Okay then, day 3. My liver is still pretty much functioning although hopefully I can “juju deploy new-liver” on my trip back to the UK.
So what happened on day 3? Of course for those not interested in Juju there was no day 3, but for those who stuck around, hopefully they had a very benificial extra day, the consensus at the end was certainly good.
Day 3 was a morning of a couple of talks followed by 8 lightning talks(which weren’t really lightning because Marco didn’t really dare cut people off, not because he’s a wimp, but mostly because the talks were really interesting). Then we had lunch and the mandatory photograph, followed by the long awaited breakout session.
Thank god! As an app developer I’d been awaiting the breakout sessions where instead of consuming ideas and things we could/should do, I could ask questions, prod developers and everything else that comes with a breakout session. Kevin Monroe, Cory Johns, you are worth your weight in gold. The advice, hints, tips and help you offered both during the session in the afternoon but then offering to sit down in the evening and put more effort into helping me get the charm running. That shows an amazing dedication to what you do, or the most amazing salary every, but, I suspect it would be the former even if the later is also true. This afternoon we spent time writing a Pentaho Data Integration charm, which allowed me to pick the brains of the guys that know, build a layered charm that depends on stuff, auto deploys etc. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I mean this stuff is really clever once you’ev wrapped your head around the logic.
From a personal perspective, I have to thank Marco, Antonio, Jorge, Kevin, Cory, Andrew, Samuel and probably a bunch of people who I’ve forgotten and Mark Shuttleworth and Abi Birrel for both funding and organising the trip. Mark, if you want to call me to discuss BI usage and data ingress and egress, please do, you need some help! But really guys, one of the best and most hospitable events I’ve been to and hopefully I can show non sys admins and “techies” how they should be deploying data platforms.
What’s annoying is, if I had one take away from this conference, it is I would like write charms, right now. Plus get the open source business intelligence community actively involved in doing so. Sadly, I have a day job!
Tom is the founder and technical director of Meteorite.bi, a consulting company specialising in the Saiku Analytics platform. His weekly duties include BI consulting, Scala & Java programming and tinkering with System Administration frameworks. In his spare time Tom is a regular blogger and open source committer. You can read more about Tom on the Meteorite.bi blog.
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