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First Impressions of Pentaho Business Analytics Cookbook

I just finished reading Packt Publishing’s Pentaho Business Analytics Cookbook by Sergio Ramazzina, this is a great up-to-date guide on utilizing the full Pentaho Analytics Suite, including a mix of both enterprise and community components.  Useful details around configuring data sources, building a set of your first reports, parameterization, dashboarding, and a whole lot more are covered  step by step to make sure you walk away with a good understanding of what tools are available and how to get started with them.  This is the first definitive guide I have seen around Pentaho Mobile, and I really appreciate chapter 11 on customizing the Pentaho experience for your business.

If you are looking to get up to speed on Pentaho Analytics very quickly, I highly recommend this book!

Pentaho 5.0 Reporting by Example: Beginner’s Guide

It’s been four years since I published Pentaho Reporting 3.5 for Java Developers.  A lot has changed in Pentaho Reporting since then, so it’s great to see a new book now available from Packt, Pentaho 5.0 Reporting by Example: Beginner’s Guide, co-authored by Mariano Mattio and Dario Bernabeu.  This book has a different purpose than the Java Developer book, it’s focus is a deeper dive into examples to quickly bring folks up to speed on the various capabilities of Pentaho Reporting.

For those who already are familiar with the basics of Pentaho Reporting, I would still recommend this book for a couple of reasons.  First, Chapter 12 covers both content linking and sparklines, very useful features for your every day reports.  Second, one of the newest features in Pentaho Reporting 5.0 is stylesheets.  In Chapter 13, this book does a great job at an initial introduction to get you started on this powerful capability.

Thanks Mariano and Dario for this great contribution!

JavaRanch Book Promotion

Want to try and win a free copy of Pentaho Reporting 3.5 for Java Developers?  Go visit and ask a question about the book in the Other Open Source Projects forum between now and the 16th of October, and you’ll be eligible to win one of the four books being given away.  I want to thank JavaRanch for promoting the book, they have over 100,000 Java Developers on their mailing list and a very active forum community.