Pentaho Supports International Women’s Day 2014

March 5, 2014

On average, the percentage of women in the tech field is 12.9%. We at Pentaho are proud to share that we are not your average company and 23% of our workforce are women – almost twice the industry average!

With International Women’s Day approaching on March 8th, we wanted to take time to support this important day and its 2014 theme of INSPIRING CHANGE.

This week we will be highlighting women at Pentaho, what they do, how they got there and how we can inspire more girls and women to get involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and seek out jobs in technology.

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Rosanne Saccone, Chief Marketing Officer at Pentaho

The first woman we are highlighting is Pentaho’s Chief Marketing Officer, Rosanne Saccone.

What do you do at Pentaho? How long have you been at Pentaho?
I am the Chief Marketing Officer and have been at Pentaho for over a little over two years.  I am responsible for all marketing at Pentaho, including our brand, product and solution marketing, corporate communications, and demand generation for the company worldwide.  I have been in the technology industry for over 25 years holding senior roles at technology companies such as HP, BEA Systems, Olliance and PivotLink.

What inspired you to want you to work in technology?
I love the pace of innovation and expectations of achievement in high tech. Although some might consider it a ‘macho’ industry, I find it an awesome place for strong women who like to compete and win. An industry that is a match for women who are great team players and are inspired by driving change that truly does impact the way the world works. If you are consistently focused on achieving results that are measurable, over time you will be rewarded in this industry — because the tech companies that eventually win have the best people, and many of the best people happen to be women. I’ve been in many different roles and functions in high tech companies, and this focus on striving for excellence was a common factor that has inspired me to reach further and try harder to help my organizations win.

How do you think the industry could inspire more girls and women towards careers in technology? 
I think it begins at school — we need to create an environment where girls and young women are encouraged to think differently and actively engage in learning about math and science concepts.  We need to make sure we showcase that technology is cool, and that the tech industry will embrace girls and women who want to change the game. It is also important to make sure that a well-rounded education includes the ability to communicate clearly (reading and writing skills), and embraces not just rote memorization of math and science concepts but teaches people problem solving and to think about problems from different angles.

We can sponsor internships for young women to experience the working environments at successful high tech companies.  We can also emphasize that there are many different roles within high tech companies where women can be successful — across all departments, as individual contributors, managers, and executives. On this note, there are currently several job openings at Pentaho and stay tuned for internship openings – help us build upon our 23% female workforce!

What is a favorite memory you have about Pentaho?
Probably the “all nighter” the marketing team spent getting everything ready to launch our v5 product.  Because we are fearless (!!), we decided to launch a completely new brand, completely new website, and a completely re-designed product all in the space of a couple of months.  Everyone pulled together to make it happen — making smart decisions quickly, collaborating as needed to get alignment on goals, getting creative on the content and programs that were required to get results from all the activity.  I’ll never forget the feeling of triumph and satisfaction as our extended Pentaho team worked together to resolve the remaining issues at one in the morning PT just ahead of our 2 am launch. Interestingly, most of the key leaders of the team happen to be women — head of product marketing, head of demand generation, head of brand.  There is such a strong team emphasis and focus on achievement, and that moment really epitomizes that spirit to me.

Fun Fact about you. 
I love to play golf and play the piano in my spare time.  I was born in San Francisco.


Bring your Big Data to Life With Pentaho at Strata Santa Clara

January 30, 2014

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If you are like most Enterprise IT decision makers, there’s a 50/50 chance you are already knee deep into Big Data or on a path to figuring out how to get started. One of the “must attend” conferences for anyone involved in Big Data is the O’Reilly Strata Conference (Santa Clara, February 11-15, 2014).

Join Us!

Pentaho is excited to return as a sponsor this year and we have a number of ways you can learn more about getting the most out of your Big Data initiatives.

The Pentaho team of executives, technologist and data scientist will be on hand to share the latest big data innovations from Pentaho Labs such as integration with Apache Hadoop YARN and Storm. Come get answers to your all of your big data integration and analytics question. Let us help you bring your Big Data to life!

