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Seth Grimes is an analytics strategy consultant with Alta Plana and organizes the Sentiment Analysis Symposium. Follow him on Twitter at @sethgrimes
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posted in October 2009

Commercial and Community Open Source and Pentaho BI

10/22/2009
Last week, I offered the opinion that BI software publisher Pentaho has moved beyond a commercial open source business model. While what counts most is great, affordable software, an understanding of market trends helps everyone concerned make strategic choices. In this spirit, I'll present perspectives that complement mine, from Pentaho and from the Pentaho community...

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Open Source Decision Time for Pentaho BI

10/12/2009
For BI software publisher Pentaho, the demise of as-a-service BI provider LucidEra created an opportunity that was too good to pass up. LucidEra's Clearview interface, acquired and rebranded Pentaho Analyzer, fills a product-line gap. But is Pentaho, founded as a "commercial open source" BI vendor, still defined by open source? Pentaho itself seems unsure.

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Visual BI Meets Pop Culture

10/6/2009
BI has crossed a cultural threshold. Data visualization forms have become a tool of pop culture. Witness a pseudo-infographic published in the New York Times. The BI forms are there, absent the usual, numerical BI content. "He Came, He Heard, He Shared" subverts familiar chart forms to deliver social/media commentary. It's postmodern BI...

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Recovery.gov Double Fault: Broken Data Feeds

10/2/2009
The relaunched recovery.gov site no longer supports automated data feeds. These feeds had allowed users of the 1.0 site to perform valued-added analyses, "the whole point of accountability and transparency" according one site user, who added, "from a software architecture standpoint, they seem to have missed a key principle here: backward compatibility."

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