A Day of Choices that Impact the Future

November 6, 2012

The timing is auspicious for the launch of Pentaho’s latest business analytics platform release, which coincides with Election Day in the U.S.!  Both events offer the freedom to choose a platform that is right for you today and into the future. The election platforms offer social, economic and political philosophies to help you meet your personal values and goals. Your choice of business analytics platform should improve your organization’s performance by liberating and integrating all your data and serving it up to your corporate citizens to analyze.

We trust that you’ve made the choice of political candidates and cast your vote today. In case you haven’t chosen your business analytics platform yet, we hope you’ll allow us a little more campaigning! Our business analytics ‘candidate,’ which tightly couples data integration with advanced analytics, has proven its value across private, public and nonprofit sector organizations around the globe. Today, with the launch of our latest version Pentaho Business Analytics 4.8, we have made great strides in democratizing big data and business analytics by adding some exciting new capabilities:

  • Pentaho’s Instaview, the industry’s first instant and interactive big data analytics application, dramatically reduces the time and complexity required for data analysts to discover, visualize and explore big and diverse data
  • Pentaho Mobile BI brings the full power of the Pentaho Business Analytics Platform to the iPad, including instant and interactive visualization and the power to create new analysis on the go

With Pentaho 4.8, we bring real freedom to deliver power to all business users and a clear choice for a better future in the world of business analytics. To learn more about the future of business analytics, check out Pentaho.com/48.

Rosanne Saccone
Chief Marketing Officer
Pentaho


Because You Don’t Have Time to F* Around.

November 5, 2012

At Pentaho we are confident that we are providing the most complete solution for big data analytics. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t always room for improvement — that is where you come in. The big data market is rapidly growing and evolving and we want to ensure we are at the forefront.

Pentaho invites you to participate in our first Big Data Product Strategy Survey. The survey only takes 3 – 5 minutes, can be taken anonymously and you will automatically be entered to win a $100 American Express gift card!*

Click here to take the survey now and help Pentaho provide the big data product that meets your needs – because you are busy and don’t have time to f* around with your big data!

*you must enter your email address at the end of the survey to be contacted to receive your gift card or copy of the final report.


Pentaho’s November Euro-Trip!

November 2, 2012

With October coming to an end, Pentaho is getting ready for a Euro-trip!  Our October events concluded in New York City this past week at O’Reilly’s Strata Conference.

November’s forecast is Big Data and long flights.  First stop is “Big Data Days 2012” in Munich, Germany on November 6-7.  This is a great conference for networking and is focused on linking together business and IT concepts.  Do we have a booth?

We have one stop on our tour in the U.S. of A. – in the hometown of Pentaho’s headquarters, Orlando, FL., for TDWI.  TDWI’s World Conference Series will be held at The Renaissance Orlando Hotel at SeaWorld November 11-16.  TDWI promises an in depth look at the emerging trends for the upcoming year in Big Data.  If you are at TDWI don’t forget to stop by our booth (rumor has it there are some t-shirts left over from Strata).

From there we take a short trip to Zurich for DW2012  on November 12-13.  In its twelfth year, DW2012 is a great place to meet leaders in Big Data and BI – but be warned, the conference is hosted in German, so if you don’t “sprechen sie Deutsch” you might want to hire a translator.  Do we have a booth?

Next stop – Milan, Italy.  The Big Data Congress on November 22nd is a free conference that will be “themed conversations” between big data solutions suppliers and users.  Not only is it going to be greatly informative, it is free, and in Milan – how many more reasons do you need to attend?

Finally, we wrap up the month in London for Enterprise Business Intelligence (EBI) 2012 on November 28th at the Russell Hotel.  Pentaho is proud to be a silver sponsor of the event put together by Whitehall Media featuring the leading BI world.

To register for any of the events, or for more information visit Pentaho’s event page.

If you are attending any of these events and would like to set-up an in person meeting with Pentaho, contact us!


Leading venture funds back Pentaho’s big data strategy

October 30, 2012

It’s an immensely proud day for Pentaho. Today we announced that a syndicate of venture capital firms led by NEA that includes Benchmark Capital, Index Ventures and DAG Ventures has agreed to invest $23 million in the company. You can read the press release here.

