Friday, October 16, 2009

Recovery: A good time to read, Pentaho Reporting (not just) for Java Developers

Well guys I just had some minor surgery. As I am relaxing in bed, I figured this would be a good time to catch up on some reading. No, I did not grab a Tom Clancy espionage thriller, but in fact a Will Gorman original. Will Gorman is an Engineering Team Lead at Pentaho, a fantastic talent, a friend and colleague as well as the author of Pentaho Reporting 3.5 for Java Developers. I received a complimentary copy of the book from PACKT Publishing and have been meaning to write some brief reviews. I will be expanding in more detail in future blog entries. (This is just a quick reminder for all those following me on Twitter and my blog. If you are evaluating or using Pentaho, you "need" to pick up this book, it covers almost anything and everything you wanted to know about Pentaho in the most desirable way possible.) It can be found here.

Now, keep in mind that this book is not only for Java Developers, but for information technologists and anyone who is interested in Business Intelligence and building reporting applications. The book is clearly written and steps you through setting up your examples, both from the Report Designer perspective (GUI) and from the Java Developer perspective (code).
Within a matter of minutes I was able to have my first Pentaho Reporting Java Swing Application running and then follow that up with a deployment to an enterprise web application. I am extremely proud of this accomplishment because it was so easy "even the technical sales guy could do it"! This only empowers me to speak and demonstrate with even more conviction on my sales calls in regards to the embedded capabilities of Pentaho.

To give you a bit more depth and breadth into the Pentaho Reporting Capabilities which can be called via the methods mentioned in this book, there is a Pentaho Reporting 3.5 Tutorial I created located on our Pre-Sales Tools page. This tutorial covers some of the fundamentals used when creating reports with the Pentaho 3.5 Report Designer. Give it a look in your spare time and I am sure you will be excited to engage with us and want to know more.

Great job Will and I continue to read I will post additional comments. Thanks for creating such a valuable addition to the Pentaho documentation stack.

Now, off to sleep.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Pentaho Analyzer is here - Imagine that!

Imagine non-technical business users easily creating meaningful, attractive and interactive web based reports and charts with only a few mouse clicks. Imagine putting intuitive, analytical capabilities in to the hands of your knowledge workers without the usual complexities of traditional Business Intelligence applications and with little to no training. Imagine turning that raw data into actionable information that someone can actually use. Now... Imagine having all this capability and more without the costs of exorbitant software license fees. Well imagine no longer. Along with Pentaho's other innovative technologies, we introduce to you Pentaho Analyzer. Available soon in Pentaho 3.5 Enterprise Edition. Here is a sneak peek of our new web based analytics tool. Please note that existing Pentaho Enterprise Edition subscription customers will be able to take advantage of this new offering without any upgrade or migration pricing. Imagine the possibilities.

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