#PPSUMM13

October 15, 2013

More than forty partners from around the globe attended Pentaho Partner Summit 2013 (#PPSUMM13), October 3-4 in the beautiful village of Sintra, Portugal, famous for its 19th-century Romantic architecture and landscapes. The following video summarizes the two days in under two minutes:

Informative sessions

To further help partners to maximize and monetize big data opportunities, the Summit included sales and technical training sessions focusing on different aspects of the big data ecosystem. During these sessions Steve Jenkins, Vice President EMEA of Hadoop distributor MapR, and Luca Olivari, Director of Business Development EMEA of MongoDB, the NoSQL database, explained how Pentaho supports these important and popular big data technologies.

Partner of the Year Award

The Pentaho partners that were the most successful over the last year, delivering outstanding customer success, technical innovation and commercial results, were honored at a gala dinner with the Pentaho Partner of the Year Award. This year’s winners were Italy’s BNova (EMEA), Brazil’s OnCase Brazil (LATAM) and Japan’s KSK (APAC).

 New partner program

The Pentaho Partner Summit 2013 was the perfect occasion to share more details on our new enhanced Partner Program in EMEA, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The new program consists of three levels: Registered Member, Certified Partner and Premium Partner. Registered Member is a new entry level that makes it easier for new partners to sign up to the partner program. The main partnership level, now called ‘Certified Partner’ has been simplified. To reward commitment, Certified Partners that offer advanced services and sell successfully are eligible to earn the top ‘Premium’ status. These new levels replace the previous Bronze, Gold and Platinum and make it easier for customers to select the right partner for their needs.

Learn more about the Pentaho Partner Program visit pentaho.com/partners


Two meetings of hearts and minds in Sintra

October 9, 2013

I consider myself very lucky to have spent last week in the beautiful village of Sintra, Portugal for Pentaho’s Regional Partner Summit followed by the Pentaho Community Meeting. Over four days our bright, enthusiastic partners and community developers animated the romantic Portuguese scenery. If anyone thought that analytics and romance might be incompatible, they were definitely proven wrong!

Partner Summit

Over the first two days more than forty Pentaho partners from around the globe including Australia, Brazil and the Norwegian fjords came together in the Tivoli Hotel to network, share their experiences and gather insights from Pentaho folks onsite.

Big data has injected new vitality to the business analytics space, providing major new opportunities for our partners.  An informal survey we carried out at the summit indicates that about 20 percent of our partners are already working on big data deployments.

To help our partners maximize and monetize big data opportunities, the Summit included sales and technical training sessions focusing on different aspects of the big data ecosystem. For example, Steve Jenkins of MapR and Luca Olivari of MongoDB explained how Pentaho supports these important and popular big data technologies. Thanks to Steve and Luca for taking the time to speak at the Summit!

Pentaho Partner Meeting 2013

Pentaho Partner Summit 2013

Pentaho Partner of the Year Award

One of the highlights of the Pentaho Partner Summit was the Gala Diner in the Seteais Palace – a fitting place to honor the outstanding results from our partners and treat them like the royalty they are! Congratulations once again to Italy’s BNova (EMEA), Brazil’s OnCase Brazil (LATAM) and Japan’s KSK (APAC) for winning the Partner of the Year Award for their respective regions.

Here are some additional photos from the Pentaho Partner Summit and Partner of the Year Awards Dinner

#PCM13

After two intensive days, the Partner Summit drew to a close but the Pentaho party raged on! Most partners stayed on in Sintra to take part in the Pentaho Community Meeting, organized by our new SVP of Community, Pedro Alves and his Webdetails team. With more than a hundred participants gathered in the Pena Palace’s Gardens, this was the biggest community meeting ever to take place in EMEA. It was so inspiring to learn about the many exciting projects that this vibrant community has generated.

Pentaho Community Meeting 2013

Pentaho Community Meeting 2013

Thank you!

After a fun and interesting week teaming with Pentaho spirit it’s only left for me to say a warm ‘thank you’ to everyone who attended and spoke and organized these two fantastic events. Personally, I am leaving impressed and inspired after seeing first hand the impressive projects that our partners and community are creating with Pentaho. I hope you took away new ideas, opportunities, knowledge, and perhaps even a little bit of Sintra’s romance!

