La vie en Pentaho

December 15, 2010

As I write this blog I am on my way back home after a day in Paris where we participated in our first industry event in France last week.

Much of the past week has been French flavoured with the announcement of Pentaho in France, including several interviews with journalists, publications writing about and picking up on our announcement and last but  certainly not least, the launch of our brand-new website in French. It was about time that we truly had a local presence in France!

To emphasise our intentions, we participated in the Forum Decideo 2010, an annual event held in Paris which brings together BI experts, users, vendors for a series of case study presentations and expert sessions. We attended the event with our new French partner Valuetis, who also sponsored the event. It was a great experience to meet and speak with so many of our French friends.

Speaking of partners, we also held a webinar, Delivering low risk, low cost business intelligence solutions, last week with a new UK partner called Voodoo, who bring years of BI experience to bear and are fully focused on Pentaho. If you missed today’s webinar, feel free to view the replay here.

It’s really ‘La vie en Pentaho‘ these days and a great way to move through the last month of 2010.

Many of you are probably busy finishing up some activities before the holiday seasons, so I wish you all ‘bon courage’.

Cheers,
Vinay Joosery
VP EMEA
Pentaho Corporation


“Drilling” in to the detail with Pentaho

November 30, 2010

“Drilling”…..(with respect to Business Intelligence applications and Information Technology). Where did that word come from? What does it mean? What can it mean? I am sure you have heard the phrase “Drill down to detail” before, but you may have also heard “Drill Up”, “Drill Out”, “Drill Across”, “Drill In” and “Drill Through” and don’t forget “Drill Anywhere”.

In general, it means to simply move from summary level information to underlying detail data, either within its current data set or even outside to another data set. Its main purpose is to allow one to easily view summarized information in the form of a chart, table or some graphical visualization with the added ability to “click” on a value, series or region and “drill in” to the next level of detail or out to some other dimension. “Drilling” allows business users to make informed decisions quickly without having to page through sheets of raw data.

For example, summarized sales revenue for the year 2010 is $200K, but upon drilling down we see that $175K was brought in by 3 out of 4 regions, leaving 1 region with very low numbers. This now exposes a single region as being an outlier or a entity that needs focused attention. The power of Business Intelligence applications at work, turning raw data into actionable information.

The Pentaho BI Suite can provide “Drilling” in a number of ways depending on which module you deploy. We will explore each of these in this article……….read more about it here at the Pentaho Evaluation Sandbox.

http://sandbox.pentaho.com/2010/11/drilling-in-to-the-details-with-pentaho/

Regards,

Michael Tarallo
Director of Sales Engineering
Pentaho


Seen and Heard in EMEA

October 25, 2010

It is always good to get out and meet old friends and new, when the sales calendar permits. A great way to combine meeting the public and keeping up Pentaho’s increasing momentum in the EMEA region is attending events. This month has seen seven so far; the launch of our EMEA HQ in Sweden, the Ovum Business Intelligence summit in London, our sponsorship of the Hadoop User Group, also in London, as well as dates for the Pentaho Agile BI Tour, which is ongoing for another few months

First and foremost was the launch of our EMEA HQ in a city which has seen its fair share of Open Source innovation – Stockholm. Held in the famous 100 year old Dramaten theatre and co-hosted by Pentaho partner Omicron, an invited audience of around 50 heard from Lars Nordwall, our Swedish-born Senior Vice-President of Sales (pictured left), as well as partners Conduct and BizIntel. A great success  in terms of networking, we will follow up with another event towards the end of the year also at the Dramaten, so feel free to let me know if you can make it. You can see all the photos from this event on the Pentaho Facebook Page.

Next up was the high-end Ovum Business Intelligence Symposium, a CIO-level event, which we co-sponsored with our partner Millersoft and saw us introduce a very impressive presentation from Pentaho customer Air Menzies, whose business involves shipping air freight underneath the passengers on scheduled flights. The audience were spellbound with tales of gold-plated Bugatti Veyronnes being transported from the Gulf to London for a summer with their owners and perhaps even more by an excellent iPad demo of Pentaho from satisfied customer Angus Gow (look out for the impressive case study soon).

