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Open source is becoming a required option for consideration in many enterprise software evaluations, and business intelligence (BI) isn't exempt. This blog is the interactive part of my Open Source expert channel for the Business Intelligence Network where you can suggest and discuss news and events. The focus is on open source as it relates to analytics, business intelligence, data integration and data warehousing. If you would like to suggest an article or link, send an e-mail to me at open_source_links@ThirdNature.net.

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Mark, President of Third Nature, is a former CTO and CIO with experience working in both IT and vendors, including a stint at a company used as a Harvard Business School case study. Over the past decade, Mark has received awards for his work in data warehousing, business intelligence and data integration from the American Productivity & Quality Center, the Smithsonian Institute and TDWI. He is co-author of Clickstream Data Warehousing and lectures and writes about data integration, business intelligence and emerging technology.


Sun Microsystems is hosting an Open Source Business Intelligence Summit on June 26, 2008 in Menlo Park, CA. The focus is (in general) more for the software supplier side than IT end-users.

It's a great forum for vendors to meet with open source providers and with Sun execs, as well as to understand how to develop new applications based on Open Source (and how Sun can help you work in this space).

The agenda covers the following topics:
* Open Source as an emerging paradigm
* Culture and community of Open Source and its buyers
* Open Source products and technologies from Sun
* Open Source impact in the Business Intelligence market

I'll be doing the morning keynote, which I hear will be really amazingly great. Here it is in a nutshell, so you don't have to sit through an hour and fifteen minutes of brilliant speech:

The enterprise software market is in the midst of a major structural shift.
Open source is a change in the conduct of the market – it’s not about ideology.
If we understand why this is happening, we can figure out how to respond.
The firms that develop a strategy to deal with the new market realities and open source will be the ones who make money.
The others, not so much.


Posted June 24, 2008 10:18 PM
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Did the keynote live up to your expectations?

It was so brilliant the audience had to go back to their cars to fetch sunglasses. Then Urlocker went up and made everyone else look bad.

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