Union of the State – A Data Lake Use Case

January 22, 2015

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Pentaho co-founder and CTO, James Dixon is who we have to thank for the term, ‘Data Lake.’ He first wrote about the Data Lake concept on his blog in 2010, Pentaho, Hadoop and Data Lakes. After the numerous interpretations and feedback, he revisited the concept and definition here: Data Lakes Revisited.

Now, in his latest blog, Dixon explores a use case based off the Data Lake concept – calling it The Union of State. Read the blog below, to learn how the Union of State can provide the equivalent of a rewind, pause, and forward remote control on the state of your business. Let us know what you think and if you have deployed one of the four use cases.

Originally posted on James Dixon's Blog:

Many business applications are essentially workflow applications or state machines. This includes CRM systems, ERP systems, asset tracking, case tracking, call center, and some financial systems. The real-world entities (employees, customers, devices, accounts, orders etc.) represented in these systems are stored as a collection of attributes that define their current state. Examples of these attributes include someone’s current address or number of dependents, an account’s current balance, who is in possession of laptop X, which documents for a loan approval have been provided, and the date of Fluffy’s last Feline Distemper vaccination.
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State machines are very good at answering questions about the state of things. They are, after all, machines that handle state. But what about reporting on trends and changes over the short and long term? How do we do this? The answer for this is to track changes to the attributes in change logs. These change logs…

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Big Data Powers Big Deals this Holiday Season

November 25, 2014

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It’s almost that time of year – where retailers offer ridiculous discounts enticing holiday shoppers to buy gifts for their loved ones and themselves. While many will wait with bellies full of Thanksgiving turkey for blow out sales at 12:01AM on Black Friday, more than half of the U.S. consumers will instead search for deals online, scouring the Internet for Cyber Monday deals.

The November 2014 Forrester Research, Inc. Report, US Online Holiday Forecast, 2014 (Access Requires Subscription), states that online sales will reach $89 billion this holiday season. Companies are doing all they can to prepare for the surge in demand and strain to come for both IT departments and inventory. With the recent IPO of Alibaba, retailers, now more than ever, are feeling pressure on their margins and realizing that they’ll need to gain insight about their customers if they hope to be competitive against the Amazons and Alibabas of the world. Companies leveraging scalable and flexible Big Data analytics solutions to gain those insights will be ahead of their peers this holiday season (and beyond).

Pentaho is helping customers such as RichRelevance®, the global leader in omnichannel personalization, and The Lucky Group, a venture backed social commerce company, to prepare for the immense volumes of data associated with Cyber Monday, while providing insight into customers’ behaviors, preferences and needs. By leveraging Pentaho, they are able to use data to deliver something core to their customers that others can’t – personalization.

With a four times surge in both data volumes and internet traffic expected from desktop browsers and mobile shoppers this year, Big Data will be critical for the success, if not survival, of companies big and small.

How is your company leveraging big data to flourish over the holidays?

Read the press release about how Pentaho helps retailers power big deals for consumers this holiday season.

Follow @Pentaho on Twitter & Facebook to receive discount codes from our awesome retail customers to take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.


PentahoWorld Celebrates Regional Partner of the Year Award Winners

October 30, 2014

This year we celebrated our Regional Partner of the Year Award winners at a ceremony held during our first annual worldwide conference, PentahoWorld, in Orlando, Florida.

Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Richard Daley handed out awards to BizCubed (APAC), BNova (EMEA) and Oncase (LATAM) in front of 400 attendees representing 27 countries.

Our Partner Awards recognize the top achieving partner in the three reseller regions APAC, EMEA and LATAM based on business services, growth and engagement in the local market.

Partners’ contributions from around the globe have been an instrumental part of Pentaho’s 10-year success story. Much more than resellers, our partners are all Pentaho experts, providing the valuable technical and consulting services that ensure each customer project is successful.

Congratulations to each winner for their incredible achievement!

