Dinosaurs Have Had Their Day

June 16, 2014

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Once upon a time, (not so) long ago in 2004, two young technologies were born from the same open source origins – Hadoop and Pentaho. Both evolved quickly from the market’s demand for better, larger-scale analytics, that could be adopted faster to benefit more players

Most who adopt Hadoop want to be disruptive leaders in their market without breaking the bank. Earlier this month at Hadoop Summit 2014, I talked to many people who told me, “I’d like to get off of <insert old proprietary software here> for my new big data applications and that’s why we’re looking at Pentaho.” It’s simple – no company is going to adopt Hadoop and then turn around and pay the likes of Informatica, Oracle or SAS outrageous amounts for data engineering or analytics.

Big data is the asteroid that has hit the tech market and changed its landscape forever, giving life to new business models and architectures based on open source technologies. First the ancient dinosaurs ignored open source, then they fought it and now they are trying to embrace it. But the mighty force of evolution had other plans. Dinosaurs are giving way to a more nimble generation that doesn’t depend on a mammoth diet of maintenance revenue, exorbitant license fees and long-term deals just to survive.

In this new world companies must continually evolve to survive and dinosaurs have had their day. It’s incredibly rewarding to be  part of a new analytics ecosystem that thrives on open standards, high performance and better value for customers. So many positive evolutionary changes have taken place in the last ten years, I can’t wait to see what the next ten will bring.

Richard Daley
Founder and Chief Strategy Officer
Pentaho

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Hadoop Summit 2014 – Big Data Keeps Getting Bigger

June 6, 2014

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While most of this year’s Hadoop Summit sessions still conveyed ‘developer conference,’ rife with command-line driven demos and Java, Scala, and Python code snippets, I noticed the ‘commercial’ uniform of khakis, blazers and Docksiders starting to creep in. Indeed, the themes I noticed most at the Summit were “enterprise ready” and “next-generation data platform.”

So if the Summit’s days as an all-out geekfest are history, what does this say about Hadoop? I happen to think it’s great news: it says Hadoop is going mainstream and being embraced as core to the enterprise data platform. Nothing drives this home more convincingly than the fact that the Hadoop “enterprise ready” ecosystem has exploded from less than ten vendors five years ago to more than 80 vendor sponsors at this year’s show.

In this our fifth year sponsoring the Summit, we were just as pumped as we were attending and sponsoring our first Hadoop Summit back in June 2010 right after the launched our first Hadoop product set.  This year saw a record crowd (3,200+ attendees from 1,100 different companies), informative breakout sessions, fun parties, and lots of energy and passion throughout.

More large enterprise companies laid out specific needs and funded use cases than ever. I noticed companies increasingly talking about bringing Hadoop in house to build proofs of concept so they wouldn’t get left behind, losing ground to competitive Hadoop shops. Hadoop has emerged as the new strategic weapon in companies’ IT arsenals as they wake up to the value of their data assets.

I talked to Hadoop users who were beaming with pride over their projects and hungry to take on more. These techies are the new corporate rock stars, delivering huge returns to their companies. However as with any young technology, Hadoop projects aren’t completely free of road bumps – mostly around blending different types of data and integration as both corporate data volumes and variety continues to multiply like rabbits.

That’s why at Pentaho, we’re determined to stay on the road less travelled and keep smoothing out these data blending and integration road bumps so that every data professional working with Hadoop – regardless of their dress code – will enjoy a better ride.

See you at Hadoop Summit 2015!

Richard Daley
Founder and Chief Strategy Officer
Pentaho


9 Years Later….

October 8, 2013
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Photo taken the day Pentaho was founded – October 8, 2004

On Oct 8, 2004 five guys got some crazy idea to create a commercial open source BI offering to provide customers of all sizes with a better and more affordable solution than existed from proprietary vendors. Nine years later – “BI” became “BA”,  the core platform just underwent its biggest overhaul since its inception,  our UI/UX is the best ever, the open source community is still key, big data has become our core growth strategy, predictive is awakening, we went thru the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression and are achieving great Y/Y bookings growth. Last, but not least, we have been very fortunate to attract and retain a fantastic, talented, passionate team to make us the leader in big data analytics. Big Data is one of the biggest business impacts our industry has seen in decades and we’re making it happen.

Congrats to the entire company for making this real. Happy Birthday Pentaho.

