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…




  • 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 😉

  • Nick

    Matt – The immensity of what you did with Kettle is awesome in every sense of the word. Onward and upward!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gerson Tessler

    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.

  • Daniel Murray

    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 !!

  • Juan L.

    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 !!!

  • Tim Knight

    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!