Pentaho and MongoDB Rendezvous in SF

April 22, 2014

CityClubThe City Club of San Francisco is well known for hosting the swankiest of weddings in San Francisco. However, on May 1st, it will be the location of a union of a different sort – The Pentaho and MongoDB ‘Better Together’ luncheon. Pentaho and MongoDB have emerged as a powerful combination for scalable data storage, processes and analytics. This special event is not to be missed as the four hours is packed with access to industry leaders, peer use cases, and key points you need to know to make a difference in your organization right away – PLUS a free Pentaho Analytics for MongoDB book and 5 star lunch. Here is a glance at the agenda:

Agenda
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Welcome & Introductions: Pentaho & MongoDB Teams

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Pentaho Analytics for MongoDB & Demo – Bo Borland, Pentaho’s VP of Field Technical Sales and author of Pentaho Analytics for MongoDB

12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Advantages, Use Cases, and Value of MongoDB

12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Customer Use Case

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Optional Breakout Session & Book Signing by Bo Borland author of Pentaho Analytics for MongoDB

We hope you can rendezvous with us on May 1 at the City Club of SF. 

Click here for more details and to register. Don’t delay – space is limited! 

Learn more about why Pentaho and MongoDB are better together

Don’t live in San Francisco? Visit the Pentaho events page to find details about Pentaho and MongoDB luncheons in Atlanta, Minneapolis and Tampa. Stay tuned for more locations and dates.


I’ll Take Some Science with My Art

April 8, 2014

We’ve kicked off some amazing new content around Pentaho’s data visualization and dashboard capabilities that you won’t want to miss.

For those of you who don’t know, we have a team of in-house data design experts who specialize in creating 100% tailored analytics experiences for organizations with unique visualization and user interface needs. The team creates Pentaho platform solutions to business problems presented in a visual, elegant and intuitive fashion. And now, we’ve taken the opportunity to share that process with you in The Fine Art of Business Intelligence.

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from ‘back of the napkin’…

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…to stellar visualization

What’s so special about this content is that it starts with sketches and business objectives (the kind our team receives all the time) – and provides visual design proposals and recommendations to satisfy those needs. We see too often in the BI marketplace an emphasis on ‘pretty pictures’ without consideration for guiding goals and strategy.  As you might expect, we at Pentaho believe that beautiful visuals can (and must) solve business challenges before all else – hence the ‘Fine’ in ‘Fine Art’.

There’s also a little something for everyone on the Fine Art of BI pages – with examples addressing real needs in social media marketing, finance and investing, telecom, and healthcare.

Additionally, in conjunction with this project, we’ve  collected visualization and dashboard best practices from our in-house design experts and shared them in this quick project guide. It’s definitely worth a read if you are struggling with how to begin your project, which visualizations you should consider, or what dashboard layout makes sense. The guide (and the Fine Art of BI samples) highlight a few key themes that are broadly applicable:

  • You need to have a plan before anything else: This includes considering the high-level organizational goals, analytics user needs, relevant and measurable KPIs, as well as data readiness. If your visualizations and dashboards are to be effectively utilized, they must align with the right user and business objectives.
  • Less tends to be more: Don’t put too many charts in your dashboard, don’t insert complex overlays on your location visualizations, and don’t discount a simple yet elegant bar chart (it may be the best way to convey information).
  • Engagement drives adoption: Whether in the form of interactive hover and drill-down features, eye-catching theming and branding, or embedding analytics into existing applications – the more effectively you can engage your users, the more likely they will be to continue to use your analytics.

In case you missed it before, here’s another link to the Fine Art of BI. We’d also recommend this Visualization Paper from TDWI for further reading.

Finally, here is a link to more information regarding our Custom Visualization and UI Design services offerings.

Ben Hopkins
Product Marketing Manager
Pentaho

Cloudera Stamp of Approval

April 3, 2014

logo_cloudera_certifiedYesterday, Cloudera announced the general availability of Cloudera 5 (C5), the latest generation of Cloudera’s unified data platform for the enterprise data hub. Pentaho engineers have been working on certification since the beta was available in early February to make sure we are certified on day one of the GA.

Cloudera and Pentaho  have a long standing strategic relationship with tested joint technologies that have been deployed time and time over again. By using Cloudera Certified products, enterprises significantly reduce risk while taking advantage of the worlds most complete, tested and popular platform powered by Apache Hadoop. This stamp of approval should put customers at ease when deploying C5 knowing that Pentaho and Cloudera have worked together to ensure the highest level of capabilities and compatibility.

Learn more about Pentaho and Cloudera’s joint solution benefits, access the download, resources and recordings.

