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Kiva.org Experiences Immediate ROI Deploying Pentaho BI for Reporting and Analytics

Non-Profit Micro-Lender Adopts Agile BI Approach to Make Real-Time, Data-Driven Business Decisions

ORLANDO, FL -- (Marketwire) -- 09/07/11 -- Pentaho, a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence (BI) software, today announced that Kiva.org, the non-profit microfinance platform, has adopted Pentaho BI Enterprise Edition to automate its reporting and analytical capabilities. Kiva has gone from a "spread-mart" environment where each department had different views of disparate data sources, to being able to validate and publicize numbers company-wide.

Since its founding in 2005, Kiva.org has rapidly grown and made possible over $225 million in microloans between individual lenders and entrepreneurs all around the world. To keep pace with increasing demand for its service, Kiva realized it needed a flexible, scalable and cost-effective data warehouse and reporting system that would be able to unify a variety of data sources and satisfy an equally varied number of customers of that data.

To achieve this, the team adopted an Agile BI and real-time data flow based on Pentaho. Kiva believes that the return on investment with Pentaho has been almost immediate. By replacing Excel, Kiva is already seeing payback with people outside of IT analyzing their own data and creating their own reports. This allows Kiva's engineering team to focus on the heavy lifting that its website requires rather than building custom reports.

With access to analytical tools, Kiva for the first time is empowering users and has turned its employees into true knowledge workers, a critical improvement when running an online microfinance organization that requires rapid, daily -- if not hourly -- decision-making.

"Using Pentaho and our data warehouse, we can break down a metric and do specific analysis to identify under-performing partners in just 20 minutes. In the past, that same query would take all night using an Excel grid," said Greg Allen, a business analyst at Kiva.org.

"Pentaho's highly interactive, easy-to-use web-based design makes it simple to create ad hoc reports and analyses without relying on developers, which is leveling the playing field for many small to medium-sized organizations just like Kiva," said Ian Fyfe, chief technology evangelist at Pentaho. "SMBs know that in order to grow their businesses, they need to be able to make decisions based on data, not guesses. Pentaho's intuitive technology does this with no training required, giving non-technical users the ability to visualize and analyze their data to quickly identify trends and anomalies in their business information."

Visit Pentaho.com to read the full story of How Kiva Uses Pentaho to automate its reporting and analytical capabilities.

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About Kiva

Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Learn more about how it works.

About Pentaho Corporation

Pentaho brings power to the user by introducing an agile approach that makes it faster, simpler and more cost effective to create reports, dashboards and analytics. For a free evaluation download Pentaho BI at www.pentaho.com/download.

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