Doug Johnson
EVP and COO, Pentaho

Here is a growing list of recap blogs and videos from the events: 


Highlights From Splunk .conf2013 – Machine Data Meets Big Business

October 4, 2013
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Eddie White, EVP Business Development, Pentaho

This week, Pentaho was on site for Splunk .conf2013 in Las Vegas and the show was buzzing with excitement. Organizations big and small shared a range of new innovations leveraging machine data.

Eddie White, executive VP of business development at Pentaho, shares his first-hand impressions and insights on the biggest news and trends coming out of .conf2013.

Q: Eddie, what are your impressions of this year’s Splunk conference?

There’s a different feel at the show this year — bigger companies and more business users attended this year. What traditionally has been more of an “IT Show,” has evolved to showcase real business use cases, success stories and post-deployment analysis. It’s apparent that machine data has turned a corner. The industry is moving well beyond simply logging of machine data. Users integrate, analyze and leverage their vast resource of device data for business intelligence and competitive advantage.

For example, on the first day ADP shared how they leverage big data for real-time insights. Yahoo! shared details on a deployment of Splunk Enterprise at multi-terabyte scale that is helping to better monitor and manage website properties. Intuit spoke on leveraging Splunk for diagnostics, testing, performance tuning and more. And on the second day, StubHub, Harvard University, Credit Suisse, Sears and Wipro were all featuring compelling uses for Splunk.

What was most exciting to me was the 50+ end users I spoke with who wanted learn how Pentaho blends data with and in Splunk. Our booth traffic was steady and heavy. Pentaho’s enhanced visualization and reporting demos were a hit not only with the IT attendees, but with the business users who are searching for ways to harness the power of their Splunk data for deeper insights. 

Q: Does attendance indicate a bigger/growing appetite for analysis of machine data?

Splunk is helping to uncover new information and insights – tapping into the myriad of data types Splunk can support as a data platform. It’s clearly making an impact in the enterprise. Yet as all these organizations increasingly turn to Splunk to collect, index and harness their machine-generated big data…there is tremendous opportunity for organizations to turn to Pentaho , a Splunk Powered Technology Partner, to tap and combine Splunk data with any other data source for deeper insights.

Q: How is the market developing for machine data analytics?

We are seeing the market here change from being driven by the technologists, to being driven by the business user.  The technology has advanced and now has the scale, the flexibility and the models to make real business impacts for the enterprise.  The use cases are clearly defined now and the technology fits the customer needs.  The level of collaboration between the major players like Pentaho, Splunk and Hadoop vendors now presents CIOs with real value.

Q: You were invited this year to speak on a CXO Panel addressing Big Data challenges and opportunities. What were some of the highlights?

The CXO panel was fantastic. It was quite an honor to present and be on a panel with four founders and “rock stars” in Big Data: Matt Pfeil (DataStax), M.C. Srivas (MapR), Ari Zilka (Hortonworks) and Amr Awadallah (Cloudera).

Over a panel session that ran for 90 minutes, we tackled subjects on big data challenges. We heard that Splunk users are dealing with quite a few of the same questions and challenges.

Business users and IT professionals just getting started are struggling with what project to pick first and first steps. My advice is to pick a real business use case and push us vendors to do a proof-of-concept with you, your team and to show quantifiable results in 30 days.

We also heard a lot of questions about which vendor has the right answer to their individual use scenarios and challenges. It was great to see all of the panelists on the same page in their response. No one vendor has all the answers. As I mentioned on the panel, if any Big Data player tells you they can solve all your Big Data problems, you should disqualify them! Users need Splunk, they need Pentaho and they need Hadoop.

Q: Taking a high level view of the conference, what trends can you identify?

There were two major trends taking center stage. Business people were asking business questions, and almost everyone was looking to map adoption to real business use cases.  And again, there’s a clear awareness that no one vendor can answer all of their questions. They are all looking at how to best assemble Hadoop, along with Pentaho and extend their use of Splunk with those technologies.

Q: Pentaho and Splunk are demonstrating the new Pentaho Business Analytics and Splunk Enterprise offering, providing a first look to conference attendees. What kind of reaction are you getting from the demos?

