Melissa Data and Pentaho Partner to Clean Up the Data Lake

Pentaho, a Hitachi Data Systems company, and Melissa Data, a provider of global contact data quality solutions, have formed a partnership to create new data quality plug-ins for Pentaho's big data integration and analytics platform. Melissa Data's plug-ins for Pentaho will help users move beyond tactical data quality efforts to engage in a broader data governance strategy by combining data quality, data governance, and master data management.

According to the vendors, in order to keep a data lake from becoming a data swamp, it is important to create a data strategy that includes data validation and correction against reference datasets, and extracting entities or data points from the unstructured big data. Citing industry statistics that through 2016, less than 10% of self-service BI initiatives will be governed sufficiently to prevent inconsistencies that adversely affect the business, Pentaho and Melissa Data say they plan to enable organizations to integrate broad cleansing and data verification into the flow of their analytic data pipeline.

"Pentaho's focus on the importance of data governance mirrors our own, and together we make a powerful partnership," said Ray Melissa, founder and president, Melissa Data. "Our plug-ins for Pentaho provide an agile integration point for customers who need broader capabilities to govern and validate data to answer critical business questions."

The plugs-in are available through the Pentaho Marketplace. For more information visit and