June 15, 2009

Pentaho Reporting

Surround SCM
Pentaho offers an open source reporting server that you can use to create reports. They have an Enterprise edition and a Community Edition. The Enterprise edition has several benefits, like extra features, more documentation and customer support. Please visit their web site for details on how licensing works for each edition. For my reports I used the community edition. The reports suite includes many components. I used the Report Designer to create the reports, and then used the Business Inteligence Server to share them with other users. Please note that this should not be considered a review of the Pentaho toolset as I only looked at a limited portion of them with a limited goal in mind.

Report Designer

The Report Designer is a java based GUI interface that you can use to create and design your reports. If you have worked with any other reporting tools, it is pretty easy to figure out how to use it.

Bussiness Intelligence Server

Allows web access to report creation and viewing. Reports created with the Report Designer can be published to the Server to share it with other users.