Joomla, Ozio Gallery

The main problem I have found with other photo galleries is the time response.

Ozio Gallery, finds the answer: store the images in a cloud space that offers good time response (in this case google), and visualize it on your web with this gallery.

You will have good time response, save storage, but will have to publish some pictures on a place with so many “terms of agreement”.

Electronic device storage

This summer we were visiting NYC and find this weird car.

The main sign says “Electronic device storage”, what the hell is that?

We asked the lady inside which type of service it was. Apparently the high schools do not allow the students to carry on their mobile phones. This means they have to keep their mobiles at home.


This service enables them to be connected just before to get in, and just after get out of the high school. They even have discounts if you purchase tickets for the whole month or a seasonal ticket.

Joomla, my experience 3 years later

I started using Joomla 3 years ago.

First year,

I decided using Joomla, the main reasons were: the community behind it, the capacity to have modules on top of a core engine that worked in a very stable way.

It took me a while to understand how it worked, how to manage it and how to live with the evolution of the different versions that they were coming.

Second year,

I had to upgrade from 1.5 to 2.5, as so many people of the community, I decided to build the new web page from scratch and take the opportunity to enhance things. Good things: better look&feel, real multi-language, less touch on the code, and the community grew-up.

This was easy, the challenge during this year was to try to implement VirtueMart on top of the Web. 4 months trying to do it, but we found that some of the functionality still does not cover the requirements we want for our on-line store. So we decided to use Prestashop.

Positive thing: I learned a lot about how Joomla works, and I started to investigate about the next generation of templates.

Third year,

Tablets, mobile phones have massively arrived to average consumer, and the reaction of the Joomla community is a wide number of new templates adapted for these devices: more image, different positions for the information, new look & feel, new usability rules… all under a common name: responsive design.

This response design is represented really by the Expose Framework: you have to install it to make these new generation templates work.

What about the fourth year?

The challenge is easy: migration to Joomla 3.0. I still want to work with 2.5 and wait that 3.x matures.

Talend ESB & SAP PI

I have been reading this technical note related to the integration of SAP data using open
source data integration (Talend).

The reason is because I have this situation.

We provide support to a SAP HCM system that delivers the HR processes for UK. This includes the delivery of the HMRC report (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that nowadays is delivered through SAP PI.

Our customer is reviewing the use of SAP PI and is trying to find an alternative. One of them could be Talend ESB.

My doubts are:

  1.   Is is possible to implement this conectivity with Talend ESB?
  2. If so, what are the major challenges we have to take into consideration?

I hope you someone reading this know the answer 🙂

What to Look for When Selecting a MDM solution

Are you looking for a MDM Solution? Read   this report.

Master Data Management, is a common nightmare in the companies. It is the compound of processes, applications and data that works focused on a common purpose: to have a common repository of common data to offer it the other business units and IT applications.

MDM enables the companies to create a single source of records or systems of records that prevent multiple versions of the same master data..talend_logo

Talend offers Open Source solutions, mainly in the big data sector.

I have seen the MDM solution and before of going into the solution I found  this report that reviews:

  • Business Drivers of MDM: increase revenue, reduce costs of operations, compliance commitments.
  • Next-Generation MDM: MDM as service, multi-domain solutions, cloud.
  • Keys to a Successful MDM Deployment
  • Choosing the Right Solution for MDM
I like the section where it reviews the keys to a successful MDM implementation.
  • MDM solution that can handle multiple domains on a single set of technology and hardware.
  • MDM solution that offers a broad set of data integration connectors out of the box.
  • MDM solution that offers flexible deployments, such as MDM on premises, in the cloud and as a service.
  • MDM solution that supports all architectural styles: registry, consolidation, coexistence, centralized and hybrid
  • Predictable pricing and licensing model that scales as your MDM solution is rolled out.
  • MDM solution that can scale horizontally and vertically

I have installed Piwigo,piwigo_org_logo

Good points:

  • Installation and configuration is extremely easy.
  • Upload templates is easy.
  • Generate content is also very intuitive.

Bad points:

  • The time response is not good. The issue is not Piwigo, I would point to the hosting service I have for that, but this is a relevant point for an user visiting the pictures gallery.
  • The look & feel of the templates does not belong to the latest generation of web, and for the look we are required we need to perform it with a better look.

I see it is a good tool, but not for the special needs I have 🙁

Eat your own dogfood

I was reading an article about Jeff Bezos and it contained a link to this article from a ex-amazon employee now working for Google.

I find it very interesting, starting from the culture differences both companies have, going them through some complexities that SOA represents for the big corporations implementing it, and finally a very good review of the platforms and which type of ingredients they should have. The comments and opinions are so much useful.

The Golden Rule of Platforms, “Eat Your Own Dogfood”

Remote work, relationships

Since almost a year ago I work from home and travel to visit customers, this makes me be close to the customers, but for the some of the delivery teams I have lost the capacity to have face to face interaction, that now is limited to a couple of times a year.

I found this interesting analysis of the Dumbar’s number in this article. This basically confirms what I already know and feel (you need to invest more time in communications, be patient and focus more on the relationships), it just create the concept of Dumbar’s number that tries to standardize the behavior.

DunbarsNumberLooking more about the concept, I found this interesting picture done by Joe Glynn, that really contributes to visualize some more real examples with some of the communications channels almost all people use.