Using Open Source Platforms for Business Intelligence

1st Edition

Avoid Pitfalls and Maximize ROI

Authors: Lyndsay Wise
Paperback ISBN: 9780124158115
eBook ISBN: 9780124158764
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 17th September 2012
Page Count: 232
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Table of Contents



SECTION 1: Introduction and market overview

Chapter 1. Introducing BI

Why is there a need for this book?

What to expect in this book

An introduction to BI

The components of business intelligence

Chapter 2. OS overview

Why understanding OS matters

A historical look at the broader OS market

The general appeal of OS

The OS market specifically

Personal thoughts about OS expansion

Chapter 3. The convergence of OS and BI

OSBI gaining popularity

The expansion of OS offerings and positioning

The unique fit of OSBI and its effects on the broader market landscape

Breakdown of OSBI technology

General considerations for organizations

Chapter 4. A look at the OSBI market


The OSBI market – a general overview

Traditional OS communities

Adopting OSBI

Why OS?

OSBI transition and the expansion of OSBI into BI

OSBI within the OS market

Where OSBI solutions will/should be in the future

Implications for businesses

SECTION 2: A deeper look at OSBI

Chapter 5. The increasing popularity of OS

A look at BI drivers

Putting it all together

Chapter 6. The differences between general OS and commercial offerings

Understanding different OS models

Looking at community and commercial OS models

OSBI models

Looking at the community/commercial focus in the broader market

The drivers of commercial OS for BI

The bottom line

Chapter 7. Business benefits and challenges of OS for BI

How business and IT approach BI

The relationship between business and IT

Are benefits and challenges different or similar for business and IT worldviews?

A look at OSBI benefits

Business benefits – a wrap-up


Open Source BI solutions have many advantages over traditional proprietary software, from offering lower initial costs to more flexible support and integration options; but, until now, there has been no comprehensive guide to the complete offerings of the OS BI market. Writing for IT managers and business analysts without bias toward any BI suite, industry insider Lyndsay Wise covers the benefits and challenges of all available open source BI systems and tools, enabling readers to identify the solutions and technologies that best meet their business needs. Wise compares and contrasts types of OS BI and proprietary tools on the market, including Pentaho, Jaspersoft, RapidMiner, SpagoBI, BIRT, and many more. Real-world case studies and project templates clarify the steps involved in implementing open source BI, saving new users the time and trouble of developing their own solutions from scratch. For business managers who are hard pressed to indentify the best BI solutions and software for their companies, this book provides a practical guide to evaluating the ROI of open source versus traditional BI deployments.

Key Features

  • The only book to provide complete coverage of all open source BI systems and tools specifically for business managers, without bias toward any OS BI suite
  • A practical, step-by-step guide to implementing OS BI solutions that maximize ROI
  • Comprehensive coverage of all open source systems and tools, including architectures, data integration, support, optimization, data mining, data warehousing, and interoperability
  • Case studies and project templates enable readers to evaluate the benefits and tradeoffs of all OS BI options without having to spend time developing their own solutions from scratch


Business Analysts, Program Managers, Project Managers, IT Managers, CFO/CTOs


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"Finally, a book focused entirely on Open Source BI (OSBI).  Lyndsay has done a great job tackling this complex subject and making it digestible by both business and IT.  She discusses the benefits and challenges to choosing OSBI compared to traditional enterprise BI software, in a fair and unbiased approach.   It’s worth reading for all those considering OSBI for all, or part of their BI architecture."

-Steve Dine, Datasource Consulting, LLC

About the Authors

Lyndsay Wise Author

Lyndsay Wise is the President and Founder of WiseAnalytics, an independent analyst firm and consultancy specializing in business intelligence for small and mid-sized organizations. For more than ten years, she has assisted clients in business systems analysis, software selection, and implementation of enterprise applications. Lyndsay conducts regular research studies, consults, writes articles and speaks about how to implement a successful BI approach and improving the value of business intelligence within organizations.

Affiliations and Expertise

President and Founder of WiseAnalytics, Toronto, CANADA