BlogWant to Automate Your Business Decisions?

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The idea of automating your business decisions can seem outlandish. How can you automate business decisions without involving humans in the process? The reality is that applying business analytics against your business data enables your organization to automate what once was a highly human-involved process. The process begins by looking at your data, both structured and unstructured.

But how do you do that?

With the Pentaho solution from Hitachi Vantara (Hitachi Vantara is a brand that was built in 2017 from the combination of Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Insight IoT technologies, and Pentaho), businesses can finally automate their decision making processes. Pentaho is a suite of Business Intelligence products that provide data integration, OLAP services, reporting, dashboarding, data mining, and ETL capabilities. It is a comprehensive platform that provides the ability to extract, transform, visualize, and analyze your data easily.

Pentaho is a one-stop solution for all business analytics needs. Its open source heritage drives continued innovation in a modern, integrated, embeddable platform built for the future of analytics. Pentaho tightly couples data integration with business analytics to solve data analysis challenges, while providing those analytics in a single, seamless platform. The Pentaho platform provides the extract, transform and load functionality necessary to integrate a wide variety of data sources, including relational databases, enterprise applications, files and big data.

Built on open-source, Pentaho’s unified data integration and analytics platform delivers governed analytics with any data in any environment. The Pentaho mission is to help organizations across multiple industries harness new value from all their data, allowing them to find new revenue streams, operate more efficiently, deliver outstanding service, and minimize risk.

With Pentaho’s newly introduced integration with Hitachi Content Platform (HCP), businesses can finally separate compute and storage for analyzing data across multiple clouds. This allows IT organizations to leave the data where it resides and spin up a separate layer of compute to analyze the data as required, rather than having to move it all into a monolithic platform for analysis. Users can connect to HCP directly through Pentaho, with flexibility to drag and drop objects between any data platform. That includes the ability to delete, update and write data from within Hitachi Object Storage.

For example, users can now onboard data into HCP, which functions as a data lake. Then they can then use Pentaho to prepare, cleanse and normalize the data within HCP. Pentaho may then be used to make the logical determination of which prepared data is appropriate for each cloud target. By reducing unnecessary data sent to the cloud, organizations can minimize and better manage their data management costs.

There are many additional examples of the power of Pentaho. For financial service firms, it provides the ability to address compliance requirements by correlating trading transaction data with email communications. For healthcare organizations, it allows medical researchers to make new drug discoveries by blending patient data and medication history with unstructured MRI scans. For retail, Pentaho allows organizations to analyze the shopping preferences of each guest and the traffic flow of each in-store brand by combining in-store video footage with point-of-sale data.

With Pentaho 8.2 and Hitachi Content Platform, we’re able to leverage both structured and unstructured data on a single platform to send cleansed, prepared data to AWS and Microsoft Azure, and will achieve a 20-30% compute cost reduction and a 50%-60% storage cost reduction as a result,” said Andrew Buffone, director of data management at CARFAX Canada. “We’re also able to better govern both the structured and unstructured data we deliver to our business and data science teams by managing it all in one place.

The new Pentaho integration into HCP illustrates how Hitachi Vantara is working to strengthen ties between analytics and Hitachi Vantara’s overall storage.

With so many alternatives for data lakes – including NoSQL databases, public cloud options from Microsoft Azure, Amazon and Google, and on-premises object stores – organizations are taking a closer look at the best way to spend on data management and govern this data to comply with regulations. Pentaho delivers access to new and better ways to manage data when used together with HCP.

This gives businesses the ability to build data pipelines for both structured and unstructured data sources, giving them better insights that drive more business value. This is how businesses can automate their decision-making process.

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About the Author

Mark Teter

Mark Teter, Corporate Technologist

In his role, Mark is responsible for the strategic direction of ASG’s emerging technology offerings and advancing the deployment of present-day hybrid cloud solutions for our customers. Mark was previously with ASG from, 1995 through 2013, as CTO. During that time, he helped Fortune 1000 companies understand how to build, deploy and manage large data center computing infrastructures. Mark has served as Faculty Staff Member at Colorado State University and has written over 50 white papers on subjects including Data Center Ethernet, Linux and Open Source, Storage Area Networks and Computer Virtualization. He published Paradigm Shift in 2006, a book on emerging technologies.