2014 European Tour – London

March 17, 2014

I am now back home in San Francisco, but wanted to give an update on my last leg of the trip in London. I arrived on Wednesday night for a dinner with the team in London. We’ve always had a strong presence in the UK, but it was not until this past January that we opened a beautiful office in Euston Square. We also have added many new impressive hires in London such as Paul Scholey as Sales Director of EMEA and Laura Coles as Marketing Director of EMEA and APAC. It was great to spend some time Wednesday night getting to know the new team members and then to see the new office on Thursday.

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Dinner with Pentaho team in London

Thursday was one of the busiest day of my European tour. My first meeting of the day was with one of the world’s largest interactive advertising agencies. They are using Pentaho to provide web analytics to their customers (including some of the world’s largest brands). This agency has impressive plans for rolling out their Pentaho-powered analytics platform to provide a distinctive service that can help their client’s optimize campaign effectiveness and web site design.

Next was an interview with Jason Stamper who recently joined 451 Research. This is the second time that I met Jason in person and I always enjoy our conversations about next generation technologies and big data use cases.

My third meeting of the day was with another impressive customer, a leading global loyalty analytics provider. They are currently rolling out a major project with Pentaho Data Integration to help them to achieve efficiencies and optimizations across a large, distributed group.

Early afternoon I traveled to Canary Wharf to meet with a leading global investment bank and speak with the Global Head of Risk and Finance IT. We talked about the role of Pentaho in addressing their big data challenge (understanding their trading exposure to client entities and to improve operational efficiency), in order to support better risk reporting and financial consolidation.

Not done yet….next it was on to a telecommunications company that has selected Pentaho to underpin several strategic initiatives to resolve complex data issues for both themselves and their clients.

Five meetings down and I was still ready for more. Once back at the office, several UK team members got together and I ran through the information I have been sharing with analysts and investors.  This is such an exciting time for us as a company and seeing everyone enthused by what we have to offer, and the speed that we are growing. I received many great questions from both new starters and ‘old hands’, but what I really liked was seeing such a strong unified team.

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Running through our analyst and investor deck with the Pentaho team

Last, but certainly not least, I ended my day with an interview with Brian McKenna at Computer Weekly discussing our strong partner relationships with MongoDB, Splunk and Cloudera as well as our capabilities for governed data discovery.

The busy day was topped off with an enjoyable dinner with some of the team and customers.

Friday, I said my goodbyes to the team and started on the long travel back home to San Francisco. This past week has been a whirlwind visiting Frankfurt, Paris, Cascais (Portugal) and London. I always leave these European tours impressed by our customers and extraordinary EMEA team as well as excited about the opportunities for Pentaho in Europe.

It truly is going to be the year of Pentaho!

Quentin


2014 European Tour – Portugal

March 13, 2014

I traveled to Lisbon yesterday in time to enjoy dinner with the 2 Pedro’s – Alves and Martins and Nuno Moreira.  We are lucky to have these three very talented men join the Pentaho team when we acquired Webdetails last year.

My morning was taken up spending time with the Webdetails team in Pentaho’s new Portugal office.  We acquired Webdetails in April of 2013 and I have never seen a company to integrate so seamlessly and start making impactful contributions as quickly as the Webdetails. This past year they continued to build upon their CTools series for creating and managing dashboards and reports and have used that talent to help deliver our 5.0 platform in September.  A few other items to mention are the creation Sparkl and a project maturity classification system, building out the Pentaho Marketplace, new language pack installers, new community website and more. Ease of use and impressive design is their specialty. Even their job application website is a memorable experience.

Next stop is London where I am look forward to seeing our new office and more non-stop days.  First up is a team dinner where I will have the chance to meet several new team members.

London, I’m on my way!

Quentin


2014 European Tour – Paris

March 12, 2014

After a great day in Frankfurt, I was just winding down for the day and enjoying a fine German beer, when in California the team was just starting their day.  And of course the calls started coming in from everyone who thought I would be starting my working day as well – the perils of the time differences when you are traveling!

Day two of my European tour began in Paris. First on the agenda was a meeting with our customer PIXID, market leaders for internet-based workflow and document management services to services organizations using temporary staff. Today 300 enterprises, 700 SMBs and 6,500 agencies, representing 90 percent of the temp activity in France, are connected to PIXID services. The company has decided to integrate Pentaho Business Analytics with its collaborative “e-temp” platform to offer its clients and agency networks the ability to view advanced performance metrics as well as detailed interactive analysis. It was a great meeting and fantastic to see thought leaders like PIXID embedding our analytics capability as a means of further differentiating their own products and helping them to expand globally into new markets.

We had an interesting discussion on the benefits that big data technology can bring to this market, along with the complexities of doing so in a regulated environment – and one where data security and governance is of paramount importance.

The regulations for how data can be stored, shared and analyzed differ across all of the countries in Europe, which is a further challenge — But also an opportunity.

Next up was a very enjoyable lunch. It would be rude to come to Paris and not partake in the cuisine!

I then spent some of the afternoon with a top-tier global consultancy that is investing heavily in the provision of Business Services.  They are providing a service into the banking sector, which increasingly faces the challenge of meeting the needs of the regulator without impacting the ability of the business to innovate, invest and deliver client satisfaction and profitability.  Banks have to drive unnecessary cost out of their business processes to be able to do this. This type of challenge is tailor made for emerging Big Data technologies. I look forward to following-up on this project since many of the leading global banks will soon be using Pentaho.

Next stop Portugal and spending some time with our incredibly talented WebDetails team!

