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.


The Pentaho Test Drive

September 2, 2014

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Before making an investment in a new car, you may first narrow down what features you want such as fast, easy to use and cost effective. Next, once you have a strategy you probably head to the dealer to test drive a few of the targeted options before making a big investment in a car that you know will improve your commute.

With the rapidly changing data landscape, there are newer, faster, and easier to use options to access, analyze and predict your data that are now in the marketplace. Similar to the flashy car advertisements, its hard to separate hype from reality of which tools will give your organization the performance and flexibility needed to achieve a return on your investment.

Similar to the process you would take to buy a new car, at PentahoWorld, we are giving you a unique opportunity to test drive three different innovative use cases that we see making a huge impact on our customers. Test drive options include: Pentaho Data Integration (PDI) with Hadoop, PDI with MongoDB, and PDI with Weka (Predictive) – see below for descriptions.

At the PentahoWorld Hands-On Product Training, we hand over the keys or in reality – we provide the experts, computers and lunch. This really is a great opportunity to take your knowledge to the next level with in-depth instructions with these innovative technologies. I recommend signing up for the test drive sessions ASAP as space is limited, and the early bird pricing ends September 5th.

John Durkin
Senior Training Manager
Pentaho

Test Drive Pentaho with Hadoop

This Test Drive covers the steps to use Hadoop in the process of optimizing your data warehouse. You’ll gain hands-on experience with creating folders in HDFS, loading data, working with PDI transformations, configuring Pentaho Map Reduce and reviewing your results in HDFS. You’ll orchestrate it all by using a Hadoop job in PDI.

Test Drive Pentaho with MongoDB

This Test Drive outlines a real world scenario based on creating a 360° view of your customers. You’ll gain hands-on experience with connecting MongoDB to PDI, loading data into a MongoDB document, creating arrays, creating an aggregate pipeline query, and visualizing the results. You’ll orchestrate all of these tasks using a MongoDB job in PDI.

Test Drive Pentaho with Weka

This Test Drive introduces basic data mining concepts and terminology, along with the parts of the Pentaho suite that facilitate the development and application of predictive modelling. If you are new to data mining or you are considering a predictive solution for your business challenge, this is the test drive for you. You’ll gain hands-on experience with the Pentaho tools using real world direct-marketing use case. In particular, you will be introduced to some common types of data mining models and guided through the process of creating, evaluating, exporting and deploying a predictive model.

Sign-up for the Pentaho test drive today!

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What’s new at Pentaho – Q2 2014 review

August 8, 2014

We are a very busy bunch at Pentaho. We are makers and doers, firmly focused on the future of analytics.

Sometimes it’s good to stop and reflect back on customer success stories, product developments and recent achievements. It is an exciting time for Pentaho with the first PentahoWorld worldwide users conference taking place in October, the recent release of Pentaho 5.1 and our users being recognized in national awards for the work they have done using Pentaho analytics.

Below is a summary of what’s new at Pentaho from Q2 2014: news, content, press mentions and blogs.

Press releases

  1. Pentaho Equips Companies to Easily Scale Big Data Operations, Regardless of IT Resources
  2. Introducing the Pentaho Excellence Awards
  3. Pentaho Data Science Pack Operationalizes Use of R and Weka
  4. Pentaho to Host First Worldwide Users’ Conference
  5. Bywaters’ Customers Save Money and Co2 with Pentaho Embedded Analytics
  6. Pentaho Business Analytics Certified on Cloudera 5 for Apache Hadoop in the Enterprise
  7. Head of IBM Analytics Product Strategy Joins Pentaho as Chief Product Officer

New Content added to Pentaho.com

eBooks

Pentaho Authored Whitepapers

Third Party Content

Recorded Webinars

Videos

Sound Clips

Press highlights

Pentaho 5.1 highlights

Data blending highlights

Blogs

Thought Leadership

  1. Dinosaurs Have Had Their Day
  2. Hadoop Summit 2014 – Big Data Keeps Getting Bigger
  3. Horses for courses
  4. Cloudera Stamp of Approval

Product or Campaign Focused

  1. Spark on Fire! Integrating Pentaho and Spark
  2. Introducing Pentaho 5.1 – Powering Big Data Analytics at Scale
  3. World Cup, Twitter sentiment and equity prices…any correlation?
  4. Good news, your data scientist just got a personal assistant
  5. I’ll Take Some Science with My Art

Company

  1. Recognizing and Rewarding Your Work: The Pentaho Excellence Awards
  2. Award time at Pentaho
  3. Why are WE excited about PentahoWorld?
  4. PentahoWorld 2014 – save the date
  5. Pentaho and MongoDB Rendezvous in SF

 


Preview of PentahoWorld Speakers – Cloudera, Forrester, NASDAQ

July 25, 2014
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We’ve been busy curating compelling keynotes and general sessions for PentahoWorld that will help you develop a roadmap for scale, growth and success. Before the big reveal of all of our speakers, we wanted to give you a preview of some of the big data leaders and mavericks that will be speaking at PentahoWorld in Orlando, October 8-10.

We’ve selected keynotes that are big data innovators and leaders who’ve had the vision to see the potential of big data well ahead of the curve, while our general sessions will focus on more tactical information as you work to leverage the latest technologies, solve your biggest data challenges, and get the most out of your Pentaho implementation.

Preview of the First Wave of Speakers
Quentin GallivanChairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pentaho
Mike OlsonChief Strategy Officer, Cloudera
Christopher DziekanChief Product Officer, Pentaho
Mike GualtieriPrincipal Analyst, Forrester Research
Michael WeissSr Software Engineer, NASDAQ
John DinhLead Product Manager, NASDAQ

Next steps for you:

  1. Check the Agenda page often as we continue to add to the agenda
  2. Make sure to register today! Early bird ends August 31st (30% savings!)
  3. Are you using Pentaho in an interesting or innovative way? Apply for the Pentaho Excellence Awards – Deadline to submit is July 31st.

 


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