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

 


Announcing Pentaho with Storm and YARN

February 11, 2014

One of Pentaho’s core beliefs is that you can’t prepare for tomorrow with yesterday’s tools. In June of 2013, amidst waves of emerging big data technologies, Pentaho established Pentaho Labs to drive innovation through the incubation of these new technologies. Today, one of our Labs projects hatches.  At the Strata Conference in Santa Clara, we announced native integration of Pentaho Data Integration (PDI) with Storm and YARN. This integration enables developers to process big data and drive analytics in real-time, so businesses can make critical decisions on time-sensitive information.

Read the announcement here.

Here is what people are saying about Pentaho with Storm and YARN:

Pentaho Customer
Bryan Stone, Cloud Platform Lead, Synapse Wireless: “As an M2M leader in the Internet of Everything, our wireless solutions require innovative technology to bring big data insights to business users. The powerful combination of Pentaho Data Integration, Storm and YARN will allow my team to immediately leverage real-time processing, without the delay of batch processing or the overhead of designing additional transformations. No doubt this advancement will have a big impact on the next generation of big data analytics.

Leading Big Data Industry Analyst
Matt Aslett, Research Director, Data Management and Analytics, 451 Research: “YARN is enabling Hadoop to be used as a flexible multi-purpose data processing and analytics platform. We are seeing growing interest in Hadoop not just as a platform for batch-based MapReduce but also rapid data ingestion and analysis, especially using Apache Storm. Native support of YARN and Storm from companies like Pentaho will encourage users to innovate and drive greater value from Hadoop.”

Pentaho founder and Pentaho Labs Leader
Richard Daley, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Pentaho: “Our customers are facing fast technology iterations from the relentless evolution of the big data ecosystem. With Pentaho’s Adaptive Big Data Layer and Big Data Analytical Platform our customers are “future proofed” from the rapid pace of evolution in the big data environment. In 2014, we’re leading the way in big data analytics with Storm, YARN, Spark and predictive, and making it easy for customers to leverage these innovations.”

Learn more about the innovation of Pentaho Data Integration for Storm on YARN in Pentaho Labs at pentaho.com/storm

If you are at O’Reilly Strata Conference in Santa Clara this week make sure to stop by booth 710 to see a live demo of Pentaho Data integration with Storm and YARN at the O’Reilly Strata Conference in Santa Clara, February 11-13 at Booth 710. The Pentaho team of technologist, data scientist and executives will be on hand to share the latest big data innovations from Pentaho Labs.

Donna Prlich
Senior Director, Product Marketing
Pentaho


“There is nothing more constant than change”—Heraclitus 535BC

June 26, 2013

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Change and more change. It’s been incredible watching the evolution of and innovation in the big data market.  A few years ago we were helping customers understand Hadoop and the value it could bring in analyzing large volumes of unstructured data. Flash-forward to today as we attend our third Hadoop Summit in San Jose and we see the advances customers have made in adopting these technologies in their production big data environments..

It’s the value of a continuum of innovation. As the market matures we are only limited by what we don’t leave ourselves open to.  Think for a minute about the next “big data,” because there will be one. We can’t anticipate what it look like, where it will come from or how much of it will be of value.  In the same way we couldn’t predict the advent of Facebook or Twitter.

We do know that innovation is a constant. Today’s big data will be tomorrow’s “traditional” data.

Pentaho’s announcement today of an adaptive big data layer and Pentaho Labs are in anticipation of just this type of change.  We’ve simplified for Pentaho and our customers the ability to leverage current and new big data technologies like Hadoop, NoSQL and specialized big data stores.

In the spirit of innovation (which stems from our open source history) we’ve established Pentaho Labs – our place for free thinking innovation that leads to new capabilities in our platform in areas like real time and predictive analytics.

Being a leader at the forefront of a disruptive and ever-changing market means embracing change and the innovation. That’s the future of analytics.

