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Blog: March 2010

March 31, 2010
I’m a happy guy today. Not only was I able to make it onto the lake this morning for some early morning water skiing, I also just reviewed the results and feedback from Pentaho’s PDI 4.0 launch yesterday. This release was a record setter for us on a number of fronts. Here are a few highlights: Over 2,600 PDI 4.0 EE downloads in one day We had 1,850* people registered for the live WebEx today, ‘ Pentaho Defines a Better Way to Build BI Solutions ’ – the most people we’ve ever had! Pentaho.com reached an all time high for unique visitors. Forum activity is up 251% over normal days Demo.pentaho.com is up 192% Great coverage and positive response from industry press and the community on Twitter . To me this proves that the market is hungry for a new approach to an old idea. If you are one of the people looking for a BI solution that is quicker to build, easier to adapt and faster time to value, you can see that you are not alone. *If you were not one of the 1,850 that attended the live...
March 30, 2010
Sometime in Q3 2009 I was working with our CTO James Dixon using Pentaho tech to extract information from Salesforce.com and Eloqua to do analysis on our own leads. Yes, we do eat our own dog food. Constantly we were going back and forth through the process of extract, model and visualize. As you can imagine after the 7th iteration, James was sick and tired of having to do this process over and over again, especially with me changing requirements with each iteration. This process is widespread with all BI tech and we knew that somebody needed to improve it. Over happy hour at The Miller Ale house or "West Campus" as we call it, we got thinking and brainstorming ideas of how to: Remove the pain in the process Streamline the process Make it is easier so non-techies can achieve success We also knew that whatever we could do to remove any barriers in building and deploying BI applications would certainly come back to benefit our community and customers. This was the start of our path to create the Agile BI initiative. With this concept, we also looked for...
March 29, 2010
Welcome to the Business Intelligence from the Swamp blog. This blog provides views on the value of business intelligence, trends and directions of BI, and controversial topics around the BI industry. One thing it won’t be is some boring CEO blog who just promotes their own products and company, and on average gets zero comments. To make this simple and easy, here's a few questions and answers so you get to know more about this blog and why you should care: Who am I? I'm Richard Daley, the co-founder and CEO of Pentaho , the leading open source Business Intelligence provider. I've been working in the Business Intelligence industry since the mid 80’s when I worked on BI systems (formerly known as Executive Information Systems) on mainframes. The reason I mention this is that my colleagues never fail to remind me of how long I’ve been around this market. Two companies that I co-founded prior to Pentaho are AppSource Corporation (acquired by Arbor Software which later merged into Hyperion Solutions) and Keyola (acquired by Lawson Software). I am from and live in Orlando, Florida and have started all my companies...