The reaction from the audiences was tremendous. We had two sets of reactions. The end user customers took the time to go in-depth with technology demos and asked questions like… where Splunk ends and where Pentaho begins?  The demo we showed drew the business user in too. It was a very powerful visualization of how we can enable a Splunk enterprise to solve business problems.

The Splunk sales teams who visited the booth and saw the demo were able to clearly discuss how to position a total solution for their customer.

Learn more about Splunk and Pentaho.

 


See you in Vegas at Splunk .conf2013

September 24, 2013


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Splunk has been leading the way in the new world of Big Data for some time, and if you look at their recent earnings you will see that they are matching the marketing with solid growth. Their recent announcements like HUNK also show they are building a solid roadmap for their platform that will enable the Enterprise to embrace both the Splunk platform and the newer disruptive technologies like Hadoop well into the future.  I am looking forward to seeing more of this in Vegas later this month at .conf2013.  And yes, I do love Vegas.

We recently developed an integration available via Splunkbase to the Splunk Analytics platform. We are now able to deliver a number of business critical BI and visualization capabilities to Splunk customers. True to the Pentaho’s mission – to deliver the future of analytics – our partnership with Splunk, the leading software platform for real-time operational intelligence is another step on our path to that mission. Our alliance and integration makes it easy and cost effective for the global Splunk customer base to adopt Pentaho’s comprehensive business analytics and visualization platform to manage and gain business class insight from this highly valuable source of data.  By using our integration, business users in the Enterprise will now be able to bring the Splunk data to life in our rich visualizations, be that pixel perfect reporting, rich and dynamic dashboards and also the ability to do all this in a full BI self-service experience.  Business users need this capability in the format they can consume and Pentaho can deliver that.

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Critically Pentaho can also combine Splunk data with data from other repositories for enriched context and value. Enterprises can now leverage the integration of Pentaho and Splunk to extend their big data analytics by unlocking and harnessing machine data generated by websites, applications, servers, storage, network, mobile and other devices all the way down to network and system sensors. Data can be brought into the Splunk platform from various and multiple sources, be they EDW’s, the new data repositories like Hadoop and NoSQL, This can also bring proprietary database data in the Enterprise into a place where it can be used to bring business value.

By using our Pentaho ETL capabilities we can extend Spunk’s DB connect to enable a full data integration experience to the EDW teams

We love working with the Splunk product team and are really looking forward to the Splunk .conf2013 September 30 – October 3. Besides the trip to the Hard Rock that will surely happen, we will be demonstrating our solution running on Splunk with Splunk data to the customers who will be attending this great event (look for the Pentaho booth in the sponsor hall). We will also be supporting two Splunk sessions –  I am looking forward to participating in the following panels:

  1. CXO Panel: Addressing Big Data Challenges and Opportunities led by Eddie Satterly , Chief Big Data Evangelist, Office of the CTO, Splunk - October 1, 4:30-5:30, Big Data track
  2. Big Data Ecosystem: Partner Panel, led by Brett Sheppard , Director, Product Marketing for Big Data , Splunk - October 2, 4:30-5:30, Big Data track

What is even more exciting is that we are already working with the Splunk sales teams in the field and at the customers demonstrating and proving our joint capabilities. This is where the rubber hits the road as they say and we look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with the Splunk team.

Hope to see you in Vegas!

Eddie White
EVP Business Development


Mondrian in Action – win a free copy

September 4, 2013

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Mondrian fans your wait is over – the book, Mondrian in Action is complete and available to purchase. We sat down with the three authors to get the inside scoop about the book. Below is our interview with:

  • William (Bill) D. Back @billbackbi – Enterprise Architect and Director of Pentaho Services
  • Nicholas (Nick) Goodman @nagoodman – Business Intelligence pro who has authored training courses on OLAP and Mondrian
  • Julian Hyde @julianhyde – Mondrian Founder and the project’s lead developer

Read below to learn how to win a FREE copy of Mondrian in Action and for a special discount offer from Manning Publications.

1. What inspired you to write Mondrian in Action? 

Bill:  I was assigned to be the Mondrian “expert” on my team and started looking at the documentation.  I discovered that it was pretty spread out and some functionality was in people’s heads.  I started pulling together a set of personal documentation and thought it would be a good resource for others.  I don’t think the book will answer every edge question someone might have about Mondrian, but I do think it does a very good job of covering Mondrian and how it is used for Analysis.

