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Kettle, now known as Pentaho Data Integration is one of the better known Open source ETL (Extract, Tranform and Load) tools on the market. It is provided by Pentaho, a commercial open source BI vendor.


Relationship to MIKE2.0

SAFE Architecture

  • Used to deliver the ETL sub-component

Overall Implementation Guide

ETL Design and Implementation Activities of MIKE2.0, which are:

Alignment with Strategic Requirements for Infrastructure Development

Product Review

Key Features

  • Platform: runs on Windows, Unix and Linux.
  • GUI: GUI interface with visual transform indicators. Reporting available from the metadata layer.
  • Code: A 100% Java application with advanced transformations coded in JavaScript via an embedded GUI interface. A metadata driven design.
  • License: Mozilla Public License.
  • Source: Source code available at Get the code.
  • Support: A Pentaho forum and a Issue Tracking and Pentaho Community with deep dive technical articles that are better than some premium ETL vendor sites.
  • Connectivity: Supports Oracle, DB2, SQL Server and Sybase. Supports open source MySQL, PostGres, Hypersonic, FireBird SQL and Ingres. Supports connectivity to SAP R/3 for a license fee.
  • Scalability: supports a Parallel Processing Architecture by distributing ETL tasks across multiple servers.


  • One of the oldest open source ETL tools it has a large user community and a new drive from the support from Pentaho.
  • Out of the box integration with other Pentaho open source products such as BI, EII and EAI.
  • The GUI Designer interface, the out of the box transformer objects and the support for slowly changing dimensions should enable increased developer productivity.
  • Community articles shows an enthusiastic sharing of tips and tricks.
  • Mozilla Public License allows the embedding of KETTLE into another product without license fees.


  • Does not have a specialised data quality component or a partnership with a data quality vendor.
  • Potential performance overheads on high volume data joins/lookups where the lookup database is accessed over a network. The streaming lookup works best for small lookup volumes. For very large lookup sources the data should be stored in a database locally on the ETL server.

Desired Enhancements

Functonality that users of the MIKE2.0 Methodology would like to see added to this product are as follows:

User Valuation Enhancements

Voting scores from MIKE2.0 Contributors on the value of the asset in the context of the overall methodology


Product Access

[1] available from

Open Source Licensing

Comparable Open Source Products

Reference Implementations through MIKE2.0

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