Pentaho 4 Improves User-Driven Business Intelligence


Business intelligence (BI) software is all about deriving value from data. It’s a goal that commercial open source BI vendor Pentaho is aiming to expand upon with the Pentaho BI 4 Enterprise Edition release this week.

The Pentatho BI 4 release includes new tools like an enhanced visual interface and report designer that are intended to help make it easier for users to fully leverage the power of BI.

“With 4.0, the whole theme is around user-driven BI,” Pentaho CEO Richard Daley told “The epiphany is a matter of abstracting the end users from the complexity of the underlying platforms and data structures.”

There isn’t a specific Pentaho hardware appliance and Daley added that hardware isn’t even on his whiteboard. In terms of installing Pentaho to physical or virtual infrastructure, Daley stressed it doesn’t matter.

“If you virtualize something that looks like a piece of crap, who cares?” Daley said. “So we need to make sure that everything we do looks as good as possible.”


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Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at, the news service of, the network for technology professionals.

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