This document describes the architecture of the Pentaho BI Platform and details the components and tools required to build solutions. It is intended for people interested in building solutions and creating content. It is also valuable for anyone who needs to interface with or develop portions of the Pentaho BI Platform.
To get the most out of this documentation, it is recommended that you have the Pentaho BI Suite (Pre-Configured Installation) and Pentaho Design Studio installed on your local machine. Many of the examples in this document refer to the sample solutions and data that come with the Pentaho BI Suite. Either version of the Pentaho BI Suite, Open and Pro, will work.
Many of the examples are illustrated by using the Pentaho Design Studio. Using the design studio along with this guide will save you from hand editing XML. A task that for some reason is not enjoyable by all people (or - so I have been told - many times.)
If you already have a working Pentaho Server and functioning Design Studio, you can skip the first section.