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David Loshin

Welcome to my BeyeNETWORK Blog. This is going to be the place for us to exchange thoughts, ideas and opinions on all aspects of the information quality and data integration world. I intend this to be a forum for discussing changes in the industry, as well as how external forces influence the way we treat our information asset. The value of the blog will be greatly enhanced by your participation! I intend to introduce controversial topics here, and I fully expect that reader input will "spice it up." Here we will share ideas, vendor and client updates, problems, questions and, most importantly, your reactions. So keep coming back each week to see what is new on our Blog!

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David is the President of Knowledge Integrity, Inc., a consulting and development company focusing on customized information management solutions including information quality solutions consulting, information quality training and business rules solutions. Loshin is the author of The Practitioner's Guide to Data Quality Improvement, Master Data Management, Enterprise Knowledge Management: The Data Quality Approachand Business Intelligence: The Savvy Manager's Guide. He is a frequent speaker on maximizing the value of information. David can be reached at loshin@knowledge-integrity.com or at (301) 754-6350.

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Even top management at open source BI companies seem to feel that the costs associated with deploying open source projects are roughly the same as going the traditional route. On the other hand, since the costs for deploying an open source solution are largely on the back-end (e.g., paying people to do things) instead of the front-end (e.g., software licensing fees), there might be a greater ability to start a BI project using open source tools than trying to justify the costs just to get to the starting gate.

However, in terms of innovation, open source projects often trail the traditional commercial tool vendors. Open source projects grow by community participation, in which lots of contributors make things happen, or through acquisition, in which components are added to the mix through negotiated deals. So while there are some benefits to starting with open source, I suspect the general process might be to migrate over time to a traditional commercial product.

Here is the challenge: I am interested in experiences using open source Business Intelligence software, good, bad, ugly, or beautiful. Feel free to email me or post directly to the blog. I am looking forward to some responses!

Posted November 15, 2006 10:34 AM
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Hi Dave,

We´ve been working with Pentaho in our company (www.stratebi.com), and we obtained several clients using it with good results.

You can check a demo in our Blog (www.TodoBI.com).
It´s in spanish, but if you like a Viewlet in english, please email us for it.


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