International Women’s Day – Product Management

March 6, 2014

As part of our series highlighting women in tech for International Women’s Day we are featuring Michelle Bradbury, Director of Product Management at Pentaho.

Our goal with this series is to promote the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day…to inspire change. We encourage you to share this story and help our effort to bring more women into the field of technology.

Michelle Bradbury, Director of Product Management at Pentaho

Michelle Bradbury, Director of Product Management at Pentaho

What do I do at Pentaho?
I am the Director of Product Management. I work with my team to create and deliver features that will make our product compelling in the market place. I have been at Pentaho for over two years and in the technology industry for over 18 years including companies like CapitalOne, Fujitsu, and Microsoft.

What inspired you to work in technology?
My interest in technology from the beginning was the power of data. Coming from a marketing background, I Initially had interest in utilizing data to try and understand customers motivations and buying behavior. That turned into a long career in data warehousing and business analytics.

How do you think the industry could inspire more girls and women?
There are so few areas in today’s world that aren’t impacted by technology. I think the industry should provide more insight into how technology impacts areas of interest for a large percentage of girls and women. Examples could include electronic planning for better family organization or the tech behind purchasing at online fashion retailers like ideeli and Modcloth (both Pentaho customers). The possibilities are truly endless.

The role of a product manager is really all about breaking boundaries.  It is being able to see what is relevant today and dreaming up what will be relevant tomorrow.  The best advice I have for girls and women seeking a product management role is to stay in the forefront of an industry that interest them. Understand how technology can better that industry, and look for technical opportunities to make that happen.

Favorite memory about Pentaho?
Taking my team to play trampoline dodgeball.  It was a great opportunity to relax while hurling nerf balls at top speed at one another.

Fun fact about me.
I have a credit on IMDB.


International Women’s Day – Scrum Master

March 5, 2014

As part of our series highlighting women in tech for International Women’s Day we are featuring Sarah Baca, Scrum Mater at Pentaho.

Our goal with this series is to promote the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day…to inspire change. We encourage you to share this story and help our effort to bring more women into the field of technology.

Sarah Baca, Scrum Master at Pentaho

Sarah Baca, Scrum Master at Pentaho

What do you do at Pentaho? How long have you been at Pentaho?
I have been at Pentaho for two years and am the Scrum Master for Engineering. I am responsible for helping our six teams coordinate, communicate, and follow the Agile Scrum framework. To learn what Scrum is read this.

What inspired you to want you to work in technology?
I’ve always been interested in technology. I like to see how technology connects people and allows them to learn from each other. Just 10 years ago it took a  lot of effort to connect with someone with a similar interest. Now, you can go online in an instant and find hundreds of people with just a few clicks. The people on the Scrum teams come from all over the world and they learn from each other constantly. I also really love watching the Software Development Lifecycle. It fascinates me to think that a group of people can create something  amazing out of thin air.

How do you think the industry could inspire more girls and women towards careers in technology? What advice do you have for women wanting to become a Scrum Master?
I think you need to follow your passions, whatever those are. Explore and investigate what is out there and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t, for any reason, especially because you’re a girl. I hope that as women become more involved in technology industries that they move into leadership positions and mentor women just entering the field. To me, nothing can replace that connection with someone else and seeing that they are in the trenches, constantly growing and learning and then passing that on.

What is a favorite memory you have about Pentaho?
I have so many awesome memories working at Pentaho. I think my favorite memory is when I won the President’s Award at the All Hands Company meeting this past January. That was such a tremendous honor. And, in typical hilarious Pentaho fashion, one of the big wigs said, “There’s no check in there, Sarah, don’t bother looking.” We are always laughing at work, and I love that about Pentaho.

Fun Fact about you.
I’m a stepmom of three and mom of three so that means I am regularly wrangling six kids. It makes six Scrum teams look like a piece of cake. ;-)


Pentaho Supports International Women’s Day 2014

March 5, 2014

On average, the percentage of women in the tech field is 12.9%. We at Pentaho are proud to share that we are not your average company and 23% of our workforce are women – almost twice the industry average!

