Where is Pentaho this July?

July 7, 2011

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We’re taking a break from the summer sun to offer some great events this month, including our Business Intelligence for Retail webcast on July 14. There’s also a great selection of Pentaho training classes that are being offered all over the world. Our Fast Track BI Seminar series has two stops this month: Paris, France and Chicago, Illinois. We hope to see you at one of our events!



Webcasts
July 14 – Business Intelligence for Retail – Convenient Self-Service BI – Online (English)

Live Events
July 7 – Fast Track BI Seminar and Pentaho BI 4 Launch  – Paris
July 21 – Fast Track BI Seminar – Chicago
Bookmark the Pentaho Events & Webcast webpage

Training Classes (Listed by start date; class length varies.)
July 11 – Pentaho Report Design Techniques – Online (Italian)
July 11 – Pentaho Database Integration for Database Developers – Zurich
July 12 – Pentaho Report Design Techniques – Online (Spanish)
July 18 – Pentaho Architect’s Bootcamp – Chicago
July 18 – Pentaho Database Integration for Database Developers – Massa, MS, Italy
July 19 – Pentaho Database Integration for Database Developers – Orlando
July 19 – Pentaho Report Design Techniques – Online (English)
July 25 – Pentaho BI Suite Bootcamp – Dublin, Ireland
July 26 – Pentaho BI Suite Bootcamp – San Francisco
July 26 – Pentaho Database Integration for Database Developers – Mainz, Germany
July 26 – Pentaho Database Integration for Database Developers – Sydney, Australia
Visit the Pentaho training web page

(Photo Credit: Graur Codrin) 


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


Pentaho’s BIG, Fast, and Agile August

August 4, 2010

Pentaho is hitting the road this month to show you the world’s first BI integration for Hadoop with our three-city roadshow, ‘Harnessing Hadoop for Big Data’.  Next, prepare to see blazing fast business intelligence when we pair Ingres Vectorwise with Pentaho’s Agile BI initative.

BIG – We’re rolling into town to show you how Pentaho, as the face of Hadoop, can leverage the power of business intelligence and data integration for your Big Data analysis needs.  These live seminars are free but space is limited, so be sure to register now.

  • Harnessing Hadoop for Big Data – Live Seminar Series

FAST & AGILE – See what is possible when you combine the power of Agile BI with Ingres Vectorwise, the next generation of analytic database technology during this live webcast.

  • Blazing Fast, Agile BI with Ingres VectorWise and Pentaho
    • Webcast:  Thursday, August 12th 2010

Want to learn more about Pentaho and meet the team?  This month we will be holding Classroom Training classes in Buenos Aires, Argentina and here on the home front in Orlando, Florida.

Where else can you find Pentaho?  This month and every month, we invite you to join the conversation with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Visit our Events page for more details and updated events.  Here’s to a BIG, Fast, and Agile August!


Is Excel costing you more than you think?

July 15, 2010

A recent trend we have noticed at Pentaho is that an increasing number of customers reaching out to us for their BI solution are using spreadmarts as the default reporting tool and rely heavily on Excel/spreadmarts for storing and gaining insight on their data.  Red Flag! Often overlooked are the many risks that these spreadmarts introduce to your decision making process.  While effective for displaying static data, Excel/spreadmarts are a poor substitute for modern business intelligence.

Last month, Pentaho hosted a webcast to answer the popular question, “How do you save money and time by replacing Excel/Spreadmarts?” The speakers featured experts Rick Sherman, co-author of the TDWI study, “Strategies for Managing Spreadmarts and Migrating to a Managed BI Environment” and Jake Cornelius, Director, Product Management at Pentaho. The attendance and response to the webcast was tremendous. If you missed this webcast, no worries, it is now on-demand to watch on your schedule. Here’s an inside look at some of the highlights:

  • You are not alone! The median company has 30 Spreadmarts. Average = 837!
  • The average costs of spreadmarts to an organization is $780,000 a year.
  • The benefits of allowing business users to use spreadmarts are that they already understand the tool and can do it without IT assistance.
  • The dangers associated with spreadmarts include lack of data consistency, audit trail and data governance as well as the productivity drain due to version control and inaccurate data – see screen shot below. (In this webcast learn how to mitigate this risk and successful strategies for reducing you companies dependency)
  • There is a solution, which allows you to see the difference a managed BI solution will make. In 3 days you can receive an initial proof of value using a set of your own data (check out the Pentaho 72 Hour Challenge).

These are just a few of the highlights from the webcast. To learn more about how to save money and better leverage your data to make smarter decisions watch the on-demand webcast, ‘Modern Cost-Effective BI Will Save your Firm Money and Time by Replacing Spreadmarts.

Watch more of Pentaho’s most popular Open Source BI webcasts on your schedule.

We are listening! This webcast was a suggestion from our customers. What other topics are you interested to learn about from Pentaho? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter – we are @Pentaho.


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