Impala – A New Era for BI on Hadoop

November 30, 2012

With the recent announcement of Impala, also known as Cloudera Enterprise RTQ (Real Time Query), I expect the interest in and adoption of Hadoop to go from merely intense to crazy.  We applaud Cloudera’s investment in creating Impala as it moves Hadoop a huge step forward in making Hadoop accessible using existing BI tools.

What is Impala?  Simply put, it enables all of the SQL-based BI and business analytics tools that have been built over the past couple of decades to now work directly on top of Hadoop, providing interactive response times not previously attainable with Hadoop, and many times faster than Hive, the existing SQL-like alternative. And Impala provides pretty complete SQL support, including join and aggregate functions – must-have functions for analytics.

For enterprises this analytic query speed and expressiveness is huge – it means they are now much less likely to need to extract data out of Hadoop and load it into a data mart or warehouse for interactive visualization.  Instead they can use their favorite business analytics tool directly against Hadoop. But of course only Pentaho provides the integrated end-to-end data integration and business analytics capability for both ingesting and processing data inside of Hadoop, as well as interactively visualizing and analyzing Hadoop data.

Over the past few months Cloudera and Pentaho have been partnering closely at all levels including marketing, sales and engineering.  We are proud of the role we played in assisting Cloudera with validating and testing Impala against realistic BI workloads and use cases.  Based on the extremely strong interest we’ve seen, as evidenced by the lines at our booth at the recent Strata big data conference in New York City, the combination of Pentaho’s visual development and interactive visualization for Hadoop with the break-through performance of Cloudera Impala is very compelling for a huge number of enterprises.

- Ian Fyfe, Chief Technology Evangelist, Pentaho

Impala


Going mobile this year? What’s your biggest big data challenge?

November 16, 2012

We received insightful responses to the polls from our “Mobile and Big Data go Instant and Interactive” webinars about the challenges users of all types face with business analytics. The complexity of data integration, lack of skills and resources, and the need to analyze unstructured data are the most significant big data challenges identified for over 80% of attendees. 50% of our attendees either have a current mobile BI solution in place or plan to in the future.

What does this mean for the future of analytics? Whether mobilizing your sales force or empowering data analysts to discover meaning from data in Hadoop, a complete business analytics solution must address the business pressures of a continual inundation of data and the need to access and interact with that data instantly in simple, familiar ways.

Not surprising that the response to Pentaho’s Business Analytics 4.8 has been overwhelmingly positive — the best of analytics offered up in a mobile optimized experience for business users and Instaview broadening big data access to data analysts for data discovery.

If you missed out on our webinar, access the on demand recording at:

Watch the Pentaho 4.8 On-Demand Webinar

Data Integration and business analytics in a single, unified, modern platform — Pentaho is the future of analytics

Let me know what you think about Pentaho 4.8.

Donna Prlich

Director, Product Marketing

Pentaho


Looking to the Future of Business Analytics with Pentaho 4.8

November 12, 2012

Last week Pentaho announced Pentaho 4.8, another milestone in delivering the future of analytics. It has been an exciting ride. Our partners’ and our customers’ feedback have kept us ecstatic and ready to excel further into the future.

Pentaho 4.8 is a true testament on what the future of analytics needs. The future of analytics is driven by the data problems that businesses face every day – and is dependent on the information users and their expectations for solving those problems.

Let me give you a good example. I recently had the pleasure to meet with one of our customers – BeachMint. BeachMint is a fashion and style ecommerce company who uses celebrities / celebrity stylists to promote its retail business.

This rapidly growing online retailer needed to keep tabs on its large twitter and facebook communities to track customer sentiment and social influence. It then uses the social data to define customer cohorts and design marketing campaigns that best target each cohort.

For BeachMint insight to data is extremely important. But on one hand, the volumes and variety of data – in this case unstructured social data and click-through ad feeds – has increased its complexity. And on the other hand, the speed in which it gets created has accelerated rapidly. For example, in addition to analyzing the impact of customer sentiments on their purchasing behavior, BeachMint also needed to gain up-to-the-minute information on the activity of key promotional codes – to immediately identify those that leak out.

