5 Open Source Business Intelligence Tools
5 Open Source Business Intelligence ToolsMany companies use business intelligence software from big-name vendors like Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and SAS and/or applications from smaller BI specialists like Qlik and Tableau Software. But it's worth considering open source BI applications, which can offer low cost, ease of customization and other benefits. We've highlighted several open source business intelligence solutions - both free and commercial versions - which can be used as provided, or as base code which can be customized to suit your organization.
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It's impossible to imagine making good business decisions without the right information to back up the decision making process. Business intelligence (BI) tools help by making it easy to extract and understand the information that you need from the mass of business data that you collect and store. In other words, they can help turn piles of data into meaningful insights that help you run your business.
Because the potential business benefits of a good business intelligence tool are so great, it's not surprising that plenty of big-name vendors such as Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and SAS provide excellent proprietary business intelligence software -- though sometimes at a significant price. Less well-known companies with strong BI offerings include Panorama Software, Tableau Software and Qlik.
There are also a large number of powerful open source BI solutions - both free and commercial - which can be used as provided, or as base code which can be customized to suit your organization. These open source tools have typically been adopted by small and medium sized companies rather than large enterprises, but some are gaining acceptance in the large enterprise space.
Open source business intelligence tools are beginning to gain traction in the enterprise.