Gartner Predicts that Open-Source Business Intelligence Tools Production Deployments Will Grow Five-Fold through 2012

Future of BI to Be Discussed at Gartner Business Intelligence Summit 2010 in London

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Once the preserve of cashstrapped organisations, opensource business intelligence (BI) tools are becoming a mainstream deployment option for all kinds of BI usage, according to Gartner, Inc.

Gartner analysts said that while functionality is not yet on a par with large commercial platforms and is still rarely seen as an businesswide BI standard, opensource BI tool deployment is growing solidly.

"Opensource BI has seen an interesting adoption pattern over the last few years," said Andreas Bitterer, research vice president at Gartner. "Hardly any organisation looked at opensource BI until 2004, let alone deployed it to a significant number of users, but this submarket had developed nicely, having developed consistent growth rates over the last few years."

Although the average size deal for an opensource BI contract remains approximately $30,000 for a yearly subscription, some contracts repeatedly exceed $500,000 for a multiyear support subscription, which is in the same ballpark as many commercial counterparts.

Organisations pushing opensource BI adoption are often from different vertical industries than those of the mainstream commercial vendors. While the latter claim deployments in every industry, the flagship implementations are typically in Type A organisations in the financial sector and in telecommunications. Open source is more often seen in pricecontinuous midsize companies, as well as in government and the public sector, healthcare or manufacturing, and more Type B organisations with smaller budgets.

A large portion of the growth in opensource adoption is coming from the vendors' original equipment manufacturer business, which cannot be properly sized, as many independent software vendors simply use the downloadable version of the opensource BI product and add it as additional functionality in their own applications. In addition, system integrators have started to build practices around opensource technology, and they are also implementing BI platforms (mostly reports and dashboards) as part of the contracted solution.

"As you might imagine, the increasing opensource traction has not gone unnoticed by the commercial vendors. While often dismissed as being no competition, even the large established BI vendors have come up with counter measures to address the challenges from the lowercost competitors," said Mr Bitterer.

Additional information is available in the Gartner report "Open-Source Business Intelligence Tools Production Deployments Will Grow Five-Fold through 2012." The report is available on Gartner's website at http://www.gartner.com/....

Gartner analysts will provide more detailed analysis on the future of the BI industry at the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit, being held 1-2 February, at the Lancaster London. The Gartner Business Intelligence Summit offers BI solutions, advice, real and tangible strategies, cutting edge best practices, and the latest tools and technology that will help IT leaders develop a moreeffective BI strategy and improve the performance of their business. Members of the media can register by contacting Holly Stevens at holly.stevens@gartner.com. Additional information is available at www.europe.gartner.com/bi.

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