So; A few weeks ago a new meetup came on the scene, and it was briefly a bit confusing. This seemed to be an official Pentaho meetup group in London. OK, err thats odd I thought. However a bit of digging and it soon becomes clear this is a different kettle of fish.
Now; It just so happened we had actually scheduled (albeit not published) The next PLUG in January, and as it turned out they moved Challenge big data so as not to clash with #PCM15. So partly this was my fault for not promoting the January booking.
Anyway the big question is – can these two groups co-exist? Well yes I think so. Should they have both been done under the “plug” banner, probably yes. I think if you’re looking for a meetup group then having 2 in the same area will be confusing. However as long as we’re clear with content, target audience and dates I don’t see a problem here. And that’s the key thing – the target audience between PLUG and challenge big data is different. Sure there may be some cannibalisation, but lets see.
I shall be at the challenge event, promoting PLUG 🙂 And I fully expect that cross promotion to go both ways. I’m not sure I’ll attend every challenge event – I guess I’ll be a content tart!
In the mean time, we’re still after content for the next PLUG which now moves into February – Skillsmatter have shown in the past that the sooner content is locked down the more signups and ultimately the more people attend – so this isn’t crazy to be asking for talks now. If anyone has either content requests, or a talk they wish to do then please let me know.
Oh, and by the way don’t forget to support the first Kickstarter project in #Pentaho land – Saiku Reporting – this is a very worthy project! Details here
Skillsmatter are soon going to be crowdfunding themselves – they’re after £1/2 million to further the business. Given their stunning new venue and their frankly unique business model I’m pretty sure this is going to be a great success for them. Details on crowdcube