March 23, 2009 – Pentaho has announced their new release of version 3.0. Their new product release offers enhancements for both business and IT users as well as new features for their general community contributors.
Two of their important new additions are an intuitive dashboard designer and cloud-computing offering. Both of these enhancements take into account trends that are emerging within the BI space. The first one being the focus on self-service BI and the ability for business users without a large familiarity of BI to develop their own usable solutions. And the second is the availability of solutions in the cloud to help lower initial costs and overall total cost of ownership. Both provide increased flexibility to end users who want to get more direct value out of their general BI use.
The dashboard designer that takes business users into account provides end users with a self-service web-based graphical dashboard designer within a zero-training environment. End users can create personalized, interactive dashboards, with ones that include Flash-based visualizations, using theme-based templates. The new dashboards can incorporate reports, analysis views and other Pentaho content, along with filter controls that synchronize the content based on user selections for time periods, product lines, regions, etc. By enabling end users more design flexibility and the freedom to create their own dashboards, business users can get more benefit from BI without constantly having to submit requests to the IT department.
The Pentaho BI Suite Cloud Computing Edition focuses on the ease of use for IT users and is priced for deployment in cloud computing environments. By scaling cost with overall usage, traditional licensing structures of BI packages are changed from end-user licensing structures towards paying for what is actually being used to create more flexibility.
In addition to targeting both business and IT users, Pentaho has developed new options for their community contributors as well. Pentaho BI Suite Version 3 includes a new plug-in framework that allows community members, OEMs and system integrators to easily drop in extensions and other contributions. The plug-in architecture handles integration points, including menus and toolbars, registering new content types, repository integration and content browsing, as well as physical deployment within web and application servers. The focus on community participation is one of the main reasons why open source solutions are so popular and why companies such as Pentaho can keep bringing to market enhancements that relate specifically to what is happening within the general marketplace.
About the Author
Lyndsay Wise is an industry analyst for business intelligence. For over seven years, she has assisted clients in business systems analysis, software selection and implementation of enterprise applications. Lyndsay is the channel expert for BI for the Mid-Market at B-eye-Network and conducts research of leading technologies, products and vendors in business intelligence, marketing performance management, master data management, and unstructured data. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please visit Lyndsay's blog at myblog.wiseanalytics.com.
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