On October 1st, Pentaho welcomed a new CEO and board member to our team, Quentin Gallivan. We caught up with Quentin in his new office at the Pentaho headquarters in San Francisco to get to know him a little better, his background and plans for Pentaho. Welcome Quentin!
The world lost one of the greatest visionary leaders yet he will continue to be an inspiration to all of us. Our thoughts are with Steve’s family, friends and everyone at Apple. We will continue to strive to be the crazy ones.
Last month we shared with you a story of how Kiva was using Pentaho to change the world through micro financing. Today, we are exciting to share how Pentaho OEM Partner, Cipal, is facilitating change at Belgium’s social welfare organizations. Cipal an IT service provider to Belgium’s public sector, has completed a successful pilot of its Pentaho-based OEM application ‘Athena BI’ with four social welfare organizations in the Flanders region.
Following an exhaustive review of traditional and open source BI options, Cipal chose Pentaho Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition to power Athena BI. Cipal is implementing the full Pentaho BI suite, which includes data integration, dashboards, reporting, analysis and data mining. Cipal chose Pentaho for Athena BI because it offered the widest range of fully integrated modules, the best total cost of ownership and flexible infrastructure that supported its open, Cloud-based platform.
According to Sven Meermans, Business Development Manager, Business Intelligence, Cipal, “Pentaho BI turned out to be the ideal platform for our Cloud-based Athena BI OEM application, which we have rolled out to four social welfare associations in Flanders. Pentaho BI supports all our current needs to provide services like data integration and analytics and will support planned capabilities like data mining. Pentaho really supported our efforts to deliver Athena BI to our customers on spec, on time and on budget.”
The early results of the Athena BI pilot have exceeded Cipal’s expectations and feedback from social welfare organizations is very encouraging. These include:
- Rapid time-to-value– The Athena BI pilot was completed and rolled out within budget to four social welfare associations in just four months.
- Power to the user– Human Resource managers are now empowered to create, customize and analyze their own reports on their own time, without reliance on IT.
- A step towards change– After the success of the pilot project with Human Resources data, Athena BI will now be rolled out to more social welfare associations, municipalities and provinces adding new functionality to monitor financial and other data.
Visit Pentaho.com to read the full story on how Cipal embeds Pentaho BI to help Belgium municipalities monitor and measure performance.
Watch on demand – OEM Tech Series Webcast: Architecture of the BI Server
Moneyball was a huge hit at the box office this weekend. Check out the trailer below. The movie is based on a true story about the Oakland Athletics baseball team and its general manager taking an analytical approach to assembling a team of high yield and low cost players.
Living and working in the Business Intelligence and Analytics world, we want to know how you are taking your BI skills and applying them to your personal sports analytics – this could be Fantasy baseball and football (like several employees here), tracking your running or favorite teams.
Post your story to our Facebook page. The best story will win 2 tickets to the movie Moneyball. Contest ends Friday at noon/est.
The other day, Pentaho Founder and CEO, Richard Daley sat down with BeyeNETWORK Founder, Ron Powell for a SPOTLIGHT interview. Click here to read the Q&A transcript of Ron and Richard discussing the advantages of commercial open source business intelligence and user-driven BI.
A few of the questions include:
- Why consider Open Source over traditional BI
- Insight to the Pentaho community and the definition of community size
- BI trends and what Pentaho is doing to make BI more user friendly
- Inside look at Pentaho BI 4 and why data visualizations features are important
- Richard looks into his crystal ball and predicts the future of BI
Check it out here and we encourage you to leave more questions to keep the conversation going or comments.
Woohoo! We are very excited and honored to add another InfoWorld Bossie Award to our trophy case. Pentaho was selected for the fourth consecutive year as one of the industry’s best open source applications. The only Business Intelligence company to have won this recognition, the award accredits the improvements in Pentaho BI 4 to data discovery and analytics that make it easy for users to quickly connect to, optimize and analyze their data in an intuitive visual environment.
The InfoWorld Bossie Awards recognize each year the best business-oriented open source software products. Additional information on the 2011 Bossie Award winners can be found at on the InfoWorld website.
