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Press Release

April 13, 2016

Pentaho Introduces Metadata Injection to Further Simplify and Accelerate the Big Data Analytics Pipeline

MQTT Plugin Proves Out Ease of IoT Application Integration for Pentaho Data Integration

April 13, 2016, San Francisco, CA and Orlando, FL — Delivering the future of analytics, Pentaho, a Hitachi Group Company, today announced new enhancements to its ground-breaking metadata injection feature set, which substantially reduces development time for data onboarding use cases in both traditional and Hadoop environments. Available today, Pentaho 6.1 accelerates the big data analytics pipeline by simplifying this notoriously difficult process, adding capabilities to drive more agile and automated big data analytics at scale.

Easing the toughest big data pipeline bottleneck
Modern big data onboarding is more than just data loading or movement. It includes managing a changing array of data sources, capturing metadata, making processes repeatable at scale and ensuring control and governance. These challenges are compounded in big data environments like Hadoop.

In Pentaho 6.1, IT professionals who struggle with data onboarding now have a wider array of options for dynamically passing metadata to Pentaho Data Integration at run time to control complex transformation logic. Teams can now drive hundreds of data ingestion and preparation processes through just a few transformations, heavily accelerating time to delivery of governed analytics-ready data sets and business insights. Typically, data onboarding is a highly repetitive, manual and risk-prone process that creates a bottleneck in the data pipeline. Before Pentaho’s metadata injection approach, companies could only ease this bottleneck by applying significant internal data engineering resources.

New Self-Service Data Onboarding Blueprint
In addition to the new features in 6.1, Pentaho introduced a new self-service data onboarding blueprint. This architected process enables business users and customers to onboard a variety of data themselves—without IT assistance—streamlining the data ingestion process. At the core of this latest Pentaho blueprint is its exclusive metadata injection functionality.

Pentaho customer Kingland Systems provides purpose-built data applications for the financial sector. According to Matt Good, Managing Director – Software Architecture, Kingland Systems, “Pentaho enabled our solution to simplify the data onboarding process for our customers, empowering them to onboard data from many disparate systems and formats into our solution. Removing bottlenecks to manual data onboarding has had a profound effect on our solution’s success, offering a level of speed and precision for meeting the data quality analysis and management needs of our customers.”

Greater agility, collaboration and flexibility for better big data analytics
Pentaho 6.1 adds several more enhancements to its data integration and analytics platform to help enterprises scale their data pipelines to accommodate greater volume, variety, and complexity of data. Highlights include:

  • Improvements to Pentaho’s inline modeling capabilities , which now provide greater ability to derive and share new business metrics among users.
  • New data service improvements, which allow users to produce virtual data sets across a wider array of data blends and automatically model and publish analytic data without the need for a physical table.

A complete listing all the new capabilities and enhancements in Pentaho 6.1 is available here.

“In this latest release, Pentaho streamlines the hand-offs between the different stages of the analytic data pipeline, including onboarding, engineering, preparing, and analyzing data.” explains Donna Prlich, Senior Vice President of Product Marketing and Solutions, Pentaho, a Hitachi Group Company. “We continue to solve these particularly difficult problems associated with big data, delivering the best possible business outcomes for all data pipeline stakeholders.”


About Pentaho, a Hitachi Group company
Pentaho, a Hitachi Group company, is a leading data integration and business analytics company with an enterprise-class, open source-based platform for diverse big data deployments. Pentaho’s unified data integration and analytics platform is comprehensive, completely embeddable and delivers governed data to power any analytics in any environment. Pentaho’s mission is to help organizations across multiple industries harness the value from all their data, including big data and IoT, enabling them to find new revenue streams, operate more efficiently, deliver outstanding service and minimize risk. Pentaho has over 15,000 product deployments and 1,500 commercial customers today including ABN-AMRO Clearing, BT, EMC, NASDAQ and Sears Holdings Corporation. For more information visit

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