Pentaho has released a new version of its analytics platform, Pentaho Business Analytics 4.5. Pentaho continues to focus on making it easier for non-technical users to find answers hidden in the piles of data modern organizations are collecting. The latest release adds new options for data visualization and exploration and further extends the solution’s integration options.
It’s All How You Look at It
Business analytics has long been a pretty painful cycle -- think of a question, make a request to IT, wait a few weeks, get the report, make some revisions because the report is not quite right and finally start all over again because by this point the data is old. The rise of big data with its unwieldy speed and size has only exacerbated the issue. Vendors such as Pentaho are stepping forward to offer options that make it easier for business users to get the answers they need.
The latest release of Pentaho’s analytics platform targets business users with new geographical data visualization tools such as geo-mapping, heat grids and scatter/bubble charts. Users can also interact with the data to drill down to more specific details.
In addition to the visualization enhancements, Pentaho also made improvements to its big data connectivity features such as:
- Simplified deployment across Hadoop clusters
- Expanded NoSQL repository integration to Apache Cassandra, DataStax and MongoDB
- Improved the performance of the MapReduce visual designer
- Added support for secure Hadoop clusters
- Enhanced Business Anlytics API to make it easier to integrate Pentaho with other applications
Pentaho was in the first wave of analytics vendors to embrace big data technology such as Hadoop in its platform. Now that the market is expanding, Pentaho is continuing to innovate so that it remains an attractive option for enterprises.
Getting More Information
Pentaho has created a series of videos that demonstrate the interactive data visualization capabilities of Pentaho 4.5. The company is also conducting a webinar to discuss and demonstrate the new features in the latest release on May 3 at 9:00 a.m. ET. You can also request an on-demand version of the webinar if you are unable to attend the live event. If you would prefer to just jump in and get your hands dirty, you can download a free 30-day trial.