The energy was high and the sun was shining in San Francisco last week during the Pentaho Global Partner Summit 2011. Pentaho partners from nearly 20 countries around the world came together at the Presidio Golden Gate Club for two days of shared insights, innovation, and networking around open source business intelligence and data integration.
We could go on forever about highlights from the event’s action-packed two days, such as the Global Partner Award ceremony or the Lightening Round session where partners from Hong Kong, Quebec, Portugal, and more impressed us with their innovative implementations of Pentaho. However, we think it best to recount the highlights as shared by our friends and partners:
Thank you to all attendees, speakers, and participants, for playing a part in this year’s Global Partner Summit. It is our hope that you walked away with new ideas, opportunities, knowledge, and a sense of the spirit that continues to drive Pentaho to “Rise Above”. We hope that the experience was valuable to you and your organization, and look forward to seeing what you will accomplish in 2011.
We welcome you to read these blogs and articles for more information on this year’s Global Partner Summit.
- Pentaho Announces Winners of 2011 Global Partner Award (Pentaho)
- In Commercial Open Source, Partners = Community (Sandeep Giri, Open Intelligence)
- Pentaho Global Partner Summit 2011 – Day One (Tom Barber, Pentaho Musings)
- Pentaho Global Partner Summit 2011 – Day Two (Tom Barber, Pentaho Musings)
- #PGPS on Twitter
- Photos of the event on the Pentaho Facebook page (go ahead and tag yourself or others)
I recently came across a very interesting study that has been published by Dresner Advisory Services. The Business Intelligent market study titled, “The Wisdom of Crowds,” is written by Howard Dresner, one of the foremost thought leaders in the BI market. This in-depth market research has used a survey tactic to gather the wisdom of 457 BI users (quite a crowd!) on 32 essential metrics for choosing a BI technology. The results are astonishing.
Among the many trends two were the most interesting to me:
- Today, smaller BI deployments dominate across all geographies and all industries.
- Smaller BI deployments have started to take off in the last 2 years or so and are growing in the expense of large deployments that were once popular 5 to 15 years ago.
This is a huge market shift. 1,000+ user base deployments are no longer ideal or even desired. They have been replaced by smaller deployments for individual organizations, departments, and line of businesses.
While this is no surprise due to the economic conditions that has forced companies to cut back in their capital expenditure, including huge licensing costs just to entitle “every” user to the software and tools in hand, plus money spent on training and hiring skilled users, what has truly made this “shift” possible is the opportunity that open source BI has presented to these clients.
In my opinion, Open Source BI provides this opportunity in two ways:
1. Lower cost and easier to deploy BI software is now available. Notice that I am not just talking about the low cost here. Yes, Open Source BI has been a disruptive technology in the past couple of decades. Newer to the BI world, Open Source bears no acquisition cost for the software. Instead it offers a subscription model for support, which has made it the most attractive alternative for most clients. All the required functionality with only 10% of the cost! What else is new?!
Here, however, my emphasis is on the “easier to deploy” factor. What in the past took a symphony of data modelers, BI developers, ETL developers, data analysts, data architects, data warehouse managers, and DBAs, and a 12 month implementation cycle, is now done “only by a few and only in a few weeks”.
What does this mean for smaller organizations or even departments within larger organizations? It means that now they are able to invest in BI. Something that was not viable a few years ago. They not only don’t have to pay high dollars for BI tools, but also don’t need an exhaustive list of skills, consulting, and expertise to get going.
Dresner’s report shows exactly this. More and more smaller deployments are becoming popular in the last couple of years and are replacing the large ones that were on most corporate priority lists 5-10 years ago.
2. The second reason for this market shift is due to the connection that emerging technologies (such as open source) have made to the line of business owners. Business users have found a way to “free” themselves from IT latency. There is no question that you need your technical staff to initially set up the BI infrastructure and build the first round of reports and analysis, but that shouldn’t mean that every time you want add a dimension to your calculations, or measure something slightly different, you would have to go in a waiting list queue behind several other requests and get an answer 3-4 weeks later. Business users now realize that they can take control, and find the answers for themselves — at least in most cases.
