Pentaho Wins InfoWorld Bossie Award for Fourth Consecutive Year

September 21, 2011


Woohoo! We are very excited and honored to add another InfoWorld Bossie Award to our trophy case. Pentaho was selected for the fourth consecutive year as one of the industry’s best open source applications. The only Business Intelligence company to have won this recognition, the award accredits the improvements in Pentaho BI 4 to data discovery and analytics that make it easy for users to quickly connect to, optimize and analyze their data in an intuitive visual environment.

The InfoWorld Bossie Awards recognize each year the best business-oriented open source software products. Additional information on the 2011 Bossie Award winners can be found at on the InfoWorld website.

We can’t wait to add this to our trophy case including recent employee awards of Sheetz IT VIP Award and CRN Magazines Top Women in the Channel Award


Pentaho Fun Week

September 15, 2011

Once a year, after a major release, the Engineering team takes a “Fun Week” break from our regularly scheduled Agile development process to focus on Pentaho topics that the Engineers find most interesting. This year we took the break immediately following the Pentaho BI 4.0.0 GA release. A number of great research projects and ideas were created by the Engineers.

One of the major highlights was the prototype work done for the iPad. Nick Baker updated our new Interactive Reporting client to work on the iPad, and Rob Fellows implemented an iPad compatible User Console interface.

At the end of the week, we held a BarCamp style meeting at the local Dave and Busters where everyone presented their work followed by some fun playing arcade games and air hockey. The most energetic presenter was Ezequiel Cuellar, who prototyped some great new functionality in Pentaho’s User Console, including bookmarks and history. As part of his demo, Ezequiel demonstrated how easy it would be to erase your Pentaho history when your pointy haired boss stopped by at your desk. With this feature, your boss won’t know if you ran that TPS report or not! I didn’t mention to Ezequiel that his boss could always check out the daily Pentaho Audit Logs :-).

Many of the prototypes developed in previous Fun Weeks have become headlining features. Taking a break to focus on fun has proven to be a great reward for the Engineering Team as well as a unique way to allow for product innovation within Pentaho!

Will Gorman
Vice President of Engineering
Pentaho


Analyst Insights: How Pentaho BI 4 is changing the game for SMB companies

July 7, 2011

Recently I had the pleasure to speak with Albert Pang, a veteran of the application market space with more than 25 years of experience and the founder of Apps Run The World. In our conversation, centered on Pentaho BI 4, we discussed the use of business intelligence by the casual business user – something that in the past has been impossible due to the highly technical nature of business intelligence deployments.

In his recent blog, Business Analytics for the Masses, Pang depicts this problem and describes how it has impacted the SMB market. He explains how highly technical BI tools worked as a roadblock for SMB companies that did not have intensive IT resources to allocate to BI projects — something that independent BI vendors in the market (Pentaho, Tableau, and Qliktech) have realized and leveraged as an opportunity to improve the BI market.  

Pang goes further by saying “Pentaho, which has made its name in the open-source BI marketplace, introduced Pentaho BI 4 Enterprise Edition in June. One of the key targets is non-technical business users who can use the new product to create highly formatted, interactive reports with zero training or involvement from the IT department.”

Part of our mission at Pentaho is to make it easy and cost effective for SMB companies to reap the same benefits historically only obtainable by blue-chip companies. With Pentaho BI 4, we’ve extended this mission to encompass the casual business users too.  As this “New wave of BI” becomes more pervasive, more users than ever before will look to harness BI for their everyday business use. Pentaho is already seeing this effect with our customers including Loma Linda University Healthcare, SpecSavers, Centro, and others.

I encourage you to read the blog post, Business Analytics for the Masses by Albert Pang, and let us know your thoughts.