With International Women’s Day approaching on March 8th, we wanted to take time to support this important day and its 2014 theme of INSPIRING CHANGE.

This week we will be highlighting women at Pentaho, what they do, how they got there and how we can inspire more girls and women to get involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and seek out jobs in technology.

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Rosanne Saccone, Chief Marketing Officer at Pentaho

The first woman we are highlighting is Pentaho’s Chief Marketing Officer, Rosanne Saccone.

What do you do at Pentaho? How long have you been at Pentaho?
I am the Chief Marketing Officer and have been at Pentaho for over a little over two years.  I am responsible for all marketing at Pentaho, including our brand, product and solution marketing, corporate communications, and demand generation for the company worldwide.  I have been in the technology industry for over 25 years holding senior roles at technology companies such as HP, BEA Systems, Olliance and PivotLink.

What inspired you to want you to work in technology?
I love the pace of innovation and expectations of achievement in high tech. Although some might consider it a ‘macho’ industry, I find it an awesome place for strong women who like to compete and win. An industry that is a match for women who are great team players and are inspired by driving change that truly does impact the way the world works. If you are consistently focused on achieving results that are measurable, over time you will be rewarded in this industry — because the tech companies that eventually win have the best people, and many of the best people happen to be women. I’ve been in many different roles and functions in high tech companies, and this focus on striving for excellence was a common factor that has inspired me to reach further and try harder to help my organizations win.

How do you think the industry could inspire more girls and women towards careers in technology? 
I think it begins at school — we need to create an environment where girls and young women are encouraged to think differently and actively engage in learning about math and science concepts.  We need to make sure we showcase that technology is cool, and that the tech industry will embrace girls and women who want to change the game. It is also important to make sure that a well-rounded education includes the ability to communicate clearly (reading and writing skills), and embraces not just rote memorization of math and science concepts but teaches people problem solving and to think about problems from different angles.

We can sponsor internships for young women to experience the working environments at successful high tech companies.  We can also emphasize that there are many different roles within high tech companies where women can be successful — across all departments, as individual contributors, managers, and executives. On this note, there are currently several job openings at Pentaho and stay tuned for internship openings – help us build upon our 23% female workforce!

What is a favorite memory you have about Pentaho?
Probably the “all nighter” the marketing team spent getting everything ready to launch our v5 product.  Because we are fearless (!!), we decided to launch a completely new brand, completely new website, and a completely re-designed product all in the space of a couple of months.  Everyone pulled together to make it happen — making smart decisions quickly, collaborating as needed to get alignment on goals, getting creative on the content and programs that were required to get results from all the activity.  I’ll never forget the feeling of triumph and satisfaction as our extended Pentaho team worked together to resolve the remaining issues at one in the morning PT just ahead of our 2 am launch. Interestingly, most of the key leaders of the team happen to be women — head of product marketing, head of demand generation, head of brand.  There is such a strong team emphasis and focus on achievement, and that moment really epitomizes that spirit to me.

Fun Fact about you. 
I love to play golf and play the piano in my spare time.  I was born in San Francisco.


Bring your Big Data to Life With Pentaho at Strata Santa Clara

January 30, 2014

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If you are like most Enterprise IT decision makers, there’s a 50/50 chance you are already knee deep into Big Data or on a path to figuring out how to get started. One of the “must attend” conferences for anyone involved in Big Data is the O’Reilly Strata Conference (Santa Clara, February 11-15, 2014).

Join Us!

Pentaho is excited to return as a sponsor this year and we have a number of ways you can learn more about getting the most out of your Big Data initiatives.

The Pentaho team of executives, technologist and data scientist will be on hand to share the latest big data innovations from Pentaho Labs such as integration with Apache Hadoop YARN and Storm. Come get answers to your all of your big data integration and analytics question. Let us help you bring your Big Data to life!

