OPEN SOURCE – BI

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Agenda
• What is Open Source • Inception of Open Source • Open Source BI Vendors • Advantages of Open Source BI • Disadvantages of Open Source BI

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What is Open – Source?
The term “Open Source” literally means a consortium of like minded parties (individuals or corporations) who try to come up with products/services that conforms to standards to one specific vertical sector of Software Industry Open Source doesn’t just mean that access to the code. The system must adhere to following standards • Free Redistrubution • Source Code • Derived Works • Integrity of Author’s Source Code • License must not be specific to a product.

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Inception of Open Source
“Open Source” was originally started as a concept to provide an alternative for Microsoft’s closed Source Windows Operating System and related software. “Open Source” is usually attractive to Java developers because most of the Open Source BI projects are built around Java platforms which in turn provides the developers the freedom to modify or customize the code as per the organizations requirement and needs.

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“Open Source” BI Vendor’s
• Renowned Open Source BI Vendors • Eclipse’s Business Intelligence and Reporting tool (BIRT) www.eclipse.org/birt BIRT is an open source Eclipse-based reporting system that integrates with your Java/J2EE application to produce compelling reports. • JasperSoft’s Jasper Reports www.jaspersoft.com Open Source Business Intelligence Platform for deploying open source reporting, analysis and data integration tools utilizing J2EE, Java open standards. • Pentahowww.pentaho.org Pentaho Business Intelligence provides enterprise-class reporting, analysis, dashboards, data minig, and workflow capabilities that help’s organization to operate more efficiently and effectively.

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Advantage of Open Source BI
Open Source BI is not an in-house development model, it’s an community of similar minded parties where they come up with their own ideas in order to add functionalities to the software’s existing infrastructure.
The following are the advantages of Open Source BI : • Ease of Integration • Transparent • Quick Delivery • Lower Cost of Ownership

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Disadvantages of Open Source BI
One of the major pit falls in open source tool is larger investment in component customization and after customization there arises hurdles of maintenance and support. The following are some of the negative aspects of “Open Source” BI Larger investment required in Component Customization, maintenance and support Difficult to predict the behavior of open source tools and there by it’s difficult to predict what will happen over a period of time.

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