Becoming a Data Driven ${Job Name Here}

Posted May 5, 2013 By Alex

Many areas and business functions are asking how to become data driven. While there is some tailoring involved due to the specific focuses of business units and job functions, it boils down to the same principles. Understanding How The Role Fits While all data generated by a business has to move towards an Enterprise Data […]

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Building a Sharded Database Process

Posted March 20, 2012 By Alex

Being able to work with sharded databases are a snap in Pentaho Kettle once you see how to do it! This is a basic walkthrough on how to build a clustered database connection along with a partitioning schema so that queries can be executed across all of a database’s shards.

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BI is not only about business anymore, so why are we still calling it “Business Intelligence”?

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Saiku Hits 2.0 GA

Posted June 4, 2011 By Alex

The folks at Analytical Labs have released Saiku 2.0 GA!

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Overview of the May 3rd 2011 North Carolina Pentaho User Group Meeting.

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Book Review: Pentaho Kettle Solutions

Posted April 28, 2011 By Alex

Pentaho Kettle Solutions picks up where Pentaho 3.2 Data Integration: Beginner’s Guide leaves off. For ETL developers who want to have an in-depth reference to many of the more advanced features of one the leading open source data integration packages, then this is the book to read. The book focuses on the 34 ETL subsystems […]

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Saiku Analytics Pentaho BI Plugin Available

Posted April 26, 2011 By Alex

Saiku, the cool open source OLAP tool is now available as a plugin for the Pentaho BI Server. The developers need to test the code out – so go grab a copy and spin it up in a test environment. This is a great partial (soon to be full) replacement for the default JPivot in […]

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So I recently had a situation where I needed to run the same transformation over multiple database shards, which turns out to be relatively easy to do with the right mix of transformations and jobs. This post will walk through the steps needed so you can do the same thing. Go ahead and download the […]

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I recently received my pre-ordered copy of Pentaho Solutions:  Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing with Pentaho and MySQL (linky ( and felt it needed to be the first official BlueFireDS Book Review.  It is the first resource available from a third-party about the excellent BI suite Pentaho (  If you have not worked with Pentaho […]

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Propel Fans Rejoice!

Posted September 19, 2009 By Alex

So recently I posted about how symfony has made the move to officially support Doctrine as the default ORM in future releases of my favorite PHP framework.  A lot of questions were raised, mainly because even though Propel is still going to be supported by symfony, it looked like Propel was dead in the water […]

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