So is Pentaho basically an open source version of the proprietary BI suites of vendors like Business Objects, Cognos, and Hyperion?

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So is Pentaho basically an open source version of the proprietary BI suites of vendors like Business Objects, Cognos, and Hyperion?

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Definitely not. Pentaho provides numerous advantages over proprietary BI suites. • Open standards support – Pentaho was built from the ground up on open standards. Proprietary BI vendors only expose certain pieces of their functionality programmatically, often through their own proprietary APIs • Process-centric architecture – Pentaho was architected with workflow at its core. While the proprietary BI vendors have architected their platforms with the idea that BI should be a standalone, monolithic application, Pentaho is built to be easily integrated into any business process via popular standards like BPEL. • No migration legacy – The proprietary BI vendors built on proprietary technology, and have huge installed bases to support and migrate through every release. This significantly slows their ability to innovate, and complicates migration and upgrading for their customers. Pentaho’s architecture and technology allow developer efforts to focus on functional enhancements, rather than

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