Pentaho Open Source Business Intelligence Platform Technical White Paper

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Pentaho Open Source Business Intelligence Platform Technical White Paper

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Contents
Contents................................................................................................................. 2 Abstract.................................................................................................................. 3 The Problem ........................................................................................................... 3 Traditional BI Solutions and Their Shortcomings ........................................................ 5 The Pentaho Open BI Suite ...................................................................................... 6 Open Source Technology ......................................................................................... 7 Architecture ............................................................................................................ 7 Pentaho Server .................................................................................................. 7 Server Repositories ..........................................................................................11 Pentaho Pre-Configured Installation....................................................................11 Pentaho Design Studio ......................................................................................11 Embedded Architecture .....................................................................................13 The Pentaho Solution ........................................................................................13 Pentaho’s Role .......................................................................................................14 Summary...............................................................................................................15 Appendix A: Glossary..............................................................................................17 Appendix B: Open Source Software..........................................................................19

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Abstract
Organizations are all looking to increase revenue, lower expenses, and improve profitability by improving efficiency and effectiveness in their business processes and overall performance. Business Intelligence (BI) software vendors claim that they have the technology that can provide this improvement. Vendors concentrate on selling products or tools that can be used to build these solutions but rarely concentrate on the problem the customer is trying to solve. As new requirements are realized, new vendors are brought in, new tools are purchased and new consultants arrive to make it work. Eventually, the corporate BI initiative becomes a collection of disjointed point solutions using a combination of expensive monolithic commercial applications and difficult to maintain custom code. Using this current approach, each tool is designed to operate on a very specific task. The actual business problem must be broken into pieces and segregated into tasks like Reporting, Analysis, Data Mining, Workflow, etc. There is no application responsible for initiating, managing, verifying or coordinating results. People and procedures are called upon to make up for these deficiencies. This white paper describes the Pentaho Business Intelligence Platform: a solution-oriented BI platform that integrates open source components and open standards with a process-driven engine. It shows how this BI platform solves BI problems by combining BI with workflow and process management, making significant improvements to both, and by offering this platform as Open Source.

The Problem
Traditional business intelligence (BI) tools are costly,...
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