We're using it for data warehousing. Typically, we collect data from numerous source systems, structure it, and then make it available to drive business intelligence, dashboard reporting, and things like that. That's the main use of it.
We also do a little bit of moving of data from one system to another, but the data doesn't go into the warehouse. For instance, we sync the data from one of our line of business systems into our support help desk system so that it has extra information there. So, we do a few point-to-point transfers, but mainly, it is for centralizing data for data warehousing.
We use it just as a data integration tool, and we haven't found any problems. When we have big data processing, we use Amazon Redshift. We use Pentaho to load the data into Redshift and then use that for big data processing. We use Tableau for our reporting platform. We've got quite a number of users who are experienced in it, so it is our chosen reporting platform. So, we use Pentaho for the data collection and data modeling aspect of things, such as developing facts and dimensions, but we then publicly export that data to Redshift as a database platform, and then we use Tableau as our reporting platform.
I am using version 8.3, which was the latest long-term support version when I looked at it the last time. Because this is something we use in production, and it is quite core to our operations, we've been advised that we just stick with the long-term support versions of the product.
It is in the cloud on AWS. It is running on an EC2 instance in AWS Cloud.