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MuleCon2007 MuleHQ

Doug MacEachern of Hyperic and Andrew P??? of MuleSource. Hyperic is management product providing auto-inventory, deep & clean monitoring, control of servers and services, tracking of configuration changes and log events, alerting, a web-based mulit-user portal, and a scriptable CLI.

The product goals are ease of installation, maintenance, and adapting to specific needs.

Specific actions, such as vacuuming the database, can be brought into MuleHQ through its plug-in architecture.

Doug then went through a illustration depicting the Hyperic/MuleHQ inventory model, and the architectural diagram for the MuleHQ server. MuleHQ uses role-based access control. It ships with PostgreSQL, but one can use any RDBMS. Next came the architectural diagram of the MuleHQ Agent, basically a dæmon.

There are ~50 platforms supported by MuleHQ, including operating systems, web servers, virtualization servers, application servers, etc.

MuleHQ actively monitors the transport endpoints protocols.

The adaptability of MuleHQ is exemplified by the plugin development kit:

  1. JMX
  2. SNMP
  3. Windows Performance Counters
  4. SQL/JDBC
  5. SIGAR
  6. Scripting/Nagios
  7. Java

All the plug-ins use a common API, written in Java, so that the plug-in developer need not worry about which platforms will be used in their environment. There's a plug-in development resource on http://support.hyperic.com/

Doug gave a demo, showing the AJAX web-based MuleHQ UI and features. The inventory model was shown with the platform view, listing everything on the ESB, such as various OSs and databases, and the Service, which for Mule itself, showed routers, transports and endpoints.

MuleHQ is only available with a subscription.

We're blogging from MuleCon2007 throughout today and tomorrow.

Pentaho SQR for Bugzilla

Today, Pentaho launched their new open source project, Software Quality Reports (SQR) for Bugzilla. Bugzilla is a "Defect Tracking System" or "Bug-Tracking System" that allows developers to keep track of outstanding bugs in their product. We interviewed Lance Walter and Nicholas Goodman of Pentaho for this podcast to get the inside story about this new project.

Software Quality Reports for Bugzilla is the first in a series of focused solutions that Pentaho will be bringing forth in 2006 onward. SQR for Bugzilla is based upon the Pentaho Open BI Suite to provide enhanced reporting and analysis of data from Bugzilla.

Lance pointed out that one reason the first Pentaho solution was for Bugzilla is that Bugzilla has quickly achieved worldwide popularity for its rich functionality, and is used by organizations ranging from open source leaders like The Apache Project, Novell, Open Office, and Red Hat to public- and private-sector organizations including NASA, AT&T, Citigroup, GlaxoSmithKline, France Telecom, Rutgers University, Overstock.com, Siemens and more.

Nick provides a wealth of details on the uses and goals of the SQR for Bugzilla project. Bugzilla is used as a source system for the Pentaho solution, though other source systems, such as configuration management and version control, can be added. The Pentaho SQR for Bugzilla adds reports and analytical slice & dice which allow project managers, end users and developers to answer questions about bug resolution or bug burn that can not be easily answered using only Bugzilla reports. Pentaho SQR for Bugzilla is a separate project, licensed under the open source Mozilla license 1.1, and can be downloaded from Pentaho or Sourceforge.

Screen shots can be found at Sourceforge.

The Pentaho SQR for Bugzilla podcast
is approximately 40 minutes in length and 37 MB in size.

Update: You can read the full press release from Pentaho, New Open Source Project Harnesses World’s Most Popular Open Source BI Suite to Enhance Bugzilla with Reporting and Analysis.

PalmSource Open Source

PalmSource, an Access CO, LTD company, has been making several announcements in advance of their PalmSource day at LinuxWorldSF this coming Wednesday, August 16, including:

If you're at LinuxWorldSF this week, look for us [we'll be wearing black shirts with the following embroidery...

IASC InterASC TeleInterActive Embroidery
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We can talk about PalmSource and ALP, open source business intelligence, data warehousing and collaboration, or whatever else comes up. Maybe we'll even publish it as a podcast.

See you at LinuxWorld.

OSC Podcast Pentaho Overview Part 3

Welcome to the conclusion of the conversation held on March 1st with James Dixon, Chief Geek, and Lance Walter, VP of Marketing for Pentaho, Clarise Z. Doval Santos, and Joseph di Paolantonio. In this third podcast, we talked mainly about community, and how Pentaho supports its community. Community is one of the most important aspects of an open source project. And communication is the most important means of building that community. Pentaho uses their forums, analysis of the conversations going on, and email to bring the community discussion directly into the heart of Pentaho development.

James points out that, by the very nature of business intelligence, the Pentaho community comes from other businesses. Because Pentaho has built a stack through cooperation with other BI open source projects, there is also a great deal of interaction among the members of communities from all of these projects, such as JasperSoft and Mondrian. But one incredible strength that the community brings to Pentaho is in the area of QA. Not just in bug identification and fixes to assure that the code conforms to specifications, but in contributing real-life use cases so that the specifications conform to real business needs and satisfies the users. Pentaho can release a version or module and begin getting feedback by the next day.

Another interesting difference between open source and proprietary software, is that a project can finish in open source. There doesn't exist the need to continually push our new, and possibly unneeded features, that exists in proprietary software, as the revenue stream for open source isn't dependent on forced upgrade license fees. In open source, when the community has determined that the project meets the needs, there are no more contributions. The project may not be releasing new code, but is far from dead. It has reached the required state of usefullness, and meets the users' needs.

Lance appreciates both the feedback, as well as the ability to turn-around the product rapidly, with freedom from the giant 18-month release cycles. Lance also discusses the training that Pentaho is making available through WebEx and other training plans. Sign up at:

https://pentaho.webex.com/pentaho

Pentaho Overview, Part 3

This podcast is about 26 minutes long.

Don't miss the other two parts of this conversation: Part 1 and Part 2.

We would like to thank DOVAL for permission to use excerpts from his hit single "Love Lost" for our opening and closing tracks.

OSC Podcast Pentaho Overview Part 2

Continuing our conversation with James Dixon and Lance Walter of Pentaho, we explore open source licensing, advantages and challenges. We talk about the needs of the users, and the drivers for open source business intelligence. One observation from James and Lance is that the professional business models that have recently come about for open source projects has provided the framework for open source enterprise applications to be developed. Some topics we covered:

  • The complexity and challenges of bringing together different open source projects into the Pentaho suite or stack, with different license types.
  • Current legal status of open source licenses
  • Motivators for developers to consider open source
  • Adoption of Open Source in the enterprise space
  • The growth of Business Intelligence overall
  • Open Source facilitates BI prototyping, customization, implementations and acceptance
  • Making BI transparent

Pentaho Overview, Part 2

Don't miss Part 1 of this podcast, OSC Podcast Overview.
We expect to post the final part of this podcast on Thursday, 2006 March 09. Come back then to listen to James and Lance talk about the Pentaho Community.

Update: Part 3 is now available for download.

We would like to thank DOVAL for permission to use excerpts from his hit single "Love Lost" for our opening and closing tracks.

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At the beginning, The Open Source Solutions Blog was a companion to the Open Source Solutions for Business Intelligence Research Project, and book. But back in 2005, we couldn't find a publisher. As Apache Hadoop and its family of open source projects proliferated, and in many ways, took over the OSS data management and analytics world, our interests became more focused on streaming data management and analytics for IoT, the architecture for people, processes and technology required to bring value from the IoT through Sensor Analytics Ecosystems, and the maturity model organizations will need to follow to achieve SAEIoT success. OSS is very important in this world too, for DMA, API and community development.

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