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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
June 22, 2011
Traditionally open source Business Intelligence (OSBI) has been adopted by individuals with an “I” in their acronym: IT, SI, and ISVs. This made sense because Open Source software started with deep technical roots in operating systems, appservers, RDBMSs, ESBs, etc., and when Pentaho pioneered OSBI in 2004 it was no different. The OSBI landscape back then was filled with some very nice technical projects, some desire from the “then current” open source proponents to move higher in the stack, and the overwhelming BI market screaming for disruption in the form of better products, better architectures and better pricing. Over the...
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...
March 22, 2011
Can Business and IT finally live in harmony when it comes to BI? This is not a new concept or question. In fact, for the last several years pretty much all BI vendors claimed that they have solved the “Business and IT Collaboration” needs. Or, at least their marketing departments did! To truly solve a problem, we must first fully understand it. In this case it is important to ask questions such as: Why is there a lack of collaboration between these two groups? What is so drastically different about these two groups that have forced such a gap between...
March 14, 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. If you have attended a Pentaho training class, most likely you have had a chance to meet the knowledgeable and entertaining Lynn Yarbrough. To get to know Lynn and our training classes better we asked Lynn 5 questions. 1. What brought you to Pentaho and what do you do? I am a trainer at Pentaho. After almost 20 years in the BI and Data Integration...
February 15, 2011
A huge congratulations to our partners at Ingres, who today announced that their lightening fast database VectorWise has set a new record for the Transaction Processing Performance Council’s TPC-H benchmark at scale factor 100. Not only did Vectorwise set a new standard, but it blew the previous record holder out of the water, delivering 340% of the previous record. Equally outstanding about this news is the fact that VectorWise has not only changed the game in terms of performance, but the database also comes in at a fraction of the price of its competitors. Forward-thinking innovation, high performance, and low...

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