excel etc to create single report.

Cons

Pentaho itself is too much resource hungry as compared to other BI softwares. Configuration after installation is required that will be difficult for non-techies.

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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Juan felipe M.

A great data analysis tool

Used Monthly for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 26/03/2018
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

personally I think it is a very powerful tool, powerful, very robust and also free

Pros

A very well designed platform, of great cost benefit, as well as the integration and reports, even better than when we analyze the costs,
Pentaho is a free tool, incredibly, because when you work on it, you realize the robustness by handling a lot of information in just seconds

Cons

In addition to its great design, the learning curve is quite high, and its platform is not very intuitive

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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Gaurav G.

Pentaho review

Used Weekly for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 08/12/2016
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

Pentaho features pixel-perfect reporting, subreports, parameterized reports, and OLAP. The OLAP tools let you perform ad-hoc views, reports, and views through MDX queries. Pentaho puts more effort into data integration, ETL, and workflow automation.

Pros

· Very powerful integrated tools
· Better user interface
· Best report design wizard
· Fastest growth and improvement
· Better dashboard capabilities

Cons

· Doesn’t seem to have a wizard for creating charts
· Weaker support community

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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10