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September 28, 2011
Be Aware Denial of Service attacking (DoS), IP Spoofing, Comment Spamming and Malware programming... are malicious activities designed to disrupt services used by many people and organizations. If you are taking advantage of the internet to run your business, create awareness of a product or service or simply keep in touch with friends and family, your systems are at risk of becoming a target. Successful internet "intrusions" can cost you money and even steal your identity. DoS attacks can prevent internet sites from running efficiently and in most cases can take them down. IP Spoofing, frequently used in DoS attacks, is a means to "forge" the IP address and make it appear that the internet request or "attack" is coming from some other machine or location. And Comment Spamming, oh brother...where programs or people flood your site with random nonsense comments and links with an attempt to raise their site's search engine ranking or increase internet traffic to their sites: "Nice informations for me. Your posts is been helpful. I wish to has valuable posts like yours in my blog. How do you find these posts? Check mind out [link...
September 26, 2011
Moneyball was a huge hit at the box office this weekend. Check out the trailer below. The movie is based on a true story about the Oakland Athletics baseball team and its general manager taking an analytical approach to assembling a team of high yield and low cost players. Living and working in the Business Intelligence and Analytics world, we want to know how you are taking your BI skills and applying them to your personal sports analytics – this could be Fantasy baseball and football (like several employees here), tracking your running or favorite teams. Post your story to our Facebook page . The best story will win 2 tickets to the movie Moneyball. Contest ends Friday at noon/est. Video of AiAHlZVgXjk
September 23, 2011
The other day, Pentaho Founder and CEO, Richard Daley sat down with BeyeNETWORK Founder, Ron Powell for a SPOTLIGHT interview. Click here to read the Q&A transcript of Ron and Richard discussing the advantages of commercial open source business intelligence and user-driven BI. A few of the questions include: Why consider Open Source over traditional BI Insight to the Pentaho community and the definition of community size BI trends and what Pentaho is doing to make BI more user friendly Inside look at Pentaho BI 4 and why data visualizations features are important Richard looks into his crystal ball and predicts the future of BI Check it out here and we encourage you to leave more questions to keep the conversation going or comments.
September 21, 2011
Woohoo! We are very excited and honored to add another InfoWorld Bossie Award to our trophy case. Pentaho was selected for the fourth consecutive year as one of the industry’s best open source applications . The only Business Intelligence company to have won this recognition, the award accredits the improvements in Pentaho BI 4 to data discovery and analytics that make it easy for users to quickly connect to, optimize and analyze their data in an intuitive visual environment. The InfoWorld Bossie Awards recognize each year the best business-oriented open source software products. Additional information on the 2011 Bossie Award winners can be found at on the InfoWorld website. We can’t wait to add this to our trophy case including recent employee awards of Sheetz IT VIP Award and CRN Magazines Top Women in the Channel Award .
September 20, 2011
All too Common You have questions. How do you get your answers? The methods and the tools used to help get those answers to business questions will vary per organization. For those without established BI solutions; using desktop database query and spreadsheet tools are...all too common. And...If there is a BI tool in place, usage and its longevity are dependent on its capabilities, costs to maintain it and ease of use for both development staff and business users. Decreased BI tool adoption, due to rising costs , lack of functionality and complexity may increase dependencies on technical resources and other home grown solutions to get answers. IT departments have numerous responsibilities. Running queries and creating reports may be ancillary, which can result in information not getting out in a timely manner, questions going unanswered and decisions being delayed. Therefore, the organization may not be leveraging its BI investment for what it was originally designed to do...empower business user to create actionable information. (Read the similar experiences of Pentaho customer Kiva.org here ) Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other The BI market is saturated with BI tools, from...
