Getting in shape at the Pentaho Sales Bootcamp

August 11, 2010

Looking around the room at our annual Pentaho Sales Bootcamp last week, it was impressive to see the number of new faces that have joined the team since last year’s event.  We must be doing something right, as over the past few months, Pentaho has been a magnet for top players from all corners of the BI space.  Last week was an excellent opportunity for our international Sales, Marketing, and Product teams to collaborate and work together to understand our customers’ current needs, how Pentaho’s solution can address them, and have a great time.

This year’s Bootcamp consisted of three packed days of case studies, interactive discussions, presentations, happy hours, and even a boat ride around the beautiful (albeit windy) San Francisco Bay. Click here for an inside look at the Pentaho Sales Boot Camp.

Bootcamp may be over, but our team is not done growing yet!  After officially outgrowing our current space, Pentaho San Francisco will be expanding into a brand new office this week, and we are actively hiring top-notch talent to join our Sales and Marketing teams in the Bay Area.

Aside from that, I am currently in Sweden preparing to open our new European headquarters in Stockholm, for which we are actively hiring as well.  If you are interested in joining the Pentaho team at any of our locations worldwide, I encourage you to take a look at our current Career Opportunities.

With the momentum of three record quarters in a row, the most innovative product on the market, and the tremendous talent and enthusiasm of this team, I have no doubt that the second half of 2010 will be a rock solid milestone in Pentaho company history.

Cheers,
Lars
SVP Worldwide Sales
Pentaho Corporation

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Pentaho summer intern rock stars

July 30, 2010

Internships are often associated with organizing papers and getting coffee. This is far from the truth for the Pentaho internship program. This summer we were fortunate to have three rock star interns. They were not fetching coffee however, enjoying our stocked break room with everything from snacks to beer. This summer they got a taste of what it is like to work in our San Francisco sales and marketing office. They were able to  work alongside experienced leaders in sales and marketing learning about CRM and marketing automation software, sales lead qualification, outbound lead generation, social media and business operations.

Pentaho is unique in that it adapts to the backgrounds and strengths of the interns and allows them to select what they will focus on in the summer program. We just wanted to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work this summer and highlight some of the great things they’ve learned this summer:

Summer 2010 Intern Rock Stars:

Rick Daley: Rick is going into his junior year at the University of Florida.  He has been playing soccer for 18 years, and is currently playing with the UF men’s club team.  Rick is taking part in the internship to understand the business intelligence market and to determine if he will follow in the footsteps of his father.  Rick is using the summer to make a final decision on what major he will pursue.  Pentaho has allowed Rick to realize sales is much more creative and interesting that he previously thought.

Mark Daley: In the Fall, Mark will start his Senior year at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, FL.  Mark is the youngest employee to work for Pentaho and has utilized his talents to help the look and feel of Pentaho’s social media presence.   Mark thinks it is a great opportunity to get real world experience while he is still young and beautiful.  “Working under Rich Taylor, Pentaho Sales Operations Manager, has shown me a lot of things; first and foremost, he taught me that frozen Twix and Dr. Pepper go together; and more importantly that work can be both fun and rewarding.”

Paul Lyandres: Paul is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is active in a variety of community, civic, and professional organizations.  Paul is a talented young leader with a passion for learning.  Paul’s fascination with technology and his desire to work in a start-up environment brought him to Pentaho. At Pentaho, Paul applies his drive for excellence and high performance to support the sales and marketing team across a variety of roles. Prior to joining Pentaho, Paul worked for LIIF, a non-profit finance fund, and spent over 4-years at Martin Wolf Associates, a leading IT investment bank. His interests include fitness, cooking, swimming, and reading.

With the rapid growth of Pentaho, our interns have made immediate and valuable contributions.  Their fresh ideas and hard work were a huge help to us this summer and we’ll miss them around the San Francisco office.

If you are interested in interning or working at Pentaho check out our open opportunities worldwide.


Part 3: Easily prototyping your data

July 29, 2010


Prototyping as defined in information systems is:

The process of building an example or model of the actual proposed system. It is an iterative process that is part of the analysis phase of the development life cycle.

In Part 3 of this tutorial series I will show you how you can easily “prototype” your data within the Pentaho User Console by using the Dashboard Designer and its Data Access component. Part 3 picks up after we have configured our server side Pentaho Data Connections to connect to Oracle and MS SQL Server. In this tutorial I will also cover the Pentaho BI Server start up procedures on both the Linux and Windows operating systems.

You are able to download the video or view it in high quality directly from this blog. Click ‘share’ in the video window to see the available options.

Mike Tarallo
Pre-Sales Director
Pentaho


Part 2: Configuring Server Side Data Connections – even easier!