Winners of the Pentaho Regional Partner of the Year Award

 APAC Partner of the Year: BizCubed

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BizCubed is a long-standing Pentaho partner in Australia and New Zealand. Their Pentaho business has grown very rapidly in the past year, delivering highly successful projects to companies like DeBertoli Wines and Westfield shopping malls. The team has also executed a broad range of marketing activities, which sees them continuing to grow the market “down under”.

EMEA Partner of the Year: BNova

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Italy’s BNova has had a banner year, bringing on board several new Pentaho customers and substantially growing its big data business. Big data has now gone from being an emerging trend into an integral part of BNova’s business. Its recent BigDataTech event in Florence was highly successful, with more than 200 delegates keen to learn more about big data solutions.

LATAM Partner of the Year: Oncase

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Oncase from Brazil has shown the remarkable ability to expand customer accounts by starting small and proving their worth. This, coupled with the great customer service they provide, has enabled them to significantly build their business in this burgeoning market.

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Marist College Positively Impacts Higher Education with Pentaho

September 24, 2014

MaristLargeLogoRedMarist College is a medium-sized school with a Big Data promise – to help all students graduate. The liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie, New York, is taking a data-driven approach to education by utilizing big data and predictive analytics to tackle the degree completion crisis that’s trending in higher education across America. As of January 2014, the percentage of full-time students at four-year institutions who complete a bachelor’s degree in four years is only 37.9%, and the completion rate after six years is only 58.3%. By deploying Pentaho Business Analytics, Marist College has developed a completely open-source “academic early alert” system for identifying students at the start of a course who are at risk to not complete it and then deploying interventions to help those students succeed.

Based on a predictive model, the goal of the Open Academic Analytics Initiative (OAAI) was to create an open model for academic success that all institutions can use, customize and build upon through open-source community collaboration.

Marist hopes this initiative will help advance our general understanding of technology-mediated intervention strategies, and through the leadership of Bill Thirsk, Vice President of IT/CIO at Marist College, the program is already proving beneficial – Marist College’s OAAI can determine at the 75-79% accuracy range how well a student is going to perform in a course within two weeks!

Learn more about how with Pentaho’s solution at Marist College is positively impacting the world of higher education.


Why I’m travelling 7,000km for PentahoWorld

September 23, 2014

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I’ve watched PentahoWorld unfold over the last few months, and I see it as a must-attend for companies and professionals who have adopted Pentaho platform. Our impression is that this is a well-organized, truly global event, with users, partners, and experts from several countries, so it will be a great business opportunity to accelerate our knowledge about Pentaho, network with other users, and better understand important use cases.

From a knowledge gathering perspective, it’s a fantastic shortcut to improving our knowledge about the product, attend training sessions, understand the roadmap, and stay on top of business analytics industry trends. It will help us understand where we should be going in the middle-to-long term with Pentaho and inform our business analytics strategy overall. Its a great opportunity that we haven’t seen before in Latin America – so the trip from Brazil was a quick and logical decision for us.

Networking is also extremely important to us. We want to share our experiences with other customers, partners and sponsors. The opportunity to meet with the Pentaho team and build relationships across a cross functional group of people (Sales, Engineering, Marketing) will help our Pentaho relationship for years to come.

And of course, the sessions. I’m personally most keen to see the product test drive sessions on Wednesday focused on Big Data (NoSQL & Hadoop) and the regular sessions on Thursday and Friday covering business/advanced analytics and big data. Last but not least, my team and I look forward to the Pentaho Excellence Awards ceremony during the Friday keynote where SPOTPROMO will receive an award for the ROI category.

(Pentaho note: Need help building your business case for attending PentahoWorld? Check out the blog post from our COO that tells you how to do just that.)

Hope to see you there!

