Title: Open source Business Intelligence: an alternative to proprietary tools

Authors: Jorge Bernardino; Pedro Ribeiro

Addresses: ISEC – Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Coimbra, Polytechnic of Coimbra, Rua Pedro Nunes, 3030-199 Coimbra, Portugal. ' ISEC – Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Coimbra, Polytechnic of Coimbra, Rua Pedro Nunes, 3030-199 Coimbra, Portugal

Abstract: Organisations are looking to increase revenue and improve profitability by improving efficiency and effectiveness in their business processes. Business Intelligence (BI) tools form the major components that supports and enables such competitive differentiation. Open Source BI has matured to the point where organisations can evaluate to see whether it meets basic requirements, providing a low-cost solution. Recently, Open Source BI has also been gaining attention, as users of proprietary BI applications face increasing licensing costs. This paper explores open source approach to BI, evaluating and comparing three of the most used open source BI tools: OpenI, Pentaho and SpagoBI.

Keywords: business intelligence; open source; business decision making; proprietary tools; OpenI; Pentaho; SpagoBI.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEB.2011.042543

International Journal of Electronic Business, 2011 Vol.9 No.3, pp.219 - 237

Published online: 16 Sep 2011 *

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