July 9, 2008 - Pentaho, a commercial open source alternative for business intelligence (BI), announced the availability of a new Pentaho iPhone application, which provides native iPhone Web navigation of Pentaho BI content.


The integration was developed using the iUI project, currently hosted on Google Code.


With 1.7 million unit sales in the first calendar quarter of 2008, and 2009 unit sales projected at 45 million by research and investment firm Piper Jaffray, the iPhone has achieved tremendous popularity in its first release, with adoption expected to increase even more rapidly with the release of iPhone 2.0. The iPhone provides a portable platform for personal and business use, and through Pentaho, provides an intuitive way for business users to access and navigate BI information, using the new iPhone BI extension from Pentaho.


Pentaho first delivered an interactive, Web 2.0-based BI user interface in 2006. This new capability builds on Pentaho's Web-enabled architecture and also uses Web 2.0 technologies to create a scalable, interactive experience for BI consumers on the iPhone. Pentaho's iPhone application allows iPhone users to navigate through interactive reports and dashboards, as well as to integrate BI functionality with other iPhone features like voice-calling, email and text messaging.


The BI extension for iPhone is the newest enhancement to Pentaho Open BI Suite 1.7, delivered earlier this year.


Additionally, according to Pentaho, in the interest of fostering maximum community adoption, extension and enhancement, the new iPhone capabilities are delivered in an open source model.


"We've delivered another 'first' in BI with Pentaho's BI extension for iPhone," said Richard Daley, CEO of Pentaho Corporation. "Getting the most out of our commercial open source model means continuously delivering compelling new capabilities on open source, and we look forward to continued innovations in partnership with our global community."

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