Farnaz Erfan
Product Marketing
Pentaho Corporation


Top Five Questions (and Answers) from the Pentaho BI 4 Live Demos

July 5, 2011

To promote the launch of Pentaho BI 4 last week, we hosted two live demos to showcase the great new features bringing ‘Power to the User’ in our latest release. By the volume of questions we received during the demos (which had record attendance) – we can tell that everyone is just as excited about this release as we are! Although it was impossible to answer every question during the live demo, there was a trend of common questions asked by the audience. Here are the top five most asked questions and answers:

Q: Which Internet browsers does Pentaho support? Is there a preferred browser?
A: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Chrome are all supported by Pentaho. We do not have a preferred browser – any of these are fine.

Q: Does Pentaho offer training or classes?
A: Yes, Pentaho and our partners offer a wide range of online and in-person training classes all over the world. Visit our training page or contact your account rep to learn more. Also, we plan to host a live demo of BI 4 for more technical users within the next month. Check back to the events page on our website for more information. We often share discounts to our Facebook fans and Twitter followers.

Q: What are the different editions of Pentaho BI 4  and how much do they cost?
A:  Pentaho BI 4 is offered in three different editions: Basic, Professional and Enterprise. Read the What’s New in Pentaho BI 4 overview to see what is included in each edition. We don’t publicly state our pricing for competitive reasons, but you can request a quote online here.

Q: How do I migrate from my current version to Pentaho BI 4?
A:
When the GA is available in the next 4-6 weeks we will provide documentation for Enterprise customers to migrate to Pentaho BI 4. This will be similar to past migration documents.

Q: Is there a mobile version of Pentaho BI 4 that will allow me to access my information on an iPad or phone?
A: Yes, Pentaho’s interactive analysis tool, Analyzer, is fully supported on the Apple iPad.

If you’re still looking for an answer to your question, please contact us. And if you missed the live demo, watch it online here.


Open Source Fuels “Power To The User”

June 22, 2011

Traditionally open source Business Intelligence (OSBI) has been adopted by individuals with an “I” in their acronym: IT, SI, and ISVs.  This made sense because Open Source software started with deep technical roots in operating systems, appservers, RDBMSs, ESBs, etc., and when Pentaho pioneered OSBI in 2004 it was no different. The OSBI landscape back then was filled with some very nice technical projects, some desire from the “then current” open source proponents to move higher in the stack, and the overwhelming BI market screaming for disruption in the form of better products, better architectures and better pricing.

Over the next few years Pentaho built out a great BI platform with end-to-end BI capabilities and quickly became known as “The” OS BI Suite vendor. In conjunction with building product, we built out vibrant open source communities that helped spur our growth and adoption. We were the only clear alternative to Business Objects, Cognos, Oracle and Microstrategy, and the market was hungry for a better and more appropriately-priced offering. We’ve experienced incredible growth over the last couple of years as we continue to deliver great, solid, scalable, secure and functionally-rich products to the market – both to our open source communities and to our paying customers and partners.

In 2009 we started delivering more products geared toward the “business user,” a.k.a. “end-user,” a.k.a. “casual user,” a.k.a. “non-techie.” We immediately started seeing more people convert into customers and this trend grew significantly all the way through 2010. This was a great move in that direction, but we knew that another gap needed to be plugged in order to really satisfy growing market needs – better web-based reporting and data visualization as well as an easier way to get to data. People want results fast and easy, especially the “non-technical user.”  Voila, Pentaho BI 4.0 directly addresses these needs and pain points.  Check it all out here in our Pentaho BI 4 resource center.

Pentaho BI 4 is our biggest release ever that’s geared toward the business user. This product makes it not only possible, but makes it easy for business users to access their own data and do their own reporting, analytics, data discovery and dashboards. We’ve shielded users from the underlying complexities while also giving them the power that they desire.  Our open source roots make it clear that we are all about the people, and this release specifically extends that philosophy to include the “non-technical people.”

Pentaho BI 4 will greatly expand our addressable market size and customer profile. Our early feedback from customers, partners and communities indicates that this is a huge inflection point for our product line and company.  Our launch webcast on Thursday June 23 – Pentaho BI 4 Live – has already broken our previous webcast registration by 250%!

There must be some real unsolved thirst for pushing power to the user.

Richard


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