Quentin


2014 European Tour – Frankfurt

March 11, 2014

My week in Europe is off to a great start. Yesterday, I was in Frankfurt, Germany with back-to-back meetings with partners and customers. It was nice to start the day off meeting with IT Novum, a Pentaho partner of four years.

It has been good to hear about the big data market really gathering pace here in Germany, and that there is such widespread interest. One of the markets that is strongest for Pentaho in Germany is the embedded analytics market. While several Pentaho team members were busy yesterday not too far away in Hanover, Germany speaking about big data and embedded analytics at CeBIT, I had a chance to meet with our OEM partner Godesys  and learn about how they embed Pentaho into their full ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution – which they have deployed to an impressive 600 customers.

I was impressed by our partner Inovex who is also working on some fantastic big data customer deployments.  It was great to hear a few excellent big data Hadoop case studies including one of the largest media companies in Germany using Pentaho and Hadoop to analyze customer behavior patterns across all channels, particularly web and television.

Next up…Paris!

Quentin


2014 European Tour – 4 cities, 5 days

March 10, 2014

This week I am excited to be in Europe visiting Germany, Portugal, France and London.  My schedule is packed full of meetings with customers, partners and analysts, and I am of course looking forward to spending some time with the team in our newly established London office.

It is a little over a year since my last trip to Europe, when I was impressed by the enthusiasm that I saw for big data. At the time I predicted that big data would start to enter mainstream production in 2013 and there is clear evidence of this with Pentaho’s fast growing EMEA business and rapidly expanding regional team.

On this trip, a few of the companies that I will be speaking with include a major British telecoms company, one of the world’s largest interactive advertising agencies and a national bank. I am interested to hear how they  – and others – are utilizing data and analytics to drive their businesses forward and benefit from innovative new revenue streams. It is always good to find out about how execution of big data analytics is working out for users in practice.

I will also be catching up with some familiar faces from my last visit, including Brian McKenna from ComputerWeekly.

It’s going to be a roller coaster of a trip and I can’t wait to see everyone, Europe, here I come!

Quentin


International Women’s Day – Software Developer

March 7, 2014

As part of our series highlighting women in tech for International Women’s Day on March 8th we are we are featuring Gretchen Moran, Software Developer at Pentaho. Gretchen’s title may be ‘Software Developer,’ however, over her nine years at Pentaho, she has worn many technical hats to help lead the company to where it is today!

Rosanne, Sarah, Michelle and Gretchen are just a few of the impressive women that work 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 their stories with girls and women to encourage them to become more interested in STEM or to hopefully bring more strong and smart women to the tech industry.

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Gretchen Moran, Software Developer at Pentaho

What do you do at Pentaho? How long have you been at Pentaho?
I have been developing software in the warehousing and business analytics space for 15 years, 9 of them with Pentaho.

I have held many different roles through my many years at Pentaho. When I haven’t been coding, I have worked with our talented open source community, managed the technical side of larger Pentaho customer accounts as a Technical Account Manager, and consulted on numerous internal projects.

My current role is software developer for Pentaho Data Integration and Pentaho’s Big Data stack of technology.

What inspired you to want you to work in technology?
I have always wanted to push boundaries. In college, I wanted to see how far I could take my interests in math and science. My college career began in the 90’s, and computing and technology provided a great landscape to test my skills.

As I have grown in my career, working in technology has given me the challenges and change I need to stay engaged in my work. It has also allowed the flexibility I desire to be a great mom.

How do you think the industry could inspire more girls and women towards careers in technology? 
I think we need to talk less about inspiring women toward technology, and talk more about how a career in technology can fuel any passion a person might have.  Are you passionate about the medical field? Innovate some tech that will make medical records handling more efficient and private. Are you passionate about drama and acting? Pursue a career in graphics and animation; filmmaking today is as much technology as it is human resources.  In my experience, the passion doesn’t lie in the code; it lies in the industries you are coding for.

What advice do you have for women wanting to become a software developer?

Engage! The mainstreaming of open source makes this easier than ever today. Find a tutorial, get some code under your belt, and then start contributing to a project that means something to you. The best part is that there is a project for everyone. From open source medical records systems that serve third world countries to smart phone apps that help you find great shoes. It’s all out there, anyone can contribute, and there are few barriers to entry.

The formal education for computer science does not need to be intimidating. As with any worthy endeavor, it requires focus and hard work, and is absolutely within reach if you are passionate about the subject. The key to finding passion in technology for me was realizing that no subject is outside the technology realm.

Confession – I am not a code junky. A new API or performance progress does not excite me. I get excited when a customer wins based on Pentaho solutions that revealed a market differentiator for them. I get excited when I see Pentaho Community Edition implementations powering countries and organizations that would otherwise be shut out of the business analytics value proposition.

I’ve had the privilege of giving this advice to many different demographic and age groups. I recently spoke to a computer club at a local middle school, and a week later gave the same talk to a house full of single moms in a transitional program. Technology from an open perspective is a meritocracy upon entry; it’s up to the entrant to determine how far they will take it. That advice applies equally to boys AND girlsJ

What is a favorite memory you have about Pentaho?
My favorite memories will always be the first year(s) of Pentaho. There is a special energy that a company has as a startup. Late nights, bean bags for office chairs, and a few energetic developers working toward a common vision of disrupting the business intelligence industry is a wonderful thing I’ve been privileged to be a part of.  I love that even as we have grown, we have kept this energy and passion for what we do as a company.

Fun Fact about you. 
I love Christian mission work! I have served in New Orleans and Guatemala and have contributed to missions in Central America and Africa for the last five years.

I also have three of the greatest kids EVER… if I do say soJ


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.


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