Pentaho And Swissport Cuts Costs Of Flying


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Open source BI replaces Oracle for corporate reporting

Zurich 11 Feb 2010 – Pentaho Corporation, the commercial open source
alternative for business intelligence (BI), today
announced that one of the world’s largest infrastructure companies,
Swissport, has selected its business intelligence software as its standard
corporate management reporting environment. Beyond reporting, Swissport will
also use Pentaho BI Suite for data integration and interactive analysis.

Airline passengers use Swissport services such as Passport Check-in, Lost
and Found daily, while 600 airlines at over 170 airports worldwide use its
services for aircraft pushback, cargo handling and de-icing. As the first
part of a global roll-out programme, Swissport’s top 100 senior executives
will use Pentaho BI Suite Enterprise Edition to review operational and
strategic data spanning 40 countries.

Pentaho was selected after evaluating solutions from traditional proprietary
BI providers, including Oracle, but finding no substantive difference in
functionality despite a significant price advantage with Pentaho. The
Pentaho evaluation was led by BI experts from Linalis, whose expert
knowledge of the BI space, over some eight years, provided reassurance of
the Swissport decision.

Uwe Geercken, IT Manager at Swissport, explained the decision process: “We
needed fully functional reporting and data integration tools but wanted to
see if an open source alternative would give us a similar experience to
Oracle. After looking at what was out there, Pentaho had the complete tool
set, and after further testing, our users noticed no difference in the
features they need. Our business partnership with Pentaho partner, Linalis,
who provided first-rate consultancy and knowledge transfer, has allowed
Swissport to be self sustaining for future developments.”

Using Pentaho Data Integration, the Swissport data warehouse will pull in
operational data from several different data sources to combine and
integrate financial, flight and cargo data. Pentaho Reporting will then
help management and operational teams uncover answers to questions such as
“How much traffic should I expect over the holiday period?” and “Do I need
to plan for more de-icing staff at this airport?” Such information is vital
in a low-margin business focused on quality and tied to strict Service Level

Richard Daley, CEO of Pentaho said: “Swissport is a great example of how to
reduce your BI software costs and deliver an outstanding solution for your
business. The services it provides to air passenger and airlines, such as
de-icing and security checks, are absolutely critical to safety and
efficient operations. Swissport needed to be sure that replacing traditional
BI with Open Source products, even from the market leader, was the right
decision. Using Pentaho BI, this world-class organisation has dramatically
reduced its costs, while delivering more value from IT for its users.”

About Pentaho Corporation
Pentaho Corporation is the commercial open source alternative for Business
Intelligence (BI). Pentaho BI Suite Enterprise Edition 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

Swissport International Ltd. is owned by Ferrovial, a leading European
infrastructure and service corporation based in Spain, provides ground
services for over 70 million passengers and 3.5 million tonnes of cargo a
year on behalf of some 650 client companies. With its workforce of around 32
000 personnel, Swissport is active at 179 airports in 38 countries on five
continents, and generated consolidated operating revenue of CHF 1.9 billion
(EUR 1.3 billion or USD 1.8 billion) last year.

Linalis has been enabling organisations to benefit from Open Source
solutions since 2002, by providing consulting, support & maintenance,
training and human resources. Expertise areas include Business Intelligence,
communication and collaboration tools, websites, system and network
administration and system integration. For more information:

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