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October 17, 2017

Hitachi Vantara Announces 2017 Pentaho Excellence Award Winners

Global Customers Across Six Categories Honored for Their Innovative Use of Pentaho Data Integration and Analytics To Reach Exceptional Data-Driven Business Outcomes

SAN FRANCISCO – Oct. 17, 2017 – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), announced today the winners of its 2017 Pentaho Excellence Awards. The annual awards recognize customers around the globe who are deploying Pentaho to achieve outcomes that positively drive business and society forward. The 2017 Pentaho Excellence Award category winners and honorees are:

Big Data – Winner: ZeniMax Media Inc.
ZeniMax Media Inc. creates and publishes video games for consoles, PCs and mobile devices. To address their big data management requirements, ZeniMax chose solutions from Amazon Redshift, Cloudera and Hitachi Vantara's Pentaho software. Since implementation, ZeniMax has reduced the time data scientists spend manually creating scripts to acquire data, and have gained a better understanding of consumer behavior across multiple games. These insights help ZeniMax drive user engagement and increase revenues.

Honorable Mention: Singapore Pools Ltd.

Embedded Analytics – Winner: STIWA Group
STIWA Group develops high-performance automation and manufacturing software for automotive supplier production and other industries. After implementing Pentaho, STIWA Group has the infrastructure in place to respond to changing market demands in real time and identify new revenue streams. Without sacrificing their high level of quality, STIWA has empowered their customers to increase the productivity of production lines by 15%, shorten the ramp-up phase for new machines by 30% and decrease IT integration costs by 35%.

Honorable Mention: Randstad USA

Enterprise Deployment – Winner: BNY Mellon
BNY Mellon is a leading global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. As part of a company-wide strategy to improve efficiency, reduce costs and minimize risk, BNY Mellon sought to optimize their technology processes. With Pentaho, BNY Mellon achieved their goal of transforming data into insights.

Honorable Mention: Bell Canada

IoT – Winner: Teletrac Navman
Teletrac Navman is a telematics company that provides over 50,000 fleet management customers with key insights to support positive behavior changes, fleet efficiency improvements and margin expansion. Teletrac Navman's powerful user-friendly platform, DIRECTOR, factors in every facet of their customers' businesses. With Pentaho, Teletrac Navman provides their customers with self-service reporting tools, benchmarks data and makes data accessible from third-party software systems, giving them a complete 360-degree view of their business. This enhanced visibility has provided strong year-over-year improvements in Teletrac Navman's customer retention, revenue growth and customer satisfaction.

Honorable Mention: Hyosung Corporation, Tire and Industrial Reinforcements Performance Unit

ROI – Winner: LAZIOcrea | Partner: BNova
LAZIOcrea is the administrative branch of Italy's central region (Lazio Regione), including Rome, and is home to six million people. With the help of partner BNova, LAZIOcrea has implemented Pentaho software to better analyze healthcare data and costs with a single view. Since implementation, LAZIOcrea has seen a reduction in unnecessary prescriptions and a savings of 41 million euros.

Honorable Mention: State of Louisiana, Office of Technology Services | Partner: Deloitte

Social Impact – Winner: Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana is the largest singly-accredited community college in the U.S. educating nearly 160,000 students across 45 campuses and sites across the state. Using Pentaho software, Ivy Tech Community College was able to consolidate data from over a dozen disparate systems into one interactive solution that has democratized its data, giving intuitive access to thousands of administrators, faculty and staff. As a result, Ivy Tech has optimized its operations and is improving student success with applied predictive analytics, and is now facilitating the identification of thousands of additional graduation opportunities for students each year.

Honorable Mention: Bundespolizei (German Federal Police) | Partner: IT-Novum

To compete in the 2017 Pentaho Excellence Awards, customers submitted their deployment stories in one of six categories, where a panel of judges evaluated the submissions based on their creativity and business impact. This year's judging panel included:

  • Howard Dresner, Chief Research Officer, Dresner Advisory Services
  • Hu Yoshida, Chief Technology Officer, Hitachi Vantara,
  • Donna Prlich, Chief Pentaho Product Officer, Hitachi Vantara
  • Anthony De Shazor, Senior Vice President, Pentaho Customer Care, Hitachi Vantara

"This year's Pentaho Excellence Awards nominees encompassed submissions from some of the world's most forward-thinking companies when it comes to how their using data to transform their business," said Howard Dresner, President and Chief Research Officer, Dresner Advisory Services. "Congratulations to all of this year's winners. I look forward to seeing the innovative and impactful ways your efforts drive transformation across entire industries in the coming years."

To learn more about how business leaders and data-driven innovators are using Pentaho Data Integration and Analytics software, visit our customer page.

About Hitachi Vantara
Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., helps data-driven leaders find and use the value in their data to innovate intelligently and reach outcomes that matter for business and society. We combine technology, intellectual property and industry knowledge to deliver data-managing solutions that help enterprises improve their customers' experiences, develop new revenue streams, and lower the costs of business. Only Hitachi Vantara elevates your innovation advantage by combining deep information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and domain expertise. We work with organizations everywhere to drive data to meaningful outcomes. Visit us at

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About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society's challenges. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2016 (ended March 31, 2017) totaled 9,162.2 billion yen ($81.8 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in Social Innovation and has approximately 304,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information, please visit

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