In the second major news item this week involving corporate growth at an open source Big Data vendor, Pentaho has announced three new executive hires. Their addition, the company says, will help it to expand development of its Big Data analytics products as well as drive increased revenue growth.

Pentaho, which develops a variety of solutions for accessing, integrating, interpreting and analyzing data that are based on open source technology, announced the hires on Wednesday. They are:

  • Bob Kemper, who joins the company as Executive Vice President, Engineering. With previous experience at Hyperion, SPSS, Pivotlink and PrecisionPoint Software, Kemper will be responsible for overseeing continued development of Pentaho's existing products, as well as of new ones that will expand its Big Data platform.
  • Nick Gonzalez, Pentaho's new Chief Data Scientist and Vice President of Predictive Analytics. Gonzalez, whose professional background has been mostly in advertising and video games, where he worked with Big Data platforms, will enhance Pentaho's expertise in machine learning and predictive analytics.
  • Terilyn Palanca, who will oversee Big Data Product Marketing. With prior experience at Informatica, Oracle, Sun and Giga Information Group, Palanca will coordinate marketing initiatives for Pentaho's Big Data platform.

These executive additions to Pentaho's North American operations follow on other recent hires earlier this month by the company in FranceGermany and Britain. They are part of the company's strategy "to continue to accelerate its big data product and platform development as well as its high revenue growth," according to a statement.

The hires also reflect Pentaho's active engagement "in the race to the top of the Big Data integration and analytics field," according to CEO Quentin Gallivan.

This news from Pentaho comes on the heels of an announcement earlier this week of new funding and expansion at MapR, another important name in the open source Big Data ecosystem. Pentaho and MapR, which focuses on products related to the Apache Hadoop platform, don't quite fall into the same exact niche. But together, their growth highlights the momentum that open source continues to enjoy in the Big Data world.