Pentaho's Sharmila Wijeyakumar Named One of the Top Women of the Channel

Pentaho EMEA Channels Manager honored by Everything Channel's CRN Magazine

July 25, 2011, — Pentaho, a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence (BI) software, today announced that Sharmila Wijeyakumar, EMEA Channels Manager at Pentaho, has been recognized by Everything Channel's CRN Magazine as one of the top Women of the Channel in 2011. This annual list recognizes female executives for their accomplishments over the past year, based on their achievements as executives and the amount of influence they wield over the technology channel. This year's Women of the Channel were chosen by the editors of CRN Magazine from a field of vendor channel organizations, distributors and solution providers.

As Pentaho's EMEA Channels Manager, Wijeyakumar has been instrumental in the success of the company's channel program. Under her leadership, in 2010 Pentaho's EMEA channel revenue grew by 284 percent, while the number of EMEA partners doubled. Last year Pentaho also entered and launched partner programs in several new markets in Western Europe, including Italy, Spain, Portugal, and the Nordic countries, in addition to holding more than 100 events with EMEA partners.

"This year's Women of the Channel list honors those female executives who epitomize success within the IT channel – a traditionally male-centric industry. Whether they come from tier-one vendors, VAR500 solution providers or just bring a bevy of channel experience that cannot be ignored, the 2011 Women of the channel list will recognize the most influential women of the channel based on their overall achievements, and their influence in the technology industry," said Kelley Damore, VP, Editorial Director, Everything Channel.

"Sharmila Wijeyakumar is a driving force behind the success of Pentaho's EMEA channel, and we are delighted to see her honored by Everything Channel," said Richard Daley, CEO, Pentaho Corporation. "We'll continue to provide great support for our partners and make sure that our customers have great options in which to engage with Pentaho."

A sample of the Women of the Channel list will appear in the July issue of CRN Magazine and expanded coverage will be featured online at http://www.crn.com.

To learn more about Pentaho's channel program, please visit http://www.pentaho.com/partners/.

About Everything Channel
Everything Channel is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With over 30 years of experience and engagement, Everything Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. Everything Channel is a UBM company. To learn more about Everything Channel, visit us at http://www.everythingchannel.com. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/everythingchnl.

About UBM plc
UBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

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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 www.pentaho.com.

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