Richard

Richard Daley
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Pentaho


Informatica jumps on the Pentaho bandwagon

June 12, 2013

Big-Data_web.jpgYou know that a technology megatrend has truly arrived when the large vendors start to jump on the bandwagon. Informatica recently announced Informatica Vibe™ — its new virtual data machine (VDM), an embeddable data management engine that allows developers to “Map Once, Deploy Anywhere,” including into Hadoop, without generating or writing code. According to Informatica, developers can instantly become Hadoop developers without having to acquire new skills. Sound familiar?

I applaud Informatica’s efforts – but not for innovating or changing the landscape in data integration.  What I applaud them for is recognizing that the landscape for data integration has indeed changed, and it was time for them to join the party. “Vibe” itself may be new, but it is not a new concept, nor unique to the industry.  In fact, Pentaho recognized the need for a modern, agile, adaptive approach to data integration for OEMs and customers. We pioneered the Kettle “design once, run anywhere” embeddable virtual data engine back in 2005. And let’s set the record straight – Pentaho extended its lightweight data integration capabilities to Hadoop over three years ago as noted in this 2010 press release.

Over the past three years, Pentaho has delivered on Big Data Integration with many successful Hadoop customers, such as BeachMint, MobileThink, TravelTainment and Travian Games and continued our innovation — with not only Hadoop but also NoSQL, Analytical Engines, and other specialized Big Data stores. We have added test, deploy and real time monitoring functionality.  The Pentaho engine is embedded in multiple SaaS, Cloud, and customer applications today such as Marketo, Paytronix, Sharable Ink and Soliditet, with many more on the horizon. Our VDM is completely customer extensible and open. We insulate customers from changes in their data volumes, types, sources, computing platforms, and user types.  In fact, what Informatica states as intention and direction with Vibe, Pentaho Data Integration delivers today, and we continue to lead in this new landscape.

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The Data Integration market has changed– the old, heavyweight, proprietary infrastructure players must adapt to current market demands. Agile, extensible, open, embeddable engines with pluggable infrastructures are the base, but it doesn’t end there. Companies of all sizes and verticals are requiring shorter development cycles, broad and deep big data ecosystem support, attractive price points and rich functionality, and all without vendor lock-in.  Informatica is adapting to play in the big data integration world by rebranding its products and signaling new direction.  Tony Baer, principal analyst at Ovum, summarizes this adaptation in his blog, “Informatica aims to get its vibe back.”

The game is on and Pentaho is at the forefront. We have very exciting big data integration news in store for you at the Hadoop Summit in Santa Clara on June 26-27 that unfortunately I have to keep the lid on for now. Stay tuned!

Richard

Richard Daley

Co-founder and chief strategy officer


Pentaho and Cloudera Impala in 5 words

April 29, 2013

Today our big data partner Cloudera, joined us in continuing to deliver innovative, open technologies that bring real business value to customers. Pentaho and Cloudera share a common history and approach to simplifying complex, but powerful technologies to integrate and analyze big data. Our common open source heritage means that we can innovate at the speed of our customers businesses.

What is Cloudera’s latest Innovation? Cloudera Impala powers Cloudera Enterprise RTQ (Real-time Query), the first data management solution that takes Hadoop beyond batch to enable real-time data processing and analysis on any type of data (unstructured and structured) within a centralized, massively scalable system. Impala dramatically improves the economics and performance of large-scale enterprise data management.

Pentaho and Cloudera Impala in 5 words = Affordable scalability meets fast analytics. Cloudera Imapala enables any product that is JDBC-enabled to get fast results from Hadoop, making Hadoop an ideal component for a data warehouse strategy. Customers no longer have to pay for expensive proprietary DBMS or analytical DBs to house their entire data warehouse.

Cloudera’s innovation makes it even easier for customers to use common analytic tools that can access and analyze data in all of these formats. What does this really mean? It means you don’t have buy expensive, proprietary products that can’t work across all of your data platforms.

With Pentaho and Cloudera you can quickly analyze large volumes of disparate data significantly faster with Impala than with Hive. Take a look at how Cloudera Impala is driving a major evolutionary step in the growth of the company’s Platform for Big Data, Cloudera Enterprise, and the Apache Hadoop ecosystem as a whole.

Richard Daley


Happy Birthday Pentaho

October 8, 2012

Eight years ago on, Friday October 8th 2004, Pentaho was founded to (1) make a disruptive impact in the BI space (2) screw around with the big proprietary vendors  (3) have a lot of fun along the way. It’s been a great ride…but we have so much more to accomplish! Looking forward to the future with this phenomenal team that has come together over the years.

