No Two OEMs are the Same

August 29, 2011

At Pentaho we believe that no two OEMs are the same and they should not be serviced or supported as a typical support customer. To address this fact we established the Pentaho OEM Development Services Group so that we can enable everyone from emerging vendors to multi-billion dollar companies to experience rapid time-to-value as they deploy Pentaho BI technology to bring innovative, differentiated and low-cost applications to market.

Register for the OEM Tech Series Webinar
Wednesday, August 31st at 2:oo p.m. ET
Session 1: Architecture of the BI Server

Our OEM customers have chosen to embed Pentaho BI to bring innovative, differentiated and low-cost applications to market. Read their stories below. The new OEM Development Services Group will focus solely on the needs of these partners who are faced with unprecedented demand and sophisticated functionality requirements.

Marketo’s new web-based revenue performance management solutions embed functionality for slicing and dicing data and creating ad hoc reports and dashboards. Thanks to Pentaho’s services, Marketo brought its new product to market in just eight weeks; building it themselves would have taken three months with four full-time engineers. George Jaquette, SVP of Engineering at Marketo, explains,“We were looking to partner with a cloud-deployable, flexible BI technology provider. Pentaho helped us meet our goal of rapid time-to-market by delivering a feature-rich product in just eight weeks.”

IQNavigator, Inc., the leading SaaS provider of services procurement and extended workforce solutions, needed a solution showcasing their client-facing Business Intelligence capabilities with specific focus on information visualizations, on-demand dashboards and mobile access for their client base of global procurement executives managing billions of dollars of services spend. IQNavigator, winner of the 2011 Global Partner Award for Most Innovative Embedded Product, integrated Pentaho Analyzer in their SaaS platform and branded the robust features as Data Xplorer and Visual Xplorer, key elements of their Business Intelligence suite, IQNtelligence. Eric Cohen, Vice President, Business Intelligence at IQNavigator explains, “Our clients are responsible for understanding their large, global contingent workforce programs and depend on having the right information available, at the right time and in the right format to drive critical business decisions. Leveraging key technologies provided by Pentaho allows our clients simple and effective access to mountains of rich data supporting important hiring and sourcing strategies. When we showcased our Data Xplorer and Visual Xplorer reporting suites to our clients, they were very engaged and the demonstrations on the iPad left them ‘wowed’.”

CIPAL in Belgium, which serves the public sector, is particularly attracted to open source BI software for its flexibility, customizability and pricing model. According to Sven Meermans, Business Development Manager, CIPAL, “Pentaho BI’s affordable, open source technology was the best choice for our new white label Athena BI application, which runs on CIPAL’s delivery platform based on open standards, open infrastructure, and open communications. The benefits that the open source community provides, including its knowledge base and plug-ins combined with professional support Pentaho offers with its enterprise edition, enabled us to roll out our Athena BI pilot to four social welfare organizations in just four months.”

Don’t forget to register for the OEM tech series
The first webinar is Wednesday, August 31st at 2:oo p.m. ET


Q&A with Mari Jansdotter, Director of Embedded Sales

October 26, 2010

Q&A is a new series on the Business Intelligence from the Swamp Blog that interviews key members of the Pentaho team to learn more about their focus at Pentaho and outlook on the BI and DI industry. For our first post, we interviewed Mari Jansdotter, Director of Embedded Sales at Pentaho. Mari has been at Pentaho for almost two years and comes to us from SugarCRM. She is based in our San Francisco office and in her free time can can be found chasing around her two adorable kids.

1. How have you seen the OEM landscape change at Pentaho over the past year?

It is a whole new playing field!  We have seen really positive trends, the most notable being a high increase in inbound interest.  Larger organizations, who earlier might only have considered traditional, proprietary vendors for their enterprise-wide projects, are coming to Pentaho to improve upon their already mature product offerings.  Our open standards-based architecture allows them to easily integrate Pentaho into existing products.  Similarly, start-up and mid-market companies are choosing to build new products on Pentaho’s platform because our end-to-end functionality can scale with them as their product and customer needs evolve.  The inbound interest is really coming from all corners of the market.  The real shift is the fact that these companies are now looking at Pentaho not because of price, but because they are making a strategic decision to choose the right BI technology solution for their product and for their customers.

