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    Default Rome (Frascati) 2011 Gathering - Talk Proposals

    Hi Guys,

    Just setting up a quick thread where people can submit proposals for talks at this years Pentaho Community Gathering in Rome (Frascati). Add stuff to this thread and we will collate them all and post the ideas on the wiki:
    http://wiki.pentaho.com/display/COM/...ascati%29+2011

    Cheers,
    Jens

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    Hi All!

    as always, I'd be thrilled to do a presentation. There's 4 things that come to mind that I think might be interesting for a pentaho meetup

    - Xmla4js updates - what has been happening with Xmla4js (not a lot, but some geeks may be interested none-the less)
    - Kettle-cookbook - status update on kettle cookbook. New features like auto-documentation of not just kettle, but an entire pentaho-solutions directory, documenting kettle solutions stored in the repository, and the road ahead.
    - Pendular, the light-weight end-user oriented front-end plugin for the pentaho bi-server
    - Datavault and anchor modeling: novel modeling methods for auditable and agile data warehousing, and the currently available open source tools

    (first three would be rather specific to pentaho; last one would be a more general overview of these emerging techniques)

    I recall that on all occassions, the talks schedule has grown pretty tight, since there seems to be an increasing number of people that have quality talks to share. In the past years I think all available time was simply divided evenly across all speakers. We can do it that way too, but maybe it would be nice to do try an alternative format. In addition to the traditional 30 to 45 minute talks, two things come to my mind:

    - ignite style talks. Format: you have 20 slides which run in autocue, and you have 5 minutes. Enlighten us, but make it brief. It works best if you have like an hour of these talks in a row (pref. a separate speaker for each). If done right, that's going to be a very inspirational and dense hour, very suitable to present an original, personal point of view on familiar topics, and also very good to introduce a novel development or idea.

    - lightning talks. Format: you have 15 minutes, up to you how many slides. This is great for product demonstrations. Still brief, but a little less fast-paced than ignite talks.

    I'd be interested to hear what other people think about these (and possible yet other alternative) formats for talks.
    (Of course if it turns out we don't have that many speakers we don't need to do it. it's just an idea for some variation).
    kind regards,

    Roland Bouman
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    Author of "Pentaho Solutions" (Wiley, ISBN: 978-0-470-48432-6)
    Author of "Pentaho Kettle Solutions" (Wiley, ISBN: 978-0-470-63517-9)

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    Given that I received quite some excitement from my JavaScript-GUI blog posting, I propose to have a short presentation about how to build a non-GWT report viewer for the platform. That may ultimately lead us to abandon the heavy weight GWT GUI for something that is extensible and smart.

    If there is any interest, I would show what interfaces the platform offers and how such a parameter UI can be built out of a string and a shoe box (shoes not included).
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    I do like the lightning talks idea...

    I presume we'll have the usual update from Julian on Mondrian 4, update from Tom/Paul on Saiku, Update from Pedro/webdetails on CDF/mozilla, Update from Matt on PDI etc etc etc?

    Who else from the Pentaho technical team are coming? Doug - any sneek peeks you can present?

    Dan

    PS And yes Taqua that does sound good! And you can rest easy this year - I've not been doing so much reporting in the last year, so wont burn your ears off quite so much with my experiences

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    i like the lightning talk idea as well. get some more people to present (or just more topics) and avoids endless presentations

    yeah, i will present saiku
    tom is doing something else.. about automated BI processes (CI, ETL via rpm's, ....)

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    I like the proposal to keep the talks shorter and concentrated - I think the presenter could decide on his/her own what format but we should ring some kind of a bell after x minutes - depending on the number of talks... some guys could get a special longer slot when they need more and we can be sure it will not getting boring :-)

    > Who else from the Pentaho technical team are coming?

    It looks like at least the following Pentaho gang will come: Doug, Julian, Thomas, Matt, Jan, Slawo, myself

    I will present how to connect Kettle with the "real world" via a hardware IO contoller: "The Kettle model train fun project"

    CU in Frascati,
    Jens

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    +1 on the lightning talks idea. I would like to present blurbs (10-15' talks) on the following topics:

    • PDI integration with Data Cleaner, state of cooperation with that project (*new*)
    • Migration of KFF into PDI 4.3 (*new*)
    • The state of dynamic ETL a.k.a. metadata injection
    • The cool state of the Single Threader step and engine.
    • Real-time data integration with PDI
    • The Transformation and Job steps (*new*)


    Pick as many as you like or combine multiples into a single 15' session.
    See you all there!

    Cheers,
    Matt

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    I like the idea of the lighting talks. (Not sure if we should include thunder speeches too however.)

    Last year there were several ideas on new 'formats'. I've written down the following proposals back then:
    - groups discussions on a specific topic (who's interested can participate)
    - a "what sucks session" (proposed by Grumpy)
    - architecture sessions around a white board

    Personally, I really look forward to the "what sucks" session from Grumpy, but I believe the other sessions could be interesting too. If we need to break up for one of these sessions, or need whiteboards and other materials, I might need to check with the hotel on space/materials, so please notify me upfront if any new format you plan to use requires specific materials.

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    Roland, I like all of your topics!

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    Webdetails crew can have a few slots, depending on the format:

    - BI firefox telemetry
    - Mobile bi
    - ctools stuff
    Pedro Alves
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