Happy B’Day Pentaho

Richard


Pentaho’s first mover status in the big data space

February 8, 2012

I am very excited to share the news the Pentaho is cited as the only  ‘Strong Performer’ in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Hadoop Solutions, Q1 2012 (February 2012).

The best way to summarize Pentaho’s position in the market is straight from the report by James G. Kobielus, Senior Analyst, Forrester Research:

“Pentaho is a strong performer with an impressive Hadoop data integration tool. Among data integration vendors that have added Hadoop functionality to their products over the past year, it has the richest functionality and the most extensive integration with open source Apache Hadoop.”

We believe that the inclusion of the Pentaho Kettle data integration product in the first Forrester Wave: Enterprise Hadoop Solutions report is a strong testimonial to Pentaho’s first mover status in this space. The scores awarded to Pentaho are a testimonial to the fact that Pentaho is helping companies operationalize Big Data by addressing critical pain points associated with Hadoop Data Integration and easy analysis of Big Data.

I encourage you to access the full report and see why Pentaho was named a strong performer and how we stack up against other vendors.

Richard

About the report
The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Hadoop Solutions, Q1 2012 included 13 enterprise Hadoop solution providers in its assessment for its Enterprise Hadoop Solutions report. The firm examined past research and user needs assessment and conducted vendor and expert interviews in order to formulate a comprehensive set of 15 evaluation criteria, which Forrester grouped into the three high level buckets of current offering, strategy and market presence.


Open Source Fuels “Power To The User”

June 22, 2011

Traditionally open source Business Intelligence (OSBI) has been adopted by individuals with an “I” in their acronym: IT, SI, and ISVs.  This made sense because Open Source software started with deep technical roots in operating systems, appservers, RDBMSs, ESBs, etc., and when Pentaho pioneered OSBI in 2004 it was no different. The OSBI landscape back then was filled with some very nice technical projects, some desire from the “then current” open source proponents to move higher in the stack, and the overwhelming BI market screaming for disruption in the form of better products, better architectures and better pricing.

Over the next few years Pentaho built out a great BI platform with end-to-end BI capabilities and quickly became known as “The” OS BI Suite vendor. In conjunction with building product, we built out vibrant open source communities that helped spur our growth and adoption. We were the only clear alternative to Business Objects, Cognos, Oracle and Microstrategy, and the market was hungry for a better and more appropriately-priced offering. We’ve experienced incredible growth over the last couple of years as we continue to deliver great, solid, scalable, secure and functionally-rich products to the market – both to our open source communities and to our paying customers and partners.

In 2009 we started delivering more products geared toward the “business user,” a.k.a. “end-user,” a.k.a. “casual user,” a.k.a. “non-techie.” We immediately started seeing more people convert into customers and this trend grew significantly all the way through 2010. This was a great move in that direction, but we knew that another gap needed to be plugged in order to really satisfy growing market needs – better web-based reporting and data visualization as well as an easier way to get to data. People want results fast and easy, especially the “non-technical user.”  Voila, Pentaho BI 4.0 directly addresses these needs and pain points.  Check it all out here in our Pentaho BI 4 resource center.

Pentaho BI 4 is our biggest release ever that’s geared toward the business user. This product makes it not only possible, but makes it easy for business users to access their own data and do their own reporting, analytics, data discovery and dashboards. We’ve shielded users from the underlying complexities while also giving them the power that they desire.  Our open source roots make it clear that we are all about the people, and this release specifically extends that philosophy to include the “non-technical people.”

Pentaho BI 4 will greatly expand our addressable market size and customer profile. Our early feedback from customers, partners and communities indicates that this is a huge inflection point for our product line and company.  Our launch webcast on Thursday June 23 – Pentaho BI 4 Live – has already broken our previous webcast registration by 250%!

There must be some real unsolved thirst for pushing power to the user.

Richard


Former Jaspersoft exec joins Pentaho

January 13, 2011

I am very excited to welcome, Ian Fyfe to the Pentaho team as our Chief Technology Evangelist. Ian recently joined us after spending six years at Jaspersoft as their senior director of product management and product marketing. However, I know him best from working with him several years ago at an executive information systems start-up that he co-found called Intelligent Office Company (IOC, Inc). Ian’s knowledge of the industry, proven leadership skills, and existing relationships with the executive team are a home run for Pentaho. I like to welcome and introduce all new team members on the blog by asking the same question, “What brought you to Pentaho?” Welcome Ian!