Finally in a busy few weeks, Pentaho contributed the beer, pizza and (some of the) brainpower to only the fifth UK Hadoop User Group. Pentaho’s philosophy, which fosters communities like this, proves the importance of the Community aspect of our Open Source commitment. In this communal atmosphere, it was pleasing to hear so many searching questions from a friendly gathering that included some forward-thinking Pentaho customers. If you deal with Big Data but could not make it along, the chances are our paths will cross soon.

Cheers,
Vinay Joosery
VP Sales, EMEA
Pentaho Corporation


The Pentaho Pre-Sales Sandbox

October 7, 2010

Quick Bit About Pentaho

Pentaho has been all about building and delivering a scalable, complete end-to-end BI Suite from day one. From making the software “possible” during those humble beginnings to making it “available” and now “easy”. You will find that Pentaho has an extensive offering that is both flexible and intuitive. Pentaho software has been targeted as the Commercial Open Source BI alternative by System Integrators, Consultancies, Enterprises, OEMs and SMBs. It has been deployed worldwide in a variety of industries; supporting mission critical applications which encompass both data integration and information delivery, all provided by “one” vendor, Pentaho.

The Pentaho Pre-Sales Sandbox

The Pre-Sales Sandbox is a resource that will streamline the effectiveness of the Evaluation/Selection process. With this resource at hand, you will be able to make an informed decision as quickly and efficiently as possible. Examples, tutorials, consolidated information are staged here to view and download to assist you in your evaluation process. Please be aware that the collateral available on this site can be posted on a moments notice and is intended to serve the masses as quickly as possible. Therefore the content downloaded may be a work in progress, a draft, incomplete, or limited in detail. Please see our website at http://www.pentaho.com for more information about our products and value added services.

Who should use this resource

This resource is primarily for those who are actively evaluating the Pentaho BI suite. It is not a replacement for our FREE evaluation support offering or the Pentaho Knowledge Base. It has been designed for those who are intending on exploring the power, flexibility and extensibility of the software. They have a basic understanding of Business Intelligence applications including information delivery and data integration. They are familiar with concepts of accessing data sources, creating and publishing reports as well as understand the fundamentals of ETL (Extract Transform Load). They understand terminology such as metric, measure, dimension and have a general understanding of data modeling. Professional documentation for the Pentaho BI suite, including Administration and Security guides are located in the Knowledge Base.

If you are evaluating Pentaho, or are simply a bit curious come check out the Pentaho Pre-Sales Sandbox here: http://sandbox.pentaho.com/

I hope to speak with you in person.

Michael Tarallo
Pre-Sales Director
Pentaho

(Originally posted on Michael Tarallo’s Blog: http://michaeltarallo.blogspot.com/2010/10/pentaho-pre-sales-sandbox.html)


A lot of listening

September 27, 2010

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I am writing this blog as I fly home to Sweden from this year’s Pentaho EMEA Partner Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. This was a great opportunity to meet many of our partners from all over Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The event was an amazing success based off our partners’ feedback such as:

“It was beneficial to meet in-person with the Pentaho Channels and Management teams.”
“I found strong value in networking with other partners and learning about their accomplishments and best practices”
“Good presenters, good networking, good socializing, GREAT event!”

Personally, I found a lot of value in listening! As much as we presented over the two days, the team also did a lot of listening to our partners to better understand their challenges and opportunities. After their hearing stories, suggestions and ideas, I am very optimistic that we can now even better align with our partners’ needs to help drive more joint business and success.

One of the highlights of the Summit was presenting the 2010 EMEA Partner Awards. These awards recognise the organisations that have worked closely with Pentaho throughout the year to deliver outstanding customer success, commercial results or innovation in the region

Congratulations to the 2010 EMEA Partner Award Winners:

  • EMEA Partner of the Year – BNOVA in Italy was recognised for driving the most revenue for a partner in EMEA.
  • Best Market Development in EMEA – Millersoft in the UK was recognised for being the fastest to sell, market and grow after joining the Pentaho partner program.
  • Best Community Contributor EMEA – Aschauer in Austria was recognised for creating a SAP Java connector plugin for the data integration components of Pentaho Data Integration 4.0.
  • Channel Managers Pick EMEA – Xpand IT in Portugal was recognised as being Best in Class in terms of following the Partner Processes.
  • SI of the Year EMEA – Microgenesis in Spain was recognised for major wins at two global telecommunications providers.
  • Training Partner of the Year EMEA – Linalis in Switzerland & France was recognised for driving the most training revenue in EMEA.
  • OEM BI partner of the year – Conduct in Norway was recognised for their win at TV2, Norway’s largest commercial TV Channel.