Donna Prlich
Senior Director, Product Marketing, Pentaho


Customers Speak out – Wisdom of the Crowds Business Intelligence Study, 2013

May 21, 2013

Pentaho-wisdom-panel“Responsiveness”, “professionalism”, “knowledge” and “experience”– these are just a few of the words our customers used in giving Pentaho the honor of being recently named a top business intelligence technology vendor in the third annual independent Wisdom of Crowds® Business Intelligence Market Study conducted by Dresner Advisory Services, LLC. The report recognizes Pentaho as a “High Growth BI Software” company with a critical mass of customers growing well above the average.

We have made and continue to make significant investments in simplifying and delivering real value in big data integration and analytics and our customers’ satisfaction. Being named a ‘high growth vendor’ validates that we are experiencing high growth in concert with the big data market, but not at the expense of our customers.

Pentaho earned high marks from its customers on multiple metrics specifically standing out in product, support, consulting and integrity.  This independent research comes straight from the voice of our customers, which is the best possible acknowledgement that we are indeed delivering the future of analytics.

I encourage you to download the full Wisdom of Crowds report to learn how the top vendors stack up and the top BI trends.

Donna Prlich
Senior Director, Product Marketing


How to Get to Big Data Value Faster

March 18, 2013

Summary: Everyone talks about how big data is the key to business success, but the process of getting value from big data is time intensive and complex.  Examining the big data analytics workflow provides clues to getting to big data results faster.

Pentaho Value

Most organizations recognize that big data analytics is key to their future business success, but efforts to implement are often slowed due to operational procedures and workflow issues.

At the heart of the issue is the big data analytics workflow including loading, ingesting, manipulating, transforming, accessing, modeling and, finally, visualizing and analyzing data. Each step requires manual intervention by IT with a great amount of hand coding and tools that invite mistakes and delays. New technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL databases also require specialized skills. Once the data is prepared, business users often have new requests to IT for additional data sources and the linear process begins again.

Given the potential problems that can crop up in managing and incorporating big data into decision-making processes, organizations need easy-to-use solutions that can address today’s challenges, with the flexibility to adapt to meet future challenges. These solutions require data integration with support for structured and unstructured data and tools for visualization and data exploration that support existing and new big data sources.

A single, unified business analytics platform with tightly coupled data integration and business analytics such as Pentaho Business Analytics  is ideal. Pentaho supports the entire big data analytics flow with visual tools to simplify development and remove complexity for developers and powerful analytics to allow a broad set of users to easily access, visualize and explore big data. By dramatically improving developer productivity and offering significant performance advantages, Pentaho significantly reduces time to big data value.

- Donna Prlich
Senior Director, Product and Solution Marketing, Pentaho

this blog originally appeared on GigaOM at http://gigaom.com/2012/12/06/how-to-reduce-complexity-and-get-to-big-data-value-faster/


What do famous fashionistas and Pentaho have in common?

October 12, 2012

What do the Olsen Twins, Rachel Bilson, Jessica Simpson, Justin Timberlake and Pentaho all have in common? We are all associated with the same social e-commerce company, BeachMint. BeachMint is a truly innovative and forward thinking online retailer that sells jewelry, clothes, shoes, home furnishings, beauty supplies and more through a subscription model with the help of celebrity stylist (a few mentioned above). The business analytics in the background helping to drive sales of these stylish goods curated by famous fashionistas is Pentaho Business Analytics.

BeachMint is using Pentaho Business Analytics, MySQL and HP Vertica to quickly slice and dice terabytes of “big data” and millions of daily emails, plus record click stream data. Pentaho Business Analytics provides reporting, dashboards, analysis and data visualization and capabilities to help with social monitoring, customer retention, financial reporting, product and website optimization and more.

Doug Cohen, Director of Business Analytics at BeachMint explains “For cost-conscious start-ups, Pentaho and open source are a no brainer for enabling rapid scale. You can easily compare it to proprietary tools that might not even work. I’ve been doing analytics in other industries such as gaming and advertising for years and have seen situations where coupon errors went on for days with hundreds of thousands of dollars lost. Using Pentaho, we are able to keep close tabs on the pulse of our online communities.

Smarter, faster and more creative, BeachMint does business in an innovative way with different rules, budgets, customers and time to market. A perfect fit for Pentaho and the future of analytics.

