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Senior Engineer at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees

The graphical nature of the development interface is most useful because we've got people with quite mixed skills in the team. We've got some very junior, apprentice-level people, and we've got support analysts who don't have an IT background. It allows us to have quite complicated data flows and embed logic in them. Rather than having to troll through lines and lines of code and try and work out what it's doing, you get a visual representation, which makes it quite easy for people with mixed skills to support and maintain the product. That's one side of it. 

The other side is that it is quite a modular program. I've worked with other ETL tools, and it is quite difficult to get component reuse by using them. With tools like SSIS, you can develop your packages for moving data from one place to another, but it is really difficult to reuse a lot of it, so you have to implement the same code again. Pentaho seems quite adaptable to have reusable components or sections of code that you can use in different transformations, and that has helped us quite a lot.

One of the things that Pentaho does is that it has the virtual web services ability to expose a transformation as if it was a database connection; for instance, when you have a REST API that you want to be read by something like Tableau that needs a JDBC connection. Pentaho was really helpful in getting that driver enabled for us to do some proof of concept work on that approach.

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Enterprise Data Architect at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees

I'm a database guy, not a programmer, so Lumada's ability to create low-code pipelines without custom coding is crucial for me. I don't need to do any Java customization. I've had to write SQL scripts and occasionally a Javascript within it, but those are few and far between. I can do everything else within the tool itself. I got into databases because I was sick and tired of getting errors when I compiled something. 

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Systems Analyst at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees

The ETL is definitely an awesome feature of the product. It's very easy and quick to use. Once you understand the way it works it's pretty robust.

Lumada Data Integration requires minimal coding. You can do more complex coding if you want to, because it has a scripts option that you can add as a feature, but we haven't found a need to do that yet. We just use what's available, the steps that they have, and that is sufficient for our needs at this point. It makes it easier for other developers to look at the things that we have developed and to understand them quicker, whereas if you have complex coding it's harder to hand off to other people. Being able to transition something to another developer, and having that person pick it up quicker than if there were custom scripting, is an advantage.

In addition, the solution's ability to quickly and effectively solve issues we've brought up has been great. We've been able to use all the available features.

Among them is the ability to develop and deploy data pipeline templates once and reuse them. The fact that it enables us to leverage metadata to automate data pipeline templates and reuse them is definitely one of the features that we like the best. The metadata injection is helpful because it reduces the need to create and maintain additional ETLs. If we didn't have that feature, we would have lots of duplicated ETLs that we would have to create and maintain. The data pipeline templates have definitely been helpful when looking at productivity and costs. The automation of data pipeline templates has also been helpful in scaling the onboarding of data.

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Lead, Data and BI Architect at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees

Because it comes from an open-source background, it has so many different plugins. It is just extremely broad in what it can do. I appreciate that it has a very broad, wide spectrum of things that it can connect to and do. It has been around for a while, so it is mature and has a lot of things built into it. That is the biggest thing. 

The visual nature of its development is a big plus. You don't need to have very strong developers to be able to work with it.

We often have to drop down to JavaScript, but that is fine. I appreciate that it has the capability built-in. When you need to, you can drop down to a scripting language. This is important to us.

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Specialist in Relational Databases and Nosql at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

One important feature, in my opinion, is the Metadata Injection. It gives flexibility to the scripts due to the fact that the scripts don't depend on a fixed structure or a fixed data model. Instead, you can develop transformations that are not dependant on the fixed structure or data models. 

Let me give a pair of examples. Sometimes your tables change, adding fields or dropping some of them. When this happens if you have a transformation without using Metadata Injection your transformation fails or doesn't manage the whole info from the table. If you use Metadata Injection instead, the new fields are included and the dropped columns are excluded from the transformation. Other times you have a complex transformation to apply to a lot of different tables. Traditionally, without the Metadata Injection feature, you had to repeat the transformation for each table, adapting the transformation to the concrete structure of each table. Fortunately, with the Metadata Injection, the same transformation is valid for all the tables you want to treat. A little bit effort gives you a great benefit.

Furthermore, the solution has a free to use community version.

The solution is easy to set up, very intuitive, clear to understand and easy to maintain.

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Technical Manager at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

Pentaho Data Integration is quite simple to learn, and there is a lot of information available online. It is not a steep learning curve. It also integrates easily with other databases and that is great. We use the provided documentation, which is a simple process for integration compared to other proprietary tools.

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Analytics Team Leader at HealtheLink

We're using the PDI and the repository function, and they give us the ability to easily generate reporting and output, and to access data. We also like the ability to schedule.

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IT-Services Manager & Solution Architect at Stratis

Running itself with the ETL was very fast. It makes it so that it is very easy to transform the information we have. We found that very useful. 

The UI is very easy to understand and learn.

The solution offers lots of documentation.

The initial setup is easy.

It's my understanding that the product can scale.

We've found the solution to be stable. 

The product is free to use if you choose the free version.

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