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May 19, 2010
Earlier today Pentaho announced support for Apache Hadoop - read about it here . There are many reasons we are doing this: Hadoop lacks graphical design tools - Pentaho provides plug-able design tools. Hadoop is Java - Pentaho's technologies are Java. Hadoop needs embedded ETL - Pentaho Data Integration is easy to embed. Pentaho's open source model enables us to provide technology with great price/performance. Hadoop lacks visualization tools - Pentaho has those Pentaho provides a full suite of ETL, Reporting, Dashboards, Slice 'n' Dice Analysis, and Predictive Analytics/Machine Learning The thing is, taking all of these in combination, Pentaho is the only technology that satisfies all of these points. You can see a few of the upcoming integration points in the demo video (above). The ones shown in the video are only a few of the many integration points we are going to deliver. Most recently I've been working on integrating the Pentaho suite with the Hive database. This enables desktop and web-based reporting, integration with the Pentaho BI platform components, and integration with Pentaho Data Integration. Between these use cases, hundreds of different components and transformation steps can...
May 19, 2010
Data is exploding at rates our industry has never seen before and the huge opportunity to leverage this data is stymied by the archaic licensing practices still in use by the old school software companies. Currently, the big guys like Oracle, IBM, SAP, Teradata and other proprietary database and data warehouse vendors have a very simple solution to “big data” environments – just keep charging more money, a lot more money. The only “winners” in this scenario are the software sales reps. Our industry (Tech) is artificially slowed in order to support these old school business models – they can’t afford to innovate in licensing and they surely don’t want to kill the golden goose – The Perpetual License fee. A major gaming company, for example, had been using Oracle for its database and BI tech. With traffic reaching 100 million to 1 billion impressions per day, the database giant’s only answer was to sell more expensive licenses. Even then, the best it could do was analyze four days worth of information at a time. Organizations like Mozilla, Facebook, Amazon, Yahoo, RealNetworks and many others are now collecting immense amount...
May 18, 2010
Social media has changed the whole customer-vendor relationship. If our customers are not happy they have 100’s of ways to tell a lot of people. Vendors can run but they can’t hide. Howard Dresner gets it. He tapped into the social media world to gather a sampling of over 450 business intelligence users to learn their real-world experiences with their vendors. He gathered their feedback in the new market study by Dresner Advisory Services, The Wisdom of Crowds Business Intelligence Market Study ™. Here are a few of the highlights: Pentaho, in the Emerging Vendor category, was ranked against six other vendors and received the top ranking in value for the price paid and quality of consulting services. Pentaho is the clear leader in OSBI ranking above other OSBI vendors in every category. Pentaho received the second highest marks overall among BI vendors. 100 percent of responding customers recommended Pentaho. Red Hat’s slogan comes to mind in this situation: “Truth Happens.” With the growth of social media you cannot hide if you have bad support or a crappy product – social media puts the power back into the users hands...
May 12, 2010
Last month, Pentaho sponsored a contest where people answer the question -“What does agile BI mean?” I was lucky enough to be one of the judges to determine who made it to the final five and win a Flip Ultra™ camcorder. The results were posted today http://www.pentaho.com/what_is_agile/ . Now it’s up to the community to vote for their favorite answer and the winner gets an iPad - (yes, that means you). When reading through hundreds of entries I began to see a pattern and being an old BI guy, that meant I had to make a pie chart. The answers fell into 5 main groups: BI Solution Development, Business Users, Entire Business marketing Fluff and Other. Almost 34% of the entries cited Agile BI as an iterative methodology for developing BI solutions involving the end user as early and often as possible. It is exemplified by one of the finalists “ Agile is about speeding up the design/create/ship/observe cycle. The more you ship and observe, the better you learn to design and do. Whether you're headed in the wrong direction or the right one, it's imperative that you find that...
May 4, 2010
If you have the world’s most popular open source data integration (DI) offering and want to make it even better, you need the top DI market strategist behind the product. That is why we turned to DI and analytics veteran, Joe Nicholson. With over 25 years of technology and marketing management experience, with companies like Informatica, DecisionPoint and Trintech I asked Joe the same question I did to Tom Leonard when he joined, “What brought you to Pentaho?” Welcome Joe! Guest Blogger: Joe Nicholson I have been in DI and analytics in one form or another for most of my career. Whether it was marketing the data integration platform at Informatica or doing business development around packaged finance analytics at DecisionPoint, I am really an analytics guy at heart. Part of my passion no doubt comes from solving the enduring complexity and depth of the BI challenge. A decade ago, our challenges were focused on dealing with the complexity of data sources and providing cost effective information and analytics to the emerging generation of managers and mobile workers. At that time, data volumes and sources were exploding (or so we...
May 4, 2010
This week kicks off our EMEA Agile BI Roadshow . If you are in Turkey, Milan or Madrid make sure to drop by and meet Vinay Joosery, our new VP of Sales for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Asia) region. The growth in EMEA is blazing, creating a wealth of sales opportunities and we are stepping up our game accordingly. Vinay brings the skill set that will propel our European operations forward at this critical time and build a sales operation that can take on and take down the incumbents across the region. After seven years at MySQL (Oracle/Sun) I asked Vinay, “What brought you to Pentaho?” Välkomna Vinay! Guest blogger Vinay Joosery The new guy often sees things differently to the ‘lifers’. I thought, after seven years in sales at the pioneering MySQL, it might take a while to settle in. At Pentaho though, life moves fast and there is a strong sense of community, so heading into my second month here, it already feels like I have been here for a while. One reason for that, is the similarity in approach between the two companies. Pentaho is pioneering...