Paul Vasquez
Senior Product Manager, Technology Partners
Pentaho
@BigDataPaul


Robert Frost on Big Data

March 27, 2014

frostThere is a time to be adventurous and take the path less travelled as Frost points out in the often quoted, “Road Not Taken” –but not with big data. I wonder what Frost would have to say about big data, a concept difficult to comprehend in the early 1900’s.  In reviewing the poem (poetry being an arm chair interest of mine), it becomes clear that there is some ambiguity about whether Frost intended to promote taking the “Road Less Travelled.”  In fact, it is thought that the poem was written in jest to his friend Lawrence Thomas to convey that the true regret is in not making a decision at all.

This ambiguity and indecisiveness is very present in the big data ecosystem.  Most organizations are cognizant of the disruptive force of big data — it’s impact on the competitive business landscape and the way consumers live their daily lives.  Fortunately, they also know there is little, if no room for regret at taking the Big Data Road Less Travelled or not choosing a path at all.

To that end Pentaho has collected and shared four paths that many of our customers have successfully travelled to achieve business value from big data.  They are four common big data use cases that reduce costs, optimize and begin to transform businesses.  We have laid out four roads that have been well traveled and ended in big data success. I highly encourage you to explore our top four big data use cases and the roads most often travelled. No regrets.

Donna Prlich
Sr. Director, Product Marketing

 


Celebrating Our Partners’ Success

March 25, 2014

iteuropa_awardThis is my first blog post for Pentaho and there’s no better occasion than celebrating our partners’ success! Two of our EMEA partners have been shortlisted for  IT Europas European IT & Software Excellence Awards and I will have the honour to accompany them to the awards dinner taking place this Wednesday at the Lancaster London Hotel.

Our Norwegian Partner Conduct is shortlisted for the outstanding work implementing Pentaho for WiMP Music, a music streaming service similar to iTunes that is very popular in Northern and Central Europe. Its not the first recognition of their great work – they already won the 2013 BI Award for Innovation in Norway given by the Norwegian Computer Society last October. You can read more about the implementation here.

Our OEM partner Kirchhoff Datensysteme Software GmbH (KDS) is shortlisted for its tool Poly.MIS, an industry specific Business Intelligence (BI) solution for plastic compounders built on the Pentaho business analytics platform. The specialised analytics tool helps plastic compounders to lower costs and maximize profits. You can read more about the implementation here.

Pentaho has been growing impressively in Europe for the past two years and we know that our partners play an important role here – when they succeed, everybody wins. As many have limited marketing resources, we are here to help and support our partners with their marketing activities.

If you have impressive customer stories like WiMP or an outstanding embedded solution like KDS, our team is on hand to help you promote and celebrate them by writing up case studies, press releases, co-hosting a webinar or completing award applications.

If you are a Pentaho partner and want to get the most out of your partnership, or you want to find out more about becoming a partner, please contact me at wbuckroyd at pentaho dot com.

Wendy Buckroyd


Blueprints to Big Data Success

March 21, 2014

data-refinerySeems like these days, everyone falls into one of the three categories.  You are either:

  1. Executing a big data strategy
  2. Implementing a big data strategy
  3. Taking a wait and see attitude

If you’re in one of the first two categories, good for you!  If you’re in the third, you might want re-think your strategy. Companies that get left behind will have a huge hill to climb just to catch up to the competition.

If one of your concerns with moving forward with big data has been a lack of solid guidance to help pave the path to success, then you are in luck!  Pentaho has recently released four Big Data Blueprints to help guide you through the process of executing a strategy.  These are four use cases that Pentaho has seen customers execute successfully.  So, this isn’t just marketing fluff.  These are real architectures that supports real big data business value.  The four blueprints now available on Pentaho’s website includes:

  • Optimize the data warehouse
  • Streamlined data refinery
  • Customer 360-degree view
  • Monetize my data

These blueprints will help you understand the basic architectures that will support your efforts and achieve your desired results.  If you are like many companies just getting started with big data, these are great tools to guide you through the murky waters that lie ahead.  Here is my quick guide to the four Blueprints, where you may want to get started and why.

The Big Data Blueprints

1.    Optimize the Data Warehouse
The data warehouse optimization (or sometimes referred to as data warehouse offloading or DWO) is a great starter use case for gaining experience and expertise with big data, while reducing costs and improving the analytic opportunities for end users.  The idea is to increase the amount of data being stored, but not by shoving it into the warehouse, but by adding Hadoop to house the additional data.  Once you have Hadoop in the mix, Pentaho makes it easy to move data into Hadoop from external sources, move data bi-directionally between the warehouse and Hadoop, as well as makes it easy to process data in Hadoop.  Again, this is a great place to start.  It’s not as transformative to your business as the other use cases can be, but it will build expertise and save you money.

