20 Jan

Pentaho Sparkl tutorial

pentaho-logoAfter the (very interesting) experience in developing the A.A.A.R. v2.0 in Pentaho marketplace, I had the opportunity to dive deep in the brand new tool of the Pentaho Suite family: Sparkl Application Builder.

I’m very impressed by the power of this module and working together with the Pentaho team (in particular with Webdetails) I learnt many technical things could be interesting to share. For that reason this tutorial is born.

Sparkl Application Builder tutorial

I hope to receive lot of feedback to make it grow but until then… kudos webdetails! (like Pentaho guys always says) 🙂

07 Jan

How to install Pentaho Business Analytics platform 5

In this tutorial we are going to see how to install Pentaho Business Analytics Platform 5. The so called Pentaho BI-Server 5 is the front-end tool of the Pentaho Suite that develop a pure (and complete) user interface to use all the different analytical tools developed by the Suite.

If you have a Linux based operating system or a Windows based platform, the tutorial should work in any case because, you will see, the steps are very simple and easy and not related on the platform.

This tutorial describes the default installation using the HSQL database for the security storage. If you want to know how to install it using MySql database instead, I suggest this tutorial made by David Fombella.


Before start to install the Pentaho BI-Server 5 you have to check to have Java installed in you system. To check it, you have simply to execute the command below from a terminal.

java -version

If you don’t have it, below you can find a tutorial on how to install it. Please, remember that Pentaho BI-Server 5 requests Java7.

Download and install Pentaho Business Analytics Platform 5 Community Edition

After Java7 is available into your system, you have to download the Pentaho BI-Server 5 package from the official website or the sourceforge web page. In our case we are going to install the Pentaho Business Analytics 5 Community Edition.

Once the ‘biserver-ce-5.0.1-stable.zip’ file will be downloaded in the system, unzip it on the desktop or everywhere else you will like. All the Pentaho Business Analytics 5 tool is available in a folder described below:


Probably you cannot believe me but this is enough to install Pentaho Business Analytics 5 into your system. 😉

First run and access to the user interface

Pentaho Business Analytics 5 is mainly a web application deployed in a tomcat servlet container. You can easily run the Pentaho Business Analytics 5, opening a terminal and executing the ‘start-pentaho’ script stored in the ‘biserver-ce’ folder (the one with the ‘sh’ extension for the Linux based operating systems and the one with the ‘bat’ extension for the Windows based operating systems).

To check what is happening to the web application, you can see at the log in the file described below.


Once, the application is started, you can access to the user interface using a web browser at the link below.


With the Community Edition is suggested to use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome instead of MS IE Explorer (not well supported today).

To access as administrator you can use the ‘admin’ user with password ‘password’.

After the first run you are ready to use it.. for example with the A.A.A.R. solution. 😉