Monthly Archives: March 2007

Meet me in San Francisco: Pentaho Training

I am going to be the instructor for the Operational Business Intelligence course in April.  This particular course digs into the reporting tools, scheduling, processes, design, etc.  Basically, everything you need to build a reporting-centric solution using Pentaho.

Operational Business Intelligence – San Francisco, CA

303 Twin Dolphins Drive
Suite 600
Redwood City, CA  94065
Monday, April 23, 2007 – Thursday, April 26, 2007

I’m curious: if you signup for the course having learnt about it here, put in the notes that was the case.  I’ll bring a special Pentaho shwag gift to anyone who signs up from this blog readership in the next two weeks!

PS – I know I know.  Redwood City isn’t technically SFO but … whatever!

Honest Reflection: Am I done blogging?

Has anyone ever experienced “Bloggers Block?”  You know, where you have plenty of things to write about, but are unable to select a topic and put some metaphorical pen to paper?  I’ve been experiencing this since my return from extended holiday.

I arrived back and started work again at Pentaho.  There’s been a bunch of developments at Pentaho (more open source features, key customer successes, etc), there’s been some interesting open source moves (licenses, alliances, etc), some interesting BI moves (vertica, hyperion acquisition, etc).  Basically, I have a Blog Backlog of probably 25 or so juicy, page plusers.  Things I would dig into, opine about, and hopefully help disseminate some useful information.

So… What’s the problem? 

I just can’t.  I’ve sat down and I look at my blog client and I just can’t seem to pick one, and write it.  None of it seems worthy enough to be the first, or most interesting, or … Pick any reason, I’ve come up with it for why not to write on a subject. 

Now that I’ve committed the cardinal sin of Apologetic Blogging (I aboslutely HATE reading blog posts entitled:  Sorry I haven’t posted in a while) perhaps I should just turn it in.  In fact, with so many people blogging these days it’s almost refreshing to hear “I don’t blog anymore.” 

So I ask myself the question honestly: Am I done blogging?  Is it worth the time?  Is it worthwhile?  Do I receive enough enjoyment from the writing to continue?

I don’t know.  However, implicitly my next (possible) blog will answer that question, yes?

Back from Holiday

After a wonderfully refreshing extended holiday to South America, I’m back. 

I sit today in front of my laptop, looking out the window at a swarthy, rainy Seattle day.  The surprise?  I’m kind of excited to get back to work, connect up with all my coworkers/partners/customers, and check out the new Pentaho releases while I was gone (Kettle 2.4.0, yippee).

Just sooooo much to blog about!  Best get through that Inbox so I can do some real work tomorrow.  🙂