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Pentaho Community Meeting 2017

Happy birthday! Pentaho Community Meeting PCM17 celebrates its 10th anniversary this November with a 3-days event full of presentations and networking. And it-novum has the honor to host the event together with Pentaho. PCM17 will take 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.

Please note that all presentations will be in English.

Call for Papers

The agenda is meant as a presentation stage for all Pentaho users who want to share insights, learnings and findings of their Pentaho projects. To register your proposal for the agenda, please use the contact form to send a brief description including title and short abstract in English to Jens Bleuel (deadline September 30).
Also see the FAQs “Can I present at the event?

Agenda for Pentaho Community Meeting 2017 in Mainz

Please note that all presentations at the event will be in English
Agenda is subject to change, watch out for updates on Twitter

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

06:00 PM – open end
Location address: Lomo, Ballplatz 2, 55116 Mainz
We meet 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 will be technical short talks. Join us to do some hacks, hear cool stuff, have a drink or snack and meet great people!

Hackathon: Everyone is invited to join, please bring your own laptop. After two hours, a highly esteemed jury will award the most intelligent/awkward/funny hacks..

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

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM:    Welcome and opening (Room A)

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 - 12:00 AM:    CERN's Business Computing Accelerated by Pentaho, Jan Janke | Deputy Group Leader of Administrative Information Systems at CERN

12:00 AM - 01:00 PM:    Lunch break

01:00 PM - 03:00 PM:    Technical Track (Room B) / Business Track (Room C)

03:00 PM - 03:30 PM:    Coffee break

03:30 PM - 05:30 PM:    Technical Track (Room B) / Business Track (Room C)

05:30 PM - 05:45 PM:    Closing Note (Room A)

07:00 PM - 09:00 PM:    Dinner (Room A)

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)

01:00 PM - 01:20 PM

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

01:20 PM - 01:40 PM

Updates on webSpoon and other innovations from Hitachi R&D
Hiromu Hota | Researcher at Hitachi America

01:40 PM - 02:00 PMUnderstanding the NewMapComponent
Kleyson Rios | Solutions Architect at Pentaho
02:00 PM - 02:20 PMPentaho 8 Reporting for Java Developers
Francesco Corti | Product Evangelist at Alfresco
02:20 PM - 02:40 PMMachine Learning in PDI - What's new in the Marketplace?
Pedro Vale | VP Engineer at Pentaho
02:40 PM - 03:00 PMWorking with Automated Machine Learning (AutoML) and Pentaho
Caio Moreno de Souza | Consultant at Pentaho
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Coffee break
03:30 PM - 03:50 PMPentaho PDI and the rule engine. Enhanced agility - enhanced quality
Uwe Geercken | IT Manager at Swissport
03:50 PM - 04:10 PM10 WTF moments in PDI
Nelson Sousa | Business Intelligence Consultant at Ubiquis Consulting
04:10 PM - 04:30 PMLoad Supervision Dashboard
Alain Debecker | BI Architect at TEAM PARTNERS Suisse SA
04:30 PM - 04:50 PM

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

04:50 PM - 05:10 PMTesting Pentaho ETL solutions
Slawomir Chodnicki | Solution Architect at Twineworks GmbH
05:10 PM - 05:30 PMA framework for IOT, rules for implementation at the Edge, Gateway, and Data Lake.
Wael Elrifai | Director Enterprise Solutions at Pentaho


Business Track with Use Cases (Room C)

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

Sunday, November 12 | Social Event

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Jump on a school bus to have a fun sightseeing tour across beautiful Mainz and Wiesbaden. Featuring: tour guide Jens Bleuel :)

Register now for free

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 :)

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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.