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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 available on...

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 big data...

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 ultimate tool for data...

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...

How to set up Mongo on Pentaho

With the Pentaho 5.1 release there was a really exciting innovation - analytics directly against a Mongo DB cluster.  Mongo on Pentaho is exciting because it means that you can do advanced data discovery against Mongo collections directly. Better Together Setting...

9 ways Pentaho and BizCubed helps avoid "Common BI Mistakes"

We saw recently saw this article “9 Common BI Software Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)" from Jennifer Lonoff Schiff at ComputerWorld.com.  As we reviewed the common mistakes, we felt that the Pentaho analytics platform addresses them all pretty...

Most widely used Big Data? The answer will shock you!

Big data is a buzzword that gets thrown around a lot. There are oodles of different definitions out there, and the term gets applied to a range of data from digital sources to more traditional forms. Yet, at its core big data is essentially any large data set that can...

Independance from a single point of failure

Today I had to pick up from a developer who had left my team 3 months ago. This can be a challenge for any group or organisation, but it's particularly challenging when the development uses new or experimental technology. In my case, I wanted to work on a Hadoop and...

ETL, Excel, Data analysis: how Pentaho can help

ETL (“extract, transform, and load”) is an essential, yet inevitably complicated process when performed using the traditional method, aka using Excel. Many data analysts are, of course, accustomed to using Excel and have been trained over the years to...

Careflight deploys Pentaho

CareFlight is an Australian aeromedical retrieval service who provides medical transport for the severely injured and those who need emergency treatment at the scene of the incident. Careflight transports over 5,000 patients a year across remote parts of Australia....

Data Scientists, 21st Century Oil and Unicorns

Data Scientists In October 2012, The Harvard Business Review announced that the “Data Scientist role is the Sexiest Role of the 21st century”(1). This bold, and probably intentionally provocative, statement got them lots of attention.    The...