OSC Podcast Pentaho Overview Part 3

Welcome to the conclusion of the conversation held on March 1st with James Dixon, Chief Geek, and Lance Walter, VP of Marketing for Pentaho, Clarise Z. Doval Santos, and Joseph di Paolantonio. In this third podcast, we talked mainly about community, and how Pentaho supports its community. Community is one of the most important aspects of an open source project. And communication is the most important means of building that community. Pentaho uses their forums, analysis of the conversations going on, and email to bring the community discussion directly into the heart of Pentaho development.

James points out that, by the very nature of business intelligence, the Pentaho community comes from other businesses. Because Pentaho has built a stack through cooperation with other BI open source projects, there is also a great deal of interaction among the members of communities from all of these projects, such as JasperSoft and Mondrian. But one incredible strength that the community brings to Pentaho is in the area of QA. Not just in bug identification and fixes to assure that the code conforms to specifications, but in contributing real-life use cases so that the specifications conform to real business needs and satisfies the users. Pentaho can release a version or module and begin getting feedback by the next day.

Another interesting difference between open source and proprietary software, is that a project can finish in open source. There doesn't exist the need to continually push our new, and possibly unneeded features, that exists in proprietary software, as the revenue stream for open source isn't dependent on forced upgrade license fees. In open source, when the community has determined that the project meets the needs, there are no more contributions. The project may not be releasing new code, but is far from dead. It has reached the required state of usefullness, and meets the users' needs.

Lance appreciates both the feedback, as well as the ability to turn-around the product rapidly, with freedom from the giant 18-month release cycles. Lance also discusses the training that Pentaho is making available through WebEx and other training plans. Sign up at:

https://pentaho.webex.com/pentaho

Pentaho Overview, Part 3

This podcast is about 26 minutes long.

Don't miss the other two parts of this conversation: Part 1 and Part 2.

We would like to thank DOVAL for permission to use excerpts from his hit single "Love Lost" for our opening and closing tracks.

OSC Podcast Pentaho Overview Part 2

Continuing our conversation with James Dixon and Lance Walter of Pentaho, we explore open source licensing, advantages and challenges. We talk about the needs of the users, and the drivers for open source business intelligence. One observation from James and Lance is that the professional business models that have recently come about for open source projects has provided the framework for open source enterprise applications to be developed. Some topics we covered:

  • The complexity and challenges of bringing together different open source projects into the Pentaho suite or stack, with different license types.
  • Current legal status of open source licenses
  • Motivators for developers to consider open source
  • Adoption of Open Source in the enterprise space
  • The growth of Business Intelligence overall
  • Open Source facilitates BI prototyping, customization, implementations and acceptance
  • Making BI transparent

Pentaho Overview, Part 2

Don't miss Part 1 of this podcast, OSC Podcast Overview.
We expect to post the final part of this podcast on Thursday, 2006 March 09. Come back then to listen to James and Lance talk about the Pentaho Community.

Update: Part 3 is now available for download.

We would like to thank DOVAL for permission to use excerpts from his hit single "Love Lost" for our opening and closing tracks.

OSC Podcast Pentaho Overview

More open source conversations at the open source café and this time, we were very fortunate to have Pentaho's James Dixon, Senior Architect and CTO (a.k.a "Chief Geek"), and Lance Walter, Vice President of Marketing. They were good enough to spend over an hour and an half with us on the phone. We've broken this up into three podcasts.

Part 1 is about 19 minutes and provides an overview of the Pentaho open source BI suite. James provides insight into the technology, the capabilities, integration with other applications, extensibility and how the various components were brought together into an open source BI stack. Lances talks about the Pentaho strategy in regard to capabilities and functions, components, building the suite, partners and verticals.

Pentaho Overview, Part 1"

Update: Part 2 is now up at OSC Podcast Pentaho Overview Part 2.

We expect to have part 3 posted on Thursday, 2006 March 09.

Update: Part 3 is now available for download.

We would like to thank DOVAL for permission to use excerpts from his hit single "Love Lost" for our opening and closing tracks.

Quantifying BI Benefits

One of the questions I am usually asked is: "How do you quantify a successful BI Solution?"

Computing ROI becomes a challenge for most because a BI solution brings both quantifiable and qualitative benefits. The key to calculating ROI is being able to define, measure and quantify specific benefits in terms of dollars and cents and then compare that monetary value to the cost of your investment to achieve those results. Calculating ROI is easier said than done because the challenge lies in putting monetary value to some of intangible benefits of the BI solution e.g. performance improvement, time savings, etc.

In a TDWI Report Series: Smart Companies in the 21st Century: The Secrets of Creating Successful Business Intelligence Solutions by Wayne Eckerson, the diagram below shows that BI solutions have more intangible benefits than tangible ones.
BI Tangible and Intangle Benefits
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The value of a BI solution increases with the number of subject areas it supports as well as the number of happy users. The BI solutions must support the business requirements. In our experience, successful BI projects are incremental. We start small but add value exponentially by adding new subject areas and users. Incremental implementation makes it easier for the users and project sponsors to see the value of the BI solution right away. It helps builds the trust and confidence hence, is able to pick up momentum and funding for the next increments of the implementation. Over time, it matures and becomes a valuable enterprise resource.

jFreeReport Added

Lance Walter, VP of Marketing at Pentaho, let us know that we had neglected to include jFreeReport in our blogroll and lens. I plagerized his email in describing jFreeReport in the lens links to reporting tools.

This site is a great resource. A consultant referred me to it and said it was the best consolidated source of information on osbi that he had found.

I had one suggestion. In the OS Reporting Projects - would you consider adding a link to JFreeReport? www.jfree.org/jfreereport . We use it as part of Pentaho, but it's also a standalone java reporting library with some pretty nice capabilities and a decent community around it.end quotation
-- email from Lance on 2006.02.23

Thank you, Lance.

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