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November 12, 2009


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Frank Xavier

Dear Cindi Howson,

besides of the Pentaho BI Suite, do you also consider other open source business intelligence and predicitive analytics solutions like BIRT by Actuate, JasperSoft BI Suite, Palo by Jedox, and RapidMiner by Rapid-I in your evaluations?

RapidMiner for example provides all business intelligence steps from ETL, data integration and transformation, data mining, and predictive analysis to reporting. According to the KDnuggets.com Polls 2007, 2008, and 2009, RapidMiner is among the top 3 data mining tools worldwide and the leading open source data mining software:

Or like Ovum analysts put it: "German Rapid-I pushes open source data mining forward" (London, UK, June 2008):

Rapid-I also won the Open Source Business Award 2008 for its innovative open source business intelligence and data mining solution RapidMiner.

Thousands of users in more than 40 countries world-wide rely on RapidMiner.
Enterprise customers include companies like Allianz, Altran CIS, Cleveland Indians, comdirect bank, EADS, E.ON, GfK, Holcim, Honda, KPMG, Lufthansa, mobilkom austria, moxie interactive, ThyssenKrupp Nirosta, RWE, PepsiCo, Pervasive, Sanofi-Aventis, Siemens, T-Mobile, and many more:

Best regards,
Frank Xavier

Frank Xavier

Dear Cindi Howson,

a further note: I find the title of your post a little bit unfortunate. It is not about open source versus commercial BI. It is about open source versus closed source BI. Pentaho, Actuate, JasperSoft, Jedox, and Rapid-I all are companies with commercial interest and their offers are enterprise-quality commercial software products, even if they can be downloaded free of charge. And they all provide enterprise versions of their solutions.

These enterprise versions may be open source just like the freely available community versions. The RapidMiner Enterprise Edition for example includes the complete source code. No strings attached.

RapidMiner Download:

RapidMiner Enterprise:

So it is not open source versus commercial. It is open source and commercial. And open with no strings attached. No vendor lock-in. No proprietary limitations of the enterprise customers freedom. In short: It is about commercial open source BI.

Just my five cents... ;^)

Best regards,
Frank Xavier

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