Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pentaho Analytics with MongoDB

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I love technology partnerships. They make our lives as technologists easier by introducing the cross sections of functionality that lie just under the surface of the products, easily missed by the casual observer. When companies partner to bring whole solutions to the market, ideally consumers get more power, less maintenance, better support and lower TCO.

Pentaho recognizes these benefits, and works hard to partner with technology companies that understand the value proposition of business analytics and big data. The folks over at MongoDB are rock stars with great vision in these spaces, so it was natural for Pentaho and MongoDB to partner up.

My colleague Bo Borland has written Pentaho Analytics with MongoDB,  a book that fast tracks the reader to all the goodness at your fingertips when partnering Pentaho Analytics and MongoDB for your analytics solutions.  He gets right to the point,  so be ready to roll up your sleeves and dig into the products right from page 1 (or nearly so).  This book is designed for technology ninjas that may have a bit of MongoDB and/or Pentaho background. In a nutshell, reading the book is a straight shot to trying out all of the integration points between the MongoDB database and the Pentaho suite of products.

You can get a copy of Pentaho Analytics with MongoDB here.  Also continue to visit the Pentaho wiki, as these products move fast.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Pentaho's Women in Tech: In Good Company

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I was honored this week to be included in a a blog series that showcases just a few of the great women I work with, in celebration of International Women's Day on March 8.

Check out the series, I think you'll find the common theme in the interviews interesting and inspiring. Pass on the links if you have girls in your life that could be interested in pursuing technology as a career. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Pentaho's 12 Days of Visualizations

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If you are interested in the ultimate extendability of Pentaho's visualization layer, you'll love this fun holiday gift from Pentaho: 12 Days of Visualizations.  Check back each date marked for a new plugin that demonstrates Pentaho leveraging cool viz packages like Protovis, D3 and more.

http://wiki.pentaho.com/display/COM/Visualization+Plugins

Today's visualization: the Sunburst!




Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Resolving "AppName is damaged and can't be opened." Don't move it to the trash!

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I recently stumbled across this problem with one of Pentaho's applications. When the application was downloaded and installed on a Mac, launching the .app file resulted in "This app is damaged and can't be opened. Move to the trash".

 Relatively quickly with a few searches, we figure out that GateKeeper was the messenger, but why was she being so harsh? Our apps are unsigned (a signature improvement slated for the next release), but damaged? I was offended.

As it turns out, Apple has a decent support article that explains why you might get a "damaged..." message versus GateKeeper's standard message warning the user that the application is unsigned.

The answer to softening GateKeeper's tone (AKA getting her to only prompt with a security message rather than a "damaged" message) lies within the info.plist file within the .app. Kurtis, our .app builder, found that if he sets the following values, then the .app reverts to being a harmless unsigned .app.

<key>CFBundleSignature</key> 
<string>????</string>

I hope this solution saves someone else the heartache of deploying a"damaged" .app file.

kindest regards, 
Gretchen

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Pentaho and OpenMRS Integration

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We have a great opportunity to explore how Pentaho can provide ETL, analytics, and reporting benefits to OpenMRS, an open source medical records platform and community interested in global health care.

Check out the first projects underway, and decide if you have time to participate:

Pentaho ETL and Designs for Dimensional Modeling

Cohort Queries as Pentaho Reporting Datasource
This project still needs a lead developer; we'd like to have these projects run in tandem.

To get involved, feel free to email me directly, or contact any of the OpenMRS mentors listed in the projects.

kindest regards and in His grace,
Gretchen

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

PCM11: Continuity and Change @ Pentaho

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Last week, I enjoyed my third (of four) Pentaho Community meetup, this year held in Rome (Frascati), Italy. Jan Aertsen did a fantastic job summarizing the presentations, you can review them all here, including access to the presentation materials. At this particular juncture, I find myself in my longest commitment to a single company in my career. The entire ride has this very cool thread of continuity through tides of swift and constant change that comes with being a bleeding edge software company.

When I look back over the past seven years, many times I focus solely on Pentaho milestones and growth, the markets we've entered and enjoyed success with, the new initiatives that take hold. PCM11 gave me a look at the global reach of success that Pentaho enjoys, creating opportunity and economy beyond the bounds of the company official. This is what makes open source make sense to me. This appeals to me.

The people that make up the Pentaho community are a talented, committed group of individuals who are growing in their own endeavors, many based on the community edition of the Pentaho BI Suite of tools. Many of our community colleagues have been committed to Pentaho from the earliest releases of 2004 and 2005. Their efforts are paying off, and while Pentaho the company doesn't get everything right, we've managed to earn the respect and partnership of some incredibly driven and talented people.



Another interesting phenomena - community members becoming Pentaho employees, blurring any lines that get drawn at times between community and corporate.

From the ranks of the Pentaho community a well of talent has sprung - Slawo, Roland, Jan, Jens, and a handful of others. Pentaho is incredibly savvy in hiring from the community. Our community is the hotbed of Pentaho, DBA, big data, analytic and reporting knowledge, both from a project development perspective and from a solutions development perspective. How many software projects suffer from the writers not understanding the use cases? Not eating their own dog food? Well, the newest Pentaho developers have been at that bowl for some time, and the internal developers can help them keep that commitment with internal initiatives delivering Pentaho solution driven information.

And what of the other direction? Those leaving the formal Pentaho realm and working entirely community based? Well, that would be me. It's not like this is new news - I'm now infamous for my off-again, on-again relationship with formal employment :) Don't mistake me for irresponsible; I just have higher priorities. We all should be so blessed, right?



The great news is I also have reaped the benefits of a long series of lessons in BI, big data, analytics, reporting, visualizations, problem solving and code writing. So I take these lessons learned into the community and can begin to give back a little. To my fellow community members, to other open source projects, to Pentaho.

One project that has caught my attention is the OpenMRS project. OpenMRS is a medical records system platform widely deployed throughout the compromised countries of the world. OpenMRS is open source, and has a thriving community of developers, implementers, users and observers from well established world health organizations.

I intend to spend the last quarter of this year investigating integration points between Pentaho tooling and OpenMRS. OpenMRS could use more insight into their data; Pentaho is an excellent set of tools for turning raw data into information. I see synergies here :)

Soon, there will be a project page to stay informed if you're interested or would like to participate. I'll post back as soon as I have the leg work done. In the meantime, checkout http://www.openMRS.org. It's a very rational site that gets you up to speed quickly on the project.

Cheers & all in His grace,
Gretchen

Monday, November 15, 2010

Jimmy D. takes a look at 2010 and where Pentaho is present

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I couldn't resist re-posting this link to James' blog - these numbers are sooo exciting! More so for me since I remember when Pentaho was largely comprised of a small rented space and some beanbag chairs :)

James takes a look at 2010 and where Pentaho is present.

Kindest regards,
-G