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Pentaho Community Meeting 2017

Big thank you to the 200 participants from 40 different countries who made Pentaho Community Meeting a great event!

You can find a summary of all presentations in our blog.

Happy birthday! Pentaho Community Meeting PCM17 celebrated its 10th anniversary this November with a 3-days event full of presentations and networking. And it-novum had the honor to host the event together with Pentaho. PCM17 took place in Mainz where everything started in 2008. Mainz is centrally located and just a 20 minutes train ride away from Frankfurt international airport.

Pentaho Community Meeting is an informal gathering for Pentaho users from around the world. We meet to discuss the latest and greatest in Pentaho products and exciting geek stuff (techie track) as well as best practices of Pentaho implementations and successful projects (business track).

PCM17 is open to everyone who does something with Pentaho (development, extensions, implementation) or plans to do data integration, analytics or big data with Pentaho. Several Pentaho folks – architects, designers, product managers – will share their latest developments with us.

The event is community-oriented and open-minded. There’s room for networking and exchanging ideas and experiences. Participants are free to break off into groups and work together.

Impressions of the Pentaho Community Meeting 2017

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This was the agenda for Pentaho Community Meeting 2017 in Mainz

Friday, November 10 | Hacks & Snacks - hackathon and technical short talks

06:00 PM – open end
Location address: Lomo, Ballplatz 2, 55116 Mainz
We met at Lomo to start the three-day PCM in a cozy wine cellar lounge with a hackathon, technical short talks and drinks. Due to the big number of technical proposals submitted we have introduced “Hacks & Snacks”: after the hackathon there were technical short talks. After two hours, a highly esteemed jury awarded the most intelligent/awkward/funny hacks.

07:30 PM - 07:40 PM:   SSBI (Self Service BI) - Pentaho Plugin, Pranav Lakhani | Business Analyst at SPEC INDIA

07:40 PM - 07:50 PM:   Viz API 3.0 Use Case, Joana Avelar | Consultant at Pentaho

07:50 PM - 08:00 PM:    CDE new SVG Component, João Barbosa | Consultant at Pentaho

08:00 PM - 08:10 PM:    Deploying Pentaho using Puppet, Kleyson Rios | Solutions Architect at  Pentaho

Saturday, November 11 | Conference Day

09:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Location address: Kupferbergterrasse, Kupferbergterrasse 17-19, 55116 Mainz
After the welcome speech by Stefan, Pedro and Jens, everybody splits up to join the business or the techie track.

The agenda at a glance

09:00 AM - 09:30 AM:    Registration and welcome snack (in front of room Bismarck)

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM:    ALL meet in room Bismarck for the joint morning session

  1. Welcome Speech
  2. Keynotes:
    • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM:    All about Pentaho 8.0, Pedro Alves | Senior Vice President Community at Pentaho
    • 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM:    What’s new in PDI 8.0?, Jens Bleuel | Sr. Product Manager Data Integration at Pentaho
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM:    What’s brewing in the Pentaho Labs?, Matt Casters | Chief Architect, PDI Kettle Project Founder at Pentaho
    • 11:30 AM - 11:50 AM: Introducing Pentaho on the Hitachi Vantara Community , Jill Ross | Enterprise Community Manager Hitachi Vantara
    • 11:50 AM - 12:20 PM:    CERN's Business Computing Accelerated by Pentaho, Jan Janke | Deputy Group Leader of Administrative Information Systems at CERN

Group picture is taken in front of stage, right before lunch

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM:    Lunch break

01:30 PM - 03:30 PM:    Everyone splits into Business and Technical Tracks
Technical Track (Room Bacchus / Business Track (Room Chardonnay)

03:30 PM - 04:00 PM:    Coffee break

04:00 PM - 06:00 PM:    Technical Track (Room Bacchus) / Business Track (Room Chardonnay)

06:00 PM - 06:15 PM:    Closing Note

07:30 PM - 09:30 PM:    Dinner (Room Bismarck)

Everyone who’s not tired after a full day of data injection is welcome to join us in a pub in Mainz (November 11 is carnival season start)!

Technical Track (Room B)

01:30 PM - 01:50 PM

Data Pipelines - Running PDI on AWS Lambda
Dan Keeley | Open Source BI Consultant at Code BI Ltd

01:50 PM - 02:10 PM

A framework for IOT, rules for implementation at the Edge, Gateway, and Data Lake.
Dominik Claßen | Director Sales Engineering EMEA & APAC at Hitachi Vantara

