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3 Challenges to Unleashing Your Data Preparation Potential

There is a growing trend wherein business analysts have more control than ever to prepare and analyze a variety of valuable data, often circumventing IT processes and policies.  What are IT leaders to do?  Can they liberate data to be used by analysts, yet provide...

3 Steps to Easy Data Preparation

  Data preparation is the foundation of any analytics project, but it has become more complex than ever as organizations struggle to handle new, messy data types and growing data volumes. Teams that want to build competitive advantage through analytic insight...

Data Preparation with Limited IT Resources

May 3rd, 2017 – By Zachary Zeus I speak to a lot of customers that are all facing the same issue – they have a limited IT staff, they have a shrinking budget, they are using legacy tools to manage their growing data needs and they just don’t have enough time to...

Family Owned Analytics

BizCubed has had the good fortune to work with the some iconic family owned and driven organisations.  From Teys Brothers to DeBortoli Wines to Boost Juice.  I was sitting down with the team from another family owned company and the work that we had done with other,...

Retail Zoo Case Study – Making Better Decisions Each Day

“Our services partnership with BizCubed and software from Pentaho has helped us give our franchisees the ability to ask more questions about their own businesses, and has provided them with tools to make real time and better retail business decisions for their...

CTools Tips and Tricks

The CTools are a set of community-driven tools which are installed as a stack on top of the Pentaho BA server. They extend the Pentaho platform capabilities by providing a framework for more flexible development. This blog covers few tips and trick for developing CCC (Community Charting Components) and using the CGG (Community Graphics Generator).

Setting up a Pentaho server as a Windows service

Download the 64-bit version of Apache Tomcat that matches the Apache Tomcat version that was bundled with the PDI Server In the downloaded Tomcat zip file, copy the tomcat\bin\tomcat6.exe and tomcat\bin\tomcat6w.exe into the data-integration-server\tomcat\bin...

PCM 16

9th annual PCM in Europe. Bart from Know.bi opens proceedings – talking about the history of PCM.  50+ at the hackathon last night, 200+ registrations.   Pedro Alves on Pentaho 7.0 Pentaho 7.0 is officially going to be released on Tuesday, but is now...

Pentaho acquired by HDS

Pentaho acquired by HDS – what it means for Australia and New Zealand   A couple of days ago, Pentaho got acquired by Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) for a reported cool half a billion bucks. This valuation reflects the success of Pentaho in the analytics and...

The Innovative CIO’s Analytics strategy

The value of a long-term strategy in analytics, reporting and BI. We have been working with many of our clients for many years on their analytics solutions. In a lot of cases, the early projects were POCs and departmental solutions. However, with these long-term...

Build a Streamlined Data Refinery

With the surge of data over the last few years, it has been a complex task for many businesses to get real value from Big Data.  Simple batch reporting isn’t up to scratch anymore – consumers want easy to understand visual analytics, in their favourite on-demand...

Kettle turns up Xero!

Integrating to Xero.com from Pentaho Data Integration (PDI) One of the things I love about Pentaho is its great data management tool PDI, or ‘Kettle’ as it’s known. Pentaho can load in and write out over 100 different data sources. It’s the...

Data Janitor work is 50-80% of the job

Our business is built aroound being data janitors.  As a result we chose tools which make our job as easy and cost effective as possible.  A couple of weeks ago this article came out in the NY times.  It was about the data wrangling work necessary...

Looking for the silver bullet in business analytics?

As an analytics platform provider, we frequently get the following requests from potential clients who are looking "BI" solutions: Common Analytics Requests: Our current system comes with reporting and anlaytics. Can you plug into that? What we need is...