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From Luke Han <luke...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Superset Proposal for Apache Incubator
Date Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:45:13 GMT
+1 binding

Love to see Superset to be new incubator project.


Best Regards!
---------------------

Luke Han

On Sun, Apr 23, 2017 at 10:53 PM, Jeff Feng <jeff.feng@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Apache Incubator Community,
>
> We have updated the Superset proposal
> <https://wiki.apache.org/incubator/SupersetProposal> (copied below) for
> Apache Incubation with an additional mentor (Luke Han -
> luke.han@apache.org),
> and would like to start a vote thread for acceptance into the incubator.
>
> Our team is excited to share Superset with the Apache community and we hope
> for the your continued support!
>
> Cheers,
> Jeff & the Superset Team
>
>
>
>
> = Superset =
>
> == Abstract ==
> Superset is an enterprise-ready web application for data exploration, data
> visualization and dashboarding.
>
> == Proposal ==
> Superset is business intelligence (BI) software that helps modern
> organizations visualize and interact with their data. Superset enables
> users explore data from a variety of databases, assemble beautiful
> dashboards and share their findings.  Superset works neatly with all modern
> SQL-speaking databases, and integrates with Druid.io to provide real-time,
> interactive, blazing fast data access to large datasets.
>
> == Background ==
> Data is mission critical. To succeed in this era, organizations need to
> provide low-friction, intuitive and interactive access to data. It is
> paramount for knowledge workers to be capable of answering their own
> questions by querying, exploring and visualizing data.
>
> The entire business intelligence industry has pivoted from a model of
> centralized top-down platforms driven by IT organizations to self-service
> analytics and agile workflows by any user.  This shift unblocks centralized
> service bottlenecks for creating data visualizations while also creating an
> environment that is iterative and fast-moving.  This means that business
> intelligence software must also be easy and delightful to use.
> Self-service analytics doesn’t mean that admin and governance features are
> not needed.
> Modern BI tools provide fine-grain access controls and auditing
> capabilities to understand how data is being used.  Superset is a solution
> that delivers on all of these vectors.
>
> The technology stack is also constantly morphing - vendors are struggling
> to provide cheap, quick and easy solutions to access data.  Business
> intelligence users are finding existing solutions lacking as these software
> products either disregard or react slowly to recent game-changing
> technologies like Druid.io, PrestoDB, Apache Drill, Apache Kylin, d3.js,
> React.js and iPython’s Jupyter for instance.
>
> == Rationale ==
> Business intelligence is more relevant today than at any other point in
> history.  Organizations are currently very limited in options for open
> source data visualization solutions, especially solutions that are both
> self-service and enterprise-ready.  Every company informing their decisions
> with data needs a BI tool.
>
> We believe that Superset will be a strong compliment to existing Apache
> Software Foundation technologies by offering scalable user interactions to
> distributed storage and computation solutions.  Users will often find that
> Superset can act as a catalyst for tooling that can visualize the byproduct
> of data and computation infrastructure.
>
> Superset has many key design elements that help fill a gap in current
> solutions for organizations:
>  * Easy, low friction access to data through a simple, web-based data
> exploration interface.  Composing charts and dashboards are intuitive.
> Eliminating the need to write code or SQL empowers anyone to use it.
>  * Access to a wide array of rich, interactive data visualization types.
>  * Enterprise-ready: Integration with different authentication mechanisms
> and granular permissions centered around actions and data access.
>  * Realtime & fast: Superset provides realtime analytics at the speed of
> thought on very large datasets when integrated with Druid.io.
>  * Broad data access: Consume data out of any SQL-speaking relational
> database.
>  * Extensible: Can be extended to talk to many noSQL databases like Apache
> Drill, Elastic Search, and other popular database engines.
>  * Fast loading dashboards with configurable web-scale caching.
>  * Plug-in framework that enables organizations to build custom analytical
> applications with new UI/UX interfaces.
