Ventana Research on PentahoWorld, company success and 5.2

December 15, 2014

It has been a busy year for Pentaho. A few highlights include: PentahoWorld, our inaugural worldwide users conference, two new product releases (5.1 & 5.2) and a refreshed 36-month vision for our product roadmap and the future of analytics.

In the opening PentahoWorld keynote Pentaho Chairman and CEO, Quentin Gallivan, shared the top three trends driving Pentaho’s vision for governed data to be delivered “at the point of business impact.” These include:

  1. The universe of data is exploding and data is connecting people and things
  2. Evolving data architectures are required to blend data sets
  3. Users expect to consume data in new ways

These trends all align with our latest release Pentaho 5.2 and our vision for a “data orchestration platform.” We were fortunate to have Tony Cosentino, VP and Research Director at Ventana Research attend PentahoWorld to hear about our announcements and keynote firsthand as well as meet with several customers. The team at Ventana Research and Tony have spent time with us over the years discussing, guiding and watching our future unfold. We encourage you to read his first-hand point of view of PentahoWorld, the reasons behind our success and highlights of our latest 5.2 release. Tony summed it up best calling out our focus on “targeted yet flexible” solutions. We know you will be enlightened and impressed.

Read: Pentaho Presents Big Data Orchestration Platform with Governance and Data Refinery

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Donna Prlich
VP of Product Marketing
Pentaho


Big Data Powers Big Deals this Holiday Season

November 25, 2014

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It’s almost that time of year – where retailers offer ridiculous discounts enticing holiday shoppers to buy gifts for their loved ones and themselves. While many will wait with bellies full of Thanksgiving turkey for blow out sales at 12:01AM on Black Friday, more than half of the U.S. consumers will instead search for deals online, scouring the Internet for Cyber Monday deals.

The November 2014 Forrester Research, Inc. Report, US Online Holiday Forecast, 2014 (Access Requires Subscription), states that online sales will reach $89 billion this holiday season. Companies are doing all they can to prepare for the surge in demand and strain to come for both IT departments and inventory. With the recent IPO of Alibaba, retailers, now more than ever, are feeling pressure on their margins and realizing that they’ll need to gain insight about their customers if they hope to be competitive against the Amazons and Alibabas of the world. Companies leveraging scalable and flexible Big Data analytics solutions to gain those insights will be ahead of their peers this holiday season (and beyond).

Pentaho is helping customers such as RichRelevance®, the global leader in omnichannel personalization, and The Lucky Group, a venture backed social commerce company, to prepare for the immense volumes of data associated with Cyber Monday, while providing insight into customers’ behaviors, preferences and needs. By leveraging Pentaho, they are able to use data to deliver something core to their customers that others can’t – personalization.

With a four times surge in both data volumes and internet traffic expected from desktop browsers and mobile shoppers this year, Big Data will be critical for the success, if not survival, of companies big and small.

How is your company leveraging big data to flourish over the holidays?

Read the press release about how Pentaho helps retailers power big deals for consumers this holiday season.

Follow @Pentaho on Twitter & Facebook to receive discount codes from our awesome retail customers to take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.


PentahoWorld Celebrates Regional Partner of the Year Award Winners

October 30, 2014

This year we celebrated our Regional Partner of the Year Award winners at a ceremony held during our first annual worldwide conference, PentahoWorld, in Orlando, Florida.

Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Richard Daley handed out awards to BizCubed (APAC), BNova (EMEA) and Oncase (LATAM) in front of 400 attendees representing 27 countries.

Our Partner Awards recognize the top achieving partner in the three reseller regions APAC, EMEA and LATAM based on business services, growth and engagement in the local market.

Partners’ contributions from around the globe have been an instrumental part of Pentaho’s 10-year success story. Much more than resellers, our partners are all Pentaho experts, providing the valuable technical and consulting services that ensure each customer project is successful.

Congratulations to each winner for their incredible achievement!

Winners of the Pentaho Regional Partner of the Year Award

 APAC Partner of the Year: BizCubed

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BizCubed is a long-standing Pentaho partner in Australia and New Zealand. Their Pentaho business has grown very rapidly in the past year, delivering highly successful projects to companies like DeBertoli Wines and Westfield shopping malls. The team has also executed a broad range of marketing activities, which sees them continuing to grow the market “down under”.

EMEA Partner of the Year: BNova

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Italy’s BNova has had a banner year, bringing on board several new Pentaho customers and substantially growing its big data business. Big data has now gone from being an emerging trend into an integral part of BNova’s business. Its recent BigDataTech event in Florence was highly successful, with more than 200 delegates keen to learn more about big data solutions.

