Award time at Pentaho

June 18, 2014

The past few weeks we’ve been giddy with excitement about several awards we’ve received celebrating our big data technology and how customers are applying it to reap big benefits. The latest awards Pentaho along with our customers have added to our growing trophy case include:

PrintThe CRN Big Data 100 list identifies vendors that have demonstrated an ability to innovate in bringing to market products and services that help businesses work with big data. Pentaho is proud to be named to the Big Data 100 list for the second year in the business analytics category. The award noted Pentaho’s record 83 percent bookings growth in 2013 for big data and embedded analytics products. In addition, the addition of Christopher Dziekan, previously head of analytics product strategy at IBM as Pentaho’s new Chief Product Officer.

 

2014SDT100_logo_120x123Each year the SD Times 100 recognizes companies, non-commercial organizations, open source projects and other initiatives for their innovation and leadership. Judged by the editors of SD Times, the SD Times 100 recognizes the top innovators and leaders in multiple software development industry areas. Pentaho was selected as a top 10 leader for Big Data, alongside Apache Hadoop, Splunk, Cloudera, DataStax, Hortonworks and MongoDB!

 

Computer-Weekly-EuroUserAwards-EnterpriseSoftwarePentaho customer, Bywaters was shortlisted for the ComputerWeekly European User Awards for Enterprise Software in the category of Best Technology Innovation! Bywaters is a waste management and recycling company based in the UK. They aim to make it easy and affordable for customers to improve their environmental performance and meet regulatory compliance through a system they created that embeds Pentaho called BRAD – Bywaters reporting and analytics dashboards. You can read more about their use case on Pentaho.com or feature article on ComputerWeekly.

SIG-Awards-headline-sponsor-logo-300x237Pentaho/Ctools pro-bono customer, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research organization was awarded GOLD for ‘Best Use of Performance Reporting and Data Visualization’ by the Institute of Fundraising Insight Awards. The CTools team and Dan Keeley (@Codek1) worked with the UK Beating Blood Cancer group dedicated to improving the lives of patients with all types of blood cancer, including Leukaemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma. They created an (now) award winning dashboards to track the charity events they organize – check out the sample version here.

If you love awards as much as we do, then, you must check out the Pentaho Excellence Awards. This is our first annual awards program to recognize and honor our customers, partners and users who have deployed Pentaho in interesting and innovative ways.  Nominations are open until July 11th.

Rebecca Shomair
Director of Communications
Pentaho

 


Dinosaurs Have Had Their Day

June 16, 2014

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Once upon a time, (not so) long ago in 2004, two young technologies were born from the same open source origins – Hadoop and Pentaho. Both evolved quickly from the market’s demand for better, larger-scale analytics, that could be adopted faster to benefit more players

Most who adopt Hadoop want to be disruptive leaders in their market without breaking the bank. Earlier this month at Hadoop Summit 2014, I talked to many people who told me, “I’d like to get off of <insert old proprietary software here> for my new big data applications and that’s why we’re looking at Pentaho.” It’s simple – no company is going to adopt Hadoop and then turn around and pay the likes of Informatica, Oracle or SAS outrageous amounts for data engineering or analytics.

Big data is the asteroid that has hit the tech market and changed its landscape forever, giving life to new business models and architectures based on open source technologies. First the ancient dinosaurs ignored open source, then they fought it and now they are trying to embrace it. But the mighty force of evolution had other plans. Dinosaurs are giving way to a more nimble generation that doesn’t depend on a mammoth diet of maintenance revenue, exorbitant license fees and long-term deals just to survive.

In this new world companies must continually evolve to survive and dinosaurs have had their day. It’s incredibly rewarding to be  part of a new analytics ecosystem that thrives on open standards, high performance and better value for customers. So many positive evolutionary changes have taken place in the last ten years, I can’t wait to see what the next ten will bring.

Richard Daley
Founder and Chief Strategy Officer
Pentaho

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Why are WE excited about PentahoWorld?

June 10, 2014

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We’re thrilled to announce that registration is open for PentahoWorld, our first global conference that brings together Pentaho users, advocates, and partners to help each other solve challenges around data integration, big data, and embedded analytics.

You can register here, but if you need a bit more convincing, here are a few of the top reasons we’re excited about PentahoWorld – and why you should be too.