Read more about BeachMint use of Pentaho and let us know what you think.

If you are interested in fashion and home décor, we suggest you check them out! Several of us at Pentaho are big fans!

Donna Prlich
Director, Product Marketing
Pentaho


What Makes Pentaho Hot

September 18, 2012

At Pentaho we’re proud to be named a “hot” vendor in Ventana Research’s new 2012 Value Index for Data Integration. Inclusion in this category assures buyers that the Pentaho Business Analytics platform delivers optimal value, product maturity and superior customer support according to Ventana’s comprehensive evaluation of more than a dozen vendors.

For Pentaho, the research validates that to deliver the future of analytics you need tightly coupled data integration and business analytics. What makes heat grids and other powerful data visualizations in the Pentaho Business Analytics platform “hot” is the data integration behind them. According to Ventana’s Benchmark research, 55% of organizations identify data integration as a critical component of their information management strategies.

Don’t get me wrong, we love being recognized for the ‘brains behind our beauty‘ and the ‘substance behind our sizzle.’  An integrated platform with Data Integration and Business Analytics is the future of analytics…now that’s HOT.

Let us know what you think.

Donna Prlich
Director, Product Marketing
Pentaho


First Impressions are Important!

September 10, 2012

My mother always told me that first impressions mean everything. I believe this theory is also the same for companies. I could talk to you all day about the value and benefits of our technology, services and company standards, but at the end of the day you probably have a few minutes to explore what Pentaho is all about.

We are very excited to unveil a new and improved version of a Pentaho product “Test Drive.”  Take a look at our “Try Pentaho Now” page to:

  • Get to know Pentaho in under 2 minutes – watch the Pentaho Business Analytic video
  • Test drive Pentaho through a new hands-on, download free product experience to learn about Pentaho through tutorials, videos and samples to “read, watch and do” to learn about Pentaho.

We think you will leave impressed with Pentaho!

Let us know what you think….

Donna Prlich
Director, Product Marketing
Pentaho


What happens with Pentaho, Infobright and Semphonic team up…

July 16, 2012

The challenge with organizations’ Web analytics efforts is finding a way to meaningfully represent digital behavior at the customer-level.  Pentaho and our big data partners, Semphonic and Infobright, came together to address this challenge and turn websites into revenue generating machines.

Great results happen when you bring together great technology and expertise. The three of us have created a customizable framework for Web analysis and digital measurement. CMO’s, product managers or marketing analysts can rapidly answer questions regarding Website usage, customer behavior, marketing effectiveness and site performance and quickly uncover meaningful insights from big data Web analytics.

Want to learn more?  Take a look at the resources we’ve put together to get started with Pentaho and big data web analytics:

Donna Prlich
Director, Product Marketing
Pentaho


The secret weapon to being more productive

May 17, 2012

When focused on business analytic processes, where do you think you spend most of your time? The Business Analytics benchmark research by Ventana Research, uncovered that the top obstacle in the analytics process is that two-thirds of the time is spent on data-related tasks. That is a lot of time!

But there is a way to overcome this obstacle and uncover the solution to be being more productive. Mark Smith highlights the new features in Pentaho Business Analytics 4.5 as the secret weapon. In his blog, Pentaho Business Analytics Brings Visual Discovery and More big Data Support, Smith points out how Pentaho 4.5 addresses one of the most significant obstacles to the analytics process stating, “This new release helps business and IT work together. Users can massage data and perform analysis with an integrated set of products from a single vendor, which our research finds less than one in five organizations do today. If you have not taken a look at Pentaho, investigate this version, as it is a great example of business intelligence growing into business analytics.

So if you’re spending too much time on data related tasks it’s time to try the secret weapon and take a look at Pentaho Business Analytics 4.5 with new interactive visualizations and big data support.

I think you will be impressed with how we continue to prove the future of business analytics is bringing business intelligence and data integration together in a modern unified platform.

Let me know what you think (leave a comment below, on our Facebook page or on Twitter @Pentaho).

Donna Prlich – Director, Product and Solutions Marketing at Pentaho


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