Business intelligence (BI) should not be restricted to the
privileged few. Through project OpenI (pronounced "open
eye"), we will drive the adoption of a powerful, open
source business intelligence platform that will enable companies
of all sizes to harness the power of their data.
BI is About Intelligence,
Goal of BI is to transform data into actionable insights.
Commercial BI tools have mainly focused on providing
a black-box infrastructure to address this need, leaving
the end users on their own to figure out how to build
intelligence, which is painfully expensive and time-consuming.
The OpenI project attempts
to open up the BI "Infrastructure" via open
source, so that solution providers can deliver "Intelligence"
without getting overwhelmed by proprietary infrastructures.
Start Simple, and Let Community
Drive the Best Solution
Since 2002, our team has been working on a BI platform with
open source components, and has leveraged thsi platform to
serve more than 50 Fortune 1000 companies to date. In 2005,
we open sourced this platform codebase as OpenI. Our hope
was (and remains) that OpenI becomes a common project where
we consolidate community efforts to build a robust BI platform,
and then build our individual intelligent applications on
top of it.
We have started simple -- the current release of OpenI
is a simple web application that does out-of-box OLAP and
RDBMS reporting. You can download
it today, deploy it on any J2EE server, and start publishing
interactive OLAP reports and dashboards from your existing
cubes right away. Future versions will include data sources
other than OLAP cubes (data mining models, web data sources,
etc.) and further advances in data visualization. We hope
an entire community will drive the future roadmap of OpenI.
Let's Roll: Proliferate Business
We believe in open source as a development model. Here is
our current work as OpenI -- download
it, modify it, add to it, embed it, praise it, criticize it
-- it's here for the community,
and we look forward to hearing
Above all, your BI projects no longer have to be constrained
by the status quo solutions from the big BI vendors. Intelligence
should be open. With OpenI, you have a choice.