2. Is there a specific vertical or type of company that you see particularly rapid OEM adoption in?

There are certainly a handful of verticals that continually show interest in embedding Pentaho, such as telco, finance, retail, insurance, and healthcare, but to be completely honest we don’t have a vertical-focused market.  When I first started here, I was ready to work with purely ISVs, but I am constantly surprised by various types and sizes of companies developing their own software.  We have worked with everything from small media monitoring organizations to one of the largest POS companies in the world.

3. What are some of the reasons that you have seen companies choose Pentaho’s OEM Program over the competition?

I would say there are three main reasons that companies choose to partner with Pentaho. Number one is certainly product breadth, as the only truly integrated end-to-end open source BI suite.  Second would be ease of deployment, because what matters most to companies looking to OEM a product is how fast they can get their product to market and start seeing ROI.  Third is the modular way that our product has been built, from the ground up, has proven much faster and easier to deploy than any others on the market.

4. What, if any, benefits do you feel Pentaho’s open source model lends to OEM partners?

One of the huge benefits of the open source model is innovation.  Pentaho is adding new and exciting features faster than anyone else by taking advantage of our large worldwide community. I think our OEM partners also take comfort in the fact that they are able to go out and see what is under the covers of our product and architecture.  The open source nature of each module in the suite also means full transparency regarding where our product is today and where it is headed.  Our OEM partners are always dialed in to our product roadmap.  They know what is to come and when, so that they can plan ahead for their own products.

5. What benefits do OEM Partners receive from the Enterprise Edition, that are not found in the Community Edition?

Choosing the right product takes on a whole new dimension when you are going to be putting it into a product of your own.  The ability to simply pick up the phone and call our product experts directly, should anything go wrong, has saved our Enterprise Edition OEM partners countless amounts of time and money.  The Enterprise Edition is stable, certified and licensed software, based on the open source code but put  through rigorous in-house QA and testing.  Not only that, but for the majority of companies that will be embedding Pentaho as a visual front-end, the Enterprise Edition offers additional functionality that includes more user-friendly GUIs, which really adds to their product.

6. As we move into the last quarter of 2010, where would you like to see the future direction of Pentaho’s OEM program headed for 2011?

Something that will be very important to me in the immediate future is building a stronger internal community with our Enterprise Edition OEM partners.  I think there is a lot of value to be gained from encouraging partner to partner dialogue.  A first step in this direction has been the introduction of the OEM-focused Architect’s Bootcamp course, which has proven to be a great learning and networking opportunity.  We recently had a very successful summit for our EMEA Partners in Lisbon on September 23-24, and are planning another Global Partner Summit here in San Francisco on January 19-20.  In addition, we’ve held a series of OEM Power Lunches in New York, San Mateo and Houston tomorrow. It is my hope that initiatives like these will allow us to provide the best possible experience for our growing network of OEM partners around the world.
Do you have additional questions for Mari? Is there someone or a certain role at Pentaho you would like us to interview? Leave your questions in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you.

Q1 2010 full speed ahead

April 21, 2010

As Capt Morgan used to say “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead”. Pentaho is going full speed as evidenced by the press release we issued this morning giving the community  insight into the past quarter and the great momentum happening at Pentaho. Here are just a few highlights from the release:

  • Compared to Q1 2009, Pentaho had a 177 percent increase in new Enterprise Edition customers* including:
      – Auto-Wares
      – Ericsson
      – Experian
      – NTT
      – Postbank P.O.S.Transact GmbH
      – Toyota Kreditbank GmbH
  • 229 percent growth in total bookings from Q1 2009 to Q1 2010.
  • Finished Q1 2010 with the most successful quarter in company history for the second quarter in a row.
  • Record number of new OEM partners including MICROS Systems, Inc.
  • Best launch in company history introduction of the revolutionary Pentaho Data Integration 4.0.

I encourage you to read the full press release here, ‘Pentaho Soars with Second Straight Record Quarter

Get seated, strap yourself in, and enjoy the ride.

Richard

*This figure represents customers that have purchased an annual subscription to Pentaho Enterprise Edition products, not simply product downloads or the purchase of documentation, training or per-incident support.


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