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August 29, 2011
At Pentaho we believe that no two OEMs are the same and they should not be serviced or supported as a typical support customer. To address this fact we established the Pentaho OEM Development Services Group so that we can enable everyone from emerging vendors to multi-billion dollar companies to experience rapid time-to-value as they deploy Pentaho BI technology to bring innovative, differentiated and low-cost applications to market. Register for the OEM Tech Series Webinar Wednesday, August 31st at 2:oo p.m. ET Session 1: Architecture of the BI Server Our OEM customers have chosen to embed Pentaho BI to bring innovative, differentiated and low-cost applications to market. Read their stories below. The new OEM Development Services Group will focus solely on the needs of these partners who are faced with unprecedented demand and sophisticated functionality requirements. Marketo’s new web-based revenue performance management solutions embed functionality for slicing and dicing data and creating ad hoc reports and dashboards. Thanks to Pentaho’s services, Marketo brought its new product to market in just eight weeks; building it themselves would have taken three months with four full-time engineers. George Jaquette, SVP of Engineering at...
August 24, 2011
We are always honored and excited when we win industry awards for our products and services. However, one award that we are excited to brag about is being named the 2011 Sheetz IT VIP Award Winner! Sheetz, a $4.9 billion convenience store retailer, has been a Pentaho customer since 2009. To help ramp up and aid in deployment, Sheetz engaged Pentaho Consulting for a long-term engagement. Throughout the past year, Pentaho Consultant, Rodrigo Haces (pictured above on the far right), was a dedicated resource to Sheetz and helped several IT Developers and Data Stewards become experts with Pentaho tools. As a testament to Pentaho’s top-tier consulting services, Pentaho was named as a 2011 Sheetz IT VIP Award Winner. Pentaho BI helps our customers succeed by making better decisions that impact their bottom line. Sheetz has hundreds of vendors that they work with to manage their 390 stores and 13,500 employees. It means so much to us be recognized as an IT VIP for our positive impact on their company. Congratulations Rodrigo Haces and Pentaho Services. We look forward to adding this award to our trophy case. Learn more about Sheetz success with Pentaho
August 23, 2011
It’s that time again… school is back in session. As kids head back to school in the States, its time to start thinking about heading back to school yourself. Pentaho training has a full session of classes this semester featuring a few of the most popular courses of the year. These are classes that you don’t want to skip. Need an extra incentive to enroll? Check out these upcoming classes and receive a 25% discount! Take the BI Suite Bootcamp and attain the latest Pentaho certification! The four day BI Suite Bootcamp class provides a hands-on overview of the Pentaho BI suite . Original Course Fee : $2500/ now $1,875 (Save 25% with discount code: 25PERCENTOFF. Discount valid only for 9/13 San Francisco and Frankfurt, Germany class.) Experienced Pentaho BI Suite developers can advance their technical skills and register for an Architect’s Bootcamp class. *This course has a prerequisite of the BI Suite Bootcamp. Original Course Fee: $3995/ now $2,996 (Save $995 with discount code: 25PERCENTOFF. Discount valid only for 9/19 Frankfurt, Germany class.) Don’t be tardy and register now. For more information, please visit www.pentaho.com/training or email training@pentaho.com ...
August 18, 2011
As of today we have 110 posts on BI from the Swamp blog. Over the next two weeks we are going to repost the most popular blogs on BI from the Swamp since it launched in March 2010. Today's blog was originally posted on May 12, 2010 by Doug Moran to highlight the results of our 'What is Agile BI?' contest. Over a year later, Agile BI continues to be the hot topic. For example, the theme of the TDWI World conference last week was Evolving your Agile BI Environment . Multiple times at the conference we were asked how Pentaho defined the term, Agile BI. A quick an easy answer was to point them to the blog below and to our Agile BI Practical Guide . ****************** original post from 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...
August 12, 2011
“Fear returned to Wall Street on Wednesday, sending the S&P 500 to another 4 percent decline, triggered by worries that Europe’s debt crisis could engulf French banks and spill onto the U.S. financial sector.” Campos, R. (2011, August 10). Banks drag Wall Street lower as fear returns. Reuters . Uncertainty is a common theme in economies worldwide at this time. Companies with Business Intelligence have a competitive advantage in ‘uncertain times.’ Business Intelligence and Predictive Analysis can forecast the future of the market, competition, and help with planning budgets and investments. Although businesses intelligence provides a great way for organizations to view information as a strategic asset, available options in the market are either priced very high or require long implementation cycles. A struggling economy puts even more pressure on customers’ buying agendas. Stories of our customers validate this fact and shed new light into how businesses are coping with tough economic times: After excessive maintenance and upgrade costs for an existing Oracle BI, Otto International looked to Pentaho for a BI solution that not only dramatically reduces ongoing costs, but is also a modern and scalable solution for their...
August 9, 2011
According to The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI), “ Agile business intelligence addresses a broad need to enable flexibility by accelerating the time it takes to deliver value with BI projects.” Essentially, TDWI’s definition of Agile BI is doing more in less time . Of course, that sounds very appealing, but the question is: How does Agile BI accomplish more in less time? As a pioneer in Agile BI , Pentaho has interviewed several customers using our Agile BI solution and have found that the most effective approach to BI includes the following actions: Creating smaller projects that add up to the big picture Rapidly deploying the initial solution, focusing on a few reports or metrics at a time Building on that foundation with frequent iterations and checkpoints Facilitating constant collaboration between Business and IT throughout the life of the project By starting small and growing bigger through multiple iterations, Agile BI creates a rapid development environment for BI project teams and avoids keeping IT working in a vacuum. These projects stay on track and improve over time through constant collaboration between business and technical users. Unfortunately, most of practitioners still...
August 2, 2011
With the number of out-of-office emails increasing, we at Pentaho have some excellent events and webcast for those of us enjoying a quieter workday in the month of August. One of the largest events of the month is TDWI World in San Diego August 7-12 (Come visit us in booth #209). At the conference we will make a big announcement and will go into details on a webcast on August 11th. If you are like the lucky guy in the photo above to work remotely, I am envisioning you are attending one of our great webcast in August from a beautiful cliff overlooking the ocean. Wherever you are working or relaxing around the world this August, hopefully you will find the time to attend one of our webcasts, live events or training classes listed below. Make sure to check our events page for the latest and greatest happenings at Pentaho. Webcasts August 3 – Successfully Evaluating Pentaho BI – online August 10 - Regístrese para la demo de Pentaho BI 4.0 y repasar el caso de éxito de Banelco – online (Spanish) August 11 – Product announcement - TBA -...