If you are at any phase in your evaluation of a Business Intelligence (BI) solution, please take the next minute to download a straightforward resource, The CFO’s Ultimate Guide to Buying Business Intelligence.
Not only will you learn what five things you must consider when evaluating a BI solution, you will also learn:
- What most BI vendors don’t want you to know
- Checklist of questions you must ask before you buy a BI solution
Here is the link to download the free guide: http://www.pentaho.com/cfo-ultimate-guide-to-buying-bi/
Pentaho’s COO and CFO, Doug Johnson, is leading an in-depth webinar on this topic on Thursday, September 22nd. You can register here: http://www.pentaho.com/events/20110922-CFO-buying-guide-webinar/
The agenda will cover:
- Five areas of cost for a CFO to consider
- How different types of BI compare
- Customer success stories
- Demo of Pentaho BI
Once a year, after a major release, the Engineering team takes a “Fun Week” break from our regularly scheduled Agile development process to focus on Pentaho topics that the Engineers find most interesting. This year we took the break immediately following the Pentaho BI 4.0.0 GA release. A number of great research projects and ideas were created by the Engineers.
One of the major highlights was the prototype work done for the iPad. Nick Baker updated our new Interactive Reporting client to work on the iPad, and Rob Fellows implemented an iPad compatible User Console interface.
At the end of the week, we held a BarCamp style meeting at the local Dave and Busters where everyone presented their work followed by some fun playing arcade games and air hockey. The most energetic presenter was Ezequiel Cuellar, who prototyped some great new functionality in Pentaho’s User Console, including bookmarks and history. As part of his demo, Ezequiel demonstrated how easy it would be to erase your Pentaho history when your pointy haired boss stopped by at your desk. With this feature, your boss won’t know if you ran that TPS report or not! I didn’t mention to Ezequiel that his boss could always check out the daily Pentaho Audit Logs .
Many of the prototypes developed in previous Fun Weeks have become headlining features. Taking a break to focus on fun has proven to be a great reward for the Engineering Team as well as a unique way to allow for product innovation within Pentaho!
Vice President of Engineering
Pentaho is very excited to share with you our latest customer success story about Kiva.org, a non-profit micro finance platform, who have adopted Pentaho BI Enterprise Edition to automate their reporting and analytical capabilities. Kiva has gone from a “spread-mart” environment where each department had different views of disparate data sources, to being able to validate and publicize numbers company-wide.
Since its founding in 2005, Kiva.org has rapidly grown and made possible over $225 million in microloans between individual lenders and entrepreneurs all around the world. To keep pace with increasing demand for its service, Kiva realized it needed a flexible, scalable and cost-effective data warehouse and reporting system that would be able to unify a variety of data sources and satisfy an equally varied number of customers of that data.
To achieve this, the team adopted an Agile BI and real-time data flow based on Pentaho. Kiva believes that the return on investment with Pentaho has been almost immediate. By replacing Excel, Kiva is already seeing payback with people outside of IT analyzing their own data and creating their own reports. This allows Kiva’s engineering team to focus on the heavy lifting that its website requires rather than building custom reports.
With access to analytical tools, Kiva for the first time is empowering users and has turned its employees into true knowledge workers, a critical improvement when running an online microfinance organization that requires rapid, daily — if not hourly — decision-making.
“Using Pentaho and our data warehouse, we can break down a metric and do specific analysis to identify under-performing partners in just 20 minutes. In the past, that same query would take all night using an Excel grid,” said Greg Allen, a business analyst at Kiva.org.
Visit Pentaho.com to read the full story of how Kiva uses Pentaho to automate its reporting and analytical capabilities.
Join the Pentaho Lending Team on Kiva.org to start making an impact.
To continue our revival of old blog posts, today we have our #2 most popular blog from last July. Pentaho is now 7 years old, with sales continually move up and to the right. In a crazy economy, many are asking, “What is the reason behind your growth and success?” Richard Daley reflected on this question after reporting on quartlery results in 2010 .
