Friday, February 26, 2010

Pentaho Shines at TDWI Bake-Off

Pentaho Agile Business Intelligence Outperforms SAP and IBM in several critical areas

Orlando, Fla., February 26, 2010 – Pentaho, the commercial open source alternative for business intelligence (BI), went toe to toe with IBM and SAP at this week’s “Developing Your BI Tool Strategy and BI Bake-Off” at TDWI World Conference Las Vegas, and garnered the audience’s popular vote in the categories of best dashboard, best reporting, and best “Cool Stuff.” With this recognition, Pentaho takes its rightful seat at the enterprise table, showing that it provides the preferred BI Suite with a full spectrum of innovative capabilities all at a fraction of the cost of proprietary offerings.

* Pentaho Agile BI: Pentaho won the audience vote in the “Cool Stuff” category. Attendees gained a sneak peek at development products that will soon be announced as part of Pentaho’s recently unveiled Agile BI initiative. Pentaho Agile BI, launched in November of last year, has forever changed the way people build and deploy applications, setting the standard for the rest of the industry to follow. Pentaho presents a radically different, integrated environment that collapses all of the steps from developer to end user, from data integration through end user visualization, so developers can work more closely with users to get value from business intelligence. With Agile BI, both novice and expert BI professionals are now empowered to rapidly create and use rich BI applications.
* Pentaho Dashboards: Pentaho’s bake-off demonstration of its industry leading dashboard capabilities won audience approval for speed and simplicity to design and deploy. Pentaho provides immediate insight into individual, departmental, or enterprise performance. Dashboards are the best way to present and interact with information to business users, and Pentaho raised the bar for delivering key metrics in an attractive and intuitive visual interface, giving business users the critical information they need to understand and improve organizational performance.
* Pentaho Reporting: Pentaho won the audience vote for best reporting. Reporting has long been considered the core business intelligence need and is typically the first BI application deployed. Until now, BI heavyweights got most of the attention for reporting, but the bake-off audiences were wowed by how easily the lightweight contender Pentaho Reporting allows organizations to access, format, and distribute information to employees, customers, and partners.


“For years, the BI giants have had customers up against the ropes with high priced, complex BI offerings that are difficult to develop and even more difficult to use. The resounding support for Pentaho at this year’s TDWI event is evidence that smart companies see Pentaho as the next BI champion. Over five million people have downloaded Pentaho in our short five years in the market, and we don’t expect that momentum to stop any time soon.”
– Richard Daley, CEO of Pentaho Corporation