Nick: It was a long overdue book and somehow had to write it!   A full decade after Julian began work on it, there still wasn’t a comprehensive guide addressing the practical soup to nuts of a Mondrian project.  When Bill floated the idea, I was happy to join the project.

Julian: As Nick says, this book is long overdue. It’s my way of saying thank you to the community who have helped Mondrian and Pentaho become successful. In the early days, people were taking a risk when they used a product with little documentation beyond what they could find on the developer mailing list. Yet many people did use it, and their projects were successful, and they wrote blog posts and articles that inspired others to try it too.

2. What is the main goal if the book? What do you aim to bring across?

Bill:  I wanted to create a single resource that people can turn to answer their questions about Mondrian.  This includes understanding how it is used by organizations to analyze their business data, how it is used by various tools, such as Pentaho Analyzer and Reporting, and how to integrate Mondrian into a user’s application.

Nick: The goal of the book was to bring together practical knowledge, from 3 of the top practitioners who have worked with Mondrian at over a hundred customers.  The mix of skills between the 3 authors meant we got diverse topics to make a comprehensive and practical book.  Julian is the code expert, Bill knows the integration/Pentaho aspects, and I have extensive customer modeling/configuration experience.  Readers should benefit from our varied experience with Mondrian!

3. What do you like so much about Mondrian to make you write a book about it? 

Bill:  I love how easy it is for someone with limited technical knowledge to analyze large amounts of data.  Reports are great, but they often provide too much data and are difficult to change to do analysis.  Mondrian lets users quickly analyze their data and make information-based decisions.  It’s a powerful concept for any business in today’s highly competitive environment.

Julian: I was inspired to write Mondrian because I wanted to bring powerful BI to a wide audience. I had used a few multidimensional databases and loved how they enabled business users to ask sophisticated questions of large data sets. But they were expensive, not open source, difficult to install and integrate with, and especially difficult to use from within a Java environment. With Mondrian, I set out to address all of these issues. The book is the logical next step. We can bring BI to a wider audience if we gather everything they need to know about Mondrian into one place.

4. Tell us more about the cover of the book – who is the man on the front and what is he doing? 

Bill:  He’s a man from Konavle, a town Southeast of Dubrovnik, Croatia.  Manning uses a variety of historical figures to demonstrate the diversity in technology.

Julian: I think the “man from Konavle” story is just a cover. I think it’s actually Bill in a false mustache and one of his more elaborate Halloween costumes!

5. What’s next?

Bill:  I’m still trying to figure this out.  I’ve got a huge backlog of things I want to research that I’ve been putting off for the last year and a half.  I have some analysis that I want to do with Mondrian based on topics I’m interested in.  I’m also interested in looking at the emerging predictive and Big Data technologies that take analysis to the next level with machine assisted analysis.

Nick: I’m taking some time off from the Big Data hype machines and staying home with my 6-month-old daughter for the next year.  After that, I’ll look at new data/analytics technologies and jump back in – Mondrian will certainly be relevant when I return. I’m  looking forward to all the great stuff Julian is doing with Optiq and the possible synergy between the two projects.  Also, I’m tinkering with a detailed time based analysis of my infants eating and sleeping schedule and am considering building a “baby-mart.”  Just kidding!

Julian: First of all, I am working on the next Mondrian release. There are lots of new features and architectural improvements, most of which are described in the book. The whole Mondrian dev team is really excited to get it to market.

Outside of Mondrian, in my Optiq project, I am also developing some ideas that will allow fast, easy access to data wherever it resides. It is easy to build an adapter to a new data source, so several projects are already using it, including Apache Drill and Cascading. Optiq could be used to extend Mondrian’s capabilities: to run natively on NoSQL databases and Hadoop just as it currently does on relational data, and to improve Mondrian’s performance by pushing more work into its distributed cache. But Optiq can solve a lot of data management problems besides OLAP, so an option I am considering is to build Optiq into a full product.

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Win a free copy of Mondrian in ActionLike Pentaho on Facebook and leave a comment here about which chapter(s) you think will be most useful for you and why (you can see the full index in the book here). You also have the chance to win on Twitter by following Pentaho and tweeting your comment with the hashtag #MondrianIA. Nick, Bill & Julian will pick their favorite comment to win. Deadline to leave a comment is Monday, Sept 9 at 12pm/EST.

