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Open Source and BI

by Steve BogdonThursday, September 2, 2010

In September, Dashboard Insight will be taking another look at "open source & BI," an interesting topic we highlighted last year.

It's clear to many in the industry that an open-source approach to business software offers some compelling benefits for end users.  But what about vendors, how do they generate revenue when they give away their source code for free?  How do open-source solutions compare with commercial applications?  And are the world's largest software companies finally taking an interest in open-source BI?  Is open-source BI becoming more of a mainstream offering?

We hope to flesh out these questions and provide updated answers in September - so please join us!


Open Source For Beginners

September is open source month at Dashboard Insight and there are plans afoot to publish a variety of interesting articles related to the theme. And while we expect to receive a number of well-researched treatises related to the topic, it occurs to us that not every reader knows what open source is all about. So to help out, I'll fill this space with the absolute basics of open source software (OSS) and why it's of interest to the business intelligence community.

by: Robert Hunter, Dashboard Insight

Commercial Open Source BI Redux

One of the perils of working in the thought leadership world is that predictions can subsequently be evaluated against reality, perhaps unfavorably for the pundits. Three years ago, shortly after starting our BI services company, we put on our sage hats and looked out into the future of open source business intelligence (OSBI). In this column, we evaluate our soothsaying, while updating our hypotheses and predictions for OSBI going forward. Our “wisdom” is driven from work with the Jaspersoft and Pentaho BI platforms, the Postgres and MySQL relational databases, the Infobright and Vertica analytical databases, and the R platform for statistical computing.

by: Steve Miller & Dave Reinke, OpenBI

An Open Source Statistical “Dashboard” for Investment Performance

To me, dashboards were about sex and sizzle, about glossy 3-dimensional stacked bar charts and rotated 3-D pie charts, about dials and maps, about meters and ring charts, about gages and cockpits, and about alerts and drill-throughs – about everything that made my open source graphs seem a sickly stepchild by comparison. But my partner offered a soothing -- and important -- reminder: dashboards are less about slick graphics than they are about “effective and comprehensive performance measurement displayed in an easy-to-understand visual format.” Other things equal, high-end graphics are preferred, but effective performance communication is first and foremost.

by: Steve Miller, OpenBI

Open Source: Enterprise Solutions, Beyond The Infrastructure

A study by IDC indicated that the open source market (excluding operating systems) which generated 1.8 billion dollars in 2006 should reach 5.8 billion dollars in 2011—an annual growth of 26 percent. To compare: Gartner estimated that the portals and ERP market has a 14 percent annual growth, approximately 50 percent lower. With a 26 percent annual growth, the open source market is roughly speaking at the same level as e-pub or RFID, two particularly dynamic markets.

by: Bertrand Diard, http://www.talend.com

Open Source BI As Disruptive Technology

COSBI vendors have benefited from this symbiotic vendor-community relationship. Through the stewardship of core R&D teams, their communities provide significant contributions that include feature extensions, bug identification, platform integrations and ports, documentation and internationalization. Each vendor has also found ways to leverage related OSBI project communities to the benefit of its core platform, further amplifying the impact of this global innovation engine. Mondrian OS technology is a good example. The Mondrian development community continues to improve its core software while users benefit.

by: Steve Miller, OpenBI

Open Source Data Integration at Work in the Public Sector

The I.T. Services Department of the City of Brantford is responsible for the maintenance, integration and availability of the off-the-shelf “best of breed” systems and internally developed custom applications implemented by the City to service its citizens. The City has deployed the Avantis Enterprise Asset Management software solution, to manage asset and work order information. As part of this deployment, I.T. Services needed to integrate to Avantis data contained in disparate systems operated by the City to manage thousands of linear assets within the water distribution, sanitary and storm sewer networks. Most of this data is contained in a custom system, MIDS (Municipal Infrastructure Data Standard) which along with Avantis uses Oracle as the back-end DBMS.

by: Dashboard Insight

JasperSoft and OpenBI team up to discuss Modern Open Source Solutions - Podcast

Currently, the BI landscape is changing. Offerings are expanding to enable organizations more choices when looking to deploy a BI solution or to increase their current use of BI. Whether because of newer solutions targeted to the mid-market, new product offerings, or uncertainty based on roadmap gaps due to acquisitions, organizations are looking for alternatives to traditional BI. Extend these changes with the focus on bringing Web 2.0 concepts into the workplace, and organizations are looking for better ways to interact with their IT environment. Unfortunately for BI, ease of use was never considered one of its strong points.

by: Lyndsay Wise, WiseAnalytics

Choosing application types – the bottom line for decision makers

Business intelligence is in a state of change. The options available to organizations are diversifying, leaving decision makers confused about their way forward and how their choices will affect their overall business intelligence environment as well as their dashboard design and deployments. Decision makers are responsible for making technology and software selections without the benefit of foresight or being able to understand how their choices will affect their internal environment and their business decisions.

by: Lyndsay Wise, WiseAnalytics

One-on-One with Richard Daley - Founder and CEO, Pentaho Corp.

Dashboard Insight recently spoke with Pentaho's Richard Daley about his BI offerings, the GPL, cloud computing - and his observation that so much is going on while the Florida Gators are winning championships!

by: Karly Gaffney

The Future Of BI – Where Are We Headed?

Traditional indicators and measures of performance will also become more complex as they begin to incorporate “value” and “innovation” into their edicts. We will also start to witness BI dashboards and portals that package proactive and reactive intelligence into a new generation of “intelligence canvases,” leveraging breakthroughs in data visualization and mashboarding.

by: William Laurent, William Laurent, Inc.

The Overlap Of Social Media And The World Of Open Source

Both open source and social networking concepts are based on a similar premise: enabling end users to drive the experience either through software development and community-based exploration of continuous software improvement, or connecting through technology to produce projects, share ideas and create social environments online. Either way, as these aspects of technology become more common place within organizations, end users start to demand more from their systems and overall IT environments.

by: Lyndsay Wise, WiseAnalytics

Dashboard Insight will be adding Open Source and BI articles all month.

Please check back often.


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