Open Source BI has emerged to enable these folks with tools that let them manage changes in their business processes a lot faster. Dresner’s report is an evident to this fact. The study shows that business users are the most likely to chose emerging technologies over BI tools from the Titans (IBM, SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft) and the BI Pure Plays (Actuate, MicroStrategy).
I would encourage you to download and study this report further. You will be intrigued!
To conclude my points, I’d like to point out a chart from the 2010 Wisdom of Crowds Market Study (The 2011 study is underway). It shows the life cycle of all BI vendors. Several vendors matured 2 to 5 years ago. They saw the most deployments and new customer acquisitions in that time frame. But since then, their deployments have declined. Among these vendors are SAP Business Objects, Oracle, MicroSoft, IBM Cognos, and Actuate. With cobbled together tools from different acquisitions that are not integrated and require deep technical skills and long deployment cycles, not to mention the huge software acquisition costs for clients, there is no wonder to this trend. These tools are anything but suitable for small, agile, and high-value projects.
Product Marketing Manager
This blog was originally posted on Open Source Business Intelligence
Today we celebrate the one year anniversary of launching our Pentaho Agile BI initiative. Over the past year the Pentaho Agile BI initiative has received tremendous traction and praise throughout the industry and, more importantly, has impacted organizations in a positive way.
We thought an appropriate gift for our community is something that you would find insightful. For you, we have three new white papers that cover Pentaho Agile BI from different perspectives:
- Pentaho Agile BI: An iterative methodology for fast, flexible and cost-effective Business Intelligence, by Pentaho Chief Geek/CTO, James Dixon
- Business Intelligence at the Crossroads: The Need for Lean, Agile and Effective End-User Solutions, by Joshua Greenbaum, principal, Enterprise Applications Consulting
- Realizing the Agile BI Opportunity, by Joshua Greenbaum, principal, Enterprise Applications Consulting
You can download the complimentary Agile BI white papers here.
Our most recent figures show 156,000 copies of Pentaho software were installed so far this year. These numbers are not download numbers, but installed software that has been used. This includes Pentaho servers and some Pentaho client tools. These numbers do not represent only long-term installations, but also do not represent all Pentaho’s software distributions or installations. Since these numbers are not absolutel
An analysis by country of these numbers shows interesting results.
The Long Tail
This chart shows the number of new installations year-to-date for each country. Our data shows new Pentaho installations in 176 countries so far this year. That’s out of a total of 229 countries.
This is clearly a classic long tail. In fact after the first 20 or 30 countries it is difficult to read values from the chart. This second chart uses a log scale. The line on this chart is almost perfectly linear, showing that the distribution by country is pretty much logarithmic.
Read more on James Dixon’s Blog
- Geographic spread of the installations
- New Installations Per $Billion GDP
- New Installations Per 100k Labor Force
- New Installations Per 100k Internet Users
- About This Analysis
Where did the month go? There is never a dull moment at Pentaho, which is probably part of the reason Q3 2010 set an all-time high bookings record, eclipsing the previous best quarter by over 50%. We highlight the major news and accomplishments for you on the BI from the Swamp Blog, Twitter, and Facebook, but with all of the innovation, partnerships, and events happening here at Pentaho, we think it’s helpful to have a comprehensive recap of highlights for the month. To do so, we are kicking off a new series: Month in review. Here’s what happened in October:
- Pentaho Data Integration and BI Suite for Hadoop Release Candidate is now available for download on Pentaho.com.
- The Pentaho BI Suite 3.7 Release Candidate was posted to Sourceforge.
- Pentaho and IngresVectorWise – for delivering fast and powerful business analytics for business users in medium and large organizations. Watch the on-demand joint webcast titled “Blazing Fast BI with Ingres VectorWise and Pentaho” to understand why it is important to have agility for business intelligence on the front end, as well as in the database.
- Pentaho and Cloudera –enables business users to take advantage of Hadoop with ability to easily and cost-effectively mine, visualize and analyze their Hadoop data.
- Pentaho and Amazon Web Services – enables organizations to quickly move data between Amazon Elastic MapReduce and existing enterprise data stores.
- Pentaho and Impetus Technologies – Leading technology and R&D services provider incorporates Pentaho Agile BI and Pentaho for Hadoop into its Large Data Analytics practice.