>  * SQL Lab, a state-of-the-art SQL IDE that empowers SQL-speaking users
> with more flexibility.  SQL Lab integrates with the visualization engine
> seamlessly.
>
> == Initial Goals ==
> The initial goals of the Superset project are several-fold:
>  * Move the existing codebase to Apache and integrate with the Apache
> development process.
>  * Redesign the user interface and interaction model for creating
> visualizations/dashboards and connecting to data sources
>  * Build robust support for security and governance of the tool including
> popular authorization modules (including Apache Ranger and Apache Sentry)
> and a more sophisticated permissions system
>  * Grow the extensibility of the project both in terms of enhanced
> connectivity to NoSQL-based data sources and creating a plug-in framework
> that enables organizations to build custom analytical applications which
> require a new UI/UX
>
> == Current Status ==
> By many standards, Superset is already a successful open source project. As
> of March 2017, Superset is officially used in production at about a dozen
> companies, has received contributions from over one hundred contributors on
> Github, 1500+ forks, and 12k+ stars.
>
> Sizeable companies like Airbnb, Yahoo! and Hortonworks have made
> significant contributions, and expressed their commitment to the project.
> The product is feature complete and has been viable for months. It already
> serves as the main interface for consuming data at many companies of
> different sizes.
>
> While the product is usable, there’s room for improvement across the board,
> starting with providing a smoother user experience around content creation,
> making sure all features work out-of-the-box on more platforms and
> databases, providing better user training guides and videos, having a
> predictable release process, and increasing the overall quality of the
> Superset releases.
>
> === Meritocracy ===
> We plan to invest in supporting a meritocracy. We will discuss the
> requirements in an open forum. Several companies have expressed interest in
> this project, and we intend to invite additional developers to participate.
> We will encourage and monitor community participation so that privileges
> can be extended to those that contribute.
>
> === Community ===
> The need for an enterprise-ready data visualization and exploration
> platform in the open source community is tremendous.  While Superset is
> fairly well known, recognized and used within the Druid.io community,
> adoption is currently limited outside of that niche. There is a huge
> opportunity to grow the community to hundreds if not thousands of
> organizations, and we are hoping that embracing “the Apache way” will
> accelerate the growth of our community.
>
> We have already been active at seeking and inviting contributions, and are
> planning to scale the project by investing time and growing the support
> structure to grow the community.
>
> === Core Developers ===
> The initial committers for Superset include experienced full stack,
> front-end and data engineers:
>  * Maxime Beauchemin (Airbnb)
>  * Alanna Scott (Airbnb)
>  * Bogdan Kyryliuk (Airbnb)
>  * Vera Liu  (Airbnb)
>  * Jeff Feng (Airbnb)
>  * Ashutosh Chauhan (Hortonworks)
>  * Nishant Bangarwa (Hortonworks)
>  * Slim Bouguerra (Hortonworks)
>  * Priyank Shah (Hortonworks)
>  * Sriharsha Chintalapani (Hortonworks)
>  * Daniel Dai (Hortonworks)
>
> We realize that additional employer diversity is needed, and we will work
> aggressively to recruit developers from additional companies.
>
> === Alignment ===
> The initial committers strongly believe that a system for interactive
> visualization of data will gain broader adoption as an open source,
> community driven project, where the community can contribute not only to
> the core components, but also to a growing collection of connectors,
> visualizations and improving integration a all potential data sources.
> Superset already integrates closely with Apache Hive, the Hive metastore,
> as well as most SQL-speaking databases found in modern data ecosystems.
>
> == Known Risks ==
>
> === Orphaned Products ===
> Superset is a vital component for both visualizing, accessing and
> democratizing data at Airbnb.  Also at Hortonworks, Superset is a core
> component of the DataFlow product offering.  Thus, the risk of the project
> being orphaned is relatively low.  The project could be at risk if Airbnb
> changes their approach for democratizing data or if Hortonworks changes
> their strategy in the market.  In such an event, the committers plan to
> continue working on the project on their own time, thought the progress
> will likely be slower.  We plan to mitigate this risk by recruiting
> additional committers.
