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July 30, 2012
In honor of the Olympics...here is an Analytical Dashboard I created to compare and contrast the medaling countries from 1976 to 2008. Enjoy. Wayne Johnson Senior Sales Engineer This blog was originally posted Wayne's blog, Business Intelligence in Real Life
July 24, 2012
Pentaho had the privilege of briefing the Boulder BI Brain Trust (BBBT) on July 20, 2012. The Boulder BI Brain Trust is a gathering of leading BI analysts, experts, and practitioners who attend half-day presentations from interesting and innovative BI vendors. After a very interactive morning presenting to the group, Pentaho CEO, Quentin Gallivan and SVP of Products, Jake Cornelius sat down with Claudia Imhoff, president and founder of the BBBT to discuss some of her questions from the morning about Pentaho. The result is an excellent update about Pentaho products, technology and overall direction. Listen to a podcast of this interview to learn the following about Pentaho: How Pentaho is differentiated? What are the market forces for business analytics and how are they converging? How is Pentaho meeting changes in market? Overview of the Pentaho platform What's the reason for the BI embedded analytics trend? What are some Pentaho big data customer examples? What's in the near future for Pentaho and its products? Listen now: Claudia Imhoff interview with Pentaho leaders Quentin Gallivan, CEO and Jake Cornelius, SVP of Products
July 23, 2012
Data is the most strategic asset for any business. However, massive volumes and variety of data has made catching it at the right time and right place, discovering what’s hot – and needs more attention – and what’s not, a bit trickier these days. Heat grids are ideal for seeing a range of values in data as they provide a gradient scale, showing a change in data intensity through the use of colors. For example, you can see what’s hot in red and what’s normal in green; and everything else in various shades of color in between. Let me give you two examples of how companies have used heat grids to see if their data is hot or not: Example #1 – A retailer is looking at week-by-week sales of a new fashion line to understand how each product line is performing as items get continually discounted throughout the season. Data is gathered from thousands of stores across the country and then entered into a heat grid graph that includes: X axis – week 1 through 12, beginning from the launch of a new campaign (e.g. Nordstrom’s Summer Looks) Y...
July 20, 2012
We are very lucky to have some words of wisdom today from The Most Interesting Man in the World . Stay integrated my friends!
July 17, 2012
As Pentaho continues to rapidly grow it is important for us to add advisors who can offer guidance in core areas importance. To that note, I am excited to announce that Brian Stevens , CTO and vice president, worldwide engineering, Red Hat, Inc. has joined the Pentaho Board of Directors . Brian brings tremendous experience in cloud computing and software innovation to Pentaho at a time when the business analytics market is being transformed by a deluge of large and diverse data volumes, the mainstream adoption of cloud solutions, and need for interactive analysis. Brian’s insights into the ever-changing software landscape will be invaluable as we continue to innovate the Pentaho Business Analytics platform with its unified business analytics, data integration and big data capabilities to meet the demands of big and disparate data environments. Quentin
July 16, 2012
The challenge with organizations’ Web analytics efforts is finding a way to meaningfully represent digital behavior at the customer-level. Pentaho and our big data partners, Semphonic and Infobright, came together to address this challenge and turn websites into revenue generating machines . Great results happen when you bring together great technology and expertise. The three of us have created a customizable framework for Web analysis and digital measurement. CMO's, product managers or marketing analysts can rapidly answer questions regarding Website usage, customer behavior, marketing effectiveness and site performance and quickly uncover meaningful insights from big data Web analytics. Want to learn more? Take a look at the resources we've put together to get started with Pentaho and big data web analytics: Register for the joint webcast, “ Mastering Digital Measurement: The Tools You Need to Get it Right ” on July 19, 2012 at 10 am PST. Access and use the demo to explore how to uncover meaningful insights from big data Web analytics Download the white paper " Everything You Know About Digital Measurement is Wrong...and What to Do About It " Donna Prlich Director, Product Marketing Pentaho