Pentaho takes over the GUI specialist web details

With the Portuguese company Webdetails, Pentaho acquires graphic design know-how and consulting services.

Pentaho Corporation is a well-positioned provider of business analytics solutions, as the corresponding Forrester Quadrant ranking shows as a “strong performer” behind Amazon, IBM, and EMC. Pentaho is based on Java-written open-source software, which is maintained and developed by the community. In developing their portfolio, the Californians have now found in Portugal.

Together in the marketplace

So far, the 20 web details employees have been working on the design of graphical user interfaces. The company has been developing plug-ins for Pentaho for several years, such as its community tools (“CTools”) for creating and managing dashboards and reports. Last November, Webdetails and Pentaho jointly launched the Pentaho Marketplace , which allows developers to share , install, and load plugins from the Github project platform.

Web details founder Pedro Alves is a prominent member of Pentaho’s open source community. Now that Webdetails has been fully acquired, he will take over the newly created senior VP community position in addition to his position as Managing Director. In this role, he is the contact for Pentaho’s open source developer community. The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Visualization and consulting

With the addition of web details, Pentaho complements the evolution of the graphical user interface of its business intelligence platform and Big Data Integration tools. These include new visualizations for Pentaho dashboards, graphical development tools like Instaview, and new graphical user interfaces designed to help new customers get started. In addition, Web Details also provides consulting services focused on the US and Europe.

Doug Johnson, EVP and COO of Pentaho, said, “The acquisition will provide Pentaho with experience in graphic development and international consulting services.”

Doug Johnson, EPP and COO of Pentaho, said: “With this acquisition, Pentaho is gaining employees with experience in graphic design and international consulting services.” (Image: Pentaho)

For Doug Johnson, EVP and COO of Pentaho, web details “… is a perfect complement to our company, which we continue to build to meet the strong big data demand. With web details visualization know-how, we can help our customers create visualizations from any data source, especially big data. “

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