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July 30, 2010
Internships are often associated with organizing papers and getting coffee. This is far from the truth for the Pentaho internship program. This summer we were fortunate to have three rock star interns. They were not fetching coffee however, enjoying our stocked break room with everything from snacks to beer. This summer they got a taste of what it is like to work in our San Francisco sales and marketing office. They were able to work alongside experienced leaders in sales and marketing learning about CRM and marketing automation software, sales lead qualification, outbound lead generation, social media and business operations. Pentaho is unique in that it adapts to the backgrounds and strengths of the interns and allows them to select what they will focus on in the summer program. We just wanted to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work this summer and highlight some of the great things they've learned this summer: Summer 2010 Intern Rock Stars: Rick Daley: Rick is going into his junior year at the University of Florida. He has been playing soccer for 18 years, and is currently playing with the UF...
July 29, 2010
Prototyping as defined in information systems is: The process of building an example or model of the actual proposed system. It is an iterative process that is part of the analysis phase of the development life cycle. In Part 3 of this tutorial series I will show you how you can easily "prototype" your data within the Pentaho User Console by using the Dashboard Designer and its Data Access component. Part 3 picks up after we have configured our server side Pentaho Data Connections to connect to Oracle and MS SQL Server. In this tutorial I will also cover the Pentaho BI Server start up procedures on both the Linux and Windows operating systems. You are able to download the video or view it in high quality directly from this blog. Click 'share' in the video window to see the available options. Mike Tarallo Pre-Sales Director Pentaho [wpvideo vCNod2XR]
July 26, 2010
It’s been awhile since a BI company went public, so I’m excited by the news of QlikTech’s IPO and what it bodes for our industry. Following the Era of the BI consolidation, when the Big 3 BI vendors grew stodgy and were consumed by mega-vendors like IBM, Oracle and SAP who were looking to add BI functionality (a.k.a. “buy their maintenance stream”) to their existing products, it’s great to see Wall Street showing enthusiasm for a pure BI player. It clearly demonstrates that the market sees significant value in BI innovation. QlikTech did a great job of taking its technology and packaging it to appeal directly to the business user. It’s a proven enterprise sales model, similar to what Arbor Software did in 1995, and QlikTech should be congratulated for being smart and adapting to an important trend. It’s encouraging to see their market valuation and I’m sure it’s because: Their strong growth rate The BI market is very large and getting much bigger Newer technology that enables direct sales to business users (not to mention a very sexy UI) Other publicly held BI companies are relatively flat Appealing directly...
July 23, 2010
Welcome to Part 2 of the Pentaho Video Tutorial Series. In Part 1 , we covered the installation of the Pentaho BI Suite on an Ubuntu Linux O/S using the Pentaho BI Suite Installer. Many have already experienced how easy it was to download and install, thanks for your comments. (You can obtain the installer from the Pentaho KB or from http://www.pentaho.com/download/ .) In this part we will cover configuring Pentaho server side data connections that can access your traditional RDBMS data sources. In this example I demonstrate adding connections to Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server 2008. It is important to note that the Pentaho design tools, such as Report Designer, Schema Workbench, Data Integration and the Metadata Editor can publish content using these server side data source connections that have been configured. (We will cover this in Part 3 of the series) To prepare for this configuration, please have the appropriate vendor specific JDBC Type 4 driver available for the data source you want to connect to. You can obtain them from the database vendor's web site, your DBA, or perhaps the installation location of the RDBMS. You can...
July 21, 2010
That's right, I said it. It's that easy. Hello everyone, I am Michael Tarallo, Pentaho Pre-Sales Director. It is an absolute pleasure to be blogging in the Swamp with the rest of the Pentaho crew. Originally I started creating a series of Pentaho related tutorial type videos published exclusively on my blog michaeltarallo.blogspot.com . However, I have also been invited to the Swamp to share my BI technical musings and knowledge with y'all. (no really, I am originally from the North East, I don't ever say y'all) - I thought this would be a great way to share this series and create an awareness of how easy it is to get started using and evaluating the Pentaho software. This is part 1 of an N part series (there is so much to showcase I don't have a definitive number) that will showcase the power, flexibility and extensibility of the Pentaho BI Suite . My goal is to help you evaluate the Pentaho BI Suite easily and quickly as well as show you tips and techniques that make Pentaho the right choice for current and future needs. In this 15 min...
