As I was packing this morning in my hotel in Orlando, I was fearing the worst. The last couple of days, it has been all over the news: again, flying across the Atlantic Ocean became more difficult because of tightend security measures in all airports.
So, being a good decent citizen, I went to the airport 3 hours early to cover for the extra wait…. only to breeze through security in less than 5 minutes. Well, I guess it was different a couple of days ago, but today there was no big queue to deal with. Then again, like Mondrian maintainer Julyan Hyde said yesterday: it probably will be busy when a couple of 747’s are ready to board…
Hey, here is the good part: FREE WLAN at Orlando International Airport! I’m writing this blog entry at the airport. Why shouldn’t I, I have more than 2 hours to waste! I ‘m really hoping the other airports will some day get their act together and also provide free Wifi.
We had a great Pentaho developer summit this week in Orlando: it’s great to see the big picture for a change. Among other things, we got status reports on what’s going on with the different tools in Pentaho. When you see the new stuff that’s in the pipeline, you can’t help but be excited about the whole thing. And apparently so are our customers, partners AND investors.
To you reader I can add, Pentaho might provide you with a great free toolset now, but wait until early next year when the next-generation of tools come about.
One of the cornerstone tools will of-course be a central meta-data repository that will combine enterprise reporting solutions, ad-hoc web reporting, etc with incredible ease of use. Especially this feature will probably cause the Pentaho toolset to get traction in enterprises even faster than it is happening today. (We’re already at around 80.000 downloads a month!!!)
I will most certainly be blogging about meta-data and related stuff in the near future as I’m sort of “hosting” the effort together with Nicholas Goodman and of-course Pentaho “Chief Geek” James Dixon (& the rest of the team)
Until next time,