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


BI and DI finally connecting both sides of the building

April 24, 2012

I was musing the other day with a colleague about the early days of data warehousing. We reflected on how more than 20 years ago, the effort to get data into one place for analysis was mind-boggling. Then, analyzing the data in a warehouse was an even bigger challenge. For the most part these were two separate topics, two sets of users – IT and business users sitting in opposite sides of a building.

In many ways we are continually faced with the same problem, bringing together a growing variety and volume of data from flat files and delivering it to the business users who need it and support their tools of choice.  It is too easy to focus on one side of the building and not the other. A unique differentiator for Pentaho is that we focus on both sides of the building. Evolving as an open source company, continuing to innovate and never losing sight of how Business Intelligence and Data Integration should not and cannot be separated — the two are simply “better together.”

With the release of Pentaho Business Analytics 4.5 GA today, we continue to tightly couple business intelligence and data integration in an open, integrated platform. The new visualization features included in this release, such as geo-mapping, heat grids and scatterplots, allow our users to interactively analyze data through pictures and graphics, without leaving behind the need to analyze disparate data sources. Plus, we added new big data support and a set of online resources to help overcome technical barriers to big data adoption. For software and SaaS companies, we added a pluggable and extensible interface to easily add third-party visualizations.

The result? IT and line of business coexist. IT controls infrastructure and business users get the data they need with the tools they want. This is an idea planted in the beginning by Pentaho’s founders eight years ago. Since then the team has been busy building the platform and growing the customer and community to deliver the future of analytics — BI and DI together in a modern unified platform. Simply put — Pentaho is business analytics that work.

Take a look at the cool new visualization and big data features in Pentaho Business Analytics 4.5 and see for yourself…we’d like to hear from our IT and business users to see what you think! Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Donna Prlich
Director, Product and Solutions Marketing at Pentaho


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