Business Intelligence

Commercial Open Source Vs Proprietary Business Intelligence (BI)

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Executive Summary

Commercial Open Source Business Intelligence (COSBI) is the new tool for Business Intelligence (BI). When compared to proprietary BI, COSBI has some disadvantages. So what are the differences between COSBI and proprietary BI? COSBI applications are usually considered a disruptive technology that is unable to address the needs of a market that is not attractive to mainstream vendors. There are four primary reasons suggested in the paper for this poor technology - unable to meet market needs; an underserved market with easy adopters; a compelling business model; and an innovative engine. Because of its open source availability, COSBI has its advantages. One is the right to modify that it offers, the right to redistribute modifications, allowing developers to integrate BI into another application, and the right to use it in a manner one likes. Proprietary BI, on the other hand, is a sustaining technology. It focuses on existing customer needs. The benefits of Proprietary BI include availability of consultants and integrations for installation; an application that is tested for bugs; better features to provide for different industry requirements; and flexibility to integrate with different technologies. While COSBI also has its advantages, it comes with limitations that are preventing open source BI from being accepted into the market. Some reasons include that no one has the power to restrict how the software is used, there is no one entity on which the future of the software depends, there can always be an alternative code, and the lack of innovation.

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