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May 24, 2011
On Thursday, May 19, I was a fly on the wall at the third Pentaho London User Group (PLUG) meeting hosted by Dan Keeley and Tom Barber . Here’s Dan opening the meeting, spurred on by a little ‘flower power’: The theme for this meeting was column-oriented databases . Tom kicked off the proceedings with a short demo of WebDetails CDF (community dashboard framework), a Pentaho extension for making light work of building dashboards. You can read more about this in Tom’s blog . Next, we fastened our seatbelts for a lively presentation by special guest John Smedley of Ingres , who briefed us on VectorWise , an exciting open source community project originating from the University of Amsterdam, later acquired by Ingres, for processing data at 10X -75X faster over traditional databases. It achieves this by tapping into the power of modern commodity CPUs with a database engine that leverages vector-based processing and on-chip memory. John’s priceless quote of the evening: “de-normalizing can make your life easier”. (Hey, I’m no database techie, but I can get down with that sentiment) This was about the only time John stood still...
May 18, 2011
Earlier this month, the sales and marketing teams gathered at the Pentaho Corporate Headquarters in Orlando, Florida for training, meetings and of course some fun. Our surprise outing was to Gatorland . The night was a first time experience for all of us coming from around the world. From holding tarantulas, gator wrestling and gator feeding, we had a blast. Click here to check out photos from the event. It will give you a better explanation behind the title of this blog, BI from the Swamp! This was also a great opportunity to bring the company together at the "West Campus," the Miller Ale House for a company-wide happy hour. Click here for more photos from the event.
May 18, 2011
Agile is a familiar term to product managers and software developers who are looking to build rapid prototypes and iterate through software development life cycles fairly quickly and effectively. With recent market trends, Agile has now made it to the agenda of the economic BI buyer. If you are a CFO, CIO, or CEO, and have been hearing about Agile BI in the industry, you are probably looking to quantify the benefits of Agile BI in terms of direct cost savings. As a CxO you know that your Business Intelligence costs are mainly driven by these 4 areas: License acquisition costs Skill development and training Project deployment duration and man hours Ongoing cost of change management once the solution is deployed The question is whether Agile BI can save you costs in any of these categories? While Agile BI can immediately imply faster deployment of the BI solution (#3 above), in Pentaho we add value in all the 4 areas. Here is how: Consolidation of licenses: Any BI implementation requires some form of Data Integration, Data Warehousing/Data Mart development, and Data Visualization (Reports, Analysis, and Dashboards). Current BI vendors in...
May 12, 2011
Q&A is a series on the Business Intelligence from the Swamp Blog that interviews key members of the Pentaho team to learn more about their focus at Pentaho and outlook on the Business Intelligence industry. Our Q&A today is with Wayne Johnson, Senior Sales Engineer at Pentaho. When he’s not on webcast or in meetings with potential customers, Wayne is SuperDad to five kids, an adjunct college professor and competes in triathlons. To learn more about Wayne’s role at Pentaho and view on Business Intelligence we asked him four questions: 1. What brought you to Pentaho? Back in 2009 I was made aware of Pentaho by competing against them in an opportunity where I represented a proprietary BI Vendor. When Pentaho approached me to discuss the possibility of joining their team, I was very apprehensive due to their business model. I just didn't understand it. Instead of writing it off, I decided to do my research and started reading a book called Wikinomics by Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams. This book not only changed my view on Pentaho but no pun intended, it opened my eyes to the benefits of...
May 12, 2011
On Monday we announced our support for the EMC Greenplum distribution of Hadoop called EMC Greenplum HD. You can read about all the details in our press release, Pentaho Makes Hadoop Faster, More Affordable and Easier to Use with EMC . This week we have been at EMC World in Las Vegas as a sponsor in booth 211 (if you are at the conference come visit us). We’ve had a great crowd and interest in Pentaho BI Suite for Hadoop, Pentaho Data Integration for Hadoop and our new native support for the Greenplum Database GPLoad high performance bulk loader. Two questions that attendees keep asking are: “How is Pentaho supporting EMC Greenplum HD,” and “Why should I care?” You can read my answers below and more details about our announcement in the press release and Pentaho & EMC web page. How Pentaho supports EMC Greenplum for Hadoop Pentaho is the only EMC Greenplum partner to provide a complete BI solution from data integration through to reporting, analysis, dashboarding and data mining, from a single BI platform with shared metadata. Pentaho’s support and certification complements the Greenplum distribution of Hadoop by...