March 11, 2014
My week in Europe is off to a great start. Yesterday, I was in Frankfurt, Germany with back-to-back meetings with partners and customers. It was nice to start the day off meeting with IT Novum, a Pentaho partner of four years.
It has been good to hear about the big data market really gathering pace here in Germany, and that there is such widespread interest. One of the markets that is strongest for Pentaho in Germany is the embedded analytics market. While several Pentaho team members were busy yesterday not too far away in Hanover, Germany speaking about big data and embedded analytics at CeBIT, I had a chance to meet with our OEM partner Godesys and learn about how they embed Pentaho into their full ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution – which they have deployed to an impressive 600 customers.
I was impressed by our partner Inovex who is also working on some fantastic big data customer deployments. It was great to hear a few excellent big data Hadoop case studies including one of the largest media companies in Germany using Pentaho and Hadoop to analyze customer behavior patterns across all channels, particularly web and television.
March 10, 2014
This week I am excited to be in Europe visiting Germany, Portugal, France and London. My schedule is packed full of meetings with customers, partners and analysts, and I am of course looking forward to spending some time with the team in our newly established London office.
It is a little over a year since my last trip to Europe, when I was impressed by the enthusiasm that I saw for big data. At the time I predicted that big data would start to enter mainstream production in 2013 and there is clear evidence of this with Pentaho’s fast growing EMEA business and rapidly expanding regional team.
On this trip, a few of the companies that I will be speaking with include a major British telecoms company, one of the world’s largest interactive advertising agencies and a national bank. I am interested to hear how they – and others – are utilizing data and analytics to drive their businesses forward and benefit from innovative new revenue streams. It is always good to find out about how execution of big data analytics is working out for users in practice.
I will also be catching up with some familiar faces from my last visit, including Brian McKenna from ComputerWeekly.
It’s going to be a roller coaster of a trip and I can’t wait to see everyone, Europe, here I come!