Pentaho Data Integration

The project I am currently on is using Pentaho Data Integration (aka PDI or Kettle) to migrate data from Peoplesoft ERP (8.4 SP2) to Oracle eBusiness Suite (11.5). Notwithstanding the obvious absurdity of this move (I am a Peoplesoft person … so I am biased), the Pentaho ETL tool is proving to be truly excellent for the task at hand. Whilst the approach to this data migration is best described as “atypical”, the tool is at least making things easier than they might otherwise be.

I have used PDI on previous projects to migrate Peoplesoft data to Agresso Business World and to migrate Peoplesoft data to Peoplesoft itself – modified of course. Check out the Pentaho website for more details.




Workday Rising

I was fortunate enough to attend Workday Rising 2011 in Las Vegas last month. I managed to combine the trip with a long anticipated holiday in Vegas thanks to a very understanding partner. It was a truly excellent event that reminded me very much of Peoplesoft events in “the old days”. Same old faces in a lot of cases (and not just Dave Duffield!) but the buzz was just like the early 90’s. And as for the Workday software – it’s maturing rapidly into a real giant killer. Watch out Oracle – you are up against it! Check out more about the Workday technology stack here:

Workday Technology Stack at


Richard (Dick) Henry Evans

Placeholder article for anyone who would like what little information I have on Richard Henry (Dick) Evans who lived in Sandy, Bedfordshire. He worked at ICL in Hitchin back in the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s. His date of birth was 30 November 1949. I worked with him for a short time in the early 1990’s.

I believe he died in January 2001 in or around Bedford and was originally from Bridgwater in Somerset. He had family in Sandy but was divorced.

Death Record

Name Richard Henry Evans

Year of Registration 2001

Month of Registration January

Registration District Bedford

Registration County Bedfordshire

Date of Birth 30 November 1949

Volume Number 3091B Volume

Page B4D

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