*****Originally posted on July 20, 2010*****
Today we announced our Q2 results. In summary Pentaho:
- More than doubled new Enterprise Edition Subscriptions from Q2 2009 to Q2 2010.
- Exceeded goals resulting in Q2 being the strongest quarter in company history and most successful for the 3rd quarter in a row.
- Became the only vendor that lets customers choose the best way to access BI: on-site, in the cloud, or on the go using an iPad.
- Led the industry with a series of market firsts including delivering on Agile BI.
- Expanded globally, received many industry recognitions and added several stars to our executive bench.
How did this happen? Mostly because of our laser focus over the past 5 years to build the leading end-to-end open source BI offering. But if we really look closely over the last 12-18 months there are some clear signs pointing to our success (my top ten list):
Top 10 reasons behind Pentaho’s success:
1. Customer Value – This is the top of my list. Recent analyst reports explain how we surpassed $2 billion mark during Q2 in terms of cumulative customer savings on business intelligence and data integration license and maintenance costs. In addition, ranked #1 in terms of value for price paid and quality of consulting services amongst all Emerging Vendors.
2. Late 2008-Early 2009 Global Recession – this was completely out of our control but it helped us significantly by forcing companies to look for lower cost BI alternatives that could deliver the same or better results than the high priced mega-vendor BI offerings. Making #1 more attractive to companies worldwide.
3. Agile BI – we announced our Agile BI initiative in Nov 2009 and received an enormous amount of press and positive reception from the community, partners, and customers. We’ve been showing previews and releasing RCs in Q1-Q2 2010 and put PDI 4.0 in GA at the end of Q2 2009.
4. Active Community – A major contributing factor to our massive industry adoption is our growing number of developer stars (the Pentaho army) that continue to introduce Pentaho into new BI and data integration projects. Our community triples the amount of work of our QA team, contributes leading plug-ins like CDA and PAT, writes best-selling books about our technologies and self-organizes to spread the word.
5. BI Suite 3.5 & 3.6 – 3.5 was a huge release for the company and helped boost adoption and sales in Q3-Q4 2009. This brought our reporting up to and beyond that of competitors. In Q2 2010 the Pentaho BI Suite 3.6 GA brought this to another level including enhancements and new functionality for enterprise security, content management and team development as well as the new Enterprise Edition Data integration Server. The 3.6 GA also includes the new Agile BI integrated ETL, modeling and data visualization environment.
6. Analyzer – the addition of Pentaho Analyzer to our product lineup in Sept-Oct 2009 was HUGE for our users – the best web-based query and reporting product on the market.
7. Enterprise Edition 30-Day Free Evaluation – we started this “low-touch/hassle free” approach in March 2009 and it has eliminated the pains that companies used to have to go thru in order to evaluate software.
8. Sales Leadership – Lars Nordwall officially took over Worldwide Sales in June 2009 and by a combination of building upon the existing talent and hiring great new team members, he has put together a world-class team and best practices in place.
9. Big Data Analytics – we launched this in May 2010 and have received very strong support and interest in this area. We currently have a Pentaho-Hadoop beta program with over 40 participants. There is a large and unfulfilled requirement for Data Integration and Analytic solutions in this space.
10. Whole Product & Team – #1-#9 wouldn’t work unless we had all of the key components necessary to succeed – doc, training, services, partners, finance, qa, dev, vibrant community, IT, happy customers and of course a sarcastic CTO
Thanks to the Pentaho team, community, partners and customers for this great momentum. Everyone should be extremely proud with the fact that we are making history in the BI market. We have a great foundation in which to continue this rapid growth, and with the right team and passion, we’ll push thru our next phase of growth over the next 6-12 months.
Quick story to end the note: I was talking and white boarding with one of my sons a few weeks ago (yes, I whiteboard with my kids) and he was asking certain questions about our business (how do we make money, why are we different than our competitors, etc.) and I explained at a high level how we are basically “on par and in many cases better” than the Big Guys (IBM, ORCL, SAP) with regards to product, we provide superior support/services, yet we cost about 10% as much as they do. To which my son replied, “Then why doesn’t everyone buy our product?” Exactly.