Pentaho Community Meeting 2018

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Palazzo Gnudi

Via Riva di Reno 77

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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.


The agenda will be updated continuously, so stay tuned for updates! All updates will be posted on twitter, too.

Friday, November 23 | 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

Morning keynotes:

  • Welcome speech | Stefan Müller and the orga team
  • Pentaho User Group Italia
  • The future of Pentaho in Hitachi Vantara | Pedro Alves, Hitachi Vantara
  • What's new in PDI 8.2 | Jens Bleuel, Hitachi Vantara
  • IoT and AI: Why innovation is a societal imperative | Wael Elrifai, VP for Solution Engineering - Big Data, IOT & AI, 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

  • Cracking the black box: analyzing SAP data with Pentaho | Stefan Müller, it-novum
  • openLighthouse: ITSM analytics with Pentaho | Dirk Rönsch, Senior Consultant, it-novum

Technical Track

  • 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 | Antonio Pacheco, Business Intelligence Consultant & Mihai Rizea, Business Intelligence Consultant, Ubiquis

Sunday, November 25 | Social Event

Brunch, sightseeing and... let´s see!


PCM will take place in beautiful Palazzo Gnudi in the city centre of Bologna.

Palazzo Gnudi
Via Riva di Reno, 77
40121 Bologna (BO), Italy


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!

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.

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