Below is a list of all activities for Pentaho in and around the conference. Register with code Pentaho20 and receive 20% off registration.

Exhibit booth

You will find the Pentaho team in the Sponsor Pavilion at booth 710 (located near the O’reilly Media booth). Learn all about how Pentaho can help bring your Big Data to life! Don’t forget to get your Pentaho t-shirt and enter for the chance to win a Go Pro camera.

Meetups

Big Data Science Meet-up at Strata Conference

  • Monday, 2/10 at 5:30-9:30 in Ballroom E
  • Nick Gonzalez, Data Scientist at Pentaho will speak about Real World Big Data Prescriptive Analytics
  • Today’s large and convoluted data landscape coupled with the abundance of available computing resources presents unique opportunities for data scientists around the world. To remain competitive in this landscape, we must go beyond generating predictions to generating solutions from big data that are driven by actions derived from data driven predictions. And we have to do this as fast as possible.  This is the real world of big data prescriptive analytics. This talk will address each one of these challenges and present technical solutions and algorithms to address them.  By the end of this presentation each individual solution will come together in a symphony of code and hardware to form a unified automated process that is the backbone of a successful big data prescriptive analytics solution.

Breakout Sessions

Getting There from Here: Moving Data Science into the Boardroom

  • Rosanne Saccone (Pentaho), Scott Chastain (SAS), Chris Selland (HP Vertica)
  • Tuesday, 2/11 at 11:15 on the Data Driven Business Track, Ballroom CD
  • Pundits and analysts agree—the data-driven enterprise is here to stay. But how will companies balance analysis with action? Will optimization of the current model leave firms more vulnerable than ever to disruption by what’s new and unpredictable? And how do we balance legacy investments in data warehousing and business intelligence with emerging technologies for massive, real-time data processing? Join Scott Chastain, Roseanne Saccone, Chris Selland, and Strata Chair Alistair Croll for a look at the practical concerns facing tomorrow’s data-driven business.

Lessons from the Trenches: edo Interactive Leverages Hadoop to Build Customer Loyalty

  • Thursday, 2/13 at 11:30am, Ballroom G
  • Tim Garnto (edo) & Rob Rosen (Pentaho)
  • Hadoop presents as an enabling technology to better understand customer preferences and behaviors, but organizations often struggle with time-consuming data preparation and analytics processes. edo Interactive – a leader in providing card-linked offers to financial services and retailers – shares how they drive agile, improved decision-making by complementing native Hadoop technologies with analytical databases and ETL optimization and data visualization solutions from vendors such as Pentaho.

We hope to see you soon at Strata in Santa Clara. If you would prefer a private meeting with Pentaho at the conference send us a message via our contacts page or direct message us on twitter @Pentaho.


Top 10 Pentaho Stories of 2013

December 31, 2013

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2013 has been an exciting year with new products, partnerships and overall company momentum. Before the clock strikes midnight on December 31, and we welcome 2014, we’d like to look back at some of the top stories of 2013. Here are the top 10 most popular news releases of 2013:

10. Pentaho Named a Red Herring Global 100 Winner
Big data integration and analytics leader listed among world’s most promising technology companies (Wednesday, November 27, 2013)

9. Revamped Global Pentaho Partner Programme Rewards Commitment and Lowers Barriers to Entry
Now even easier for channel players to profit from the big data revolution (Wednesday, September 4, 2013)

8. Pentaho Brings Big Data Analytics to Intel® Distribution for Apache Hadoop Software
End-to-end solution combines the Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop Software with Pentaho’s full range of enterprise data integration and analytics software (Tuesday, February 26, 2013)

7. Rackspace brings ETL to the Cloud with Pentaho
A Hadoop Summit Q&A (Thursday, June 27, 2013)

6. Pentaho Instaview Templates Broaden Big Data Access and Analysis
Big Data delivery is simplified for IT to easily customize and create new templates; Data Analysts empowered to choose, prepare and analyze big data sources in three easy steps (Tuesday, February 26, 2013)

5. Pentaho Announces New Offering for MongoDB-based Business Intelligence
Expanded native integration provides enterprise analytics for MongoDB (Thursday, September 12, 2013)

