March 11, 2008 - Close Premium Finance selected Pentaho Open BI Suite to improve their analytical and information display capabilities, allowing them to identify business growth opportunities for Close and its brokers.


The primary users of the application will be senior management, the finance and IT departments and the account management team. The system will provide integrated reporting and analytics driven by a data warehouse that integrates customer information, market data and internal operational data.


The application will be deployed on HP Proliant servers running 64-bit SUSE Linux. Primary data sources for the application include a combination of MySQL and Oracle databases, as well as Excel spreadsheet information.


Close Premium Finance considered other alternatives including Oracle Discoverer, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, as well as in-house development. Pentaho was selected for its lower initial and ongoing costs, the flexibility provided by Pentaho's commercial open source model and the value-added services Pentaho is able to provide for subscription services, training and consulting.


"Pentaho provided a full spectrum of BI capabilities to address our needs," said Jason Oakley, infrastructure director at Close Premium Finance. "Pentaho's subscription, training and consulting services and their commercial open source model made them an easy choice for Close Premium Finance."

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