July 20, 2010
Today we announced our Q2 results . In summary Pentaho: More than doubled new Enterprise Edition Subscriptions from Q2 2009 to Q2 2010. Exceeded goals resulting in Q2 being the strongest quarter in company history and most successful for the 3rd quarter in a row. Became the only vendor that lets customers choose the best way to access BI: on-site, in the cloud, or on the go using an iPad. Led the industry with a series of market firsts including delivering on Agile BI. Expanded globally, received many industry recognitions and added several stars to our executive bench. How did this happen? Mostly because of our laser focus over the past 5 years to build the leading end-to-end open source BI offering. But if we really look closely over the last 12-18 months there are some clear signs pointing to our success (my top ten list): Top 10 reasons behind Pentaho’s success: 1. Customer Value – This is the top of my list. Recent analyst reports explain how we surpassed $2 billion mark during Q2 in terms of cumulative customer savings on business intelligence and data integration license and maintenance...
July 15, 2010
A recent trend we have noticed at Pentaho is that an increasing number of customers reaching out to us for their BI solution are using spreadmarts as the default reporting tool and rely heavily on Excel/spreadmarts for storing and gaining insight on their data. Red Flag! Often overlooked are the many risks that these spreadmarts introduce to your decision making process. While effective for displaying static data, Excel/spreadmarts are a poor substitute for modern business intelligence . Last month, Pentaho hosted a webcast to answer the popular question, “ How do you save money and time by replacing Excel/Spreadmarts? ” The speakers featured experts Rick Sherman, co-author of the TDWI study, " Strategies for Managing Spreadmarts and Migrating to a Managed BI Environment " and Jake Cornelius, Director, Product Management at Pentaho. The attendance and response to the webcast was tremendous. If you missed this webcast, no worries, it is now on-demand to watch on your schedule. Here’s an inside look at some of the highlights: You are not alone! The median company has 30 Spreadmarts. Average = 837! The average costs of spreadmarts to an organization is $780,000 a...
July 12, 2010
This July, Pentaho continues the Worldwide Techcast Series demonstrating how Pentaho’s Agile BI initiative will help you speed development of new BI applications and better ensure that these applications meet the needs of your business users. Learn about Pentaho Data Integration 4.0 and Agile BI in six languages: Italian , German , Portuguese , Spanish , French and Norwegian . Sign-up for a live techcast this month or watch the series on-demand. We are also holding an executive breakfast the city where high-tech meets southern hospitality, Raleigh, North Carolina on July 20th at EvoApp Live. If you are in the ‘Triangle’ make sure to reserve your seat for this interactive panel discussion about how business analytics are driving top preforming companies to make better, faster, more informed decisions. Pentaho Featured Events The highlighted events for the month of July are webcast for those looking to learn more about OSBI and simple ways to get started. These webcast are free, however, early registration is recommended. Comparing the Cost of Business Intelligence – Proprietary Vs. Open Source. With leading analyst Mark Madsen July 13 at 14:00 EDT (18:00 GMT) Register Now *...
July 7, 2010
Originally posted on opensource.com 7/7/10 If we look at the differences between closed and open source software development processes, we can identify aspects that can be generalized and applied to other industries and domains. Open source development—that combination of transparency, iterative development with early-and-often releases, and open participation—leads to higher quality products. When we're talking about software, people tend to think of quality in terms of bugs. But this is only part of the story of open development. Defects can be anywhere within the requirements, design, implementation, or delivery processes, and we need to consider all of these areas to assess the full quality picture. Requirements defects result in a product that does not meet the needs of the market or misses significant opportunities. Design defects result in a product that tries, but fails, to meet the users' needs. Implementation defects result in a product that has lower customer satisfaction. Delivery defects result in a product that no one hears about or can get hold of. The earlier these defects arise in the process, and the longer they are unresolved, the more they cost to fix. When you compound defects...