Horses for courses

April 29, 2014

The social media channels are buzzing today with chatter about Tibco’s acquisition of Jaspersoft.  As fellow players in the spheres of commercial open source and business analytics, industry watchers are naturally speculating on Pentaho as well so I thought I’d take this opportunity to share how our business strategy differs to Jaspersoft’s.

When explaining our commitment to open standards, we tell our customers that one size IT strategy does not fit all – rather, it’s ‘horses for courses’. Business strategies follow this principle as well and ours is very different from Jaspersoft’s.

Our strategic paths started to diverge four years ago when we started building on our open source heritage to focus on big data and advanced analytics capabilities for technologies like Hadoop and NoSQL, and more recently YARN and Storm.

Hell bent on solving big and diverse data challenges with a full data integration and analytics platform, last year we introduced ground-breaking technology like our Adaptive Big Data Layer, which protects enterprises against the risks inherent in a disruptive big data market. Today we have the most comprehensive big data integration capabilities currently on the market.

As a result, Pentaho has seen enormous growth in big data and embedded analytics, with more than 83% growth in these segments.  And, significantly, our big data analytics platform has driven a huge increase in large enterprise clients, growing at over 200% from the prior year and now representing 26% of our business.

Jaspersoft took a different route, opting to provide low-cost open source alternatives to traditional BI and reporting, particularly to the SMB market. Larry Dignan for Between the Lines, ZDNet comments, “With Jaspersoft, Tibco can offer low-priced subscriptions and later upsell to its other applications.”

Although our total cost of ownership is highly attractive to mid-market and enterprise buyers alike, we’re not aiming to be the cheapest.  We continue to innovate with R&D so we can continue to break new ground in big data and embedded analytics.

“The TIBCO acquisition of Jaspersoft is additional validation that the business analytics market is continuing to bifurcate — with more traditional departmental BI on the one hand, and big-data analytics on the other. TIBCO has added a low-cost open source reporting capability to its portfolio to address the SMB BI market, a market we view as continuing to commoditize.” 

“Four years ago, we saw the big data market opportunity. While Jaspersoft turned right, we turned left towards big data analytics and the associated new projects funded in large enterprises,” Gallivan continued. “The Pentaho platform is in the pole position to integrate and blend diverse big data sets together to deliver end-to-end big data analytics solutions to large enterprises – a platform that experienced 83% year-over-year growth in big data and embedded analytics in 2013 alone,” said Quentin Gallivan, Chairman and CEO of Pentaho.

Pentaho continues to stay focused on our course of big data integration and analytics platform solving for the future of analytics. I encourage you to explore how we are doing this by exploring our Big Data Blueprints or Visualization gallery.

Rosanne Saccone
CMO
Pentaho


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.

FineArt_Before

from ‘back of the napkin’…

FineArt_After

…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


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