These firms share a common belief that the big data revolution offers significant upside and is part of a larger transformation taking place in the enterprise software industry that includes cloud computing. NEA’s recent blog post, SaaS 3.0: Big Data that Delivers, describes this very eloquently.

However, no matter how cool a company’s technology is, the ability to attract funding depends on how well the company is delivering on its strategy. I’m pleased to report that our first-mover advantage in big data really started to pay off in 2012, with our big data sales growing by more than 300%!  And I believe the kind of growth we’ve seen this year is only the tip of the iceberg.

Still, revenue growth is only part of the picture.  As Warren Buffet famously said, “value is what you get” and sustainable growth depends on the ability to create value for others. On this score, our big data solutions are creating value for a new generation of disruptive companies like Beachmint, Shareable Ink and Travian Games, which recognize the potential of advanced analytics to drive innovation, customer loyalty and new sources of revenue. Established companies like Soliditet and several large firms in financial services are using Pentaho to prepare for a future that will include big data analytics.

We plan to use the new funds to accelerate further technology innovation in big data and other areas, recruit the best talent in the industry and further our expansion into global markets so that we can create even more market value through our solutions.

The big data journey is in full flight – hang on for a fast, fun filled ride!

Quentin Gallivan


Is your big data protected?

October 17, 2012

This morning I participated in a panel discussing the topic of big data privacy at the San Francisco ISACA Fall Conference. The Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) is a professional association of individuals interested in information systems audit, control and security, with over 50,000 members in 141 countries.  Other representatives on the panel were from eBay, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and CipherCloud.

Researching this topic and today’s discussion raised some interesting questions about the intersection of personal privacy and big data in this new age where it is becoming technically and economically viable to store and analyze enormous data volumes, such as every click on a website and every commerce transaction. All this big data, from both internal systems as well as externally sourced enrichment data can now be streamed into giant “data lakes” using open source based big data management platforms such as Hadoop and NoSQL databases. Using visual big data development tools and end-user visualization technology such as Pentaho makes it easier and easier for organizations to ingest, prepare and analyze this data resulting in previously unattainable insights that can be used to optimize revenue streams and reduce costs.

However, how can we ensure this “big data” is protected and never used in ways that intrude on individual privacy? Mature and integrated big data analytics platforms such as Pentaho can enforce data access controls as well as audit data usage, but today there is no industry standard for tagging how specific data elements may be used on a permanent basis. This has the potential to leading to risks down the road that data collected with individual personal consent may ultimately be used for purposes beyond the scope of the original consent policy. Is it time for government and industry standards bodies to tackle this issue with new technical standards that enforce data usage and aging policies on an ongoing basis? I have in mind something like an “XBRL” for data privacy, a standard taxonomy and semantics that enforces data usage policies regardless of source and platform.

Let me know what you think. Leave a comment below or @ian_fyfe

Ian Fyfe
Chief Technology Evangelist
Pentaho


Attention channel partners: turn big data into big money!

October 8, 2012

In Europe, where about half our sales come through the channel, I’m seeing some interesting opportunities for our partners to profit from the big data revolution that I wanted to share. The good news is that the customer demand is already here.

One is in providing expert professional services to help customers plan and implement big data solutions. Within this area, one of the biggest opportunities is in tool selection. There’s a dizzying array of big data technology on the market, much of which is unfamiliar to customers. For example, there are at least ten NoSQL databases, so which one should they pick? And how should they further complete their big data architecture? Customers are looking for some hands-on guidance.

Another opportunity I am seeing is within partners that are embedding our analytics software to provide big data solutions ‘as-a-service’. These partners offer to pull data from Twitter feeds, Facebook feeds and other sources, perform the advanced analytics on that data and finally serve up that data as a service to their clients. We are seeing a number of marketing software providers that offer these types of services to companies on a subscription basis

You can read more about my observations on how customers are benefitting from big data here in this recent article in the UK channel magazine Microscope.

What will help improve your chances of success?

First, don’t try to boil the ocean! Focus on the needs of a specific industry. Big data uses cases differ massively even between retail banks and wholesales banks, so channel organisations really need to focus on tailored solutions to gain credibility.

