Announcing Kettle Community Meeting 2019

After #pcm14 and #pcm16, the Pentaho Community Meeting in 2014 and 2016, Antwerp will host the community for a third time with #kcm19. 

Just like the previous editions, #kcm19 will be on Nov 22-24 2019 at Hof Van Liere. See below for more details.  










Welcome to KCM19!

We'll add updates here as the organization of the event progresses, so keep an eye on this space. 

As has been the case for over a decade now, the Kettle Community Meeting (rebranded from Pentaho Community Meeting, see below for more information) is the annual (mostly) European event for all things Kettle and Pentaho. 

Join us for a weekend of meeting fellow Kettle users, customers, developers and architects. In return for sacrificing a weekend of family time, we'll do the best we can to offer great content and lots of socializing with like-minded people. 

Save the date!!

KCM19 will take place on: 

  • Friday Nov 22, 2019: deep dive sessions & drinks 
  • Saturday Nov 23, 2019: KCM19 presentations!  
  • Sunday Nov 24, 2019: social activity (TBD)


Registrations will open on Monday June 17th, 2019. Stay tuned! 

  • Friday, 22nd Nov, 2019: Deep Dive Sessions
  • Saturday, 23rd Nov, 2019: main KCM sessions: Register!
  • Saturday, 23rd Nov, 2019: KCM evening dinner and drinks (coming soon)
  • Sunday, 24th Nov, 2019: social activity (coming soon)

Rebranding to #KCM19 instead of #PCM19

After some long and hard discussion in the community, we decided Kettle Community Meeting better reflects the purpose of the meeting. 

The main reason for this name change is that we want to acknowledge Kettle (Pentaho Data Integration) as the main topic in recent years, and move the focus accordingly.

The 'old' PCM-format will remain largely unchanged for KCM. Most talks will be about new Kettle developments or use cases, but presentations about other components in the Pentaho-platform are just as welcome as they were before. We'll also continue to work closely with our friends at Hitachi Vantara. 

Expect to meet again with friends from previous editions, meet new people, enjoy great content and don't forget to enjoy our great Belgian beer and chocolate. 




KCM Friday Deep Dive Sessions

There will be 2 deep dive sessions on Friday evening. 
Registrations for these sessions are limited to 25 each, so be quick to reserve your seat. 
The sessions will end at around 9pm and will be hosted at (or very close to) the meetup place (bar), so there will be plenty of time left to join the rest of the KCM19 crowd  for a drink. 

Apache Beam

  • Wikipedia: Apache Beam is an open source unified programming model to define and execute data processing pipelines, including ETL, batch and stream (continuous) processing. Beam Pipelines are defined using one of the provided SDKs and executed in one of the Beam’s supported runners (distributed processing back-ends) including Apache Apex, Apache Flink, Apache Gearpump (incubating), Apache Samza, Apache Spark, and Google Cloud Dataflow.
  • Agenda: In this deep dive session, people from the Apache Beam community will guide you through the Apache Beam architecture, describe a number of use cases and will show/explain how to get started with your first data pipeline on Apache Beam.



  • Wikipedia: Neo4j is a graph database management system developed by Neo4j, Inc. Described by its developers as an ACID-compliant transactional database with native graph storage and processing, Neo4j is the most popular graph database according to DB-Engines ranking, and the 22nd most popular database overall.
  • Agenda: In this deep dive session, Tom will explain what a graph database is, how it is different from relational or other databases.
    You’ll learn about the Neo4J architecture, a number of typical use cases. Additionally, we’ll have a first glance at how Neo4J can be used to interact with Kafka and how machine learning can be applied directly on your graphs.


