Guest Post: Pentaho European Community Meetup

(Very) Early Friday morning I headed off to the Pentaho event of the year – The European community meetup. This is an event ran by the Pentaho community for BI Developers and is always well supported by the Pentaho team themselves.

The event this year was based in the stunning Sintra in Portugal. We were hosted by the local guys – Webdetails. The weekend kicked off with some networking at a local bar before the main day started at 8am at a rather unusual destination, high in the misty hills in the middle of a forest!

The day contained over 20 talks, some from Pentaho architects, some from users and some from partners. There were 2 talks which everyone was talking about afterwards and another couple which got notable interest with the mini Q&A sessions at the end.

The weekend finished off in style with a tour of the pleasure gardens, a leisurely lunch and then goodbyes. Many many new connections were made this weekend and there is no doubt the Pentaho community is vastly strengthened by this event.

But hang on; Which talks were the ones on the tip of everyone’s’ tongue? Which gathered the most feedback? What other news was there? Well if you want to know and you’re based in the UK then come to the Pentaho London Usergroup at Skills Matter on Wednesday 16th October where I’ll give an overview of the event and answer any questions. Additionally you’ll be able to see Harris Ward from Abient BI demonstrating some of the amazing things you can do with the latest CTools and Alistair Henderson will be talking about using Pentaho in the cloud with Amazon Web Services.

This is a guest post by Dan Keeley, an experienced freelance open source BI consultant specialising in the complete Pentaho stack. He is a co founder of PLUG and a well known Pentaho community member. You can read his personal blog here, follow him on Twitter, or check him out on LinkedIn.

Dan will be speaking at the Pentaho London User Group at Skills Matter on the 16th October. You can register for this talk here.


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