SOURCE: Pentaho Corporation

July 31, 2008 09:00 ET

Commercial Open Source Leader Zack Urlocker Joins Pentaho Board

Urlocker to Lend Open Source Expertise to Help Pentaho Grow Its BI Leadership

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - July 31, 2008) - Pentaho, the commercial open source alternative for business intelligence (BI), today announced that Zack Urlocker, vice president of products in Sun's database group and previous EVP of products for MySQL AB, has joined Pentaho's Board of Directors. He will apply his proven success in a wide range of areas spanning products, marketing, sales, and partners.

Zack joined Sun earlier this year as part of Sun's acquisition of MySQL AB, where he helped develop the MySQL database into one of the most widely adopted and commercially successful open source offerings in history. As vice president of products for Sun's database group, Zack oversees MySQL global product development and marketing. Zack is a veteran technology executive, with twenty years' enterprise software experience. Prior to joining MySQL AB, Zack held executive marketing and product management positions at Active Software, webMethods and Borland International. He is a frequent speaker on using open source technology as a competitive weapon. He holds a graduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

The most recent addition to the Pentaho Board of Directors, Zack joins a team with deep experience and success in developing leading commercial open source companies across a broad spectrum of major markets. Larry Augustin, founder of VA Linux, and one of the people credited with creating the term "open source," joined Pentaho's Board of Directors in 2005. The Pentaho Board also includes representatives from Benchmark Capital, Index Ventures, and New Enterprise Associates, who together have invested in and helped establish leading open source companies like JBoss, MySQL, Red Hat, Sourcefire, SugarCRM, Trolltech, Xensource, Zend, Zimbra, among others.

"I'm excited to be working with the Pentaho management team," said Zack Urlocker. "They have tremendous bench strength in business intelligence and there's a significant opportunity to positively disrupt the BI market by using open source."

"Zack is a proven leader who has earned tremendous respect in the commercial open source market," said Richard Daley, CEO of Pentaho. "His experience will be an asset in working with our development community, delivering unmatched value to our customers and partners, and growing our leadership position in open source business intelligence."

About Pentaho Corporation

Pentaho Corporation is the commercial open source alternative for Business Intelligence (BI). Pentaho Open BI Suite provides comprehensive reporting, OLAP analysis, dashboards, data integration, data mining and a BI platform that have made it the world's leading and most widely deployed open source BI suite. Pentaho's commercial open source business model eliminates software license fees, providing support, services, and product enhancements via an annual subscription. In the years since Pentaho's inception as the pioneer in commercial open source BI, Pentaho's products have been downloaded more than three million times, with production deployments at companies ranging from small organizations to The Global 2000. For more information, visit www.pentaho.com.

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