Below is a list of all activities for Pentaho in and around the conference. Register with code Pentaho20 and receive 20% off registration.

Exhibit booth

You will find the Pentaho team in the Sponsor Pavilion at booth 710 (located near the O’reilly Media booth). Learn all about how Pentaho can help bring your Big Data to life! Don’t forget to get your Pentaho t-shirt and enter for the chance to win a Go Pro camera.

Meetups

Big Data Science Meet-up at Strata Conference

  • Monday, 2/10 at 5:30-9:30 in Ballroom E
  • Nick Gonzalez, Data Scientist at Pentaho will speak about Real World Big Data Prescriptive Analytics
  • Today’s large and convoluted data landscape coupled with the abundance of available computing resources presents unique opportunities for data scientists around the world. To remain competitive in this landscape, we must go beyond generating predictions to generating solutions from big data that are driven by actions derived from data driven predictions. And we have to do this as fast as possible.  This is the real world of big data prescriptive analytics. This talk will address each one of these challenges and present technical solutions and algorithms to address them.  By the end of this presentation each individual solution will come together in a symphony of code and hardware to form a unified automated process that is the backbone of a successful big data prescriptive analytics solution.

Breakout Sessions

Getting There from Here: Moving Data Science into the Boardroom

  • Rosanne Saccone (Pentaho), Scott Chastain (SAS), Chris Selland (HP Vertica)
  • Tuesday, 2/11 at 11:15 on the Data Driven Business Track, Ballroom CD
  • Pundits and analysts agree—the data-driven enterprise is here to stay. But how will companies balance analysis with action? Will optimization of the current model leave firms more vulnerable than ever to disruption by what’s new and unpredictable? And how do we balance legacy investments in data warehousing and business intelligence with emerging technologies for massive, real-time data processing? Join Scott Chastain, Roseanne Saccone, Chris Selland, and Strata Chair Alistair Croll for a look at the practical concerns facing tomorrow’s data-driven business.

Lessons from the Trenches: edo Interactive Leverages Hadoop to Build Customer Loyalty

  • Thursday, 2/13 at 11:30am, Ballroom G
  • Tim Garnto (edo) & Rob Rosen (Pentaho)
  • Hadoop presents as an enabling technology to better understand customer preferences and behaviors, but organizations often struggle with time-consuming data preparation and analytics processes. edo Interactive – a leader in providing card-linked offers to financial services and retailers – shares how they drive agile, improved decision-making by complementing native Hadoop technologies with analytical databases and ETL optimization and data visualization solutions from vendors such as Pentaho.

We hope to see you soon at Strata in Santa Clara. If you would prefer a private meeting with Pentaho at the conference send us a message via our contacts page or direct message us on twitter @Pentaho.


Top 10 Pentaho Stories of 2013

December 31, 2013

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2013 has been an exciting year with new products, partnerships and overall company momentum. Before the clock strikes midnight on December 31, and we welcome 2014, we’d like to look back at some of the top stories of 2013. Here are the top 10 most popular news releases of 2013:

10. Pentaho Named a Red Herring Global 100 Winner
Big data integration and analytics leader listed among world’s most promising technology companies (Wednesday, November 27, 2013)

9. Revamped Global Pentaho Partner Programme Rewards Commitment and Lowers Barriers to Entry
Now even easier for channel players to profit from the big data revolution (Wednesday, September 4, 2013)

8. Pentaho Brings Big Data Analytics to Intel® Distribution for Apache Hadoop Software
End-to-end solution combines the Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop Software with Pentaho’s full range of enterprise data integration and analytics software (Tuesday, February 26, 2013)

7. Rackspace brings ETL to the Cloud with Pentaho
A Hadoop Summit Q&A (Thursday, June 27, 2013)

6. Pentaho Instaview Templates Broaden Big Data Access and Analysis
Big Data delivery is simplified for IT to easily customize and create new templates; Data Analysts empowered to choose, prepare and analyze big data sources in three easy steps (Tuesday, February 26, 2013)