September 19, 2011
If you are at any phase in your evaluation of a Business Intelligence (BI) solution, please take the next minute to download a straightforward resource, The CFO’s Ultimate Guide to Buying Business Intelligence . Not only will you learn what five things you must consider when evaluating a BI solution, you will also learn: What most BI vendors don’t want you to know Checklist of questions you must ask before you buy a BI solution Here is the link to download the free guide: http://www.pentaho.com/cfo-ultimate-guide-to-buying-bi/ Pentaho’s COO and CFO, Doug Johnson, is leading an in-depth webinar on this topic on Thursday, September 22nd. You can register here: http://www.pentaho.com/events/20110922-CFO-buying-guide-webinar/ The agenda will cover: Five areas of cost for a CFO to consider How different types of BI compare Customer success stories Demo of Pentaho BI Q&A
September 15, 2011
Once a year, after a major release, the Engineering team takes a "Fun Week" break from our regularly scheduled Agile development process to focus on Pentaho topics that the Engineers find most interesting. This year we took the break immediately following the Pentaho BI 4.0.0 GA release. A number of great research projects and ideas were created by the Engineers. One of the major highlights was the prototype work done for the iPad. Nick Baker updated our new Interactive Reporting client to work on the iPad, and Rob Fellows implemented an iPad compatible User Console interface. At the end of the week, we held a BarCamp style meeting at the local Dave and Busters where everyone presented their work followed by some fun playing arcade games and air hockey. The most energetic presenter was Ezequiel Cuellar, who prototyped some great new functionality in Pentaho's User Console, including bookmarks and history. As part of his demo, Ezequiel demonstrated how easy it would be to erase your Pentaho history when your pointy haired boss stopped by at your desk. With this feature, your boss won't know if you ran that TPS report...
September 7, 2011
With students back in school and summer winding down, it’s time to improve your Business Intelligence knowledge and skills by attending a Pentaho event or training class. We have some great upcoming events, including the Agile BI Live Webinar : The True Story Behind the Buzz this Thursday. Our BI Suite Bootcamp series is taking the world by storm in September with stops in San Francisco, Italy, Turkey, London and Buenos Aires. We hope to see you at one of our events! Webcasts Sept 8 – Agile BI Live Webinar: The True Story Behind the Buzz – Online (English) Sept 8 – The Open-Source Inflection Point, Are We There Yet? – Online (English) Live Events Sept 14 – BI Days Benelux. Visit Pentaho and Experience Pentaho BI 4 – Belgium Sept 21 – Suite de Inteligencia de Negocios Pentaho 4.0 – Madrid Training Classes (Listed by start date; class length varies.) Sept 13 – Agile BI for Business Analysts – Online (Italian) Sept 13 – Pentaho BI Suite Bootcamp – San Francisco Sept 19 – Pentaho BI Suite Bootcamp – Italy Sept 19 – Pentaho BI Suite Bootcamp – Turkey...
September 7, 2011
Pentaho is very excited to share with you our latest customer success story about Kiva.org , a non-profit micro finance platform, who have adopted Pentaho BI Enterprise Edition to automate their reporting and analytical capabilities. Kiva has gone from a “spread-mart” environment where each department had different views of disparate data sources, to being able to validate and publicize numbers company-wide. Since its founding in 2005, Kiva.org has rapidly grown and made possible over $225 million in microloans between individual lenders and entrepreneurs all around the world. To keep pace with increasing demand for its service, Kiva realized it needed a flexible, scalable and cost-effective data warehouse and reporting system that would be able to unify a variety of data sources and satisfy an equally varied number of customers of that data. To achieve this, the team adopted an Agile BI and real-time data flow based on Pentaho. Kiva believes that the return on investment with Pentaho has been almost immediate. By replacing Excel, Kiva is already seeing payback with people outside of IT analyzing their own data and creating their own reports. This allows Kiva’s engineering team to focus...
September 2, 2011
To continue our revival of old blog posts, today we have our #2 most popular blog from last July. Pentaho is now 7 years old, with sales continually move up and to the right. In a crazy economy, many are asking, "What is the reason behind your growth and success?" Richard Daley reflected on this question after reporting on quartlery results in 2010 . *****Originally posted on 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...