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Press Release

September 13, 2011

SMBs Get Smart With Their Business Intelligence Investments

White Paper Provides CFOs with Ultimate Guide to Buying BI

September 13, 2011, San Francisco — Pentaho Corporation, a leading worldwide provider of Business Intelligence (BI) software, today published a comprehensive buyer’s guide to help SMBs evaluate their BI options by providing specific indicators of what to look for and expect from a solution. The whitepaper, entitled “CFO’s Ultimate Guide to Buying Business Intelligence,” is available for download and will be accompanied by a webinar on September 22 where attendees will be able to learn more and have questions answered.

SMBs generally have tighter budgets, fewer technical resources and less time to spend on deploying a Business Intelligence solution. By taking a CFO’s perspective, this whitepaper addresses these specific needs of SMBs, analyzes the benefits and drawbacks of various BI solutions, and provides a checklist for evaluating these solutions.

Key considerations when evaluating a BI solution highlighted in the whitepaper include:

  • How upfront software costs differ as compared to ongoing support and maintenance expenses;
  • What to expect in terms of time-to-value, the ROI cycle, and the level of technical expertise BI requires;
  • How BI should adapt to business changes or changes in data sources or metrics;
  • Planning for user growth and engaging BI throughout the entire SMB;
  • How BI solutions integrate with a SMBs existing technical infrastructure.

The buyer’s guide and webinar draw from Pentaho’s experience as a leading independent BI company for the SMB market. An independent survey by Velociti Partners of Pentaho subscription customers reveals that 76 percent of Pentaho’s SMB customers consider Pentaho to be their BI standard. The largest adopters of open source BI, SMBs come to Pentaho for its full-functionality, low-cost and user-driven BI.

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Business Intelligence is not just a tool for large enterprises," said Doug Johnson, COO and CFO of Pentaho. "Small and medium sized businesses are fast growing adopters of BI solutions as they realize Business Intelligence can be a key component for running their business operations as effectively and efficiently as possible. Because ease-of-use and cost are paramount for SMBs, Pentaho is offering this whitepaper and webinar to help them better understand what to expect from a BI solution."

Download “CFO’s Ultimate Guide to Buying Business Intelligence” at

Register for the webinar on September 22 to learn more about deploying BI in a SMB environment

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About Pentaho, a Hitachi Group company
Pentaho, a Hitachi Group company, is a leading data integration and business analytics company with an enterprise-class, open source-based platform for diverse big data deployments. Pentaho’s unified data integration and analytics platform is comprehensive, completely embeddable and delivers governed data to power any analytics in any environment. Pentaho’s mission is to help organizations across multiple industries harness the value from all their data, including big data and IoT, enabling them to find new revenue streams, operate more efficiently, deliver outstanding service and minimize risk. Pentaho has over 15,000 product deployments and 1,500 commercial customers today including ABN-AMRO Clearing, BT, EMC, NASDAQ and Sears Holdings Corporation. For more information visit

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