>
> === Inexperience with Open Source ===
> The initial committers include veteran Apache members (committers and PPMC
> members) and other developers who have varying degrees of experience with
> open source projects. All have been involved with source code that has been
> released under an open source license, and several also have experience
> developing code with an open source development process.
>
> === Homogenous Developers ===
> The initial committers are employed by Airbnb Inc. and Hortonworks. We are
> committed to recruiting additional committers from other companies.
>
> === Reliance on Salaried Developers ===
> It is expected that Superset development will occur on both salaried time
> and on volunteer time, after hours. The majority of initial committers are
> paid by their employer to contribute to this project. However, they are all
> passionate about the project, and we are confident that the project will
> continue even if no salaried developers contribute to the project. We are
> committed to recruiting additional committers including non-salaried
> developers.
>
> === Relationships with Other Apache Products ===
> To the knowledge of the Initial Committers, there are no direct competitors
> to Superset within the Apache Software Foundation.  That said, Apache
> Zeppelin is an indirect competitor, but it solves a different use case.
>
> Apache Zeppelin is a web-based notebook that enables interactive data
> analytics. It enables the creation of beautiful data-driven, interactive
> and collaborative documents with SQL, Scala and more.  Although a user can
> create data visualizations using this project, it leverages a notebook
> style user interfaces and it is geared towards the Spark community where
> Scala and SQL co-exist
>
> We look forward to collaborating with those communities, as well as other
> Apache communities.
>
> === An Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ===
> Superset is solving two huge challenges:
> The challenge of enabling every knowledge worker to make data informed
> decisions, particularly those who are not deeply skilled at writing SQL.
> The challenge of visualizing huge amounts of data interactively and in
> real-time
>
> Superset was first developed as a data visualization solution for Druid.io
> as a way to visualize billions of rows of data.  Since then, usage of
> Superset has expanded to address data visualization use cases across SQL
> speaking data sources as well.
>
> Our rationale for developing Superset as an Apache project is detailed in
> the Rationale Section.  We believe that the Apache brand and community
> process will help us attract more contributors to this project, and help
> grow the footprint of the project through usage at other organizations and
> within other applications.  Establishing consensus among users and
> developers will result in a more valuable tool for everyone.
>
> == Documentation ==
> References to further reading material:
>  * [[http://airbnb.io/superset/|Superset Documentation]]
>  * [[
> https://medium.com/airbnb-engineering/caravel-airbnb-s-
> data-exploration-platform-15a72aa610e5#.npqmmbu25|Blog
> Post:  Superset: Airbnb’s Data Exploration Platform]]
>  * [[
> https://medium.com/airbnb-engineering/superset-scaling-
> data-access-and-visual-insights-at-airbnb-3ce3e9b88a7f#.a505zvb1t|Blog
> Post:  Superset: Scaling Data Access & Visual Insights at Airbnb]]
>
> == Initial Source ==
> The origin of the proposed code base can be found at
> https://github.com/airbnb/superset.  The code base is primarily in Python.
>
> == Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan ==
> We do not expect any complications for the submission of the Superset code
> base.  Our code is already in Github and there is only a single code base.
