Ten years ago we set out to commoditize BI, disrupt the existing old school proprietary vendors and give customers a better choice. It’s been an exciting journey building up a scalable analytic platform, building an open source community, surviving a deep recession, beating up the competition, building a great team, providing great products and services to our customers, and being a major player in the big data market.
Some of the key points along the way:
2008 – the recession hits and frankly as painful as that was it actually helped Pentaho as we were the best value proposition in BI and people were looking to reduce expenditures. It also drastically reduced the cost of commercial office space and we opened up our San Fran office in Q2 2009.
2009 – at a happy hour in Orlando in November we stumbled upon our ability to natively integrate Pentaho Data Integration with Hadoop (which I had never even heard of prior to that evening). Eight months later we launched our big data initiative.
2011 – based on traction and momentum with our big data capabilities we decided to go all in around this space. This lead to a dedicated big data team, a change in packaging and pricing, and beefing up our management team.
2013 – we acquired longtime partner Webdetails and immediately had a world class UI/UX team that our customers love to help them build custom dashboards…….
2014 – we held our first PentahoWorld user conference with a theme that strongly resonated with the market: Bring your Big Data to Life. We were proud to host 400 attendees from 27 countries around the globe.
2015 – Hitachi Data Systems acquires Pentaho! This is an exciting time for both companies, our customers, and partners. We both share a vision around analytics and in particular around big data opportunities.
So the next part of our exciting journey begins as a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Data Systems and I couldn’t be happier. We’ll be going after the big data market and specifically the Internet of Things and we’ll have a blast doing so. Buckle up, because it’s going to be a fast and thrilling ride!
Founder and Chief Strategy Officer