4. Pentaho and Splunk Partner to Unlock Big Data Value from Machine Generated Data
Extends Splunk Machine Data Insights to Business Users with Pentaho’s Big Data Visualization and Data Integration (Wednesday, August 7, 2013)

3. Pentaho Furthers Innovation in Big Data Integration and Launches Pentaho Labs
Helps companies thrive in the face of relentless big data change (Wednesday, June 26, 2013)

2. Pentaho Acquires Dashboard and UI Specialist Partner Webdetails
Portugal-based consultancy provides visual development expertise, consulting services and a new community leader (Monday, April 22, 2013)

1.  Pentaho Gears Up Analytics Platform for the Future of Big Data
Pentaho Business Analytics 5.0 greatly simplifies the entire analytics experience for everyone and delivers the industry’s first just in time big data blending ‘at the source’ (Thursday, September 12, 2013)

What was your favorite story of 2013? We want to know – you can respond in the comments section below or on twitter using the hashtag #Pentaho.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!


Customer Spotlight: WiMP Music, the 2013 BI Award winner for Innovation

December 2, 2013

wimpAwardIn today`s blog post, I want to put the spotlight on our Norwegian partner Conduct and congratulate them for their great work implementing Pentaho for WiMP Music, a music streaming service similar to iTunes that is very popular in Northern and Central Europe. The deployment received the 2013 BI Award for Innovation in Norway given by the prestigious Norwegian Computer Society on October 31st in Oslo.

Through local editorial teams in each country, WiMP provides daily recommendations, tips and playlists for any occasion for its audiences. The ad-free service is available on computers and mobiles, tablets and network players in Denmark, Germany, Norway, Poland and Sweden. The business is entirely digital and data-driven, with music files licensed from a large number of different sources delivered by a huge partner network and priced dynamically, according to where and how it is sold. Wimp’s BI solution was built by Conduct on Pentaho Business Analytics and has been in production since 2010.

Pentaho has become essential for delivering the music streaming service WiMP provides, because it controls income distribution and settlement. It also provides information that WiMP is contractually obliged to provide to content providers and partners. In addition, the solution provides a huge range of easily accessible management information for decision-making based on facts, not gut feelings.

The Jury stated that this year’s winner of the BI Award for Innovation has:

  • Adopted BI as a core component of its business
  • Been thinking outside the box and dared to challenge traditional IT architecture when establishing its business and its IT portfolio. The solution is flexible and meets the changing challenges of a dynamic market.
  • Used Open Source in its solution design and decided to use the data warehouse as the core of its business systems and business model
  • Created a robust solution that satisfies both audits and controls and creates numbers its partners trust

Congratulations to WiMP for its foresight of truly extracting the real value of data and building its business model based on it. And of course a big congrats to our channel partner Conduct who built this great deployment on our Pentaho Business Analytics platform.

Pentaho is supporting its partners also with its marketing activities. If you have impressive customer stories like WiMP, our team is on hand to help you promote and celebrate them by writing up case studies, press releases, co-hosting a webinar or completing award applications. If you are a Pentaho partner and want to get the most out of your partnership, please contact me.

Erik Nolten
Director Channel EMEA & APAC


Happy Thanksgiving from Pentaho

November 27, 2013

To all of our readers in the US, we hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and are enjoying some time off with friends and family.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving we want to say that we are thankful for our amazing community, customers, partners and colleagues. Happy Thanksgiving!

Visit our Facebook page to see photos from our Worksgiving potluck in the San Francisco office. Everyone brought in their famous Thanksgiving recipes such as Thai sesame chicken wings, spring rolls, jalapeno corn bread, lemon cream bars and of course a big turkey with stuffing.