New Customer Successes
ControlPay, a European-founded pioneer in freight auditing uses Pentaho open source BI to help create a freight ‘audit trail.’
“We love the flexibility of open source and we like to be in control of our own development. With popular products like Pentaho, you get superior technology because of the wide pool of talent contributing to the code in real time. This means we always have the latest technology and this gives ControlPay a real competitive advantage.”
Glen Conybeare, commercial director of software firm Cognitive Match was quoted in the article, Top 10 IT strategies for smaller businesses in ComputerWeekly.com:
Pentaho’s Analyser is part of the Pentaho BI Suite, Conybeare said he has paid less than £20,000 for Pentaho to provide initial service and support, with the equivalent product from a proprietary vendor in the region of a six figure sum, he said. “The key thing for us is that our clients expect a lot and don’t want to pay a lot for it. So for us efficiency is important to what we do as we can then pass cost savings on to our customers.”
Read the full article here
In the news
- CNNMoney.com selected Pentaho’s ‘Chief Geek’ James Dixon as having one of the ‘Best Jobs in America.’
- Hadoop Pitched for Business Intelligence on CIO.com by Joab Jackson
- Hadoop is the Elephant in the Room by David Menninger – VP & Research Director at Ventana Research
- Ingres teams up Pentaho to speed up BI by Maxwell Cooter, Techworld
It was a busy month worldwide. You can read a recap of October in Vinay Joosery’s blog, Seen and Heard in EMEA.
The Agile BI Tour made stops in Washington, DC, New York City, Oslo, Barcelona, Seattle, Portland, San Mateo, Kontich, Houston and Florence! See where we’ll be this month.
Pentaho was also busy participating in various Hadoop events including Hadoop World in NYC and Hadoop user groups in San Diego and London.
Pentaho User Groups
We launched a Pentaho User Group program to bring together in person and online, local user communities to share best practices, foster innovation, network and build relationships with like-minded individual.
Groups have already started to form in London, Benelux, Portual, Indonesia, France, and more. Learn more about the Pentaho User Groups, join one in your area, start a new group and spread the word.
Just for fun
Halloween is always a big deal at the Orlando headquarters. To properly recap October, we had to share some photos of the team dressing up for the office Halloween party.
Looks like we are off to a strong start for November. Already looking forward to the next Month in Review.
Director, Corporate Communications
It is always good to get out and meet old friends and new, when the sales calendar permits. A great way to combine meeting the public and keeping up Pentaho’s increasing momentum in the EMEA region is attending events. This month has seen seven so far; the launch of our EMEA HQ in Sweden, the Ovum Business Intelligence summit in London, our sponsorship of the Hadoop User Group, also in London, as well as dates for the Pentaho Agile BI Tour, which is ongoing for another few months
First and foremost was the launch of our EMEA HQ in a city which has seen its fair share of Open Source innovation – Stockholm. Held in the famous 100 year old Dramaten theatre and co-hosted by Pentaho partner Omicron, an invited audience of around 50 heard from Lars Nordwall, our Swedish-born Senior Vice-President of Sales (pictured left), as well as partners Conduct and BizIntel. A great success in terms of networking, we will follow up with another event towards the end of the year also at the Dramaten, so feel free to let me know if you can make it. You can see all the photos from this event on the Pentaho Facebook Page.
Next up was the high-end Ovum Business Intelligence Symposium, a CIO-level event, which we co-sponsored with our partner Millersoft and saw us introduce a very impressive presentation from Pentaho customer Air Menzies, whose business involves shipping air freight underneath the passengers on scheduled flights. The audience were spellbound with tales of gold-plated Bugatti Veyronnes being transported from the Gulf to London for a summer with their owners and perhaps even more by an excellent iPad demo of Pentaho from satisfied customer Angus Gow (look out for the impressive case study soon).
Finally in a busy few weeks, Pentaho contributed the beer, pizza and (some of the) brainpower to only the fifth UK Hadoop User Group. Pentaho’s philosophy, which fosters communities like this, proves the importance of the Community aspect of our Open Source commitment. In this communal atmosphere, it was pleasing to hear so many searching questions from a friendly gathering that included some forward-thinking Pentaho customers. If you deal with Big Data but could not make it along, the chances are our paths will cross soon.
VP Sales, EMEA