Open Source BI Solutions

small and medium sized companies

powered by JasperSoft, Pentaho, Talend, RapidMiner

Commercial BI solutions

  • Very expensive
  • Over serves the market
  • You donít need lots of bells and whistles
  • Most of costs are born upfront before receiving any reward
BI has been going for 15 years. The early adopters were doing it in the early Ď90s, and now everybody is starting to jump on the bandwagon. But at the same time, the people who are coming into it now, being more mainstream or even late adopters, they just want basic software that works. They donít need a lot of bells and whistles. The commercial BI vendors have over served the market. When you look at the products out there, itís just like the old spreadsheet, there are so many features that are almost never used.

Open Source BI solutions

The open source products that are out there, whether itís the databases or the integration tools or the BI tools, they donít provide as much as the big, mature, proprietary solutions, but they cover the ďgood enough.Ē They hit what 80 percent of the market needs. ďWhy do I want to spend $1,000 per seat when I can spend significantly less than that?Ē Thatís where the commoditization of the market is taking place.

Combine that with a period when everybody was slashing budgets but still had staff. They might have been putting projects on hold because they couldnít spend $100,000 on some BI tool or another database license. But they could still do the project by going ahead with open source.

Community-based open source BI solutions

  • Fairly raw
  • Aimed at a more technical developer audience
However, a lot of open source BI projects out there were fairly raw and aimed at a more technical developer audience.

Commercial open source BI

  • Addressing shortcomings of community-based open source approach
  • Consistent and enhanced user interface
  • A well-identified commercial entity standing behind rather than relying on the community alone
  • Offering advanced services or additional features to those users who buy
About three to five years ago, venture capitalists discovered this part of the market and started investing money in commercial open source providers. These providers were the ones to address the shortcomings of the community-based open source approach, consistency of user interface and so on.