Guest Blogger: Ian Fyfe

There are a number of things that brought me to Pentaho, including great people and great products, but perhaps one of the most compelling was the opportunity to work with the founding principals of the company again (Richard Daley-CEO, James Dixon-CTO, Marc Batchelor- Chief Engineer, and Doug Moran-VP Community), having worked with them several years ago at an earlier software startup.  Coming to Pentaho in some ways brings me full-circle, back to working with this group of extremely talented, innovative, and motivated individuals and helping take the extraordinary company they have built to the next level through a continuation of its high growth in customers, community, and capabilities. Even better, Pentaho has emerged from the swamps of Florida to establish their sales headquarters in downtown San Francisco, the northern anchor of California’s Silicon Valley, and my longtime hometown.

Through my long career in Business Intelligence and related technologies, I’ve been fortunate to work at a number of venture-backed startups such as Jaspersoft and Epiphany, as well as more mature larger enterprise software business such as Business Objects, Informix, and PeopleSoft.  I’ve worked closely with sales, marketing, and engineering, and have become fluent at real-time, bi-directional “translation” between these constituencies, enabling me to bridge the gap between understanding market requirements and customer problems, deriving the products and features to meet those requirements, and marketing and selling the resulting products.  From these experiences I’ve learned well the ingredients critical to success are a modern and well architected product, smart and motivated people, and a high growth or rapidly changing market with unmet requirements.  Pentaho truly has it all, and sits at the confluence of the BI market which continues year after year to be at or near the top of the list of CIO spending priorities, and the spectacular growth and mainstream acceptance of commercial open source technology.

I’m excited by my new position at Pentaho as the Chief Technology Evangelist, which builds solidly on my prior experiences, while also introducing the welcome challenge of a new role.  As one of Pentaho’s primary spokespeople I’m looking forward to communicating and interacting with you through events such as talks, webinars, articles, demonstrations, briefings, and social media.

Cheers,

Ian Fyfe
Chief Product Evangelist
Pentaho Corporation


Sex
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Sizzle 
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not
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 plumbing

November 16, 2010

What sells BI software? Sex and Sizzle! What makes BI projects successful? All of the data work done before any grids or graphs are ever produced. It’s the side of the business most BI vendors don’t talk about as they’d rather just woo and wow people with flash charts and glossy dashboards. Not that there is anything wrong with that – who doesn’t like great looking output? But, if the backend plumbing is either too complicated or non-existent, then it doesn’t matter how sexy this stuff is.

Today Pentaho announced the Pentaho Enterprise Data Services Suite to help make the “plumbing” as easy and efficient as possible. We’ve enabled people to iteratively get from raw data–from virtually any source–all the way through to metadata and onto visualization in less than an hour. We’ve enabled a new set of users to accomplish this by taking away many of the complexities.

In about 80% of the use cases we encounter, our customers want to quickly create and perform analytics on the fly, do this in an iterative approach, and when satisfied put their projects into production. You shouldn’t need a Ph.D in Data Warehousing to accomplish this, nevertheless many tools require extensive knowledge of DW methodologies and practices. It is fine to demand this knowledge with larger Enterprise DWs (EDW) but why make everyone pay the price – both in terms of software cost and experience/training required.

Now it would be one thing to provide data integration with RDBMSs, another thing to integrate with ROLAP, and yet another to integrate with Big Data like Hadoop, but how nice would it be to have a single Data Integration and Business Intelligence platform to work for all of these? Almost as nice as the Florida Gators winning a national championship but we won’t have to worry about that in 2010…had to digress for a moment.

A big part of our product release today centers around Pentaho for Hadoop integration including the GA for Pentaho Data Integration and BI Suite for Hadoop. Big Data and the whole ”data explosion” trend is just starting, so if you aren’t there today, give it time and know that Pentaho is already positioned to help in these use cases.

Pentaho allows you to start down an easy path with Agile BI and then scale up to EDW when and if necessary with enterprise data services. Our engineering team and community have spent significant time and effort to bring these services to market, and today is the official release. Please take a few minutes to read up on the new Pentaho Enterprise Data Services Suite and attend the launch webcast. Or, go ahead and download the Pentaho Enterprise Data Services Suite and start making easier, faster, better decisions.

Richard


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