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Pentaho accelerates its business, upgrades its board and executive team

Pentaho is improving its business fundamentals with key executive additions and a slew of new customers.

Life sounds sunny for Florida-based Pentaho, a leading open-source Business Intelligence vendor. The company just announced a string of big-name customer wins, including Delta Dental, Mozilla, and a $1 million deal with a "major European retailer."

The company also announced that Lars Nordwall, former head of Sales for SugarCRM, has joined as senior vice president of Business Development. I know and like Lars and think he'll be a great fit for Pentaho. It's also a chance for him to work on his tan this winter, since the Bay Area is so cold.... :-)

Lastly, Pentaho has added Zack Urlocker to its board. Zack is the vice president of Products within Sun's database group and one of the best people I've ever known. Having him on board the Pentaho bus is excellent news.

I suspect some of Pentaho's go-go growth will slow with the US economy, but with these improvements to its team it's well-positioned to weather the storm and come out on top.

Disclosure: I am an advisor to JasperSoft, an open-source competitor to Pentaho.