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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

After the lunch, everybody splits up to join the business or the techie track.

Morning Keynotes

Welcome speech
Pentaho User Group Italia
Virgilio Pierini, Massimo Bonometto, Francesco Corti, Sergio Ramazzina

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

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

DWH & Business Reporting Challenges at CERN
Gabriele Thiede, Leitung Monitoring and Reporting Section & Jan Janke, Deputy Group Leader of Administrative Information Systems, CERN

After the lunch, everybody splits up to join the business or the techie track.

Business Track

Embedding Pentaho: Pharma Mobile Applications
Giorgio Grillini, Cloud Big Data and IoT Architect, Clickode & Virgilio Pierini, Freelance Consultant

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

TL for business development – easier, better, faster, stronger (dental supply industry usecase)
Riccardo Arzenton, Project Manager, Yacme & Andrea Feccomandi, CTO, MAKE IT Group

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

Enabling Business Users with webSpoon
Bart Maertens, Senior Business Analytics Consultant,
Real time streaming with Raspberry PI and PDI
Håkon Bommen, BI Consultant, Nagarro
Layout editor for CTools dashboards
Nuno Pereira, Senior Consultant, Data Analytics and IoT, Hitachi Vantara
Smarter cities with Pentaho
Gianluca Andreis, Engineering Head Coach at Hitachi Vantara, Hitachi Vantara
Accelerating Neo4j implementations using kettle
Jan Aertsen, Sr Director Professional Services, neo4j

Technical Track

Useful Kettle plugins
Matt Casters, Neo4j (and founder of Kettle)

SSBI (Self Service BI) - Pentaho Plugin Update
Pranav Lakhani, SPEC INDIA

Scaling Pentaho Server with Kubernetes
Diethard Steiner

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

Video Analytics: unlock value from videos using Pentaho/HVA connector
Alexander Keidel, Solution Architect & Stefan Müller, Director Big Data Analytics, it-novum
PDI and XML: beyond the native steps
Luis Silva, Ubiquis
How to ensure the integrity and convert a file based repository
Mihai Rizea, Business Intelligence Consultant & Antonio Pacheco, Business Intelligence Consultant, Ubiquis
A Web ETL solution based on a reflective software approach
Leonardo Coelho, Software Engineer, Hitachi Vantara
Profiling Mondrian MDX requests in a production environment
Raimonds Simanovskis, Founder, EasyBI
Big Data OLAP with Pentaho, Kylin and more...
Emilio Arias, CEO & Roberto Tardio, Head of Big Data, Stratebi
CMIS Uploader Extension: a useful little cube for Alfresco Integration
Riccardo Arzenton, Project Manager, Yacme
Securing a Pentaho Deployment
Luis Martins, Senior Software Engineer Lead, Hitachi Vantara

Sunday, November 25 | Social Event

After the brunch Virgilio Pierini invites you to a short citytour with all the highlights of Bologna city centre.

You can not attend PCM18?

We´re happy to send you all information afterwards!

Send request

Cluricaune Irish Pub
Palazzo Gnudi
Ex Forno MAMbo


You have a question? Please check out the FAQs

Hotel reservation

We reserved for you two neighbour Hotels in the city centre of Bologna within walking distance to the Hackathon, Meeting Location and Social Event:

Zanhotel Regina***
Via Indipendenza, 47
40121 Bologna (Italy)
Tel: +39 051 248878

Zanhotel Tre Vecchi****
Via Indipendenza, 51
40121 Bologna (Italy)
Tel: +39 051 231991

Communicate the keyword “PCM18” via e-mail or phone call and you get access to our contingent and special rate for the Community Meeting.

Please keep in mind that this is a limited offer - first come, first serve!

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