I consider myself very lucky to have spent last week in the beautiful village of Sintra, Portugal for Pentaho’s Regional Partner Summit followed by the Pentaho Community Meeting. Over four days our bright, enthusiastic partners and community developers animated the romantic Portuguese scenery. If anyone thought that analytics and romance might be incompatible, they were definitely proven wrong!
Over the first two days more than forty Pentaho partners from around the globe including Australia, Brazil and the Norwegian fjords came together in the Tivoli Hotel to network, share their experiences and gather insights from Pentaho folks onsite.
Big data has injected new vitality to the business analytics space, providing major new opportunities for our partners. An informal survey we carried out at the summit indicates that about 20 percent of our partners are already working on big data deployments.
To help our partners maximize and monetize big data opportunities, the Summit included sales and technical training sessions focusing on different aspects of the big data ecosystem. For example, Steve Jenkins of MapR and Luca Olivari of MongoDB explained how Pentaho supports these important and popular big data technologies. Thanks to Steve and Luca for taking the time to speak at the Summit!
Pentaho Partner of the Year Award
One of the highlights of the Pentaho Partner Summit was the Gala Diner in the Seteais Palace - a fitting place to honor the outstanding results from our partners and treat them like the royalty they are! Congratulations once again to Italy’s BNova (EMEA), Brazil’s OnCase Brazil (LATAM) and Japan’s KSK (APAC) for winning the Partner of the Year Award for their respective regions.
Here are some additional photos from the Pentaho Partner Summit and Partner of the Year Awards Dinner
After two intensive days, the Partner Summit drew to a close but the Pentaho party raged on! Most partners stayed on in Sintra to take part in the Pentaho Community Meeting, organized by our new SVP of Community, Pedro Alves and his Webdetails team. With more than a hundred participants gathered in the Pena Palace's Gardens, this was the biggest community meeting ever to take place in EMEA. It was so inspiring to learn about the many exciting projects that this vibrant community has generated.
After a fun and interesting week teaming with Pentaho spirit it’s only left for me to say a warm ‘thank you’ to everyone who attended and spoke and organized these two fantastic events. Personally, I am leaving impressed and inspired after seeing first hand the impressive projects that our partners and community are creating with Pentaho. I hope you took away new ideas, opportunities, knowledge, and perhaps even a little bit of Sintra’s romance!
Doug Johnson EVP and COO, Pentaho
Here is a growing list of recap blogs and videos from the events:
- Pedro Alves debrief: http://pedroalves-bi.blogspot.be/2013/10/pcm13-debrief.html
- Impressive trailer and videos by ADARA Projects: http://vimeo.com/channels/pcm13
- Dan Keeley or @codek1 recap on the SkillsMatter blog: http://skillsmatterblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/guest-post-pentaho-european-community-meetup/
- IT-Novum recap in German: http://www.it-novum.com/blog/zweimal-portugal-pentaho-partner-summit-und-community-meeting-in-sintra/
- Bertrand Lemaire of CIO Online recap in French: http://www.cio-online.com/actualites/lire-pcm-2013%C2%A0-pour-un-big-data-a-moindre-cout-5368-page-1.html
- Let us know of any recaps, videos, photos, blogs that we should add to this list!