Can You Embed Open Source Pentaho Analtyics in your Application?
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Open source business intelligence and analytics vendor Pentaho has built a business around delivering standalone enterprise solutions. It also now has growing business embedding its solutions into OEM products.
To help accelerate the adoption and integration of Pentaho into third party applications, particularly software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions, Pentaho now has a new program called Powered by Pentaho that is designed to help independent application vendors embed Pentaho's analytics capabilities into their solutions.
"It's the embeddable and cloud-ready nature of our platform that has been really interesting to our OEM partners," said Rosanne Saccone, Pentaho's chief marketing officer. "Folks want to leverage a lightweight, embeddable platform to surround their applications with powerful analytics to drive more business opportunities for them."
Pentaho's analytics software is available as both an open source community edition and as a subscription-based enterprise edition. For the Powered by Pentaho embedded analytics, the company is pushing the enterprise platform, though the open source edition can also be used. "We have a great set of partners that work with our open source technologies and customize that for customers that aren't commercial customers for Pentaho," Saccone said.
As is often the case, support is the key difference between using the open source edition versus using the subscription-based enterprise release. And, said Erfan, not all aspects of Pentaho's portfolio are open source. "Open source is a great foundation to get up and running, but for example, our data discovery and interactive analysis pieces are not in the open source edition."