SOURCE: Pentaho Corporation

Pentaho Corporation

February 14, 2012 09:00 ET

WebAssign Deploys Pentaho Business Analytics to Help Improve Education

Next-Gen Data Analysis Provides Better Insight Into Students' Learning Habits, Enabling WebAssign to Improve Educational Resources and Boost Profitability

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - Feb 14, 2012) - Delivering the future of business analytics, Pentaho Corporation today announced that WebAssign, the leading provider of powerful online instructional tools for faculty and students, has implemented Pentaho Business Analytics to capture and analyze disparate data sources involving more than five million users worldwide.

With more than 600,000 students using WebAssign's educational materials each semester, WebAssign generates a huge amount of user data -- data that must be analyzed in order to pay proper royalties to textbook publishers, as well as understand emerging trends in education that impact their student and faculty customers. The growing data load had overwhelmed WebAssign's existing data analysis tool, leaving executives unable to analyze data for important information, such as popularity of textbooks.

As a result of deploying Pentaho Business Analytics Enterprise Edition, WebAssign has achieved unprecented visibility into their data, which is automatically aggregated from across the enterprise. WebAssign's 140 employees easily perform drag-and-drop analysis, uncovering new trends and valuable information. With Pentaho's best-in-class visualization features, WebAssign receives customized, automatically generated reports, and executives can visualize data in many different ways, such as creating histograms to see how much time students are spending on homework. Thanks to improved data analysis, WebAssign is gleaning valuable insights from their data that they are using to improve their business operations and help students to learn more efficiently. Pentaho also provides enhanced visibility into the company's finances, helping to boost profitability.

"Pentaho provides the information we need to stay in business," said John Risley, CEO at WebAssign. "By knowing exactly who our customers are, what they want, and whether they are coming back, we can improve our retention rates and maximize new opportunities. Pentaho has been really critical to our success in that regard."

"Millions of students have used WebAssign, and within WebAssign's mass stores of data there is a trove of information about how students are learning online and how education can be improved," said Rosanne Saccone, CMO at Pentaho. "Pentaho Business Analytics helps WebAssign to leverage the value of their data in order to improve operations, benefitting students and teachers around the globe."

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About WebAssign
WebAssign is the leading provider of powerful online instructional tools for faculty and students. Developed by teachers for teachers, WebAssign offers an array of customizable precoded questions from a wide range of math and science textbooks. To date, more than five million students have used WebAssign to submit over one billion answers to homework assignments and tests, and WebAssign has been used at over 1,500 educational institutions worldwide.

About Pentaho Corporation
Pentaho is building the future of business analytics. Pentaho's open source heritage drives our continued innovation in a modern, integrated, embeddable platform built for the future of analytics, including diverse and big data requirements. Powerful business analytics are made easy with Pentaho's cost-effective suite for data access, visualization, integration, analysis and mining. For a free evaluation, download Pentaho Business Analytics at