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Chicago, IL – December 17, 2012 — Agility Multichannel, an established provider of Product Information Management and MDM solutions for Multichannel Commerce, today announced that it has partnered with Pentaho Corporation to simplify and extend upstream and downstream integration capabilities, and put more power in the hands of data stewards to strengthen data governance.
Pentaho’s Kettle Data Integration software will be marketed via an OEM agreement as Agility®’s Data Integration Module, combining Agility’s rich API functionality with Pentaho’s visual and easy-to-use user experience.
"We were looking for a solution that could help more of our customers unlock the power that has always been available through Agility’s API’s so that our customers can easily create data integrations and transformations to synchronize with existing business systems and meet their growing needs for syndicating data to new and emerging marketing channels," said Graham Cook, chief technology officer of Agility Multichannel. "We chose Pentaho, because it delivers fantastic ease-of-use, combined with lots of power and a wide array of existing plugins to other platforms and software ranging from SAP to Salesforce to MS Office and all at a great price point. The icing on the cake is that it also gives us the ability to extend its use to provide comprehensive reporting, dashboards and analytics."
“This partnership advances our goal of providing the most comprehensive, flexible, easy-to-use and deploy PIM solution, in conjunction with a comparatively low cost of ownership,” said Jason Simpson, director of sales & marketing of Agility Multichannel, “And we have already signed up our first new customer, Speedy Services, which has a need to automate the extraction of data for cleansing, governance and publishing to new ecommerce channels,”
Pentaho's tools are highly intuitive and easy-to-use, allowing network operators to create their own data exports, transformations and integrations, using data blended from Agility and any other business data source, without having to enlist the services of IT database specialists.
“Pentaho strives to provide the most comprehensive and cost-effective solution for maximizing the power of big data. We look for partnerships that allow our customers to access, leverage and analyze data in a real-time manner that drive positive results to the bottom line,” said Jake Cornelius, senior vice president of products, Pentaho Corporation. “By working with Agility Multichannel, we’re providing even greater access to powerful solutions in data governance and control.”
“The need to deliver comprehensive product information management requires enterprise class-data integration that Agility Multichannel is now delivering embedded within its offering through partnering with Pentaho,” said, Mark Smith, CEO and Chief Research Officer of Ventana Research; “accessing product data anywhere in the enterprise is essential to ensuring that all data is leveraged to meet the business needs from product information management and is a smart move by Agility Multichannel to provide this in-depth data integration support.”
About Pentaho Corporation
Pentaho is delivering the future of big data business analytics. Pentaho's open source heritage drives our continued innovation in a modern, integrated, embeddable platform built for the future of analytics, including diverse and big data requirements. Pentaho is the only vendor that provides a full big data analytics solution that supports the entire big data analytics process, from data integration through interactive data visualization, exploration and predictive analytics. Pentaho natively supports Apache Hadoop, Cloudera, MongoDB as well as high performance analytic databases like Greenplum and Vertica, among other big data sources. Learn more and download for free at pentahobigdata.com/download
About Agility Multichannel Ltd.
Agility Multichannel Ltd. develops and supports Agility®, a leading product information management (PIM) and multichannel commerce software solution that gives retailers, distributors and brand manufacturers around the globe advanced tools for gathering and enriching consistent product information for delivery to all marketing channels, in multiple versions and languages. Agility is in daily use by thousands of end users in over 60 countries and can be easily configured, integrated and deployed as an on-premise or SaaS solution. Customers include Avon Products, Allied Electronics, Shop Direct Group, Office Depot and West Marine.
European sales and support are overseen directly from Agility Multichannel’s corporate headquarters in York, UK, as well as through international partners. Agility Multichannel’s fully owned subsidiary, Pindar North America Inc., was established in 2002 to distribute and support Agility software in North America. Agility Multichannel is privately held. For more information visit www.agilitymultichannel.com
For additional information, contact:
Gene Maggard (USA)
Jason Simpson (Europe)
+44 01904 717800