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HDS acquires Pentaho, focuses on big data analytics markets

By Catherine Knowles, 08 Jun 2015
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Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has completed its acquisition of Pentaho, a data integration, visualisation and analytics company. Pentaho will continue to operate independently and its platform will be integrated into HDS’s advanced analytics foundation software.

Now known as ‘Pentaho, a Hitachi Data Systems company’, the company will run under the leadership of its CEO, Quentin Gallivan, who will now report to Kevin Eggleston, senior vice president of Social Innovation at HDS.

The Pentaho platform will continue to be offered independently, as well as being integrated by HDS into its advanced analytics foundation software.

This integration will enhance the company’s existing big data analytics and processing technologies, and also extend the capabilities of its broader information management product and services portfolio.

The HDS big data analytics solutions work to help organisations transform structured and unstructured data from disparate sources into knowledge through the application of advanced data analytics, connected intelligence from IoT devices, and operational technologies (OT).

Through its integration with the Pentaho platform, HDS is now extending its data integration, refinement, monitoring, management, and orchestration capabilities to deliver a more sophisticated data analytics stack.

The acquisitions of oXya, Pantascene and Pentaho, is helping HDS to accelerate its Social Innovation vision and IoT product roadmap. 

New Social Innovation solutions and services by HDS include Hitachi Live Insight for IT Operations, Hitachi Clinical Repository for Connected Health, and Hitachi Live Insight Center of Excellence, as well as updates to its existing solutions for the public safety and telecommunications industries.

HDS and Pentaho also recently delivered a new Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) solution for SAP HANA that enables developers to process and refine big data from any source, at scale.

“IoT isn’t just about ‘big’ data - it’s also about small data that drives big outcomes,” says Vernon Turner, IDC Enterprise Systems senior vice president and IDC Fellow for The Internet of Things.

“Hitachi Data Systems recognises that distinction, and is building a robust analytics framework that uniquely combines Hitachi’s formidable industrial, societal and business expertise with its rich portfolio of data infrastructure and analytics solutions.

“The Pentaho platform provides a key unifying element that complements HDS’ OT and IT heritage and will pave the way for new innovations in the company’s IoT, analytics, and Social Innovation solution portfolios,” says Turner. 

The company says it will continue to aggressively expand its footprint in the IoT, OT, M2M and big data analytics markets, with plans to introduce new solutions for connected cars, connected energy and other industries, which leverage the breadth of products, services and industries served by the Hitachi family of companies. 

“We are delighted to officially welcome Pentaho to the Hitachi family. Their data analytics, visualisation and integration platform is an integral part of our advanced analytics foundation, which is the engine that powers Hitachi Social Innovation solutions,” says Eggleston.

“We are now primed to aggressively deliver on our unified vision for Social Innovation and the full promise of the Internet of Things that matter, by bringing to market holistic and sophisticated solutions that have the power to transform our customers’ businesses and entire markets, while advancing society as a whole.” 

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