Getting on top of industry trends – PentahoWorld will be a unique gathering of hundreds of people who, every day, are solving challenging problems on the cutting edge of a rapidly changing data landscape.  With all those brilliant minds in one room, you’ll learn about solutions they’re crafting today, what they see coming in the future, and what you should be thinking about for your own company. And we have no doubt you’ll contribute some unique insights of your own.

Meet the experts – If you’ve got questions, this is the place for answers.  Between Pentaho product experts, power users, advocates, community leaders, and people who’ve applied Pentaho in every imaginable way, we can’t imagine a denser concentration of Pentaho expertise.  Whatever your challenge might be, start here if you’re looking to extend your use of Pentaho, troubleshoot, brainstorm, and innovate on your Pentaho implementation.

Product training – To extend your Pentaho use even further, don’t miss our training classes that cover how to use Pentaho with Hadoop, NoSQL, Weka, and much more.  If you’re looking to justify your trip to your boss, this opportunity to come back with a solid set of skills in these cutting edge technologies is a no-brainer.

Partner SolutionExpo – You probably know that Pentaho plays wells with others – and that’s why we’re so excited about our partner SolutionExpo.  Learn about how we integrate with different technologies, tease out the advantages of different technology partners, and see how they can help you with your business challenges. (Plus, here’s where you get the cool giveaways to bring back to your office and your family.)

It’s our birthday!  Pentaho’s 10th Birthday Gala is happening at PentahoWorld, and have you seen where we’re having the party? Besides the awesome lazy river pool (ranked #1 by TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Fantastic Pools), we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with all of you – our friends, partners, and community – who have been with us for the journey. We promise it will be a special night.

Celebrate our customers’ success – As the conclusion to our Pentaho Excellence Awards, we’ll be announcing the Pentaho User of the Year at PentahoWorld.  These awards celebrate outstanding and creative use of Pentaho across a number of different categories.  Sound like you or someone you know? Submit your entry here through July 11.

You can learn much more and register at www.pentahoworld.com – and make sure you register before Early Bird pricing ends to save up to $600!

Amy Palmer
Sr. Marketing Manager, Integrated Programs
Pentaho


Hadoop Summit 2014 – Big Data Keeps Getting Bigger

June 6, 2014

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While most of this year’s Hadoop Summit sessions still conveyed ‘developer conference,’ rife with command-line driven demos and Java, Scala, and Python code snippets, I noticed the ‘commercial’ uniform of khakis, blazers and Docksiders starting to creep in. Indeed, the themes I noticed most at the Summit were “enterprise ready” and “next-generation data platform.”

So if the Summit’s days as an all-out geekfest are history, what does this say about Hadoop? I happen to think it’s great news: it says Hadoop is going mainstream and being embraced as core to the enterprise data platform. Nothing drives this home more convincingly than the fact that the Hadoop “enterprise ready” ecosystem has exploded from less than ten vendors five years ago to more than 80 vendor sponsors at this year’s show.

In this our fifth year sponsoring the Summit, we were just as pumped as we were attending and sponsoring our first Hadoop Summit back in June 2010 right after the launched our first Hadoop product set.  This year saw a record crowd (3,200+ attendees from 1,100 different companies), informative breakout sessions, fun parties, and lots of energy and passion throughout.

More large enterprise companies laid out specific needs and funded use cases than ever. I noticed companies increasingly talking about bringing Hadoop in house to build proofs of concept so they wouldn’t get left behind, losing ground to competitive Hadoop shops. Hadoop has emerged as the new strategic weapon in companies’ IT arsenals as they wake up to the value of their data assets.

I talked to Hadoop users who were beaming with pride over their projects and hungry to take on more. These techies are the new corporate rock stars, delivering huge returns to their companies. However as with any young technology, Hadoop projects aren’t completely free of road bumps – mostly around blending different types of data and integration as both corporate data volumes and variety continues to multiply like rabbits.

That’s why at Pentaho, we’re determined to stay on the road less travelled and keep smoothing out these data blending and integration road bumps so that every data professional working with Hadoop – regardless of their dress code – will enjoy a better ride.

See you at Hadoop Summit 2015!

Richard Daley
Founder and Chief Strategy Officer
Pentaho


Good news, your data scientist just got a personal assistant

June 3, 2014

personal asstIf you are or have a data scientist in house you’re in for good news.