Manning Publications is offering an exclusive 37% discount off Mondrian in Action when you purchase through Manning.com. At the shopping cart, simply enter the discount code mlbackp.


Our New San Francisco Home

July 23, 2013

The Pentaho team is expanding rapidly worldwide. More awesome team members equals = the need for more space. We are excited to announce that we have moved offices in San Francisco giving our sales and marketing teams a lot more room to spread out and grow. Don’t worry, we still have amazing views of the Bay Bridge! If you are in the Embarcadero area, let us know – we’d love to meet you in person at our new home. Here are some photos from our open house last week.

Pentaho's new San Francisco Headquarters at 353 Sacramento Street

Pentaho’s new San Francisco office at 353 Sacramento Street


It’s a small world after all

July 17, 2013

The other week Dave Henry, SVP of Enterprise Solutions at Pentaho had a great conversation with industry analyst Neil Raden, for his article in Forbes Magazine about Big Data trends. They discussed some of the ongoing roadblocks they see with companies tackling big data issues and how Pentaho helps to solve those issue. One concept that resonated with Neil was the comment, “It’s a small world after all and companies need to find a more optimal use of resources to gain efficiency.” Que the song

This idea and comment made its way to Forbes magazine this month in the article, Big Data, Small World. I encourage you to swing by newsstands in the next few weeks to pick up the latest issue of Forbes. You’ll be able to read more about Dave and Neil’s interview discussing crystal balls, the future of big data and Pentaho on page 120-121. Below is a glimpse of the article and Pentaho ad in this months issue. Head to your news stands today!

Top = Forbes cover (pick it up today) Bottom Left = article cover Bottom Right = Pentaho ad and interview with Neil Raden

Top = Forbes cover (pick it up today)
Bottom Left = article cover
Bottom Right = Pentaho ad and interview with Neil Raden

Rebecca Shomair
Director, Corporate Communications


Awards Are Rolling In for Pentaho

July 11, 2013

Awards CoverPentaho and its customers have been honored with a bevy of awards over the past few months, and I thought I’d share them here. We’re grateful to be recognized so widely as a leader in big data and software development.

Here’s a synopsis of the awards Pentaho has won in the past three months alone.

  • Red Herring 100 – Red Herring identified Pentaho as one of the 100 most promising private technology start-ups in North America for 2013. According to Red Herring, companies are judged based on “financial performance, technology innovation, quality of management, execution of strategy, and integration into their respective industries.”
  • CRN 2013 Big Data 100: Pentaho was named to CRN’s inaugural Big Data 100 list, which identifies “vendors that have demonstrated an ability to innovate in bringing to market products and technologies that help businesses manage big data.”
  • SD Times 100: ‘Best in Show’ in Software Development: This annual award recognizes top leaders and innovators in the software- development industry. Pentaho was included in the new Big Data and BI category, which names vendors the editors believe have “tackled the giant data problem with aplomb.”
  • 2013 SIIA Software CODiE Award Finalist for Best Big Data Solution: This award recognizes the vendors that best enable the “capture, analysis, and mining of large data sets.” Pentaho was the only full data integration and analytics provider among the five finalists.
  • IE Big Data Innovation Award Winner 2013: Pentaho won in the Big Data Technology Provider Category, and accepted the award at the Big Data Innovation Summit In San Francisco. The award is designed to recognize “organizations that have pioneered Big Data initiatives that have or will have an overall positive impact within the Big Data community.”
  • Database Trends and Applications DBTA 100: This inaugural award recognizes “the companies that matter most in data.”

Several of our customers were also honored for their creative deployment of Pentaho’s software to provide business solutions.

