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Pentaho Community Meeting 2018

Pentaho Community Meeting 2018 will take place in Bologna from November 23-25. It will be organized by Italia Pentaho User Group and by it-novum, the host of PCM17. As always, it will be a 3-days event full of presentations, networking and fun and we invite Pentaho users of every kind to participate!

For PCM18 we will meet in the beautiful city of Bologna. The guys of Italia User Group will take care of the venue and the program. With Virgilio Pierini as group representative we not only have a Pentaho enthusiast but also a native of Bologna guiding us to the beautiful corners of the hometown of Europe’s oldest university!

What is Pentaho Community Meeting?

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). Read this summary of Pentaho Community Meeting 2017 to learn more.

PCM18 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.

Call for Papers

For sure, this is intended to be a community event - for the community and by the community. To register your proposal for the agenda, please use the contact form to send a brief description including your name and title in English until September 30th.

Register now for free!


The agenda will be updated continuously, so stay tuned for updates! All updates will be posted on twitter, too.

Friday, November 23, 06:00 pm | Hackathon

We start the three-day PCM with a hackathon, snacks and drinks. After a 2-hour hackathon, a highly esteemed jury will award the most intelligent/awkward/funny hacks.

Saturday, November 24 | Conference Day

The agenda at a glance

09:00 AM - 09:30 AM


09:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Welcome by Pentaho User Group Italia

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

The future of Pentaho in Hitachi Vantara
Pedro Alves, Head of Product Design, Hitachi Vantara

10:30 AM - 11:00 AMDWH & Business Reporting Challenges at CERN
Gabriele Thiede, Leitung Monitoring and Reporting Section & Jan Janke, Deputy Group Leader of Administrative Information Systems, CERN
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

What's new in Pentaho 8.2
Jens Bleuel, Senior Product Manager - Pentaho Data Integration, Hitachi Vantara

11:30 AM - 12:00 AMA great team: successful Pentaho-Hitachi projects
Gunther Dell, Director Global Business Development SAP, Hitachi Vantara & Stefan Müller, Director Big Data Analytics, it-novum
12:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Lunch break

01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Technical & business track

03:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Coffee break

03:30 PM - 06:00 PM

Technical & business track

06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Meet old and new friends at the bar or take a break in your hotel

08:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Dinner, drinks and party

Business Track

01:00 PM - 01:20 PMEmbedding Pentaho: pharma mobile applications
Giorgio Grillini, Cloud Big Data and IoT Architect, Clickode & Virgilio Pierini, Freelance Consultant
01:20 PM - 01:40 PM

Bursting the black box: analyzing SAP data with Pentaho
Christopher Keller, Head of Consulting Big Data Analytics, it-novum

01:40 PM - 02:00 PM

ETL for business development – easier, better, faster, stronger
Riccardo Arzenton, Project Manager, Yacme

02:00 PM - 02:20 PM

openLighthouse: ITSM analytics with Pentaho
Dirk Rönsch, Senior Consultant, it-novum

02:20 PM - 02:40 PMEnabling business users with webSpoon
Bart Maertens, Senior Business Analytics Consultant,
02:40 PM - 03:00 PMReal time streaming with Raspberry PI and PDI
Håkon Bommen, BI Consultant, Nagarro
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Coffee break

03:30 PM - 03:50 PMLayout editor for CTools dashboards
Nuno Pereira, Senior Consultant, Data Analytics and IoT, Hitachi Vantara
03:50 PM - 04:10 PMSmarter cities with Pentaho
Gianluca Andreis, Engineering Head Coach at Hitachi Vantara, Hitachi Vantara
04:10 PM - 04:30 PMAccelerating Neo4j implementations using kettle
Jan Aertsen, Sr Director Professional Services, neo4j
04:30 PM - 04:50 PMBNova DFC: a real time tool for monitoring and manage PDI flow
Stefano Celati, Senior Data Modeler, Bnova

Technical Track

01:00 PM - 01:20 PMSecuring a Pentaho deployment
Luis Martins, Senior Software Engineer Lead, Hitachi Vantara
01:20 PM - 01:40 PMUseful Kettle plugins
Matt Casters, Chief Solutions Architect, Neo4j (and founder of Kettle)
01:40 PM - 02:00 PM

Scaling Pentaho Server with Kubernetes
Diethard Steiner, Director, Bissol Consulting

