09 Mar

A.A.A.R. menu into the Alfresco header

Thank to the brand new Aikau framework in Alfresco, it has been possible to easy develop the A.A.A.R. menu directly into the Alfresco Share interface. The A.A.A.R. Alfresco menu module is tested on Alfresco 4.2.x and 5.0.x versions and it’s quite interesting to see a practical example and a useful application to a real scenario. Oh, I was forgetting… this menu is completely customizable using the share-config-custom configuration and can access to all the analytics of your A.A.A.R. installation.

You can download the AMP package here on SourceForge or take a look to the full documentation here in this page.

Last but not least, many thanks to Ole Hejlskov (https://github.com/ohej) for his great work on the tutorial about Aikau framework. And to Gabriele Columbro (http://mindthegab.com/) for his work on the Alfresco SDK and, of course, for sharing documentation about it.

10 Nov

CMIS Input plugin v1.3 for PDI v5.2… extract your data from your ECM.

PDI CMIS Input plugin

The change log page describes some more details but the most important feature is about the used of the Apache Chemistry libraries updated at the v0.12. This version is useful to support the CMIS 1.1 for Alfresco and more.

During the next hours the new version will be available in the Pentaho marketplace… stay tuned!

07 Jan

How to install Pentaho Business Analytics platform 5

In this tutorial we are going to see how to install Pentaho Business Analytics Platform 5. The so called Pentaho BI-Server 5 is the front-end tool of the Pentaho Suite that develop a pure (and complete) user interface to use all the different analytical tools developed by the Suite.

If you have a Linux based operating system or a Windows based platform, the tutorial should work in any case because, you will see, the steps are very simple and easy and not related on the platform.

This tutorial describes the default installation using the HSQL database for the security storage. If you want to know how to install it using MySql database instead, I suggest this tutorial made by David Fombella.

Prerequisites

Before start to install the Pentaho BI-Server 5 you have to check to have Java installed in you system. To check it, you have simply to execute the command below from a terminal.

java -version

If you don’t have it, below you can find a tutorial on how to install it. Please, remember that Pentaho BI-Server 5 requests Java7.

Download and install Pentaho Business Analytics Platform 5 Community Edition

After Java7 is available into your system, you have to download the Pentaho BI-Server 5 package from the official website or the sourceforge web page. In our case we are going to install the Pentaho Business Analytics 5 Community Edition.

Once the ‘biserver-ce-5.0.1-stable.zip’ file will be downloaded in the system, unzip it on the desktop or everywhere else you will like. All the Pentaho Business Analytics 5 tool is available in a folder described below:

biserver-ce

Probably you cannot believe me but this is enough to install Pentaho Business Analytics 5 into your system. 😉

First run and access to the user interface

Pentaho Business Analytics 5 is mainly a web application deployed in a tomcat servlet container. You can easily run the Pentaho Business Analytics 5, opening a terminal and executing the ‘start-pentaho’ script stored in the ‘biserver-ce’ folder (the one with the ‘sh’ extension for the Linux based operating systems and the one with the ‘bat’ extension for the Windows based operating systems).

To check what is happening to the web application, you can see at the log in the file described below.

<biserver-ce>/tomcat/logs/catalina.out

Once, the application is started, you can access to the user interface using a web browser at the link below.

http://<server>:8080/pentaho

With the Community Edition is suggested to use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome instead of MS IE Explorer (not well supported today).

To access as administrator you can use the ‘admin’ user with password ‘password’.

After the first run you are ready to use it.. for example with the A.A.A.R. solution. 😉

03 Jan

How to install Pentaho Data Integration 5 (aka Kettle)

In this tutorial we are going to see how to install Pentaho Data Integration 5. PDI 5 (called Kettle) is one of the most powerful tool of the Pentaho Suite that develop a pure (and complete) ETL tool. This tutorial is an extraction of the complete wiki section dedicated to this amazing tool.

If you have a Linux based operating system or a Windows based platform, the tutorial should work in any case because, you will see, the steps are very simple and easy and not related on the platform.

Prerequisites

Before start to install the PDI 5 (aka Kettle) you have to check to have Java installed in you system. To check it, you have simply to execute the command below from a terminal.

java -version

If you don’t have it, below you can find a tutorial on how to install it. Please, remember that PDI 5 requests Java7.

Download and install PDI 5 Community Edition

After Java7 is available into your system, you have to download the PDI 5 package from the official website or the sourceforge web page. In our case we are going to install the Pentaho Data Integration 5 Community Edition.

Once the ‘pdi-ce-5.0.1-stable.zip’ file will be downloaded in the system, unzip it on the desktop or everywhere else you will like. All the PDI 5 tool is available in a folder described below:

data-integration

Probably you cannot believe me but this is enough to install PDI 5 into your system. 😉

First run

PDI 5 tool is composed by different executables and services (Spoon, Kitchen, Pan) everyone designed for a specific purpose. To create all the configuration folders and files, you have to run the Spoon tool for the first time. Spoon is a graphical user interface that allows you to design transformations and jobs that can be run with the other Kettle tools (Pan and Kitchen). To run the spoon tool, follow the instructions described here.

After the first run you are ready to use it.. for example with the A.A.A.R. solution. 😉

03 Dec

PDI CMIS Input plugin is now compliant to Java6 and Java7

PDI CMIS Input plugin

CMIS Input plugin for Pentaho Data Integration is now compliant to Java6 and Java7. The v1.1 release, downloadable from the Pentaho Marketplace, is ready to be used with Pentaho Data Integration v4.3, v4.4 and v5.0.

Many thanks to Adrián Cadena (fugu.ec) for the contribution with the compilation of the sources and testing with Alfresco Enterprise and Community Edition.

Download CMIS Input plugin