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#PPSUMM13

October 15, 2013

More than forty partners from around the globe attended Pentaho Partner Summit 2013 (#PPSUMM13), October 3-4 in the beautiful village of Sintra, Portugal, famous for its 19th-century Romantic architecture and landscapes. The following video summarizes the two days in under two minutes:

Informative sessions

To further help partners to maximize and monetize big data opportunities, the Summit included sales and technical training sessions focusing on different aspects of the big data ecosystem. During these sessions Steve Jenkins, Vice President EMEA of Hadoop distributor MapR, and Luca Olivari, Director of Business Development EMEA of MongoDB, the NoSQL database, explained how Pentaho supports these important and popular big data technologies.

Partner of the Year Award

The Pentaho partners that were the most successful over the last year, delivering outstanding customer success, technical innovation and commercial results, were honored at a gala dinner with the Pentaho Partner of the Year Award. This year’s winners were Italy’s BNova (EMEA), Brazil’s OnCase Brazil (LATAM) and Japan’s KSK (APAC).

 New partner program

The Pentaho Partner Summit 2013 was the perfect occasion to share more details on our new enhanced Partner Program in EMEA, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The new program consists of three levels: Registered Member, Certified Partner and Premium Partner. Registered Member is a new entry level that makes it easier for new partners to sign up to the partner program. The main partnership level, now called ‘Certified Partner’ has been simplified. To reward commitment, Certified Partners that offer advanced services and sell successfully are eligible to earn the top ‘Premium’ status. These new levels replace the previous Bronze, Gold and Platinum and make it easier for customers to select the right partner for their needs.

Learn more about the Pentaho Partner Program visit pentaho.com/partners


Two meetings of hearts and minds in Sintra

October 9, 2013

I consider myself very lucky to have spent last week in the beautiful village of Sintra, Portugal for Pentaho’s Regional Partner Summit followed by the Pentaho Community Meeting. Over four days our bright, enthusiastic partners and community developers animated the romantic Portuguese scenery. If anyone thought that analytics and romance might be incompatible, they were definitely proven wrong!

Partner Summit

Over the first two days more than forty Pentaho partners from around the globe including Australia, Brazil and the Norwegian fjords came together in the Tivoli Hotel to network, share their experiences and gather insights from Pentaho folks onsite.

Big data has injected new vitality to the business analytics space, providing major new opportunities for our partners.  An informal survey we carried out at the summit indicates that about 20 percent of our partners are already working on big data deployments.

To help our partners maximize and monetize big data opportunities, the Summit included sales and technical training sessions focusing on different aspects of the big data ecosystem. For example, Steve Jenkins of MapR and Luca Olivari of MongoDB explained how Pentaho supports these important and popular big data technologies. Thanks to Steve and Luca for taking the time to speak at the Summit!

Pentaho Partner Meeting 2013

Pentaho Partner Summit 2013

Pentaho Partner of the Year Award

One of the highlights of the Pentaho Partner Summit was the Gala Diner in the Seteais Palace – a fitting place to honor the outstanding results from our partners and treat them like the royalty they are! Congratulations once again to Italy’s BNova (EMEA), Brazil’s OnCase Brazil (LATAM) and Japan’s KSK (APAC) for winning the Partner of the Year Award for their respective regions.

Here are some additional photos from the Pentaho Partner Summit and Partner of the Year Awards Dinner

#PCM13

After two intensive days, the Partner Summit drew to a close but the Pentaho party raged on! Most partners stayed on in Sintra to take part in the Pentaho Community Meeting, organized by our new SVP of Community, Pedro Alves and his Webdetails team. With more than a hundred participants gathered in the Pena Palace’s Gardens, this was the biggest community meeting ever to take place in EMEA. It was so inspiring to learn about the many exciting projects that this vibrant community has generated.

Pentaho Community Meeting 2013

Pentaho Community Meeting 2013

Thank you!

After a fun and interesting week teaming with Pentaho spirit it’s only left for me to say a warm ‘thank you’ to everyone who attended and spoke and organized these two fantastic events. Personally, I am leaving impressed and inspired after seeing first hand the impressive projects that our partners and community are creating with Pentaho. I hope you took away new ideas, opportunities, knowledge, and perhaps even a little bit of Sintra’s romance!

Doug Johnson
EVP and COO, Pentaho

Here is a growing list of recap blogs and videos from the events: 


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