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


Did You Catch the Pentaho 4.5 Webinars Yesterday?

May 4, 2012

Busy day at Pentaho yesterday with two live webinars introducing our latest release, Pentaho 4.5. What an amazing response! We had record numbers of both participants and questions about our new visualizations like geo-mapping and heat maps, our breadth of integration with big data sources, and how to embed our analytics into third party applications. Wayne Johnson, Pentaho’s Senior Sales Engineer walked everyone through a telecommunications use case demo that showcased the power of our business analytics platform to analyze and improve provider quality and reduce costs.

Once again, Pentaho demonstrates how to bring data integration and business analytics together to solve real world problems. If you happened to miss one of the two live webcasts take a look at the recording: pentaho.com/4.5-webinar.

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below, on our Facebook page or on Twitter using #Pentaho45. We would love to talk about how Pentaho’s modern integrated business analytics platform can improve your business performance.

Donna Prlich – Director, Product and Solutions Marketing at Pentaho


3 resources to get started with Pentaho Business Analytics 4.5

April 26, 2012

Wow, incredible. The response to our announcement of Pentaho Business Analytics 4.5 has been enormously positive. Sitting next to sales I have an earshot sound track to the demand and interest from customers in the new visualizations, big data support and pluggable and extensible interface for easily adding third-party visualizations.

Fortunately, we have an abundance of resources available for customers to get started:

  • Check out our new heat grids, bubble charts and geo-mapping in a new visualization video series.
  • If you want to learn more about our support for new and expanded data sources—including big data, take a look at our big data resource center. It doesn’t get any easier than this to get started quickly with any of our supported big data technologies.
  • Or maybe you just want to get right in there and get a hands-on look at the product?  Download a 30-day trail of Pentaho Business Analytics 4.5. I know you will be impressed.

Let me know what you think (leave a comment below, on our Facebook page or tweet @Pentaho).  Meanwhile, I’ll keep listening to our busy sales managers and the sweet sound of the phones ringing for Pentaho Business Analytics 4.5….

Donna Prlich
Director, Product and Solutions Marketing at Pentaho


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