I was recently invited, by Matt Casters (Pentaho Data Integration’s Chief Architect and founder of the Kettle Project) to test out a new plug-in for Pentaho Data Integration version 4.1 RC1. The Pentaho Reporting Plug-in, is a new transformation step entry that allows the execution of a Pentaho Reporting object (*.PRPT) to be rendered and saved to a desired location on a file system. With the included efforts of Thomas Morgner (Chief Architect and founder of Pentaho Reporting formerly JFree Report), Matt was ale to develop this plug-in in a very short time period due to the tight integration between both of the products; a “couple of evenings” to be exact. This plug-in can serve a number of use cases, from including additional reporting capabilities in to the actual flow of an ETL job to more advanced EII, EAI type work-flow processes. ork-flow. One of the most powerful differentiators of Pentaho Data Integration is that it is not just used for ETL. Along with the Pentaho BI Platform and Pentaho Reporting – real-time data access, data federation and data virtualization can be achieved.
Check it out and give it a try here: http://sandbox.pentaho.com/Pentaho-Data-Integration-Reporting-Plug-in/