>
> == External Dependencies ==
> List of Python packages, from the Python Package Index (Pypi):
>
>  * boto3
>  * celery
>  * cryptography
>  * flask-appbuilder
>  * flask-cache
>  * flask-migrate
>  * flask-script
>  * flask-sqlalchemy
>  * flask-testing
>  * humanize
>  * gunicorn
>  * markdown
>  * pandas
>  * parsedatetime
>  * pydruid
>  * PyHive
>  * python-dateutil
>  * requests
>  * simplejson
>  * six
>  * sqlalchemy
>  * sqlalchemy-utils
>  * sqlparse
>  * thrift
>  * thrift-sasl
>  * werkzeug
>
> List of Javascript packages, from NPM:
>  * autobind-decorator
>  * bootstrap
>  * bootstrap-datepicker
>  * brace
>  * brfs
>  * cal-heatmap
>  * classnames
>  * d3
>  * d3-cloud
>  * d3-sankey
>  * d3-scale
>  * d3-tip
>  * datamaps
>  * datatables-bootstrap3-plugin
>  * datatables.net-bs
>  * font-awesome
>  * gridster
>  * immutability-helper
>  * immutable
>  * jquery
>  * lodash.throttle
>  * mapbox-gl
>  * moment
>  * moments
>  * mustache
>  * nvd3
>  * react
>  * react-ace
>  * react-bootstrap
>  * react-bootstrap-table
>  * react-dom
>  * react-draggable
>  * react-gravatar
>  * react-grid-layout
>  * react-map-gl
>  * react-redux
>  * react-resizable
>  * react-select
>  * react-syntax-highlighter
>  * reactable
>  * redux
>  * redux-localstorage
>  * redux-thunk
>  * shortid
>  * style-loader
>  * supercluster
>  * topojson
>  * victory
>  * viewport-mercator-project
>
> == Cryptography ==
> The proposal does not include cryptographic code.
>
> == Required Resources ==
>
> === Mailing List ===
> There is a current mailing list as a Google Group “airbnb_superset” that we
> are planning on deprecating as the Apache.org become ready to serve our
> community.
>
>  * superset-private
>  * superset-dev
>  * superset-user
>
> === Subversion Directory ===
> Git is the preferred source control system.
> http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/superset
>
> == Git Repository ==
> Git is the preferred source control system, we’re assuming
> https://github.com/apache/incubator-superset based on the naming scheme
>
> == Issue Tracking ==
> JIRA Superset (SUPERSET). If possible, we’d like to use Github issues & PRs
> to manage our project as much as possible. It’s been said that there are
> ways to keep Github’s issues in sync with Jira, allowing us to get best of
> both worlds. If that is not possible, we will comply to using Jira.
>
> == Other Resources ==
> We currently use a set of Github integrated services that are free to the
> open source community, like Travis-ci, Code Climate, Coveralls,
> Landscape.io, Requires.io, david-dm and Gitter. We would like to keep using
> these services as they allow us to scale contributions and optimize our
> development flows. These services require some elevated rights on the
> Github repository in order to set up or tune and we would like for the
> committers to have the required rights.
>
>
> == Initial Committers ==
>
>  * Maxime Beauchemin <maxime.beauchemin@airbnb.com> - PPMC & Committer
>  * Alanna Scott <alanna.scott@airbnb.com> - PPMC & Committer
>  * Bogdan Kyryliuk <b.kyryliuk@gmail.com> - PPMC & Committer
>  * Vera Liu <vera.liu@airbnb.com> - Committer
>  * Jeff Feng <jeff.feng@airbnb.com> - PPMC & Committer
>  * Ashutosh Chauhan <hashutosh@apache.org> - Mentor & Committer
>  * Nishant Bangarwa <nbangarwa@hortonworks.com> - PPMC & Committer
>  * Slim Bouguerra <sbouguerra@hortonworks.com> - Committer
>  * Priyank Shah <pshah@hortonworks.com> - Committer
>  * Harsha Chintalapani <schintalapani@hortonworks.com> - Committer
>  * Daniel Dai <daijy@apache.org> - Champion & Committer
>  * Luke Han <luke.han@apache.org> - Mentor
>
> == Affiliations ==
> The initial committers are employees of Airbnb Inc. and Hortonworks.
>
> == Sponsors ==
>
> === Champion ===
> Daniel Dai <daijy@apache.org>
>
> === Nominated Mentors ===
>  * Ashutosh Chauhan <hashutosh@apache.org>
>  * Luke Han <luke.han@apache.org>
>
> === Sponsoring Entity ===
> Incubator PMC
>

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