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Pentaho Announces 2016 Excellence Award Winners

September 13, 2016

Winners in six categories leveraged Pentaho technology to revolutionize their businesses

September 13, 2016, San Francisco, CA — Pentaho, a Hitachi Group Company, today announced the 2016 Excellence Award winners. The awards recognize the Pentaho customers responsible for the year’s most innovative and impactful implementations of Pentaho technology.

Pentaho customers from around the world submitted their nominations in one of six categories, where the contest judges evaluated the submissions based on the creativity, impact and business value of the Pentaho deployment. This year’s judges’ panel included:

  • Howard Dresner, Chief Research Officer, Dresner Advisory Services
  • Greg Knieriemen, Technology Evangelist, Hitachi Data Systems
  • Rosanne Saccone, Chief Marketing Officer, Pentaho, a Hitachi Group Company
  • Anthony De Shazor, Senior Vice President of Customer Care, Pentaho, a Hitachi Group Company
  • Rod Squires, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Pentaho, a Hitachi Group Company

The 2016 Pentaho Excellence Award Winners

Big Data: Veikkaus Oy
Veikkaus Oy is responsible for operating Finland’s various lotto games, which generate over €10 million every week. Thanks to their implementation of Pentaho technology, the company was able to accelerate their data analysis so the marketing team could update their promotions and advertising in near real-time to better support their customers.

Community: Municipalidad de Vicente López
The Municipalidad de Vicente López is the local government for the Vicente Lopez area for Buenos Aires, Argentina. The municipality used Pentaho to drive the data analysis for their crime prevention system to better allocate its police resources based on real-time data.

Embedded Analytics: Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc. (IMS)
IMS is a leading connected car company offering innovative products and solutions, based on the award-winning DriveSync (R) connected car platform. Pentaho’s embedded technology can be found in the IMS Business Center - a key component and strong differentiator found in IMS’ connected car programs.Examples of connected car programs using Business Center include IMS’ suite of insurance telematics and road usage charging solutions. The Business Center takes big data received in a connected car program and transforms it into useable intelligence and information. Insurers, businesses and governments rely on this information to understand the health of their in-market programs, so they can monitor and influence overall program success.

Enterprise Deployment: Sears Holdings Corporation
Sears is a leading integrated retailer focused on seamlessly connecting the digital and physical shopping experiences to serve its members - wherever, whenever and however they want to shop. Thanks to their Pentaho deployment, Sears was able to improve efficiencies throughout its organization, including a 30 percent reduction in returns.

ROI & Customer of the Year: HMRC
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs is a non-ministerial department in the UK government responsible for collecting taxes and helping families and individuals with targeted financial support. They are leveraging Pentaho in their 22 call centers to give managers faster access to operational reporting, saving an estimated 900 man hours a day. 

Social Impact: CipherHealth
CipherHealth, one of the emerging leaders in the patient engagement space, has been solving fundamental challenges of the healthcare industry through smart, effective technology. With Pentaho, CipherHealth has prevented over $1.1B in unnecessary visits to the hospital, reduced hospital readmissions by tens of thousands of patients, and helped healthcare providers save thousands of lives.

To learn more about how leaders and innovators are using Pentaho, visit our customer page.

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