02:00 PM - 02:20 PM

Capitalizing on Lambda & Kappa architectures for IoT with Pentaho
Issam Hijazi, Lead Solution Engineer, Data Analytics & IoT, Hitachi Vantara

02:20 PM - 02:40 PMVideo Analytics: unlock value from videos using Pentaho/HVA Connector
Alexander Keidel, Solution Architect & Stefan Müller, Director Big Data Analytics, it-novum
02:40 PM - 03:00 PMPDI and XML: beyond the native steps
Luis Silva, Business Intelligence Consultant, Ubiquis
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Coffee break

03:30 PM - 03:50 PMHow to ensure the integrity and convert a file based repository
Mihai Rizea, Business Intelligence Consultant & Antonio Pacheco, Business Intelligence Consultant, Ubiquis
03:50 PM - 04:10 PMA Web ETL solution based on a reflective software approach
Leonardo Coelho, Software Engineer, Hitachi Vantara
04:10 PM - 04:30 PMProfiling Mondrian MDX requests in a production environment
Raimonds Simanovskis, Founder, EasyBI
04:30 PM - 04:50 PMBig Data OLAP with Pentaho, Kylin and more...
Emilio Arias, CEO & Roberto Tardio, Head of Big Data, Stratebi
04:50 PM - 05:10 PMCMIS Uploader Extension: a useful little cube for Alfresco integration
Riccardo Arzenton, Project Manager, Yacme

Sunday, November 25 | Social Event

A community meeting is all about the people. After all the technical input on Saturday, we invite you to spend some fun and relax time with each other - be it during Massimo's city run, the brunch or Virgilio's sightseeing tour. Choose what suits your sunday morning's condition best!

8.30am - 10.30am "Run for nerds" Join Massimo on his morning run across Bologna! You will not only get lots of fresh air after PCM party night but also 11km of beautiful old streets and palazzi. Meeting point is 8.30am in front of Zanhotels Regina/Tre Vecchi. Don´t forget to bring your running shoes! Check out meeting point and running track

10.30am - 12.30am Brunch Join us for Italian espresso and food at coffee bar ExForno MAMbo (Via Don Minzoni 14/e)

12.30am - ca. 02.00pm Sightseeing tour with Virgilio Discover Europe's oldest university city with a local! You will have the possibility to shop Bologna's typical souvenir, famous tortellini (don´t even try to think about sauce Alfredo).

Join Massimo on his city run

You can not attend the event?

We´re happy to send you all information afterwards.

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Cluricaune Irish Pub
Palazzo Gnudi
Ex Forno MAMbo


You have a question? Please check out the FAQs

Hotel reservation

Hotel contingents are sold out! Please visit platforms like Expedia, Booking, Airbnb or Bologna tourist office

Arriving by Car

There is a public parking lot under Palazzo Gnudi, on the right side if you are facing the main entrance.

Garage Bologna,
Via Riva di Reno, 75/2,
40121 Bologna

Arriving by Plane

The most convenient way to reach the city centre is the shuttle service Aerobus. It runs every 11 minutes every day of the year and a one-way ticket from/to the Airport costs only € 6.00. Tickets can be purchased directly on the website, from the automatic vending machines located in the airport, and in Bologna at the Central Railway Station (at the Aerobus departure point). The ticket can also be used on all public transport in the Bologna urban area within its 75 minutes of validity. If you want to travel on other city buses, electronic tickets must be converted before boarding. Visit the website for further information.

About the organizers of this year’s Pentaho Community Meeting

About Italia Pentaho User Group

Italy is among the countries with the widest open source adoption. There is a bunch of Pentaho users ranging from governmental organizations to large and small companies. PCM already took place in Italy in 2011. Italia Pentaho User Group is the central platform for Pentaho users in Italy providing a networking hub for developers and users. Contact them at @PUG_Italia

About it-novum

it-novum’s big data analytics 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.

Our expertise lies in combining technology expertise with a deep understanding of business processes in companies. We have demonstrated our competence in regards to open source in more than 750 complex and demanding projects.

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.

About Hitachi Vantara

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., helps data-driven leaders find and use the value in their data to innovate intelligently and reach outcomes that matter for business and society. Hitachi Vantara combines technology, intellectual property and industry knowledge to deliver data-managing solutions that help enterprises improve their customers' experiences, develop new revenue streams, and lower the costs of business. Only Hitachi Vantara elevates your innovation advantage by combining deep information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and domain expertise. Hitachi Vantara works with organizations everywhere to drive data to meaningful outcomes. 

The Team