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New Partnership Designed to Address Federal Government Demand for Best-of-Breed Open Source BI

Carahsoft Wins Exclusive GSA Distribution Agreement with Pentaho

Carahsoft and Pentaho announced an exclusive distribution agreement. The companies will work together to address the large and growing demand for Pentaho's open source business intelligence (BI) software in federal government organizations. Under the terms of the agreement, Carahsoft will be the exclusive General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule distributor for U.S. Government organizations that choose Pentaho's Open BI Suite or its individual components for business intelligence.

"We are pleased to add Pentaho to our Open Source Solutions team," said Craig P. Abod, Carahsoft president. "The firm's industry-leading BI platform, the breadth of its offerings, and its successful track record of working with government organizations will enhance our ability to support the increasing number of agencies interested in deploying open source technologies."

Under the agreement, Carahsoft will serve as Pentaho's master GSA schedule holder and Government Aggregator, a role Carahsoft also serves for other open source vendors including Red Hat, JBoss, MySQL, CollabNet, Alfresco, GroundWork and Black Duck. Pentaho will offer its full spectrum of BI capabilities through Carahsoft. These include production, operational, and ad hoc reporting, as well as interactive OLAP analysis using web-based or Excel-based front ends. Pentaho also provides integrated, interactive dashboards, sophisticated predictive analytics and data mining, as well as comprehensive data integration to all organizations to integrate data across different data sources.

Government organizations are increasingly turning toward commercial open source solutions because of the software's wide support for open standards. Commercial open source frequently provides a much lower total cost of ownership, greater flexibility to customize the software, enhanced security, and more. All of these capabilities support government goals of increasing agility and improving citizen service while always looking for maximum value when considering technology solutions. Open source software has already been deployed successfully from the internal operations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to the U.S. Navy out to the battlefield supporting the Department of Defense.

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