Open Source Training

As some may already know, along with the development of the FreeAnalysis Platform, we are promoting the Pentaho Open Source BI platform. Pentaho is a nice platform, that embed usefull engine such as a report engine (JFreeReport, from Thomas Morgner), a rolap engine (Mondrian) and an ETL engine (Kettle, from Matt Casters).

My company is regularly organizing training sessions on the Pentaho Platform, and training became an important part of our revenus (we may have a long discussion on business models in Open Source software …). In addition, our partnership with Pentaho gave us the chance to travel in India, for example, to perform training session on behalf on Pentaho.

Last week training, a Pentaho FastTrack session in Lyon, gave us the opportunity to meet manager from Scub, an early promoter of Jonas application server. Scub is a human sized company based in Angouleme, Stephane and Juanito wanted to investigate the potentialof Open Source BI. Training session was so interesting : more than a simple Pentaho, discussion moved to Web & java development technology and framework. After some strong discussion about Framework, Stephane Traumat, from Scub make a presentation of GWT. Immediatly, Alain, our CT, just fall in love with GWT , which seems to be the answer to some of our current problem of duplicating ressources and knowledge in java and Web 2.0 worlds.

As usual, working sessions involving techy people always give so inetresting results. IT is a passion for most of us, not just a business. In 1 hour of presentation, a new technology can be found and understood by people facing the same challenge. Scub has some interesting success in using GWT for their Web 2.0 development … and Alain is now willing to rewrite FreeAnalysis Web using GWT

Have Fun !

Patrick