  • Apparel Magazine 2013 Top Innovator (Modcloth): Modcloth, an e-commerce retailer, was recognized as a “Top Innovator” for its Pentaho deployment. Modcloth “wanted to transition away from creating reports in Excel and migrate to a more robust platform with richer features,” Jessica Binns wrote in Apparel Magazine. “Pentaho’s reporting software is helping ModCloth to improve the speed and quality of the decisions it makes, [and] get a closer look at customer trends by collecting social media data such as loves, shares and reviews.”
  • Nucleus Research 2013 ROI Awards (STRATO): This award recognizes companies that have made the “best technology deployments.” STRATO, a storage and web hosting company, received the award for its use of Pentaho, which generated a 392% return on investment. According to Nucleus Research, using Pentaho helped STRATO to lower hardware and software costs, increase manager and employee productivity, put off capital investments, and increase revenue.
  • IT Europa’s Government Solution of the Year Finalist (BNova for Italy’s Chamber of Commerce): BNova, an Italian consulting firm, was recognized for a highly innovative application it designed based on Pentaho’s platform. The application will help Italy’s chambers of commerce to forecast economic trends and provide better local support to businesses.
  • Campus Technology Innovators Award 2013: Each year, the Campus Technology Innovators Awards recognize exemplary colleges and universities, their visionary technology project leadership, and their innovative technology vendor partners that have taken technology to extraordinary new heights to meet today’s challenges on campus. Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY was selected for their Open Academic Analytics Initiative using Pentaho.

It means a lot to us that our work is being recognized by so many big names in the technology world, and across such a range of categories. 
The customer awards are especially meaningful to our team. They prove that Pentaho’s analytics and data integration technology can transform businesses, while delivering high-value ROI. So, don’t be shy. If you’re happy to brag about how transformative big data/business analytics is for your company and customers, send us a note. We’re happy to work together, shining the spotlight on any novel deployments.

Rebecca Shomair
Director of Corporate Communications


Rackspace brings ETL to the Cloud with Pentaho: Hadoop Summit Q&A

June 27, 2013

This week Pentaho has been meeting with the movers and shakers of the Apache Hadoop community in San Jose, at the 6th annual Hadoop Summit. Pentaho and Rackspace are drawing attention on this final day of the show with the announcement of a partnership that brings ETL to the cloud. We’re introducing Rackspace Big Data, a powerful enterprise grade Hadoop as a Service solution. As the industry leader in cost effective data integration for Hadoop, Pentaho is proud to team with Rackspace, the industry leader in enterprise IAAS, to deliver this new era of big data in the cloud.

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L) Eddie White, EVP business development, Pentaho | R) Sean Anderson product marketing manager for cloud big data solutions, Rackspace Hosting

To learn more about the news, we’re talking today with Pentaho’s Eddie White, executive vice president of business development.

Give us a quick overview of this Rackspace news, and how Pentaho is involved.

Rackspace Big Data is an exciting Hadoop as a Service offering with full enterprise features. This is the next evolution in the big data ecosystem, delivering the ongoing structure to allow enterprise customers to choose a variety of consumption models over time. Customers can choose managed dedicated servers, and public, private or hybrid cloud options. Pentaho was chosen as the only Hadoop ETL / Data integration partner for this Cloud Tools Hadoop offering.

So is this a solution for enterprise customers looking to grow their big data operations?

Yes, absolutely. Hadoop as a Service is an attractive alternative for customers that need enterprise-level infrastructure support. Pentaho gives Rackspace a partner with the skills and talent on-board to deliver big data for production environments, along with the support and stability that Rackspace customers demand from their service-level agreements. Enterprises are looking for a Cloud partner with an enterprise-grade infrastructure to support running their business; not just test and development efforts.

What makes up this Hadoop as a Service model?

Together, Rackspace, Hortonworks and Pentaho have jointly delivered an offering that facilitates ease of use and ease of adoption of Hadoop as a Service. Rackspace Big Data includes the HortonWorks Data Platform for Hadoop; Pentaho Business Analytics as the ETL / Big Data Integration partner; and Karmasphere providing Hadoop analytics.

Rackspace excels at the enterprise IaaS model, and now they’ve partnered with Hortonworks and Pentaho to introduce an easy-to-use, consume-as-you-scale Hadoop as a Service offering – so customers can get started today, confident their solution will scale along with their big data needs. Rackspace chose to partner with Pentaho because it is the industry-leading Hadoop ETL and Big Data Analytics platform. Rackspace Big Data offers a range of models to meet any organization’s changing needs, from dedicated to hybrid, and for private and public clouds. And the offering ensures the ability to bi-directionally move data in and out of enterprise clusters, with minimal technical effort and cost.

What does Pentaho Data Integration bring to Rackspace Big Data?