July 23, 2010

Welcome to Part 2 of the Pentaho Video Tutorial Series. In Part 1, we covered the installation of the Pentaho BI Suite on an Ubuntu Linux O/S using the Pentaho BI Suite Installer. Many have already experienced how easy it was to download and install, thanks for your comments. (You can obtain the installer from the Pentaho KB or from http://www.pentaho.com/download/.)

In this part we will cover configuring Pentaho server side data connections that can access your traditional RDBMS data sources. In this example I demonstrate adding connections to Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server 2008. It is important to note that the Pentaho design tools, such as Report Designer, Schema Workbench, Data Integration and the Metadata Editor can publish content using these server side data source connections that have been configured. (We will cover this in Part 3 of the series) To prepare for this configuration, please have the appropriate vendor specific JDBC Type 4 driver available for the data source you want to connect to. You can obtain them from the database vendor’s web site, your DBA, or perhaps the installation location of the RDBMS.

You can view the video inline in this blog, or download the higher quality .wmv (Windows Media Video) to your workstation for local viewing.

To see all related Tutorials in this series posted by me, click on my pic on the bottom right under Authors.

Mike Tarallo
Pre-Sales Director
Pentaho Corporation

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Part 1: Installing Pentaho Enterprise Edition – yep, it’s that easy

July 21, 2010

That’s right, I said it. It’s that easy. Hello everyone, I am Michael Tarallo, Pentaho Pre-Sales Director.  It is an absolute pleasure to be blogging in the Swamp with the rest of the Pentaho crew.  Originally I started creating a series of Pentaho related tutorial type videos published exclusively on my blog michaeltarallo.blogspot.com. However, I have also been invited to the Swamp to share my BI technical musings and knowledge with y’all. (no really, I am originally from the North East, I don’t ever say y’all) –  I thought this would be a great way to share this series and create an awareness of how easy it is to get started using and evaluating the Pentaho software.

This is part 1 of an N part series (there is so much to showcase I don’t have a definitive number) that will showcase the power, flexibility and extensibility of the Pentaho BI Suite. My goal is to help you evaluate the Pentaho BI Suite easily and quickly as well as show you tips and techniques that make Pentaho the right choice for current and future needs.  In this 15 min video (available in my blog or as a download here)  you will watch me go through the process, of downloading, installing and testing the Pentaho BI Suite Enterprise Edition on an Ubuntu Linux operating system. From start to finish, you will see it truly is just that easy. The next entry will focus on configuring data sources to be used for content creation. Enjoy and I hope to speak with you in person!

To see all related Tutorials in this series posted by me, click on my pic on the bottom right under Authors.

Mike Tarallo
Pre-Sales Director
Pentaho Corporation

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Welcome!

March 29, 2010

Welcome to the Business Intelligence from the Swamp blog. This blog provides views on the value of business intelligence, trends and directions of BI, and controversial topics around the BI industry. One thing it won’t be is some boring CEO blog who just promotes their own products and company, and on average gets zero comments. To make this simple and easy, here’s a few questions and answers so you get to know more about this blog and why you should care:

Who am I?
I’m Richard Daley, the co-founder and CEO of Pentaho, the leading open source Business Intelligence provider.  I’ve been working in the Business Intelligence industry since the mid 80’s when I worked on BI systems (formerly known as Executive Information Systems) on mainframes. The reason I mention this is that my colleagues never fail to remind me of how long I’ve been around this market. Two companies that I co-founded prior to Pentaho are AppSource Corporation (acquired by Arbor Software which later merged into Hyperion Solutions) and Keyola (acquired by Lawson Software).

I am from and live in Orlando, Florida and have started all my companies here. It allows me to enjoy a few of my favorite things being: Florida Gators, family and water skiing.

Summary: a swamp-based, successful BI veteran (hence the title of the blog).

Why am I blogging?
I want to get a real  conversation started about the business intelligence market and how it rapidly is changing for the better. How forces like open source and cloud deployments are commoditizing the market. As mentioned above, I’ve been in the BI space for years. There has been a sea of change and not all of it is good. This blog is to express my opinions and provide insight into the BI industry and the world of commercial open source

Will I be the only one blogging?
To provide a true outlook on the industry, this blog will have guest bloggers from throughout the industry. Expect to hear from people that are breaking down barriers and making an impact in the BI and open source industries. And some true entertainers who make BI and BI controversies enjoyable.

What will I blog about?
Some words that come to mind are open source and BI trends, cloud-based BI,  customer and partner activities, product and technology advancements, competitors, authenticity and other interesting topics. This blog is not just about Pentaho but an overall outlook on the business intelligence industry.

How can you provide feedback?
Your thoughts and comments are appreciated and encouraged. Make sure to sign-up to receive the blog straight to your email or RSS (coming soon). You can also keep in touch with Pentaho through our newsletter, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Cheers,
Richard Daley
CEO and Co-Founder
Pentaho Corporation


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