BI Team Blog on OSBI

Welcome to the wonderful world of OSBI [not Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation] &#59;) Our linkblog now has over 60 links to OSBI projects, and other sites. I hope that you find it useful. We'll be updating our wiki and lens on Squidoo to match it.

I just ran across the BI Team Blog from Face and Hannibal, as they "uncover open source business intelligence", discovered via Technorati. I tried to leave a comment, but I'm having this little problem.

At any rate, I've added the BI Team to our linkblog. I plan to follow along as they check out Pentaho and JasperSoft BI Solutions. Check them out.

Upadate 20070415;13h05: I had set this post up as a trackback to the BI Team, and had recieved an "OK" back from the wordpress.com server, but I see it hasn't appeared 17 hours later. /sigh Let's try again... Hmm, wordpress.com says that they already have a ping from us for that post.

My Comments Go to Dev Null

/dev/null on a *nix computer is the bit bucket, the place where things go to disappear, the black hole of the computing universe. It appears that any comments that I try to write recently just disappear. This is mostly happening with Wordpress and TypePad powered blogs, either on wordpress.com or self-hosted using the open source Wordpress blog engine. With the help of Nicholas Goodman and Gianugo Rabellino, I know that the comments are NOT going into the Akismet queue of comment spam on their sites, and Gianugo even reposted the comment that I sent to him in email "pretending" to be me by putting my name, email and URL in the appropriate fields - it went through just fine. I've even tried leaving the comment with Camino and Safari, as well as the Firefox that I normally use on my MacBookPro. I should have mentioned that Wordpress gave me an error message saying that I had left that comment already when I tried to leave the same comment with Camino after trying with Firefox. I don't think it's a cookie thing; it doesn't seem to be browser related; nor do I seem to be marked as spamming. The only other thing that I can think of is that it is somehow related to my IP address. I'll try commenting from my "south bay office". Any one with any ideas... please HELP.

Update 20070415;13h12: It seems trackbacks won't go through either, as my attempt to communicate with the BI Team blog shows.

Update 20070418;15h45: I should mention that I've had this problem in the past with TypePad blogs, such as Shel Israel's, and today with Seth Godin's.

White Bean and Ham Soup

Now that you've made many ham and swiss on rye sandwiches, ham frittatas, Denver omelettes, and whatever else, from your leftover Easter 2007 ham, and you're down to the bone, what's next?

Soup, of course

'Tis my understanding, taken from Zuppa "Soups from the Italian Countryside" warning: Amazon Link by Anne Bianchi, that there are eight types of Italian soups:

  1. Zuppa - rich and complex, usually served over a large slice of crusty bread, that has been brushed with olive oil and maybe garlic or an appropriate herb, and toasted on that side
  2. Farinate - a porridge or gruel, made from a savory, often vegetable, stock with polenta, buckwheat or farina (flour made from durum or semolina wheat, barley or farro, rice or chestnuts)
  3. Minestrone - a "big soup" with many, many ingredients [my family's minestrone is ham, cabbage, green beans, salami or pepperoni, potatoes and savories]
  4. Minestre - much like a zuppa but with rice or pasta, rather than being served over bread
  5. Brodi - a broth, possibly served over a large crouton, as with a zuppa, or croutons, or not
  6. Pancotti - bread soups
  7. Passate - purees made with a food mill
  8. Creme - cream soups

So, rather than the minestrone that my parents make, or a simple navy bean soup, here's what I'm doing with my ham bone today...

Minestrone di Castagne e Fagioli Cannellini

A big soup of chestnuts and white beans adapted from Anne Bianchi's book
  1. If using dried cannellini [small white beans] and dried, peeled chestnuts, pick over for stones, wash, and soak together overnight as usual, one pound of chestnuts and an half-cup of beans
  2. Put the ham bone and whatever meat is left into a stock or crock pot with a properly studded, sweet, yellow onion
    Onion studded with bay leaves attached using cloves
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  3. Cover the ham, bone and onion with vegetable stock; simmer for four hours
  4. Add the soaked, drained, and otherwise prepared beans and chestnuts, and simmer for two hours
  5. Add a bunch of kale, chard or spinach that has been cleaned and soaked in cold, salted water for an half-hour, two tablespoons of a soffritto made from diced onion, celery and carrot, cracked black pepper, and coarsely chopped parsley, lightly (literally boiled in oil) stewed in olive oil and butter, until the vegetables are very tender, a grind of nutmeg, crushed pepper, and salt to taste, cook another 20 minutes
  6. an half-cup of white arborio rice may also be added at the same time as the greens and spices for a very hearty soup

Serve piping hot with crusty bread and white wine and... Enjoy! :p

An Afternoon at JasperSoft

Yesterday I spent the afternoon with Andrew Lampitt, Senior Manager Business Development, Nick Halsey, VP of Marketing, and Ian Frey, Director of Product Management & Product Marketing, at JasperSoft HQ in downtown San Francisco.

We discussed a wide variety of topics such as all of our backgrounds, JasperSoft's history, strategies, and future plans. Here's a sampling of the conversation.

  • As announced in January, JasperETL is based upon Talend Open Studio. JasperSoft found Talend Open Studio to be a very mature and well-planned data integration product. While the Talend Open Studio ETL tool was only released in the latter part of 2006, it is the result of a three year R & D effort led by former Informatica and DataStage personnel system integrators [updated 20070416]. The goal of JasperETL is to provide an easy-to-use but fully featured graphical ETL tool to facilitate data integration for the Jasper BI Suite.
  • There are over l30 active projects available for download on JasperForge. According to the forge statistics, 38 are public and 93 are private. Some of these projects use JasperSoft products, some extend them, and some provide embedding or integration of JasperSoft products into other applications. This led to a discussion of the Jasper4 program vs. other adapters; JasperSoft provides the functions in a Jasper4 branded application, such as Jasper4salesforce, while adapters or other applications from the community or third-parties would not carry the Jasper4 brand. CRM is a particularly active area as exemplified by the SugarCRM adapter, the partnership with Centric [see the OSA announcement] & the previously mentioned Jasper4salesforce.
  • JasperSoft has 5000 payinq customers in 81 countries, approximately half are ISVs embedding JasperSoft capabilities into their own products, projects or offerings.
  • JasperAnalysis & JasperServer are separate projects but share the same framework, which is why they were originally released on the JasperForge as JasperIntelligence, but they are currently being branded as Jasper BI suite; Ian gave a presentation showing the architecture and roadmap.

Overall it was an informative afternoon, and we're looking forward to working more with JasperSoft BI Suite in the future.

Cotinuous Process and Code Improvement

We're constantly recreating our 6D™ project management methodology. It started with combining Clarise's software development and project management experience with my aerospace system engineering and program management experience to adopt strict project controls to modern business needs for responsive software development and system integration processes working through distributed personnel. Well, here's a quick thought... software development and deployment should move away from traditional release cycle concepts to one of continuous process/code improvement within SaaS and virtual appliance environments. No code is alpha nor beta nor production, but a continuum of changes and adaptations responding to fluctuating business needs; done within a well managed environment to prevent security errors, poor performance, "garbage out" and junk code. So as we're assuring that our 6D™ [six dimensions of a project] is in accord with the PMBoK, we'll be keeping this thought in mind as well, and let's think beyond Extreme and Agile programming and continuous process improvement for software quality.

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