2.    Streamlined Data Refinery
The idea behind the refinery is to provide a way to stream transaction, customer, machine, and other data from their sources through a scalable big data processing hub, where Hadoop is then used to process transformations, store data, and process analytics that can then be sent to an analytic model for reporting and analysis.  Working with several customers, we have seen this as a great next step after the DWO.

3.    Customer 360-Degree View
This blueprint is perhaps the most transformative of all the potential big data use cases. The idea here is to gain greater insight into what your customer is doing, seeing, feeling and purchasing.  All with the idea that you can then serve and retain that customer better, and attract more customers into your fold.  This blueprint lays out the architecture needed to start understanding your customer better.  It will require significant effort in accessing all the appropriate customer touch points, but the payoff can be huge.  Don’t worry too much about getting the full 360-degree view at first; starting with even one small slice can drive huge revenue and retention rates.

4.    Montetize My Data
What do you have locked up in your corporate servers, or in machines you own?  This blueprint can be as transformative as the Customer 360, in that it can create new revenue streams that you may not have ever thought about before.  In some cases, it could create a whole new business opportunity.  What ever your strategy, take time to investigate where and how you can drive new business by leveraging your data.

There are other blueprints that have been defined and developed by Pentaho, but these are four that typically make the most sense for organizations to leverage first.  Feel free to reach out to us for more information about any of these blueprints or to learn more about how Pentaho helps organizations be successful with big data.

Find out more about the big data blueprints at http://www.pentaho.com/big-data-blueprints.

Please let me know what you think @cyarbrough.

Thanks!
Chuck Yarbrough
Product Marketing, Big Data


2014 European Tour – London

March 17, 2014

I am now back home in San Francisco, but wanted to give an update on my last leg of the trip in London. I arrived on Wednesday night for a dinner with the team in London. We’ve always had a strong presence in the UK, but it was not until this past January that we opened a beautiful office in Euston Square. We also have added many new impressive hires in London such as Paul Scholey as Sales Director of EMEA and Laura Coles as Marketing Director of EMEA and APAC. It was great to spend some time Wednesday night getting to know the new team members and then to see the new office on Thursday.

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Dinner with Pentaho team in London

Thursday was one of the busiest day of my European tour. My first meeting of the day was with one of the world’s largest interactive advertising agencies. They are using Pentaho to provide web analytics to their customers (including some of the world’s largest brands). This agency has impressive plans for rolling out their Pentaho-powered analytics platform to provide a distinctive service that can help their client’s optimize campaign effectiveness and web site design.

Next was an interview with Jason Stamper who recently joined 451 Research. This is the second time that I met Jason in person and I always enjoy our conversations about next generation technologies and big data use cases.

My third meeting of the day was with another impressive customer, a leading global loyalty analytics provider. They are currently rolling out a major project with Pentaho Data Integration to help them to achieve efficiencies and optimizations across a large, distributed group.

Early afternoon I traveled to Canary Wharf to meet with a leading global investment bank and speak with the Global Head of Risk and Finance IT. We talked about the role of Pentaho in addressing their big data challenge (understanding their trading exposure to client entities and to improve operational efficiency), in order to support better risk reporting and financial consolidation.

Not done yet….next it was on to a telecommunications company that has selected Pentaho to underpin several strategic initiatives to resolve complex data issues for both themselves and their clients.

Five meetings down and I was still ready for more. Once back at the office, several UK team members got together and I ran through the information I have been sharing with analysts and investors.  This is such an exciting time for us as a company and seeing everyone enthused by what we have to offer, and the speed that we are growing. I received many great questions from both new starters and ‘old hands’, but what I really liked was seeing such a strong unified team.

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Running through our analyst and investor deck with the Pentaho team

Last, but certainly not least, I ended my day with an interview with Brian McKenna at Computer Weekly discussing our strong partner relationships with MongoDB, Splunk and Cloudera as well as our capabilities for governed data discovery.

The busy day was topped off with an enjoyable dinner with some of the team and customers.

Friday, I said my goodbyes to the team and started on the long travel back home to San Francisco. This past week has been a whirlwind visiting Frankfurt, Paris, Cascais (Portugal) and London. I always leave these European tours impressed by our customers and extraordinary EMEA team as well as excited about the opportunities for Pentaho in Europe.

It truly is going to be the year of Pentaho!

Quentin


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