LATAM Partner of the Year: Oncase

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Oncase from Brazil has shown the remarkable ability to expand customer accounts by starting small and proving their worth. This, coupled with the great customer service they provide, has enabled them to significantly build their business in this burgeoning market.

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Achieving Equilibrium Between Business and IT

October 16, 2014

Last week, Pentaho unveiled a Big Data Orchestration Platform instrumental to a data-driven future– one where analytics and data are embedded into the fabric of the organization to drive real time business decisions. Fundamental to Pentaho’s strategy is the concept of governed data delivery – the ability to blend trusted and timely data to power analytics at scale for all users and in all environments.

Today, at Strata + Hadoop World, Pentaho announced new automated data modeling and publishing capabilities to help organizations establish a Streamlined Data Refinery solution architecture – empowering business users while still meeting IT requirements.

Pentaho is putting governed, blended data from across the enterprise at business users’ fingertips. You can watch the video demo here:

Achieving the end result of empowering business users with the ability to blend and refine data for business and regulatory purposes, while supporting IT with governed orchestration processes and data delivery methods.is the basis of a Streamlined Data Refinery Here are two of our customers achieving the business and IT balance.

Tim Garnto, SVP of Product Engineering at edo Interactive explains, “Having lightning fast data analytics is a matter of survival for our team. In early 2013, we hit a wall due in part to the sheer amount of data we could access. We just couldn’t process the data fast enough with our existing SQL database, as a result, we couldn’t get the right offers to the right people quickly enough. Leveraging the Streamlined Data Refinery architecture with Pentaho we were able to extract, integrate and analyze 25 million transactions a day consisting of over 50TB of data. As a result, we cut the processing window from 29 hours to under four all while growing the amount of data processed by 974 percent.”

Robert Clark, VP of Development, 4SightBI shares, “In order for our customer base of agents, brokers, actuaries and managers to deliver quality reports that result in faster sales closings, they require quick turnaround and mobile visibility into the data, without having to wait on IT. With the automation of a Streamlined Data Refinery, our customers planning to use Hadoop will soon be able to see a further reduction in the time it takes for us to produce actionable insights by minimizing time spent on preparing data, all while still delivering relevant data sets with governance.”

Donna Prlich
VP, Product Marketing
Pentaho


Pentaho 5.2, Marching Towards Governed Data Delivery

October 9, 2014

Q on stageIn our hyper-competitive global economy, companies are urgently seeking to harness the value from all their data to find new revenue streams, operate more efficiently, deliver outstanding service and minimize risk. They need a platform that catalyzes collaboration between IT and business to meet demands both for governance and the business need for timely, comprehensive data.

Today at PentahoWorld we’ve committed to leading the charge towards a truly data-driven future, starting with governed data delivery.

In his keynote, Pentaho Chairman and CEO, Quentin Gallivan lifted the veil on a big data orchestration platform that will be instrumental in delivering this vision by overcoming three persistent big data challenges: need for strong data governance, diverse data blending, and delivery of analytics embedded at the point of impact. Fundamental to Pentaho’s strategy is the concept of governed data delivery, defined as the ability to blend trusted and timely data to power analytics at scale for all users in all environments.

Also announced today, Pentaho 5.2 includes new innovations to simplify delivery of blended data sets with IT trust, planting new guideposts on the road to governed data delivery.

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Automated Streamlined Data Refinery

IT can hand the power of data driven analytics to the business with an automated Streamlined Data Refinery. Hadoop serves as a central processing hub where analytics ready data sets can be blended, refined, auto-modeled, and automatically published directly to analytic data bases like HP Vertica for high performance interactive analytics using Pentaho Analyzer.

Advanced Data Security in Hadoop

Pentaho 5.2 extends the adaptive big data layer with advanced capabilities for Kerberos security support for major Hadoop distributions, including Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR. This ensures that only those users with proper credentials can access Hadoop cluster resources in their data orchestration.

Pentaho 5.2 also includes additional features that simplify the user experience for both embedded and direct customers.

Learn more about Pentaho 5.2 and Governed Data Delivery – watch the video and read the whitepaper at www.pentaho.com/product/governed-data-delivery.

Follow PentahoWorld live on Twitter using the hashtag #PWorld2014.

Chuck Yarbrough
Product Marketing, Big Data
Pentaho


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

logoSPOT_2014 COM EFEITO.jpgGuest blog by Marcos Andersen, Head of IT, SPOTPROMO

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


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