Pentaho understands these data challenges and user expectations. In this release Pentaho takes full advantage of its tightly coupled Data Integration and Business Analytics platform – to simplify data exploration, discovery and visualization for all users and all data types – and to deliver this information to users immediately – sometimes even at a micro-second level. In this release Pentaho delivers:

- Pentaho Mobile – the only Mobile BI application with the power to instantly create new analysis on the go.

- Pentaho Instaview – the industry’s first instant and interactive big data visualization application.

Want to find out more? Register for Pentaho 4.8 webinar and see for yourself.

- Farnaz Erfan, Product Marketing, Pentaho


A Day of Choices that Impact the Future

November 6, 2012

The timing is auspicious for the launch of Pentaho’s latest business analytics platform release, which coincides with Election Day in the U.S.!  Both events offer the freedom to choose a platform that is right for you today and into the future. The election platforms offer social, economic and political philosophies to help you meet your personal values and goals. Your choice of business analytics platform should improve your organization’s performance by liberating and integrating all your data and serving it up to your corporate citizens to analyze.

We trust that you’ve made the choice of political candidates and cast your vote today. In case you haven’t chosen your business analytics platform yet, we hope you’ll allow us a little more campaigning! Our business analytics ‘candidate,’ which tightly couples data integration with advanced analytics, has proven its value across private, public and nonprofit sector organizations around the globe. Today, with the launch of our latest version Pentaho Business Analytics 4.8, we have made great strides in democratizing big data and business analytics by adding some exciting new capabilities:

  • Pentaho’s Instaview, the industry’s first instant and interactive big data analytics application, dramatically reduces the time and complexity required for data analysts to discover, visualize and explore big and diverse data
  • Pentaho Mobile BI brings the full power of the Pentaho Business Analytics Platform to the iPad, including instant and interactive visualization and the power to create new analysis on the go

With Pentaho 4.8, we bring real freedom to deliver power to all business users and a clear choice for a better future in the world of business analytics. To learn more about the future of business analytics, check out Pentaho.com/48.

Rosanne Saccone
Chief Marketing Officer
Pentaho


Because You Don’t Have Time to F* Around.

November 5, 2012

At Pentaho we are confident that we are providing the most complete solution for big data analytics. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t always room for improvement — that is where you come in. The big data market is rapidly growing and evolving and we want to ensure we are at the forefront.

Pentaho invites you to participate in our first Big Data Product Strategy Survey. The survey only takes 3 – 5 minutes, can be taken anonymously and you will automatically be entered to win a $100 American Express gift card!*

Click here to take the survey now and help Pentaho provide the big data product that meets your needs – because you are busy and don’t have time to f* around with your big data!

*you must enter your email address at the end of the survey to be contacted to receive your gift card or copy of the final report.


Pentaho’s November Euro-Trip!

November 2, 2012

With October coming to an end, Pentaho is getting ready for a Euro-trip!  Our October events concluded in New York City this past week at O’Reilly’s Strata Conference.

November’s forecast is Big Data and long flights.  First stop is “Big Data Days 2012” in Munich, Germany on November 6-7.  This is a great conference for networking and is focused on linking together business and IT concepts.  Do we have a booth?

We have one stop on our tour in the U.S. of A. – in the hometown of Pentaho’s headquarters, Orlando, FL., for TDWI.  TDWI’s World Conference Series will be held at The Renaissance Orlando Hotel at SeaWorld November 11-16.  TDWI promises an in depth look at the emerging trends for the upcoming year in Big Data.  If you are at TDWI don’t forget to stop by our booth (rumor has it there are some t-shirts left over from Strata).

From there we take a short trip to Zurich for DW2012  on November 12-13.  In its twelfth year, DW2012 is a great place to meet leaders in Big Data and BI – but be warned, the conference is hosted in German, so if you don’t “sprechen sie Deutsch” you might want to hire a translator.  Do we have a booth?

Next stop – Milan, Italy.  The Big Data Congress on November 22nd is a free conference that will be “themed conversations” between big data solutions suppliers and users.  Not only is it going to be greatly informative, it is free, and in Milan – how many more reasons do you need to attend?

Finally, we wrap up the month in London for Enterprise Business Intelligence (EBI) 2012 on November 28th at the Russell Hotel.  Pentaho is proud to be a silver sponsor of the event put together by Whitehall Media featuring the leading BI world.

To register for any of the events, or for more information visit Pentaho’s event page.

If you are attending any of these events and would like to set-up an in person meeting with Pentaho, contact us!


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