Farewell Pentaho

Dear Kettle friends,

12 years ago I joined a wonderful team of people at Pentaho who thought they could make a real change in the world of business analytics. At that point I recently open sourced my own data integration tool (then still called ‘ETL’) called Kettle and so I joined in the role of Chief Architect of Data Integration. The title sounded great and the job included everything from writing articles (and a book), massive amounts of coding, testing, software releases, giving support, doing training, workshops, … In other words, life was simply doing everything I possibly and impossibly could to make our software succeed when deployed by our users. With Kettle now being one of the most popular data integration tools on the planet I think it’s safe to say that this goal has been reached and that it’s time for me to move on.

I don’t just want to announce my exit from Pentaho/Hitachi Vantara. I would also like to thank all the people involved in making our success happen. First and foremost I want to express my gratitude to the founders (Richard, Doug, James, Marc, …) for even including a crazy Belgian like myself on the team but I also want to extend my warmest thanks to everyone who I got to become friends with at Pentaho for the always positive and constructive attitude. Without exaggeration I can say it’s been a lot of fun.

I would also explicitly like to thank the whole community of users of Kettle (now called Pentaho Data Integration). Without your invaluable support in the form of new plugins, bug reports, documentation, forum posts, talks, … we could never have pulled off what we did in the past 12 years! I hope we will continue to meet at one of the many popular community events.

Finally I want to thank everyone at Hitachi and Hitachi Vantara for being such a positive and welcoming group of people. I know that Kettle is used all over Hitachi and I’m quite confident this piece of software will not let you down any time soon.

Now I’m going to go skiing for a week and when I get back it’s time to hunt for a new job. I can’t wait to see what impossible problems need solving out there…



18 thoughts on “Farewell Pentaho”

  1. Hi Matt.

    I wish you all the best for the future.
    #Kettle is the best ETL Tool ! (no doubt..)

    You’re right, there is so much problems to resolve : you have “just” to create some new concepts & tools for that 😉

  2. Hi Matt,

    stop hunting and contact me at ONVZ (NL, Houten). You are just what we need in our BI team!
    So if you’re in for a Dutch adventure…

    Grtz Wouter

  3. It has certainly been a privilege to get to know you. VinkOS has learnt a lot from you. Huge lose for Hitachi but exciting to wait and see your new ideas/code. The invitation to come to Mexico is open.

  4. Hi Matt! I am speechless – what is a good thing after all. Man! Did you get tired?

    Anyway, now you’ve get plenty of time and all those *-loads of cash siting in the corner, why don’t you came over to have a good time in Brazil? 🙂 So many places and foods and drinks! We get even belgian waffles and fench fries! lol, sorry, couldn’t help. Serious now, we’d love to have you around just for the fun of it. Best wishes, Fábio.

  5. Hi Matt,

    I just want to thank you for your amazing work that not just gave tô the world an amazing tool but certainly help to change the professional life of many people around the world. Including my own. I hope that you can find new amazing challanges that enriches your life.

  6. All the best in you future endeavors.

    You contribution is more than important; what I will miss the most is your open-ness and willingness to provide feedback and support, even to small users like myself.

    Again, many thanks !!

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  8. Matt!

    a great thank you for bringing us Kettle (PDI). Since version 2.5.0 we’ve been addicted to this great piece of software. From that point on we’ve used it in various solutions. Also your talks (“Pentaho sucks”) inspired us to keep reporting the pieces of improvement proposals.
    But one question: who is from now on to blame for all our found improvement proposals? It was always easy because “that Belgium guy” was alway there.

    I guess we’ll find a new one. From us @MRDM we wish you all the best in you future.

  9. Hi Matt,

    I wish you all the best! I’ve just started my adventure PDI around one year ago, hence it is still relatively new to me, but I found it being a simply amazing tool for my ETL. Thank you for creating it!

    I’ve seen you whilst at Mainz PCM meetup. Will you be coming to the next one?

    Kind regards,

  10. Best wishes Matt!

    You’ve made my life much easier with Pentaho and I want you to know how much I appreciate it.

    Many, many thanks and best regards!

  11. Matt … I do not know what your age is … but, for sure, I like your way of thinking and living life! I am completely sure that in the future you will do very well decide what you decide to do. In my company, in Andalusia (south of Spain) Pentaho PDI is one of the most appreciated tools … and you have had a lot to do with it. Luck and Health !!!

  12. Best Wishes, Matt! I echo the sentiments here–your work on the product and your countless responses to forum questions through the years have been invaluable. Here’s hoping you continue to browse the forums and help out us poor users who still occasionally get stuck on something. Cheers!

  13. I recently started to read your blogs, as I started to get myself familiar with Pentaho. Surprisingly, I joined my new job in February, which also means started to work with Pentaho in February, the same time you declared your farewell. anyways, most important I appreciate your work, your blog content, and clarity of it.

    Wish you Good luck for your future endeavours,


  14. I used servral ETL Tools(DataStage, MS SSIS, Infomatica, …). And I compared to KETTLE vs Talend Open Studio.

    My Best Tool is KETTLE !!!

    Thank you for your enthusiasm and dedication.

  15. Best wishes, dear belgium friend. As a dutchman living in France, I greatly admire(d) your work for more than a decade. Hope you will find other battles to fight with the same energy, intelligence and perseverance.
    Goede vaart

    Paul V

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