Adele was developed to simplify the daily work with data. Use it as a swiss knife to fill the gap between your work with spreadsheet application like MS Excel and enterprise servers like SAP ERP.
There are many technical concepts in an easier way included. For example OLAP, in memory transformations, analysis tools,… Connectors to JDBC databases or SAP NetWeaver ABAP systems can be used to pre-analyse the data and extract it without saving the data as text files. Other connectors are planned for future versions (e.g. SAP HANA, OData, OLAP/XMLA).
Adele should not replace specialized tools like Rapid Miner, KNIME or similiary stuff. But it is designed for business people working with spreadsheet applications to analyse their data.