Marcos Andersen
Head of IT
SPOTPROMO


How to Convince Your Boss to Send You to PentahoWorld

September 9, 2014


I’m sure you know that three days of immersive learning and hands-on training will improve your effectiveness with the Pentaho Business Analytics Platform – the question is, how do you make the case to your boss and get buy-in from your company to attend PentahoWorld?

In my role as COO at Pentaho, I’m often asked to approve the expense of attending a conference. So, I thought I’d give some insight into what I would look for in a compelling business case to justify the expense – one that I would happily approve.

  1. Sell the outcome, not the cost.  Pentaho can reduce the time to design, develop and deploy big data analytics projects 15x faster than other methods. How much is your organization investing in big data integration or analytics projects, and how much would it save (or what else could you accomplish) if you could speed that deployment up by 15x?
  2. Future-proof your organization. Pentaho’s ability to connect to all data sources, then blend and analyze that data is a killer advantage, but do you know how to take full advantage? Come to PentahoWorld to learn from Pentaho product and solution experts, fellow customers and partners. Ensure your company can scale and grow into 2015.
  3. Optimize your data investment.  Pentaho can help you make the most of the data investments your company has made to date.  Attendance at PentahoWorld will ensure you learn best practices to effectively access, blend and analyze that data, and deliver it to the right people for decision-making. Come to PentahoWorld for practical advice on how to dramatically improve your data ROI.
  4. Sheer information density.  You won’t find another opportunity to interact with as many Pentaho product experts, customers, and industry leaders doing innovative things with big data, embedded and business analytics and data integration.  Our agenda is packed with rich information and hands-on training to accelerate every aspect of your data and analytics projects.  Content covers everything from best practices to our strategic vision and product roadmaps.
  5. Cost-effective location. Simply put, Orlando is a less expensive location than many other cities where technology conferences take place, especially once you factor in the discounted hotel rates we’ve secured for PentahoWorld (expires Sept 22).  If you’re going to make a cost-effective investment in your data and analytics capabilities, this is the one to pick.

Once you have these five points covered, make sure to take a close look at our session agenda.  You’ll find many sessions that likely align with strategic initiatives your company is currently working on or planning to in the near future. I suggest mapping out which sessions you plan to attend and what company initiatives you expect to impact by attending the Conference. When you have a conversation with your boss about attending PentahoWorld, you’ll be able to paint a complete picture of how this will help the company.

Good luck, and hope to see you in Orlando!

Doug Johnson
COO, Pentaho


The Netflix of Medicine

September 5, 2014


silverchairMuch like how Netflix and Amazon offer their customers ‘preferential content,’ Silverchair Information Systems is now able to provide richer and more valuable contextual data in advertising feeds to create personalized content recommendations based on a reader’s history. Working with the STM publishing industry (customers include the American Medical Association, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and McGraw-Hill Education), Silverchair has propelled user content to enable greater reach, impact, and utility through integrated and personalized solutions.

silverchair logoSilverchair is embedding Pentaho Business Analytics to redefine how the scholarly publishing industry leverages the value of its content and provides novel insights about usage to publishers and editors in the Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) space, based on this data. By transforming its data warehouse and ETL processes with Pentaho, Silverchair is empowering scientists, engineers and doctors to make better-informed decisions.

How did Silverchair become the Netflix of STM? Forrest Swope, Senior Director, Platform Development, Silverchair explains, “Before embedding Pentaho, our analytics processing time was too slow and cumbersome to deliver our customers the real-time analytical insights to support editorial decision-making and Sales support they need. In just a few months, we were up and running with redesigned usage processing and immediately realized the benefits around reduced data processing time and minimized IT burden.”

Silverchair will discuss this use-case and best practices in a panel titled “Embedded Analytics Best Practices: Extending and Integrating Pentaho with Minimal Coding” at PentahoWorld, the inaugural user conference designed for IT professionals, BI and data integration developers, data architects, analysts and business users on October 8-10, 2014 at Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Florida.

To learn more about this session at PentahoWorld, register and view the full agenda, please visit: www.pentahoworld.com.


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