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December 21, 2011
On behalf of the Pentaho team around the globe, I wish you and your families a very Happy Holidays and a healthy and prosperous New Year. Although we would never claim that Business Analytics is ‘child’s play’ we invited some of our team’s kids to star in our latest marketing video to remind us all of what’s really important as we wind things down for the holiday season and turn our attention to family and friends. Thank you very much for your continued support and we look forward to making big things happen with you in 2012! Cheers, Quentin Video of 2oeELt1OWeI
December 13, 2011
Yesterday I was quoted in an article on CBR Online by Steve Evans titled, BI visualisation is just “eye candy”: Pentaho . This hook of “eye candy” has stirred up a lot of comments and I’m pleased that Pentaho is at the center of an interesting debate! Why pleased? It means that we are having a dialogue and I can see from your Tweets and blog post (see below) that many of you value Pentaho‘s end-to-end business analytics model that enables customers to make great business decisions fast and cost-effectively. Tom Barber made some great points on his blog, Playing to your strengths is good for business -- that we should sell to our strengths, highlighting that “Pentaho is a great at data manipulation.” Then Pedro Alves from Webdetails says on his blog Substance AND Style that you need both – and we agree. Let me put a bit more context around the great conversation I had with Steve last week at the Business Cloud Summit in London. We discussed areas that can limit a company’s ability to take action on the information that impacts their company’s success. At Pentaho,...
December 12, 2011
Last week (Dec 5-9) was an exciting week for Pentaho in the press, with analyst and customers. Here’s a short recap: Announcements Pentaho Expands Big Data Support with EMC Greenplum UAP Pentaho Expands World Class Support - Implements Cloud-based help desk to bring faster and better global support to customers Subscribe to the Pentaho news RSS reader Customers in the news Intelligent InSites Integrates Pentaho to Help Hospitals Improve Efficiencies with RFID and RTLS Fundacion Telefonica uses Pentaho to Manage its Program Against Child Labor (English and Spanish) Recap of customer meeting in Germany (see photo from meeting above) Blog by customer St. Antonius Hospital about meeting Quentin Pentaho European Press and Analyst tour Pentaho new CEO, Quentin Gallivan , visited five countries in five days and was able to meet with several influential press, analyst, customers and the EMEA Pentaho team. The great press from this tour is just starting to publish. Here are a few articles that have appeared: PublicTechnology.net – The ITCT Professional: Quentin Gallivan, Pentaho CBR, Steve Evans – BI visualisation is just "eye candy": Pentaho DataNews on Knack.be, Guy Kindermans - Open source met diftige...
December 8, 2011
Today EMC Greenplum announced the industry’s next-generation platform for big data analytics—the EMC Greenplum Unified Analytics Platform (UAP) . This platform combines co-processing of structured and unstructured data with a productivity engine that empowers and shatters current barriers to collaboration among data science teams. Pentaho is proud to participate as a preferred Data Integration Partner for the EMC Greenplum UAP. A great boost for the productivity of data scientists, Pentaho plus the UAP make it easy to extract business intelligence out of unstructured data with the exact same tools and interfaces they use to access, visualize and analyze structured data. This adds to Pentaho’s big data strategy and another step in our ongoing relationship with EMC Greenplum. Just back in May, we announced Pentaho support for the EMC® Greenplum® distribution of Hadoop , as well as native support for the Greenplum Database GPLoad (bulk loader). A hybrid architecture that combines Hadoop with data marts and warehouses are a critical part of any effective business analytics architecture, so providing powerful and easy-to-use data integration, which is natively integrated with Hadoop, is a key piece of UAP. That’s why we believe Pentaho...
December 1, 2011
It has been a terrific first two months at Pentaho; the excitement from our employees, customers and partners for helping Pentaho build the future of analytics has been profound. We believe the future of analytics is all about building a modern platform that allows business users and technologists the ability to interact with their data in an easy, visual way. The consumerization of IT requires the traditional analytics functions regarding data extraction and transformation, metrics creation, ad hoc analysis and reporting to be done in a “point and click” and “drag and drop” fashion. The latest Pentaho Business Analytics release delivers on such a premise and provides “ Power to the user .” We’ve had great feedback on how IT professionals love the visual, non-programmatic way Pentaho integrates any data source from traditional relational sources such as Oracle, SAP and MySQL, to SaaS applications like Salesforce, to non-relational sources including Hadoop, NoSQL and MPP, to analytic platforms including EMC, Teradata and IBM. Plus, the ease of all ETL functions are accomplished with a simple point and click. Business users are free to create measures, metrics and on-the-fly reports. Deep ad...