Rather than speak for our partner, I’ll let Sean Anderson, Rackspace Hosting’s product marketing manager for cloud big data solutions, answer that. He sums up what Pentaho brings to the partnership nicely:

“Pentaho Data Integration is all about easing adoption and enhancing utilization of Rackspace big data platforms, with native, easy-to-use data integration. Pentaho is leading the innovation of Hadoop Integration and Analytics, and the upcoming cloud offering with Rackspace reduces the barriers to instant success with Hadoop, so customers can adopt and deploy quickly, delivering faster ROI,” said Anderson.

“Pentaho’s powerful data integration engine serves as a platform, enabling delivery of that content right into an enterprise’s pre-existing business intelligence and analytics tools,” continued Anderson. “Rackspace Big Data customers who require multiple data stores can leverage the ease of operation inherent in their visual ETL tool Pentaho provides. Customers will be able to complement their platform offering by adding the validated Pentaho tool via the Cloud Tools Marketplace.”

A key takeaway is that Rackspace Big Data customers may choose to bridge to the Pentaho Business Analytics platform. As an example, Pentaho’s full suite can be used where a Rackspace customer wants to use both Hortonworks and ObjectRocket. We bring the data in both of these databases to life for the Rackspace customer.

Why is Pentaho excited about this announcement?

This is exciting news because it is Pentaho’s first strategic cloud partnership. As the big data market has matured, it’s now time for production workloads to be moved over to Big Data Service offerings. Rackspace is the recognized leader providing the enterprise with IaaS, with an enterprise-grade support model. We see Rackspace and a natural partner for us to make our move into this space. We are market leaders in our respective categories with proven experience that enterprises trust for service, reliability, scalability and support. As the market for Hadoop and Big Data is developing and maturing, we see Rackspace as the natural strategic partner for Pentaho to begin providing Big Data / Hadoop as a Service.

MarketplaceHow can organizations buy Rackspace Big Data?

For anyone looking to leverage Hadoop as a Service, Rackspace Big Data is available directly from Rackspace. For more information and pricing visit: www.rackspace.com/big-data. Pentaho will also be in the Rackspace Cloud Tools marketplace.


Beer + Pizza + Pentaho = Pentaho London User Group

June 11, 2013
Foto Oficial do Pentaho Day 2013 - Fortaleza - Brasil

Foto Oficial do Pentaho Day 2013 – Fortaleza – Brasil

Guest Post – Pedro Alves, Senior VP of Community, Pentaho

Hello everyone!

Exactly 2 months after the Pentaho Community event in Brazil, that had an all-time record of roughly 200 attendees (see photo on right), we’re hosting our next User Group meeting in London. Shared points between both events? Similar topics, amazing people willing to share their experiences and learn from others and the always fundamental beer and pizza! Unfortunately, the amazing Brazilian weather won’t be the same. Chances are it will be cold and wet – welcome to London :)

The event will be held at the Skills Matter Exchange in the Clerkenwell area of London on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6.00 pm. We’re targeting the Pentaho Community, which in my definition includes customers, users, developers, basically anyone that’s willing to spend some time helping to make the product better. It’s one of my main goals as Senior VP of Community to create conditions for that to happen, and I’m interested in hearing ideas and feedback that anyone is willing to share.

Here’s the current agenda:

  • Matt Casters, creator and architect of PDI / Kettle will lead a demo and discussion on how Pentaho supports Hadoop and big data analytics.
  • Dave Romano will lead a talk on how big data start-up Causata has been using Pentaho, specifically covering its use of a custom repository, step plug-ins and embedding Kettle
  • Pedro Alves will present CPK, the Community Plugin Kickstarter, a tool that allow non-developers to create Pentaho Plugins
  • Simon Raybould will describe the dashboard centric implementation at Found, heavily centered around Ctools and Mondrian

Please note that most of the presentations are technically oriented, mainly of interest to consultants and developers. We invite you to propose discussions, technical presentations, user stories and hosted Q&A sessions to educate and inspire other users.

There will be plenty of time before and after the meetup for informal networking. For more information and to register, please visit this link. On behalf of PLUG (Pentaho London User Group) organiser Dan Keeley and Pentaho, we hope to see you on June 20th.

Pedro Alves, Senior VP of Community, Pentaho


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