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Adopting Open Source Business Intelligence: Who, Why and How

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This is a short talk on the adoption and use of open source business intelligence software. It covers some of the rationale and benefits, where OSS BI is appropriate, and some of the challenges.

This is part of a webcast done jointly with Actuate on the Business Intelligence Network. Full audio of this presentation and Actuate's presentation on BIRT are available at

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Adopting Open Source Business Intelligence: Who, Why and How

  1. 1. Leveraging Open Source Adopting Open Source Business Business Intelligence and How? Intelligence – Who, Why Across Your Organization Mark R. Madsen – February 2009 Mark R. Madsen – February 2009
  2. 2. What’s Really Going on With Software? The Internet, providing connectivity to… Lots of demand (users), connecting to… Lots of supply: (developers), all of whom can find each other via… The Internet. In other words, the conditions of the market now enable commons- based peer production methods. Slide 2 February 2009 Mark Madsen
  3. 3. A Perfect Commodity Changes Things Open source is a means of production and distribution of software, and is driving change in the market. But the fact that the internet is a massive copying machine for the perfect commodity is the real change in conditions. The basis of open source is economics, not ideology. Slide 3 February 2009 Mark Madsen
  4. 4. Open Source Disruption “Which sector of the industry is most vulnerable to disruption by open source in the next five years?” 1. Web publishing and content management 2. Social software 3. Business Intelligence Source: North Bridge Venture Partners Slide 4 February 2009 Mark Madsen
  5. 5. Why Consider Open Source? IT is after one of three things: Slide 5 February 2009 Mark Madsen
  6. 6. Reasons for Adopting Open Source? Source: North Bridge Venture Partners Slide 6 February 2009 Mark Madsen
  7. 7. Benefits Seen After Adoption After your organization adopted open source software, what was the primary benefit of its use? Flexibility 31% Lower cost 31% Reduced dependence on vendors 15% Performance 10% Reliability 7% Security 4% Other 3% Source: The 451 Group Slide 7 February 2009 Mark Madsen
  8. 8. Who’s Adopting Open Source for BI? 1. ISVs 2. The under-budgeted 3. The under-served 4. The over-served 5. Developers who never had it before More co-existence and use in edge cases than straight replacements, and often competing with lack of use. Slide 8 February 2009 Mark Madsen
  9. 9. Adoption by Organization Size Slide 9 February 2009 Mark Madsen
  10. 10. Discontinuity Drives Open Source BI Use The situations most appropriate to open source BI tools often involve discontinuous change. • New interface requirements • New integration requirements • Platform change • Schema change • Data latency / real-time requirements • Segmenting the user population The data warehouse is becoming much more diverse – one BI vendor can no longer be expected to provide tools for all needs. Slide 10 February 2009 Mark Madsen
  11. 11. First Thought is Often “Replace” Slide 11 February 2009 Mark Madsen
  12. 12. Coexist is More Likely Than Replace Slide 12 February 2009 Mark Madsen
  13. 13. Augment is Also More Likely Slide 13 February 2009 Mark Madsen
  14. 14. Resistance: Déjà vu All Over Again Common objections: • Not professional software • Vendor viability • Lack of maturity • Lack of support • Licensing misconceptions “The greatly increased mass of participants has produced a change in the mode of participation. The fact that the new mode of participation first appeared in a disreputable form must not confuse the spectator. Yet some people have launched spirited attacks against precisely this superficial aspect.” Walter Benjamin, 1935 Slide 14 February 2009 Mark Madsen
  15. 15. Common Adoption Barriers: Procurement Open source bypasses the normal IT software discovery process. • How you learn about projects • Where you find them • How you evaluate them • How you acquire them Need to follow a structured process that differs from the standard IT process. Slide 15 February 2009 Mark Madsen
  16. 16. Common Barriers to Adoption: Legal Corporate attorneys need to learn some things too Slide 16 February 2009 Mark Madsen
  17. 17. Common Barriers to Adoption: Support OSS unbundles software licensing and support, Four models: • Unsupported • Community • Vendor • Third-party Source: The 451 Group Slide 17 February 2009 Mark Madsen
  18. 18. “When a new technology rolls over you, you're either part of Questions? the steamroller or part of the road.” – Stewart Brand Slide 18 February 2009 Mark Madsen
  19. 19. Creative Commons Thanks to the people who made their images available via creative commons: glassblower - rc toy truck.jpg - asymmetry_building_tokyo.jpg - beer_free_beer2.jpg - beer_free_beer3.jpg - condiments_salsa.jpg - london modern and ancient together.jpg - firemen not noticing fire.jpg - jkid gives finger - udges - abandoned coupe - Slide 19 February 2009 Mark Madsen