KCM Saturday Presentations

The full agenda will take some time to take shape. In the meantime, we'll gradually update the list of confirmed speakers and presentation topics ('T' for technical presentation, 'B' for business use cases)

  • Matt Casters (T): 
    • recent Kettle development 
    • Kettle Sucks Again! 
  • Ken Wood: Hitachi Vantara Labs updates, deep learning (and Hello Ray) demos
  • Anna Rumyantseva, Elena Salova (T): Recommendation engine in Pentaho.What's your next step? Bayes knows!
  • Beppe Raymaekers (B): Driving DI Project Success with CI
  • Jens Bleuel & Leonardo Coelho (B/T): How can a Community Member contribute to Pentaho? 
  • Announcements
  • Community Round Table 

KCM Saturday Evening Activity

  • TBD

KCM Sunday Social Event

coming soon

KCM19 Details


KCM19 will be hosted at the wonderful "Hof Van Liere": 

"The beautiful 16th-century Hof van Liere and the adjacent historic buildings, which were constructed by the Jesuits in the 17th century, are an oasis of calm in the bustling city centre.

The central Hof Van Liere, on the University of Antwerp’s Stadscampus, belongs to Antwerp’s cultural-historical patrimony. The regal building was built in 1516, commissioned by the Mayor of Antwerp at that time, Aert van Liere. Antwerp was on the threshold of its ‘golden’ 16th century, a fact that is evidenced by this beautiful building in the Brabant Gothic style."




Hof Van Liere
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerp

Getting There

  • Flying in + by train: there are connections from Brussels Airport to Antwerp Central Station every 10 to 15 minutes
  • By train:
  • By car:  there are plenty of public parkings in the Antwerp city center. They may be more or less expensive (€20-€25/day), and getting there can be a challenge. 


The name change to #KCM19 instead of #PCM19 is the perfect opportunity to tune the #KCM agenda to better reflect how the event evolved over the years. 

Exit Hackathon, Enter Deep Dive Sessions

Some great results have been achieved over the course of the 2-hour hackathon since it was introduced at #PCM14 (the first Antwerp edition). However, 2 hours barely is enough to get started on 'real' projects, let alone deliver results that can really make a difference. 

Instead of the hackathon, KCM19 will feature 2 parallel tracks of deep dive sessions.  Pre-registration will be required, watch this space for details. If taking a deep dive into new (Kettle-related) tech after a long workweek isn't your idea of fun, we'll serve a selection of our finest Belgian beers. After all, meeting up over beers has always been an important part of PCM/KCM Friday evenings. 



The hotels listed below have provided KCM group codes. Both hotels have optional reservations on these codes for 20 rooms or until mid September.  Later or additional reservations with these codes may be possible, but can't be guaranteed.

Lindner Antwerp

  • hotel website
  • cost per night (tourist tax of € 2.39 per person not included)
    • single: € 119.00
    • double: € 134.00
    • breakfast: € 23.00 per person
  • reservations via email to, please specify:
    • First + Last name
    • check in, check out date
    • number of guests/rooms
    • credit card (card number + expiry date)
    • group booking number 9467182 and name ''

Ibis Antwerpen Centrum

  • hotel website
  • cost per night (tourist tax of € 2.39 per person not included)
    • single: € 89.00
    • double: € 104.00
    • breakfast is included
  • reservations via email to, please specify:
    • First + Last name
    • check in, check out date
    • number of guests/rooms
    • credit card (card number + expiry date)
    • booking reference 'KNOW - 577889'

Quality Hotel Antwerp

  • hotel website
  • cost per night: (tourist tax of € 2.39 per person not included)
    • Superior Double (1 queensize bed): € 119.00
    • breakfast is included
  • reservation via email to, please specify:
    • First + Last name
    • check in, check out date
    • number of guests/rooms
    • credit card (card number + expiry date)
    • booking reference ''



Speaker 1

Is there a (technical and Kettle or Pentaho related) topic you're passionate about and want to present to the KCM19 audience? 

Submit your technical presentation proposal 


Speaker 2

Have you been involved in a use case that uses Kettle (or Pentaho) as one its main component and want to share your experiences with the KCM19 crowd? 

Submit your use case presentation proposal to 

PCM/KCM History

  • KCM19: Antwerp, Belgium
  • PCM18: Bologna, Italy
  • PCM17: Mainz, Germany
  • PCM16: Antwerp, Belgium
  • PCM15: London, UK
  • PCM14: Antwerp, Belgium
  • PCM13: Sintra, Portugal
  • PCM12: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • PCM11: Rome (Frascati), Italy
  • PCM10: Cascais, Portugal
  • PCM09: Barcelona, Spain
  • PCM08: Mainz, Germany