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Pentaho Delivers Greater Simplicity and Scalability in New Business Intelligence Suite
Powerful Features, Value-Added Services and Lower Cost Make Pentaho BI Suite Enterprise Edition Version 2 the Smart Choice for Businesses of All Sizes

by Maroushka Kanywani, Editor, Dashboard InsightWednesday, October 15, 2008

Orlando, FL – Oct. 15, 2008 – Pentaho, the commercial open source alternative for business intelligence (BI), today announced Pentaho BI Suite Enterprise Edition Version 2, the latest release of the company’s flagship BI suite, providing a comprehensive solution for allowing businesses of all sizes to cost-effectively deploy business intelligence. Delivering end user simplicity and enterprise scalability, Pentaho BI Suite Enterprise Edition Version 2 delivers on the commercial open source promise of a fully supported, enterprise-class solution at a dramatically lower total cost of ownership.

“Businesses of all sizes are increasingly looking to BI solutions to help them improve decision making and increase business efficiency in the face of economic uncertainty,” said Richard Daley, CEO of Pentaho. “Unfortunately, the upfront and recurring costs associated with proprietary BI solutions translate into an unacceptably high total cost of ownership. Pentaho breaks these cost barriers down with subscription-based pricing for a proven and scalable BI suite. Pentaho BI Suite Enterprise Edition Version 2 is easy to try, easy to buy, and easy to own.”

Pentaho BI Suite Enterprise Edition Version 2 provides comprehensive BI capabilities, including reporting, analysis, dashboards, data mining, and data integration. The latest version focuses on making it simple for users to access the BI suite’s rich features and for administrators to deploy and scale the solution.

Simple, Central End User Access – The Pentaho User Console offer centralized access to all reports, analysis and dashboards. Users can interact with, share, or even create new BI content with a few simple clicks. A customizable and embeddable AJAX-based thin client UI easily integrates with third-party portals.

Intuitive Navigation and Scheduling – The familiar Explorer-style navigation interface and graphical scheduling let users leverage existing computing skills to get work done without product training.

Easy Access to Data Sources – The Pentaho Data Source Catalog centralizes data source management, providing access to multiple source systems while insulating users from the complexity of underlying application server and database connection. Administrators can centrally define, maintain and secure all available connections.

Faster Analytic Queries – The Pentaho Aggregation Designer analyzes database structures and OLAP schemas, automatically generating aggregate tables that improve performance when working with larger datasets. The Pentaho Aggregation Designer accelerates deployments, improves query performance, and lowers the skill set required for high-performance relational OLAP.

ETL Management and Performance Monitoring – The Pentaho Data Integration Enterprise Console is an ETL dashboard for monitoring servers and system performance, setting minimum and maximum thresholds for jobs, and controlling live ETL activities, including the starting, stopping and pausing of data integration jobs.

Granular Metadata Security – Pentaho’s enterprise metadata layer has been enhanced to let administrators define user security down to individual database rows, providing fine-grained security control to support larger multi-departmental and enterprise deployments.

 “Even amid today’s economic concerns, business intelligence remains a focal area for most organizations, and open source BI in particular is emerging as a pragmatic, lower-cost alternative,” said Wayne Eckerson, director, TDWI Research for The Data Warehousing Institute.  “Companies like Pentaho are delivering an increasingly higher level of functionality and scalability with the inherent cost benefits of commercial open source BI.”

Pentaho BI Suite Enterprise Edition Version 2 is available now and includes professional support, software maintenance, enhanced functionality, certified software, product expertise, and software assurance designed to help companies achieve BI success, save time and money, and mitigate risk. Professional training and courseware for administrators is also available immediately from Pentaho.

In related news, Pentaho also announced a string of recent success, highlighted by the addition of multiple Fortune 50 clients for its Enterprise Edition in September.

For more information on the suite, including a live online demonstration, downloads, and customer examples, please visit www.pentaho.com/the_alternative  

About Pentaho Corporation

Pentaho Corporation is the commercial open source alternative for Business Intelligence (BI). Pentaho Open BI Suite provides comprehensive reporting, OLAP analysis, dashboards, data integration, data mining and a BI platform that have made it the world's leading and most widely deployed open source BI suite. Pentaho's commercial open source business model eliminates software license fees, providing support, services, and product enhancements via an annual subscription. In the years since Pentaho's inception as the pioneer in commercial open source BI, Pentaho's products have been downloaded more than three million times, with production deployments at companies ranging from small organizations to The Global 2000. For more information, visit www.pentaho.com.


Pentaho Media Contact:
Samantha Hallock
Eastwick Communications
(650) 480-4071

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