Pentaho is a powerful Business Intelligence Suite offering many features: reporting, OLAP pivot tables, dashboarding and more. In this book you will find a lot of detailed information about Pentaho's components, how they work and interact, the features they deliver, and how to use the Pentaho BI Suite to create solutions for real-world problems. However, it's a good idea to try and grasp the big picture before diving into the details.
This chapter helps you get started by showing you where to get the software and how to install and run it. The Pentaho BI Suite includes many examples demonstrating its features to give new users an idea of what kind of solutions you can build with it. Most of these examples work "out of the box" and are thus ideal for an introduction to the product. By reading this chapter, you'll get acquainted with Pentaho by looking at some examples.
In this section, we describe how to obtain the software, install it, and run it. To run the software, you need a regular desktop or laptop computer running any popular operating system, such as Ubuntu Linux, Mac OS X, or Microsoft Windows 7, XP, or Vista. To download the necessary software you will need an Internet connection with sufficient bandwidth to download tens to hundreds of megabytes.
The Pentaho BI Suite is open source software; you are free to use and distribute its programs, and if you like, you can ...