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June 15, 2010
June may be half way over but there are still 20 opportunities to learn about Pentaho this month at live and virtual events....and in 6 languages! This month Pentaho is bringing a ray of Open Source BI sunshine to some of the industry’s most preeminent cloud events. Following the successful announcements of Pentaho's On-Demand BI Solution and support of Apache Hadoop , we will demonstrate these offerings in action, bringing insight, clarity and flexibility to data in the cloud. Pentaho Featured Cloud Events GigaOm Structure 2010 , June 23-24, 2010, San Francisco, CA - Join Pentaho 's CEO, Richard Daley and CTO, James Dixon at Structure 2010, to learn more about using Pentaho’s data integration and analytic tools to more quickly and easily load, access and analyze data in Hadoop, whether its on-premise or in the cloud. In the exhibit hall, see a live preview demo of Pentaho's integration with Hadoop and learn about the integrating of Pentaho BI Suite with Hive database. Take advantage of our 25% sponsor discount code by clicking here . Hadoop Summit , June 29, 2010 in Santa Clara, CA –Pentaho is attending the third...
June 10, 2010
Today we announced General Availability of Pentaho Data Integration 4.0 and Pentaho BI Suite 3.6. This marks a major step forward on our mission to empower users with the most comprehensive, easy-to-use, and integrated Business Intelligence suite on the market today. All too often, new BI projects end up on IT’s cutting room floor due a variety of factors: Licensing costs – it’s too expensive to add the additional users/CPUs for the project to reach its intended audience. A single BI project can have licensing impacts on several software products including data integration (ETL), reporting, dashboards, analytics, database, and on and on… Lengthy time to ROI – a classic pitfall of new BI projects is spending weeks or months ‘getting the data right’ before business users have an opportunity interact and provide feedback. Inevitably, this leads to missed requirements, delayed rollouts, and blown budgets Technical Resources – do you have the right technical resources available and are they knowledgeable in all of the tools and technology involved? Am I beholden to availability of IT, or can I accomplish this myself? Our Agile BI initiative is breaking down these barriers by...
June 9, 2010
Top 5 advances in ETL and BI in the past 15 years: Near Real-time Data Warehouses Dashboards Drag and Drop ETL Ad hoc Analytics Metadata Driven ETL What is missing from the list above? That would be the fact that BI use has not penetrated into everyday business life like we would have expected. But wasn’t that the point that we were all heading towards, that of BI for the masses? That goal of information transparency that everyone was looking for seems to have gotten lost by most vendors in the race to have the biggest and baddest feature list. Very powerful BI technology exists today to get at pretty much any data and slice and dice it in ways that we could have only imagined years ago. Yet, the complexity and disparity of that technology continues to be a major roadblock to getting everyday business managers the information they need to best run their businesses. Now, add in the ever changing, dynamic nature of business today, we find the chasm between the IT department and business users largely intact with business users seeking more and more self service BI...
June 8, 2010
The great debate about on-demand solutions versus on-premise software has gone on for about a decade now. The consensus is that the hosted approach is more nimble, much faster to deploy, doesn’t require in-house resources or hardware, but it isn’t quite ready for the big league due to security issues, cloudy information ownership issues, limited functionality, very limited flexibility, closed architectures and a lack of general data scalability. As a result, hosted BI has struggled to gain acceptance. Well it’s time for a fresh take on this subject – one that finally gets BI where it needs to be. Pentaho has created a hybrid approach, which gives you the best of both worlds – the freedom, flexibility and ease of hosted software in tandem with the security, robustness and scalability of enterprise-grade solutions. This comes in the form of a suite of On-Demand BI subscriptions that put you in the driver seat. Instead of having to live with whatever the provider decides to do with information storage, security and management, you are in complete control over how the hosted solution is deployed and managed. That adds the key element that...