Leading Public Sector Solutions Provider Replaces Proprietary BI with Pentaho
Orlando, Florida – August 12, 2009 – Pentaho Corporation, the commercial open source alternative for business intelligence (BI), today announced that Harris School Solutions, a division of Harris Computer Systems, a leading public sector solutions provider, is upgrading its embedded BI capabilities while reducing its ongoing costs by switching from traditional, proprietary BI to commercial open source BI from Pentaho for its flagship Student Information System, SME.
Harris Computer Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Constellation Software, Inc. and has been a leading provider of financial management and Customer Information Systems (CIS) software solutions since 1976. Harris Computer Systems has focused on providing feature-rich and robust turnkey solutions to all levels of local government, public power and water entities as well as school districts throughout North America. Harris focuses on meeting changing needs of customers, and adhering to the utmost standards of quality as part of that customer focus. The company utilizes proven methodologies that tie together software design, testing, project management and implementation, training and consulting and customer support. That focus on high quality is perhaps part of the reason the company has established such a strong track record, boasting more than 600 successful implementations in North America.
Harris School Solutions’ flagship enterprise Student Information System, SME, is designed for school district central offices, school administrators, and teachers. The incorporation of Pentaho has provided ad hoc and standardized reporting, interactive analysis, and dashboards. The application makes critical operational information available to tens of thousands of users in user-friendly, interactive formats, relying on underlying data stored in the SME database. For example, a school administrator could look at some key metrics on attendance and discipline and then create an ad hoc report to better understand how those items can impact student performance.
“We chose Pentaho BI Suite Enterprise Edition because it provided the rich functionality that our end users need, with the low cost and flexibility of an open source model, backed by high-quality commercial support,” said Todd Nagy, manager of software development at Harris Computer.
“Pentaho has become the obvious and preferred choice for independent software vendors that need to deliver robust BI capabilities while escaping the cost and inflexibility of proprietary BI,” said Lance Walter, senior vice president of Marketing at Pentaho Corporation. “We’re pleased to work with an established provider in Harris Computer that has the domain expertise to deliver maximum BI business value for clients.”
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