Above are some photos from the event of our 2010 EMEA Partner Award winners. If you missed this great event and are interested in attending something similar in the future, we have recently announced the Global Partner Summit in San Francisco, November 9-10. After seeing and hearing the value the attendees took away from the EMEA Partner Summit, I highly recommend you check it out.

Cheers and have a successful end of September,

Vinay Joosery
VP Sales, EMEA
Pentaho Corporation


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Part 4: Using the Report Design Wizard

September 17, 2010

Ahhhh the Wizard. As defined by Wikipedia (you know, if it is on Wikipedia, it must be true) … “A magician, sorcerer, witch, or person known under one of many terms who practices magic derived from supernatural sources.” Well then, why software developers name the “easy to use” part of the product a “Wizard” I just have no idea. Just call it the “Assistant” or the “Guide me thingamajig” – just don’t call it a Wizard unless it is going to read my mind and magically create my report for me!

I digress….in Part 4 of this series we will cover the use of the Pentaho Report Designer and the integrated Report Design…ahem..[coughs] Wizard. The 10 min video below will show you how easy it is to get started creating and publishing Operational and Enterprise type reports. This video only scratches the surface of what is possible with the Pentaho Report Designer, for a more in-depth look visit the Pentaho Pre-Sales Tools page where there is a Comprehensive Report Designer Tutorial that will demonstrate the other features and functions available in this design tool. Stay tuned to this blog for Part 5 where I magically chase down a Leprechaun and force him to conjure me up some Dashboards. Until then.

Click here to view all the tutorials in this series.

Michael Tarallo
Pre-Sales Director
Pentaho


Not so quiet summer at Pentaho in Europe

August 20, 2010

Summer is usually a quiet period in Europe – but not at Pentaho.  The EMEA sales and marketing team got together for a couple of days in San Francisco for a sales bootcamp, which combined hard work with a celebration of another record sales quarter in Q2. It was great to meet everybody, as we are distributed across 7 countries and typically ‘meet’ via Skype.

The organisation has been executing at an incredible pace. In fact, we achieved some significant milestones in the quarter:

  • We announced great customers such as TV2 and Aspiro, both potential global leaders in the world of online entertainment.
  • We announced a win over Business Objects at one of Europe’s top cancer treatment facilities, the London Oncology Clinic.
  • We lured our new EMEA Marketing Director, Jean-Jérôme Schmidt, from MySQL via Sage Technologies to Pentaho. With Jean-Jérôme’s sales background and organisational expertise, we will be talking to and announcing more outstanding BI customers soon.
  • As part of our commitment to the EMEA region, we launched a new website for the German speaking market, where some of our largest European customers are, in recognition of its importance to our business. A website for the French speaking market will follow soon!

Thanks to all this activity, we attracted great press coverage in Europe, with articles in Information Age, ComputerWorld, ZDNet Germany and Computer Weekly.

The Pentaho story continues to grow in EMEA, so I want you to stay up to speed. As offices are quieter during the summer break, it may be the time to watch the webinar series Pentaho has produced in seven languages in conjunction with its partners and which are now available on-demand for watching in English, German, Spanish, French, Norwegian, Italian and Portugese.

Why not join us as we launch our new Agile BI Tour – Data to Dashboards in Minutes with a webcast on Wednesday, September 1st 2010 or on October 12th for the Hadoop UK User Group event in London? In the mean time, enjoy the break and do look out for more news from Pentaho in EMEA soon

Cheers,
Vinay Joosery
VP Sales, EMEA
Pentaho Corporation


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