Today at Hadoop Summit in San Jose, Pentaho unveiled a toolkit built specifically for data scientists to simplify the messy, time-consuming data preparation, cleansing and orchestration of analytic data sets. Don’t just take it from us…

The Ventana Research Big Data Analytics Benchmark Research estimates the top two time-consuming big data tasks are solving data quality and consistency issues (46%) and preparing data for integration (52%). That’s a whopping amount of time just spent getting data prepped and cleansed, not to mention the time spent in post processing results.  Imagine if time spent preparing, managing and orchestrating these processes could be handed off to a personal assistant leaving more time to focus on analyzing and applying advanced and predictive algorithms to data (i.e. doing what a data scientist is paid to do).

Enter the Pentaho Data Science Pack, the personal assistant to the data scientist.  Built to help operationalize advanced analytic models as part of a big data flow, the data science pack leverages familiar tools like R, the most-used tool for data scientists and Weka, a widely used and popular open source collection of machine learning algorithms. No new tools to learn. In the words of our own customer, Ken Krooner, President at ESRG “There was a gap in the market until now and people like myself were piecing together solutions to help with the data preparation, cleansing and orchestration of analytic data sets. The Pentaho Data Science Pack fills that gap to operationalize the data integration process for advanced and predictive analytics.”

Pentaho is at the forefront of solving big data integration challenges, and we know advanced and predictive analytics are core ingredients for success. Find out how close at hand your data science personal assistant is and take a closer look at the Data Science Pack.

Chuck Yarbrough
Director, Big Data Product Marketing


PentahoWorld 2014 – save the date

May 2, 2014

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Horses for courses

April 29, 2014

The social media channels are buzzing today with chatter about Tibco’s acquisition of Jaspersoft.  As fellow players in the spheres of commercial open source and business analytics, industry watchers are naturally speculating on Pentaho as well so I thought I’d take this opportunity to share how our business strategy differs to Jaspersoft’s.

When explaining our commitment to open standards, we tell our customers that one size IT strategy does not fit all – rather, it’s ‘horses for courses’. Business strategies follow this principle as well and ours is very different from Jaspersoft’s.

Our strategic paths started to diverge four years ago when we started building on our open source heritage to focus on big data and advanced analytics capabilities for technologies like Hadoop and NoSQL, and more recently YARN and Storm.

Hell bent on solving big and diverse data challenges with a full data integration and analytics platform, last year we introduced ground-breaking technology like our Adaptive Big Data Layer, which protects enterprises against the risks inherent in a disruptive big data market. Today we have the most comprehensive big data integration capabilities currently on the market.

As a result, Pentaho has seen enormous growth in big data and embedded analytics, with more than 83% growth in these segments.  And, significantly, our big data analytics platform has driven a huge increase in large enterprise clients, growing at over 200% from the prior year and now representing 26% of our business.

Jaspersoft took a different route, opting to provide low-cost open source alternatives to traditional BI and reporting, particularly to the SMB market. Larry Dignan for Between the Lines, ZDNet comments, “With Jaspersoft, Tibco can offer low-priced subscriptions and later upsell to its other applications.”

Although our total cost of ownership is highly attractive to mid-market and enterprise buyers alike, we’re not aiming to be the cheapest.  We continue to innovate with R&D so we can continue to break new ground in big data and embedded analytics.

“The TIBCO acquisition of Jaspersoft is additional validation that the business analytics market is continuing to bifurcate — with more traditional departmental BI on the one hand, and big-data analytics on the other. TIBCO has added a low-cost open source reporting capability to its portfolio to address the SMB BI market, a market we view as continuing to commoditize.” 

“Four years ago, we saw the big data market opportunity. While Jaspersoft turned right, we turned left towards big data analytics and the associated new projects funded in large enterprises,” Gallivan continued. “The Pentaho platform is in the pole position to integrate and blend diverse big data sets together to deliver end-to-end big data analytics solutions to large enterprises – a platform that experienced 83% year-over-year growth in big data and embedded analytics in 2013 alone,” said Quentin Gallivan, Chairman and CEO of Pentaho.

Pentaho continues to stay focused on our course of big data integration and analytics platform solving for the future of analytics. I encourage you to explore how we are doing this by exploring our Big Data Blueprints or Visualization gallery.

Rosanne Saccone
CMO
Pentaho


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