Open source analytics platform, Pentaho, announced that Brian Stevens CTO and vice president, worldwide engineering, Red Hat, has been elected to their board of directors. Stevens currently leads global engineering, and has been a member of Red Hat’s senior management team for over a decade. Stevens’ experience with cloud computing and software is sure to be a welcome addition to Pentaho’s team. If Stevens’ provides a few tips on how to grow an open source model to a $1 billion per year business, I’m sure Pentaho will be all ears.
Pentaho has of traditionally focused on business intelligence and analytics, but in recent years, the company has dove head first into the big data market with a focus on interactive analytics. Processing large volumes of data isn’t just about the software. It also often requires massive storage and processing power. This makes Stevens’ knowledge of virtualization, middleware, storage, and cloud computing gained at Red Hat extremely well aligned with Pentaho’s new image as a player in big data.
Stevens has said he hopes to help Pentaho to accelerate its growth in the analytics and data space. Stevens’ addition to the board isn’t the only leadership change lately at Pentaho. In February, Eddie White joined Pentaho as Executive Vice President of Business Development. Last October, Pentaho named Quentin Gallivan as its new CEO.
Having the right mix of leadership is important for any company – especially one that expects to successfully compete in the fast moving and ultra-competitive big data space. Pentaho has also been partnering to increase its presence and strength in the market. The company joined Dell’s partner program in June and joined with 10gen to integrate MongoDB in May. Last year they announced a new relationship with DataStax. Perhaps Stevens’ appointment to Pentaho’s board will open the door for some type of collaboration with Red Hat.
Lots of big players have entered the analytics and big data markets, but many businesses are not interested in negotiating software contracts with behemoths like Oracle and IBM. This size and diversity of the market means there is more than enough opportunity for smaller players like Pentaho to thrive.