5. Pentaho Announces New Offering for MongoDB-based Business Intelligence
Expanded native integration provides enterprise analytics for MongoDB (Thursday, September 12, 2013)

4. Pentaho and Splunk Partner to Unlock Big Data Value from Machine Generated Data
Extends Splunk Machine Data Insights to Business Users with Pentaho’s Big Data Visualization and Data Integration (Wednesday, August 7, 2013)

3. Pentaho Furthers Innovation in Big Data Integration and Launches Pentaho Labs
Helps companies thrive in the face of relentless big data change (Wednesday, June 26, 2013)

2. Pentaho Acquires Dashboard and UI Specialist Partner Webdetails
Portugal-based consultancy provides visual development expertise, consulting services and a new community leader (Monday, April 22, 2013)

1.  Pentaho Gears Up Analytics Platform for the Future of Big Data
Pentaho Business Analytics 5.0 greatly simplifies the entire analytics experience for everyone and delivers the industry’s first just in time big data blending ‘at the source’ (Thursday, September 12, 2013)

What was your favorite story of 2013? We want to know – you can respond in the comments section below or on twitter using the hashtag #Pentaho.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!


Customer Spotlight: WiMP Music, the 2013 BI Award winner for Innovation

December 2, 2013

wimpAwardIn today`s blog post, I want to put the spotlight on our Norwegian partner Conduct and congratulate them for their great work implementing Pentaho for WiMP Music, a music streaming service similar to iTunes that is very popular in Northern and Central Europe. The deployment received the 2013 BI Award for Innovation in Norway given by the prestigious Norwegian Computer Society on October 31st in Oslo.

Through local editorial teams in each country, WiMP provides daily recommendations, tips and playlists for any occasion for its audiences. The ad-free service is available on computers and mobiles, tablets and network players in Denmark, Germany, Norway, Poland and Sweden. The business is entirely digital and data-driven, with music files licensed from a large number of different sources delivered by a huge partner network and priced dynamically, according to where and how it is sold. Wimp’s BI solution was built by Conduct on Pentaho Business Analytics and has been in production since 2010.

Pentaho has become essential for delivering the music streaming service WiMP provides, because it controls income distribution and settlement. It also provides information that WiMP is contractually obliged to provide to content providers and partners. In addition, the solution provides a huge range of easily accessible management information for decision-making based on facts, not gut feelings.

The Jury stated that this year’s winner of the BI Award for Innovation has:

  • Adopted BI as a core component of its business
  • Been thinking outside the box and dared to challenge traditional IT architecture when establishing its business and its IT portfolio. The solution is flexible and meets the changing challenges of a dynamic market.
  • Used Open Source in its solution design and decided to use the data warehouse as the core of its business systems and business model
  • Created a robust solution that satisfies both audits and controls and creates numbers its partners trust

Congratulations to WiMP for its foresight of truly extracting the real value of data and building its business model based on it. And of course a big congrats to our channel partner Conduct who built this great deployment on our Pentaho Business Analytics platform.

Pentaho is supporting its partners also with its marketing activities. If you have impressive customer stories like WiMP, our team is on hand to help you promote and celebrate them by writing up case studies, press releases, co-hosting a webinar or completing award applications. If you are a Pentaho partner and want to get the most out of your partnership, please contact me.

Erik Nolten
Director Channel EMEA & APAC


Happy Thanksgiving from Pentaho

November 27, 2013

To all of our readers in the US, we hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and are enjoying some time off with friends and family.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving we want to say that we are thankful for our amazing community, customers, partners and colleagues. Happy Thanksgiving!

Visit our Facebook page to see photos from our Worksgiving potluck in the San Francisco office. Everyone brought in their famous Thanksgiving recipes such as Thai sesame chicken wings, spring rolls, jalapeno corn bread, lemon cream bars and of course a big turkey with stuffing.

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