The Pentaho Journey – A Big Data Booster

February 13, 2015

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Ten years ago we set out to commoditize BI, disrupt the existing old school proprietary vendors and give customers a better choice. It’s been an exciting journey building up a scalable analytic platform, building an open source community, surviving a deep recession, beating up the competition, building a great team, providing great products and services to our customers, and being a major player in the big data market.

Some of the key points along the way:

2008 – the recession hits and frankly as painful as that was it actually helped Pentaho as we were the best value proposition in BI and people were looking to reduce expenditures. It also drastically reduced the cost of commercial office space and we opened up our San Fran office in Q2 2009.

2009 – at a happy hour in Orlando in November we stumbled upon our ability to natively integrate Pentaho Data Integration with Hadoop (which I had never even heard of prior to that evening). Eight months later we launched our big data initiative.

2011 – based on traction and momentum with our big data capabilities we decided to go all in around this space. This lead to a dedicated big data team, a change in packaging and pricing, and beefing up our management team.

2013 – we acquired longtime partner Webdetails and immediately had a world class UI/UX team that our customers love to help them build custom dashboards…….

2014 – we held our first PentahoWorld user conference with a theme that strongly resonated with the market: Bring your Big Data to Life. We were proud to host 400 attendees from 27 countries around the globe.

2015 – Hitachi Data Systems acquires Pentaho! This is an exciting time for both companies, our customers, and partners. We both share a vision around analytics and in particular around big data opportunities.

So the next part of our exciting journey begins as a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Data Systems and I couldn’t be happier. We’ll be going after the big data market and specifically the Internet of Things and we’ll have a blast doing so. Buckle up, because it’s going to be a fast and thrilling ride!

Richard Daley
Founder and Chief Strategy Officer
Pentaho


I’ll Take Some Science with My Art

April 8, 2014

We’ve kicked off some amazing new content around Pentaho’s data visualization and dashboard capabilities that you won’t want to miss.

For those of you who don’t know, we have a team of in-house data design experts who specialize in creating 100% tailored analytics experiences for organizations with unique visualization and user interface needs. The team creates Pentaho platform solutions to business problems presented in a visual, elegant and intuitive fashion. And now, we’ve taken the opportunity to share that process with you in The Fine Art of Business Intelligence.

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from ‘back of the napkin’…

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…to stellar visualization

What’s so special about this content is that it starts with sketches and business objectives (the kind our team receives all the time) – and provides visual design proposals and recommendations to satisfy those needs. We see too often in the BI marketplace an emphasis on ‘pretty pictures’ without consideration for guiding goals and strategy.  As you might expect, we at Pentaho believe that beautiful visuals can (and must) solve business challenges before all else – hence the ‘Fine’ in ‘Fine Art’.

There’s also a little something for everyone on the Fine Art of BI pages – with examples addressing real needs in social media marketing, finance and investing, telecom, and healthcare.

Additionally, in conjunction with this project, we’ve  collected visualization and dashboard best practices from our in-house design experts and shared them in this quick project guide. It’s definitely worth a read if you are struggling with how to begin your project, which visualizations you should consider, or what dashboard layout makes sense. The guide (and the Fine Art of BI samples) highlight a few key themes that are broadly applicable:

  • You need to have a plan before anything else: This includes considering the high-level organizational goals, analytics user needs, relevant and measurable KPIs, as well as data readiness. If your visualizations and dashboards are to be effectively utilized, they must align with the right user and business objectives.
  • Less tends to be more: Don’t put too many charts in your dashboard, don’t insert complex overlays on your location visualizations, and don’t discount a simple yet elegant bar chart (it may be the best way to convey information).
  • Engagement drives adoption: Whether in the form of interactive hover and drill-down features, eye-catching theming and branding, or embedding analytics into existing applications – the more effectively you can engage your users, the more likely they will be to continue to use your analytics.

In case you missed it before, here’s another link to the Fine Art of BI. We’d also recommend this Visualization Paper from TDWI for further reading.

Finally, here is a link to more information regarding our Custom Visualization and UI Design services offerings.

Ben Hopkins
Product Marketing Manager
Pentaho

2014 European Tour – Portugal

March 13, 2014

I traveled to Lisbon yesterday in time to enjoy dinner with the 2 Pedro’s – Alves and Martins and Nuno Moreira.  We are lucky to have these three very talented men join the Pentaho team when we acquired Webdetails last year.

My morning was taken up spending time with the Webdetails team in Pentaho’s new Portugal office.  We acquired Webdetails in April of 2013 and I have never seen a company to integrate so seamlessly and start making impactful contributions as quickly as the Webdetails. This past year they continued to build upon their CTools series for creating and managing dashboards and reports and have used that talent to help deliver our 5.0 platform in September.  A few other items to mention are the creation Sparkl and a project maturity classification system, building out the Pentaho Marketplace, new language pack installers, new community website and more. Ease of use and impressive design is their specialty. Even their job application website is a memorable experience.

Next stop is London where I am look forward to seeing our new office and more non-stop days.  First up is a team dinner where I will have the chance to meet several new team members.

London, I’m on my way!

Quentin


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