02:10 PM - 02:30 PMUnderstanding the NewMapComponent
Kleyson Rios | Solutions Architect at Pentaho
02:30 PM - 02:50 PMPentaho 8 Reporting for Java Developers
Francesco Corti | Product Evangelist at Alfresco
02:50 PM - 03:10 PMMachine Learning in PDI - What's new in the Marketplace?
Guilherme Raimundo | Senior Software Developer at Pentaho
03:10 PM - 03:30 PMWorking with Automated Machine Learning (AutoML) and Pentaho
Caio Moreno de Souza | Consultant at Pentaho
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Coffee break
04:00 PM - 04:20 PMPentaho PDI and the rule engine. Enhanced agility - enhanced quality
Uwe Geercken | IT Manager at Swissport
04:20 PM - 04:40 PM10 WTF moments in PDI
Nelson Sousa | Business Intelligence Consultant at Ubiquis Consulting
04:40 PM - 05:00 PMLoad Supervision Dashboard
Alain Debecker | BI Architect at TEAM PARTNERS Suisse SA
05:00 PM - 05:20 PM

Version Controlling Pentaho Solution Code Artefacts with Big Agile Teams
Diethard Steiner | Director at Bissol Consulting Ltd

05:20 PM - 05:40 PMTesting Pentaho ETL solutions
Slawomir Chodnicki | Solution Architect at Twineworks GmbH
05:40 PM - 06:00 PMUpdates on webSpoon and other innovations from Hitachi R&D
Hiromu Hota | Researcher at Hitachi America


Business Track with Use Cases (Room C)

01:30 PM - 02:00 PMUsing a BI tool to improve the management of health data in Mozambique
Devan Manharlal | Health Information Systems Senior Specialist at Jhpiego
02:00 PM - 02:30 PMHow to gain control over SAP data with Pentaho
Stefan Müller | Director BI & Big Data at it-novum
02:30 PM - 03:00 PMEnvironmental data management and analysis
Kamil Nešetřil | Researcher at Technical University of Liberec
03:00 PM - 03:30 PMA Pentaho-based analytics software for production sites
Werner Fragner | Project Director & Maik Hering | Product Manager at STIWA
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Coffee break
04:00 PM - 04:30 PMEssent Belgium: Migrating from on-premises Microsoft BI to AWS (cloud-) based Pentaho BI
Bart Maertens | Senior Business Analytics Consultant at
04:30 PM - 05:00 PMeazyBI - Using Mondrian to Build the Top BI App on Atlassian Marketplace
Raimonds Simanovskis | Founder of eazyBI
05:00 PM - 05:30 PMPentaho in a Startup
Balázs Bárány | Data Scientist bei
05:30 PM - 06:00 PMIoT, Big Data Science and the process of research and development and innovation
Dominik Claßen | Director Sales Engineering EMEA & APAC at Hitachi Vantara

Sunday, November 12 | Social Event

10:30 AM
Brunch at Café Heiliggeist (Rentengasse 2, 55116 Mainz)

How to get to Mainz

Arrival by plane: When you arrive at Frankfurt airport you can take a taxi for about 60-70 Euros to Mainz. Or you just take the local train (Regionalbahn) to Mainz Hauptbahnhof (main station). Train schedules are available at Deutsche Bahn.

Arrival by train: When arriving at Mainz main station (Hauptbahnhof) our venue and nearby hotels are a 10 minutes’ walk away. There are taxis available at the station if you don´t want to walk with your luggage.


Here you can find the FAQs

Curious to see how it all started?

Have a look at some fun photos from the first PCM in 2008! And try to find out who from 2008 will again join in 2017 :)

About the organizers of this year’s Pentaho Community Meeting

About Pentaho

Pentaho is the leading open source platform for data integration, business analytics and visualizations for thousands of organizations worldwide. Pentaho offers analytics solutions up to 90% cheaper than traditional big data and business intelligence vendors.

Pentaho supports enterprises in making the right decisions on operational and strategic levels. As the only platform both for business intelligence and big data Pentaho offers a comprehensive solution for data integration, analytics, data mining, reporting and dashboards plus a mobile app.

With Pentaho you can easily extract, transform and visualize data from big data stores via one single platform. Pentaho processes data up to 15 times faster than comparable solutions. This helps to drastically reduce the time for creating, developing and providing big data analytics solutions.

Do-it-yourself Big Data Analytics for Business Analysts

Business analysts depend on their IT department for analyzing data. Pentaho’s „Streamlined Data Refinery“ architecture enables business users to do on-demand analyzes of big data. In Pentaho, they can mix big amounts of different data, blend it with other data sources and load it in Pentaho Analyzer. Analyzes are automatically generated and published in the user’s format of choice. Business analysts benefit from a wide range of reports, dashboards and visualizations for self-service analytics.

About it-novum

it-novum’s business intelligence and big data department is specialized on integrating and enhancing open source business solutions, f.e. for data integration and data warehousing, reporting and analytics. We are a full service provider including consulting, proof of concepts, workshops, implementation and support.

To deliver the best and most flexible solution to our customers we use Pentaho, the leading open source platform for data integration and business analytics. Pentaho offers solutions that are up to 90% cheaper than traditional big data and business intelligence vendors.