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Jorgen Heizenberg

Return on Intelligence

I am happy to be part of the BeyeNETWORK team of thought leaders. I have a great interest in all things related to business intelligence, and I hope to blog about ways I see BI providing business value. In fact, I use a term, "return on intelligence," to describe the impact of delivering the right information, gathered from myriad sources, to a wide number of people which empowers them and their decision making.

I truly believe in the value of BI, especially in this economic downturn. If you have examples of positive return on intelligence or have topics you would like me cover, please contact me via this blog or at Jorgen.Heizenberg@capgemini.com.

About the author >

Jorgen Heizenberg currently acts as the Principal Technology Officer for the Business Intelligence (BI) domain at Capgemini in the Netherlands. He actively monitors the BI market for the impact on Capgemini and its clients. He is the author of many articles and white papers on business intelligence. Jorgen is also actively advising clients on business intelligence. Over the years, he has filled many different roles - all BI related, ranging from reporting specialist to BI strategy consultant. He has more than 10 years of experience on a operational, tactical and strategic level in planning, designing and creating management information solutions for a variety of clients and industries. He is known within the Dutch BI community for his original and often humorous approach toward BI. His ambition is to create a stronger focus on BI functionality and end-user benefits rather than on technique. You may contact him at jorgen.heizenberg@capgemini.com.  

Battle of the sexes

The renewed interest in open source Business Intelligence (Pentaho, Jaspersoft) could be considered as a clear counter reaction against the market domination due to (BI) vendor consolidation. Gartner in their 2010 Magic Quadrant BI paper come up with another explanation. They mention that ”economic conditions are driving interest in low-cost alternatives”. As a result ”organizations showed an increased willingness to consider open source for their enterprise BI platform deployments”. By the way, a lot of people think that Open Source also means for free. This is a misconception. But on the whole it does offer a lower TCO.

 Jaspersoft and Pentaho seem to be the two most likely open source BI vendors to be considered by organizations for this as their solutions seem to match those of the commercial BI vendors. Jaspersoft Enterprise Edition includes ETL capabilities from Talend but seem to be most popular for its reporting capabilities. Those capabilities include new web 2.0 functionality, drag and drop, a new meta data layer and Microsoft Windows and Office integration. Pentaho offers a more broader BI suite to its clients and has shown some cool innovations (BI for the Iphone) and strategic partnerships (Ingres, Inforbright).

So there seems to be as great potential in market growth for Open Source BI. At the one hand the industry analysts give a boost referring to the lower cost of ownership for Open Source BI and at the other hand the BI software market seems to be recovering showing a 10% growth in the Netherlands:(http://www.computable.nl/artikel/ict_topics/business_intelligence/3512364/1277145/bimarkt-is-terug-op-niveau-van-voor-de-crisis.html)

But still the battle remains and organizations feel that they have to choose between open or closed source BI, while in actuality both can coexist in any technical BI architecture.

So what is holding organizations back in the final adoption of Open Source BI? In my experience it is just fear of the unknown. What is OSBI? What can I do with it? Maybe it is time to get to know each other a bit better and start dating?


Posted September 15, 2010 1:35 PM
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