Integrating data with webSpoon

Presenting webSpoon: Hiromu Hota from Hitachi Vantara
Presenting webSpoon: Hiromu Hota

One of the biggest challenges for organizations in dealing with data is how to integrate the different data sources of an organization. webSpoon is a graphical interface for Pentaho Data Integration providing the same features as Spoon allowing for easy data extraction and integration. I have talked to Hiromu Hota, the developer of the web-based tool.

Who are you?
My name is Hiromu Hota. I currently live in California, USA with my wife and two sons. Since I received a Ph.D. in computer science in 2012, I’ve been working for Hitachi as a researcher. I love open-source software as a user and even more when I can contribute to it.

What is your connection to Pentaho?
Since Pentaho became a Hitachi group company, I’ve been an end-user of PDI. For the last one year, I’ve been developing new things for PDI as well as contributing to the core code.

What will your talk be about?
In the last community meeting (PCM16), I presented a web-based Spoon, called webSpoon. Over the past year, webSpoon became matured in its stability, functionality, and usability. I will talk about these technical updates, and business use cases including ones that I wasn’t aware of last year.

Why did you develop webSpoon? What are the advantages?
When I was just an end-user of Spoon, I was using one that I’d deployed to the cloud. At the beginning I connected to it via remote desktop, then switched to noVNC. With noVNC I was able to use Spoon as it were a web app, but it was not. I wanted webSpoon myself and I knew many people had longed for it too.

webSpoon is better at data security, remote use, ease of management, and cloud deployment. Even when compared to the noVNC solution, it has advantages in multi-tenancy and multi-user.

What do you expect from PCM?
I expect to obtain feedbacks from audiences, especially from those whom I barely see online. I’m also looking forward to seeing new things and meeting new people. Last but actually foremost, I expect to taste the finest German beer.