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Pentaho integrates MQTT to link physical devices

Steve Rogerson
December 22, 2016
Pentaho, a subsidiary of Japanese giant Hitachi, has created an integration with MQTT, a popular M2M and IoT transport protocol, to act as the connecting link between physical devices and the data integration process.
MQTT, or MQ telemetry transport, is a simple and lightweight publish-subscribe messaging protocol, created by IBM in 1999 and used today in various IoT environments, including smart homes, manufacturing, and energy. The open standard protocol has an extensive ecosystem of libraries and support, and requires minimal packet overhead, all distinct features that have made MQTT a leading IoT protocol.
Building on complementary open source foundations has allowed Pentaho Labs to innovate early with emerging IoT technologies, such as MQTT, so enterprise organisations are prepared for a more connected future. Through this MQTT integration, the Pentaho Labs team continues its history of leveraging innovation to provide early insights into how emerging technologies might integrate with Pentaho. 
Pentaho Labs incubates the integration with these early big data and IoT technologies to provide an opportunity for users to test out new ideas informally as soon as possible.
“There is a growing demand to more easily and quickly ingest, interact, blend and react with incoming streams of IoT data,” said Ken Wood, VP of Pentaho Labs. “The ability to combine IoT data with data from business systems, or other data sources, is a unique capability which makes data integration a critical competency for IoT initiatives, while reducing unforeseen challenges for these early adopter. MQTT presents a unique opportunity for Pentaho to advance big data architectures, integrate with complex data and incorporate modern analytics to capitalise on the promise of IoT.”
Pentaho Labs is an applied lab staffed with industry experts to incubate breakthrough data orchestration and advanced analytic capabilities driven by big data. It is responsible for evaluating and developing innovative approaches and technologies, which, over time, can be merged into the Pentaho roadmap based on market demand.
Parent company Pentaho, a Hitachi Group company, is a data integration and business analytics company with an enterprise-class, open source-based platform for diverse big data deployments. Its unified data integration and analytics platform is completely embeddable and delivers governed data to power any analytics in any environment.
Pentaho has more than 15,000 product deployments and 1500 commercial customers today including ABN-Amro Clearing, EMC, Landmark Halliburton, Moody's and Nasdaq.