The Pentaho Community Meeting of 2015 was held in London on the 7th of November. The conference was held at the W12 Conferences centre in West London.
Bob Kemper the executive VP of Engineering talked about the roadmap of Pentaho for next year. He talked about the take over by Hitachi Group Company and the impact on the Pentaho Software
Pedro Alves talked about the roadmap for Ctools. They want to simplify Ctools in such a way that new users can easily develop dashboards, via a Dashboard Assembler. The product relies on two main cores: PDI & the Pentaho server. The dashboard Assembler should be available in the user console. The dashboardscan be developed via a drag and drop method. The tool will be designed in such a way that the developer can easily see the result. A few steps need to be taken before they can start to build the Dashboard Assembler, among other things the documentation of Ctools need to be completed.
Pedro Vale presented some new features that are available in Pentaho 6.0.
Jens Bleuel presented new features in PDI 6.0 and how to use them. Jens gave a demo on how to use the data lineage on a fact and dimension table. In the future data lineage would be implemented in PDI.
Jens talked about Pentaho data services which are improved in the 6.0 version.
The shim configuration is also improved in the 6.0 version among other improvements such as the removal of the default generate rows transformation when executing a transformation on the carte server.
JuanjoOrtilles talked about WAQE. Juanjo made a model in de user console and via het WAQE plugin he then queried the model. WAQE is a simple console which enables the user to query the data without any knowledge about the model.
Roland BoumantalkedaboutPhase a Pentaho Analysis editor. Phase is a variety of editors: XML source, Forms, Diagrams. Phase is available via the Pentaho marketplace. Phase is an alternative for Schema Workbench. You are able to design a schema via dragging and dropping the tables, you are also able to alter the xml.
Roland introduced Xavier, an XML for Analysis Visualizer. The features of Xavier are: OLAP explorer, Pluggable, Excel export, User documentation.
Antonio GarciapresentedtheArtifactCatalog, analternative web-based user interface. The sparkle plugin allows placing any resource into one or more sections and these sections can be nested and filtered depending on the role of the user. The plugin list the files on the server. As an administrator you are able to perform quick reviews of the permissions assigned to a particular role or user. Permissions can be toggled as well.
Tom Barber talked about the Saiku 3 update. He demoed the standalone version of Saiku. The application has now a Dashboard designer embedded where you can drag and drop charts, maps and tables.
SébastianJelsch talked about the possibility to implement Mondrian to execute MDX queries on top of Apache Kylin. Apache Kylin is an Extreme OLAP Engine for Big Data. Inovex, the firm of SébastianJelsch created a Kylin dialect and optimized the Kylins JDBC driver. The dialect is tested on the current Saiku and Mondrian 4.4.
Matt Casters closed the Pentaho Community Meeting with a call to collaborate on PDI. And a cool new feature to have some sample data to test your transformation. More information can be found on his blog.