Pentaho 7.0 Unlocks Data Divide Between Business and IT

Delivers Unified Data Preparation and Big Data Enhancements in Pentaho Business Analytics 7.0 to Accelerate Time to Insights: Shrinks Gap Between Data Preparation and Business Analytics

October 17, 2016, San Francisco, CA —

According to the August 2016 Gartner Market Guide for Self-Service Data Preparation Analytics, [data and analytics] users spend the majority of their time either preparing data for analysis or waiting for data to be prepared for them. To address these challenges, Pentaho, a Hitachi Group Company, today announced Pentaho Business Analytics 7.0, a single platform to prepare and visualize data from anywhere in the analytics pipeline.   

Also included in Pentaho 7.0 are greatly simplified deployment options and several new big data innovations – including increased capabilities for Spark use cases, plus expanded Hadoop data security integrations – which were recently unveiled at Strata + Hadoop World NYC.

Pentaho 7.0 enables data engineers and analysts to easily prepare and visualize data – at any step in the data preparation process – without moving between separate data integration and visualization tools.  With this unified platform, IT and the business can more easily collaborate on the fly to deliver higher quality data for analysis and minimize time to insights. While business teams are demanding self-service access to fast, deep insights from a vast range of data sources, the standard data integration processes are still too rigid, time consuming and require multiple tools. With Pentaho 7.0, IT and business can better collaborate on data prep to drive the right analytics to the business faster.

“Our Pentaho deployment helped to improve efficiencies throughout the organization so that we’re providing a better overall experience to our customers,” said Meir Kornfield, Director, Product Management and Business Intelligence, Sears Holdings Corp. “The ability to spot check and visualize our data throughout its lifecycle allows for a much more informative and streamlined data-driven decision making process to create more reliability, while reducing costs.”

TDWI Research “Improving Data Preparation for Business Analytics” found that the most important benefit sought by organizations surveyed was reducing time to insight, and improving data preparation was vital to this success. According to the report’s author, David Stodder, Senior Director of TDWI Research, “It’s easy for any business unit in an organization to spin up an environment to run analytics. Yet, your insights are only as good as your data. Pentaho provides an analytics platform that incorporates data preparation and integration for analytics processes, enabling users to visualize and analyze data at different steps within the data pipelines they create.”

Because other data integration vendors rely on partnerships for visualization, users still have to switch in and out of separate tools – and the data can’t be visualized until the very end of the data prep process. Pentaho is the only vendor to offer natively combined data integration with visualization and analytic capabilities. By moving visualizations upstream, users can now inspect data while it’s in flight and at any stage in the data prep process.

“Businesses are looking for solutions that shorten the data preparation process and simultaneously overcome big data complexity. Pentaho 7.0 offers a truly integrated data prep and business analytics platform, easing collaboration between IT and the business by removing the need to switch both context and tools – something no other point tools in the market currently deliver,” said Donna Prlich, Sr. Vice President, Products and Solutions, Pentaho, a Hitachi Group Company.

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About Hitachi Vantara

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., helps data-driven leaders find and use the value in their data to innovate intelligently and reach outcomes that matter for business and society. We combine technology, intellectual property and industry knowledge to deliver data-managing solutions that help enterprises improve their customers’ experiences, develop new revenue streams, and lower the costs of business. Only Hitachi Vantara elevates your innovation advantage by combining deep information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and domain expertise. We work with organizations everywhere to drive data to meaningful outcomes. Visit us at www.HitachiVantara.com.

About Pentaho

Pentaho data integration and analytics at Hitachi Vantara is an open-sourced based, enterprise-class platform for big data deployments. The unified data integration and analytics platform is comprehensive, completely embeddable and delivers governed data to power any analytics in any environment. Pentaho has enabled early big data and emerging IoT deployments, making our customers some of the most innovative in the industry – connecting people, things, and data to drive their digital transformation. Learn more at www.pentaho.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2016 (ended March 31, 2017) totaled 9,162.2 billion yen ($81.8 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in Social Innovation and has approximately 304,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information, please visit www.hitachi.com.