Big Data Without the Heavy Lifting

James Dixon (Pentaho), Chris Deptula (OpenBI)
Sponsored Session, Ballroom F
Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials.
Equipment Requirements: If you wish to participate directly in the hands-on tutorials then please bring along:

The big data world is extremely chaotic based on technology in its infancy. Learn how to tame this chaos, integrate it within your existing data environments (RDBMS, analytic databases, applications), manage the workflow, orchestrate jobs, improve productivity and make using big data technologies accessible to a much wider spectrum of developers, analysts and data scientists. Learn how you can actually leverage Hadoop and NoSQL stores via an intuitive, graphical big data IDE – eliminating the need for deep developer skills such as Hadoop MapReduce, Pig scripting, or NoSQL queries.

In this hand-on tutorial you will learn:

  • Introduction to basic data integration concepts.
  • How to use Kettle’s visual interfaces to input, output, manipulate and report on data, and orchestrate jobs, for the leading Hadoop distros including Apache Hadoop, Cloudera and MapR, as well as NoSQL databases such as Cassandra, HBase and MongoDB.
  • How to use a visual alternative to writing Hadoop MapReduce, Pig scripts, and NoSQL queries.
  • How to build hybrid systems that integrate big data environments with data marts or warehouses for high-performance interactive data discovery and visualization.
  • How to use built-in agile BI capabilities to rapidly report, visualize and explore your big data.


If you wish to participate directly in the hands-on tutorials then please bring along:

  • Mac or Windows laptop with at least 2GB RAM
  • VMWare player installed:

This session is sponsored by Pentaho

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James Dixon


As " Lord of the 1s and 0s" (CTO) at Pentaho, James Dixon is responsible for Pentaho’s architecture and technology roadmap. James has over 20 years of professional experience in software architecture, development and systems consulting. Prior to Pentaho, James held key technical roles at AppSource Corporation (acquired by Arbor Software which later merged into Hyperion Solutions) and Keyola (acquired by Lawson Software). Earlier in his career, James was a technology consultant working with large and small firms to deliver the benefits of innovative technology in real-world environments.

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Chris Deptula


Chris is a senior consultant with OpenBI responsible for assisting corporate customers integrate Pentaho solutions into their big data systems. He has 5 years of experience in business intelligence, data warehousing, and big data solutions. Prior to OpenBI Chris was a consultant with FICO implementing marketing intelligence and fraud solutions. He has a degree in Computer and Information Technology from Purdue University and is an avid skier.


  • EMC
  • Microsoft
  • HPCC Systems™ from LexisNexis® Risk Solutions
  • MarkLogic
  • Shared Learning Collaborative
  • Cloudera
  • Digital Reasoning Systems
  • Pentaho
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • Teradata Aster
  • VMware
  • IBM
  • NetApp
  • Oracle
  • 1010data
  • 10gen
  • Acxiom
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Calpont
  • Cisco
  • Couchbase
  • Cray
  • Datameer
  • DataSift
  • DataStax
  • Esri
  • Facebook
  • Feedzai
  • Hadapt
  • Hortonworks
  • Impetus
  • Jaspersoft
  • Karmasphere
  • Lucid Imagination
  • MapR Technologies
  • Pervasive
  • Platform Computing
  • Revolution Analytics
  • Scaleout Software
  • Skytree, Inc.
  • Splunk
  • Tableau Software
  • Talend

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