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Pentaho Labs Innovates with Internet of Things Protocol

December 15, 2016

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

December 15, 2016, San Francisco, CA — According to Gartner, the increasing number of sensors, devices, and other connected devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) bring significant data integration challenges. To take a forward look at addressing these challenges, Pentaho, a Hitachi Group Company, today announced that Pentaho Labs has created an integration with MQTT, a popular machine-to-machine (M2M) IoT transport protocol, to act as the connecting link between physical devices and the data integration process.

MQTT, or MQ Telemetry Transport, is a simple and lightweight publish/subscribe messaging protocol, created by IBM in 1999 and used today in a variety of IoT environments, including smart homes, manufacturing, and energy to name a few. The open standard protocol has an extensive ecosystem of libraries and support, and requires minimal packet overhead, all distinct features that have made MQTT a leading IoT protocol.

Gartner predicts that “more than half of major new business processes and systems will incorporate some element of IoT by 2020.[i]” Nevertheless, Gartner states, “Through 2018, 75 percent of IoT projects will take up to twice as long as planned.[ii]” Building on complementary open source foundations has allowed Pentaho Labs to innovate early with emerging IoT technologies, such as MQTT, so enterprise organizations are prepared for a more connected future. Through this MQTT integration, the Pentaho Labs team continues its history of leveraging new innovation to provide early insights into how emerging technologies might integrate with Pentaho. Pentaho Labs incubates the integration with these early big data and IOT technologies, to provide an opportunity for users to informally test out new ideas as soon as possible.

“There is a growing demand to more easily and quickly, ingest, interact, blend and react with incoming streams of IoT data. The ability to combine IoT data with data from business systems, or other data sources, is a unique capability which makes data integration a critical competency for IoT initiatives, while reducing unforeseen challenges for these early adopters,” said Ken Wood, VP of Pentaho Labs at Pentaho, a Hitachi Group Company. “MQTT  presents a unique opportunity for Pentaho to advance big data architectures, integrate with complex data, and incorporate modern analytics to capitalize on the promise of IoT.”


[i] Gartner, Inc. IoT Data Proliferation Elevates Data Integration Challenges, Eric Thoo, Ted Friedman, February 23, 2016.

[ii] Gartner Press Release, Gartner Says By 2020, More Than Half of Major New Business Processes and Systems Will Incorporate Some Element of the Internet of Things, January 14, 2016, .

Pentaho Labs, is an applied lab staffed with top industry experts to incubate breakthrough data orchestration and advanced analytic capabilities driven by big data. Pentaho Labs is responsible for evaluating and developing innovative approaches and technologies, which, over time, can be merged into the Pentaho roadmap based on market demand.

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