Robert Frost on Big Data

March 27, 2014

frostThere is a time to be adventurous and take the path less travelled as Frost points out in the often quoted, “Road Not Taken” –but not with big data. I wonder what Frost would have to say about big data, a concept difficult to comprehend in the early 1900’s.  In reviewing the poem (poetry being an arm chair interest of mine), it becomes clear that there is some ambiguity about whether Frost intended to promote taking the “Road Less Travelled.”  In fact, it is thought that the poem was written in jest to his friend Lawrence Thomas to convey that the true regret is in not making a decision at all.

This ambiguity and indecisiveness is very present in the big data ecosystem.  Most organizations are cognizant of the disruptive force of big data — it’s impact on the competitive business landscape and the way consumers live their daily lives.  Fortunately, they also know there is little, if no room for regret at taking the Big Data Road Less Travelled or not choosing a path at all.

To that end Pentaho has collected and shared four paths that many of our customers have successfully travelled to achieve business value from big data.  They are four common big data use cases that reduce costs, optimize and begin to transform businesses.  We have laid out four roads that have been well traveled and ended in big data success. I highly encourage you to explore our top four big data use cases and the roads most often travelled. No regrets.

Donna Prlich
Sr. Director, Product Marketing


Advice from Willy Wonka

August 3, 2012

We’ve got your golden ticket to web analytics, download the latest whitepaper: Everything you Know about Digital Measurement is Wrong…and What to Do About It.

Olympic Analysis Using Pentaho

July 30, 2012

In honor of the Olympics…here is an Analytical Dashboard I created to compare and contrast the medaling countries from 1976 to 2008. Enjoy.

Wayne Johnson
Senior Sales Engineer

This blog was originally posted Wayne’s blog, Business Intelligence in Real Life

Hooked on Eye Candy

December 13, 2011

Yesterday I was quoted in an article on CBR Online by Steve Evans titled, BI visualisation is just “eye candy”: Pentaho. This hook of “eye candy” has stirred up a lot of comments and I’m pleased that Pentaho is at the center of an interesting debate!

Why pleased? It means that we are having a dialogue and I can see from your Tweets and blog post (see below) that many of you value Pentaho‘s end-to-end business analytics model that enables customers to make great business decisions fast and cost-effectively.

Tom Barber made some great points on his blog, Playing to your strengths is good for business — that we should sell to our strengths, highlighting that “Pentaho is a great at data manipulation.”

Then Pedro Alves from Webdetails says on his blog Substance AND Style that you need both – and we agree.

Let me put a bit more context around the great conversation I had with Steve last week at the Business Cloud Summit in London. We discussed areas that can limit a company’s ability to take action on the information that impacts their company’s success.

At Pentaho, we are  taking out pain by automating difficult processes for both the end users AND the IT team.  A modern analytics platform must offer data governance, ETL services, the full spectrum of reports, dashboards, ad-hoc analysis and data mining/predictive analytics, as well as embrace big and diverse data.

Before meeting with Steve at CBR, I had an interesting discussion in London with Alys Woodward of IDC about data governance, a process that IT people care about and is getting more complex because of all the new technologies and different data models.  We care about this too, even if it does fall into the ‘hard to do’ category.  Pentaho has a simple and intuitive graphical user interface to more easily move data in and out of Hadoop.

These IT services have certainly not come at the expense of visual presentation for the end user.  While in London, I met with a UK enterprise CRM software provider called HTK, which is embedding our reports and analytics into his company’s software to deliver SaaS Cloud version aimed at marketing professionals, who have some of the highest standards for ease-of-use visual presentation and reporting flexibility. One of the reason’s his firm chose Pentaho was for our visually appealing data discovery, analysis and visualization tools that will enable his new SME customer to get up and running without special training or support services.

In the end the hook of ‘eye candy’ may have grabbed your attention, however, at Pentaho, we believe that both substance and style are required to drive the future of analytics. Let’s keep this dialogue and debate going in 2012.


What do OEMs and Healthcare have in common?

November 28, 2011

What do OEMs and Healthcare have in common? This week, Pentaho is hosting exciting webinars featuring both topics. Attend both events from the convenience of your desk.

OEM Webinar – Wednesday, November 30th

Companies interested in embedding powerful analytics into their solution should make sure to register for a webinar exclusively for OEMs: Pentaho BI Server Content Integration. On Wednesday, November 30th, Anthony de Shazor, Enterprise Architect and VP of OEM Development Services, will explore the various strategies of exposing existing Pentaho reports and Analyzer reports in partner applications through lightweight integration technologies including HTTP and AJAX.

This is part of the exclusive OEM Tech Series. You can watch past OEM focused webinars here:

Healthcare Webinar – Thursday, December 1st

Rather than tell you the benefits of Pentaho Business Analytics for healthcare companies, we invited one of our customers to share their experience. St. Antonius Hospital is a leading clinical training hospital in the Netherlands with six outpatient locations servicing over 547,200 inpatients and 50,000 outpatients a year. Like many healthcare organizations, St. Antonius Hospital was faced with the challenge of improving patient care while reducing operating costs and complying with new government reporting standards, all the while lacking sufficient data analysis capabilities and a central data warehouse.

Attend the webinar on Thursday, December 1st to learn how St. Antonius used Pentaho to put business intelligence into the hands of doctors and administrators, enabling them to make better decisions that helped reduced emergency room turnaround times, streamlined operating room processes and improved preventive care.

Register now for these helpful webinars.


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