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Blog: December 2010

December 24, 2010
A message from our San Francisco office[wpvideo RKTP2Geq]
December 16, 2010
This has been an exciting year at Pentaho. We have built some revolutionary products, expanded our international presence, pioneered the way in Big Data Analytics, and seen unprecedented growth month over month. As a reflection of Pentaho’s continued momentum into 2011, the theme of this year’s Global Partner Summit is ' Rising Above '. This turnkey event will equip your team with the knowledge, inspiration, and resources necessary to drive revenue with your Pentaho partnership. There are countless reasons to attend the Pentaho Global Partner Summit this January, here are our top 10: 10. San Francisco is rated in the Top 5 of US News & World Report’s ‘World’s Best Places to Visit’ . What are you waiting for? 9. Gain an insider’s view on the future direction of Pentaho in 2011, both as a company and as a product. 8. Learn how to improve your market development with sessions such as “ Lead Generation 2.0 ” and first-hand how-to success stories from some of Pentaho’s top parters. 7. The man that CNNMoney.com declares has the #35 Best Job in America will be serving up a number of educational sessions...
December 15, 2010
As I write this blog I am on my way back home after a day in Paris where we participated in our first industry event in France last week. Much of the past week has been French flavoured with the announcement of Pentaho in France , including several interviews with journalists, publications writing about and picking up on our announcement and last but certainly not least, the launch of our brand-new website in French. It was about time that we truly had a local presence in France! To emphasise our intentions, we participated in the Forum Decideo 2010, an annual event held in Paris which brings together BI experts, users, vendors for a series of case study presentations and expert sessions. We attended the event with our new French partner Valuetis , who also sponsored the event. It was a great experience to meet and speak with so many of our French friends. Speaking of partners, we also held a webinar, Delivering low risk, low cost business intelligence solutions , last week with a new UK partner called Voodoo, who bring years of BI experience to bear and are fully...
December 15, 2010
As the new product marketing manager at Pentaho, I wanted to write my first blog on my experience attending the four-day Pentaho BI Suite Bootcamp . This class is key to better understand the architecture of the Pentaho BI Suite and get hands on experience with the Pentaho BI Suite, ETL/Data Integration, Analysis and Reporting. I have to say that coming from an enterprise data integration vendor such as IBM, I was a bit skeptical of any open source solution. What I expected was the bare bones: limited data type coverage, no metadata, basic data modeling and simple BI reporting. What I discovered was to the other extreme. I was taken by surprise on both the breath and the depth of the solution. Here is my list of lucky 13 highlights from the class: 1. Coverage of all types of data from what you expect (DB2, Oracle, & SQL Server) to Hadoop, Netezza, Teradata, SAP ERP systems, and of course MySQL and PostgreSQL. 2. Parallel processing of data transformations – with an ‘intuitive’ UI that eliminates the need for coding. Unlike other tools in the market from both Open Source...
December 14, 2010
Last week was not just the celebration of the anniversary of the Pentaho Agile BI initiative , it was also the conclusion of my detective tour throughout the US to both teach and learn about Agile BI. I call this a detective tour because we really use these types of events to investigate and better understand just what’s going on in the marketplace and what BI challenges companies are trying to overcome. Over the past 4 months Pentaho has visited over 26 cities worldwide with the Agile BI Tour – Data to Dashboards in Minutes . I was at 15 of the cities across the US presenting on our Agile BI Initiative along with our partners. These live, free workshops were ideal for attendees to learn because of the depth of demonstrations, discussion of our Agile BI integration development environment and actual customer implementation examples. I personally found it very rewarding being on the ground and speaking with hundreds of BI users (or soon-to-be users). I had the usual slide presentations and demonstrations, yet found that in the majority of the cities, our time would consist of 70% Q&A and...
December 8, 2010
Today we celebrate the one year anniversary of launching our Pentaho Agile BI initiative . Over the past year the Pentaho Agile BI initiative has received tremendous traction and praise throughout the industry and, more importantly, has impacted organizations in a positive way. We thought an appropriate gift for our community is something that you would find insightful. For you, we have three new white papers that cover Pentaho Agile BI from different perspectives: Pentaho Agile BI: An iterative methodology for fast, flexible and cost-effective Business Intelligence, by Pentaho Chief Geek/CTO, James Dixon Business Intelligence at the Crossroads: The Need for Lean, Agile and Effective End-User Solutions , by Joshua Greenbaum, principal, Enterprise Applications Consulting Realizing the Agile BI Opportunity , by Joshua Greenbaum, principal, Enterprise Applications Consulting You can download the complimentary Agile BI white papers here .
December 6, 2010
The month of November was very exciting as we announced a new product suite along with General Availability of three products. We add five new customer success stories including one industry award for customer success and three customer webcast. To top it off, we surpassed 150,000 installations of Pentaho year-to-date – you can learn more about this analysis (using Pentaho BI) on our blog. Read on for a quick recap of our busy November. Product Announcements In November, Pentaho announced the availability of the Pentaho Enterprise Data Services Suite . This new data services platform is designed to streamline and simplify the complicated and costly process of accessing, integrating and preparing data for analysis. Or, as our CEO Richard Daley explains new platform in his blog, ‘ Sex & Sizzle – not without plumbing’ . Learn more about the product and download a free trial today The release of Pentaho Enterprise Data Services Suite is in conjunction with the general availability of: Pentaho Data Integration 4.1 GA Pentaho BI Suite 3.7 GA Pentaho for Hadoop GA New Customer Successes Congrats to StoneGate Senior Care for winning the Ventana Research 2010...