Next, avoid the ‘big bang’ approach. Get customers warmed up with big data by proving the value of big data through small pilot projects using a couple of data sources that return specific and measurable outcomes. After the first stage is completed, identify new opportunities and goals and plan the next incremental stage. This allows the customer to become acquainted with the new technologies and processes along the way without being overwhelmed. Customers today want to see results quickly and have little appetite for long term development projects.

Our full Business Analytics platform is the ideal tool for this big data ‘warm up’ process. First you can tackle the data integration challenges using our Pentaho Data Integration (PDI) software. PDI makes big data technologies much easier to use.  Its visual design tool significantly lowers the barriers to getting started with big data by cutting out the complex scripting and coding tasks.

From there you can immediately visualise the results with our underlying analytics engine. That way you can iteratively work your way to a solution that will prove valuable to the customer immediately. If you want to learn more about our big data solutions go to pentahobigdata.com

I hope this has convinced you that the big data revolution stands to offer you some real revenue opportunities today. If you’re an IT channel organisation and would like to know more or you’re a partner with a story to tell, please get in touch!

Davy Nys
VP EMEA & APAC, Pentaho
Twitter @davynys


Big Data Panelmania

September 21, 2012

From sea to shining sea, Pentaho leaders will be busy with big data discourse during two panel discussions on Tuesday, September 25th. In San Francisco, Chief Technology Evangelist Ian Fyfe will weigh in on what makes data visualization the hot, must-have big data tool. Later in the day, founder Richard Daley will the discuss the effects (and the challenges) big data technology has on business intelligence. He’ll also discuss why SMBs shouldn’t feel left out of what big data has to offer. We’d love to see you at either panel (or even both, if you have one of these).

The Details:

What: DataWeek panel on “Why is Data Visualization Insanely Popular”
Where: San Francisco
When: Tuesday, September 25th, 12pm/pt
Join Us: http://www.dataweek.co/index/conferencespeaker/event/23

What: Enterprise Insights panel on “Go Big (Data) Or Go Home”
Where: 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York City
When: Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 6pm/et
Join Us: http://www.nybimeetup.org/events/78002042/?eventId=78002042&action=detail


What Makes Pentaho Hot

September 18, 2012

At Pentaho we’re proud to be named a “hot” vendor in Ventana Research’s new 2012 Value Index for Data Integration. Inclusion in this category assures buyers that the Pentaho Business Analytics platform delivers optimal value, product maturity and superior customer support according to Ventana’s comprehensive evaluation of more than a dozen vendors.

For Pentaho, the research validates that to deliver the future of analytics you need tightly coupled data integration and business analytics. What makes heat grids and other powerful data visualizations in the Pentaho Business Analytics platform “hot” is the data integration behind them. According to Ventana’s Benchmark research, 55% of organizations identify data integration as a critical component of their information management strategies.

Don’t get me wrong, we love being recognized for the ‘brains behind our beauty‘ and the ‘substance behind our sizzle.’  An integrated platform with Data Integration and Business Analytics is the future of analytics…now that’s HOT.

Let us know what you think.

Donna Prlich
Director, Product Marketing
Pentaho


Pentaho update to BBBT

July 24, 2012

Pentaho had the privilege of briefing the Boulder BI Brain Trust (BBBT) on July 20, 2012. The Boulder BI Brain Trust is a gathering of leading BI analysts, experts, and practitioners who attend half-day presentations from interesting and innovative BI vendors. After a very interactive morning presenting to the group, Pentaho CEO, Quentin Gallivan and SVP of Products, Jake Cornelius sat down with Claudia Imhoff, president and founder of the BBBT to discuss some of her questions from the morning about Pentaho.

The result is an excellent update about Pentaho products, technology and overall direction. Listen to a podcast of this interview to learn the following about Pentaho:

  • How Pentaho is differentiated?
  • What are the market forces for business analytics and how are they converging?
  • How is Pentaho meeting changes in market?
  • Overview of the Pentaho platform
  • What’s the reason for the BI embedded analytics trend?
  • What are some Pentaho big data customer examples?
  • What’s in the near future for Pentaho and its products?

Listen now: Claudia Imhoff interview with Pentaho leaders Quentin Gallivan, CEO and Jake Cornelius, SVP of Products


Are You?

June 15, 2012

You might be a badass… but are you a big data badass??

Happy Friday!


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