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Comparing the Cost of Business Intelligence - Proprietary Versus Open Source


It’s well known that traditional, proprietary business intelligence solutions are expensive.  Further, the lack of pricing transparency can make it difficult for users to understand just what the actual costs are, which can often lead to users buying more capabilities than they need.

It’s also known that many choose open source business intelligence software for "lower costs." But what are the real facts and does commercial open source actually matter when it comes to lowering license and support costs. How real are cost savings? How much does BI software and ongoing support actually cost?

This webcast will detail a new analyst report, Lowering the Cost of Business Intelligence with Open Source, by Mark Madsen of Third Nature research and consulting firm, which compares the software and support costs of traditional BI vendors such as IBM, Oracle and SAP with commercial open source BI from Pentaho.

Key questions answered in this webcast include:

  • What are the software and support costs for small, medium and large BI deployments?
  • What is the average cost per user based on deployment size?
  • How much does it cost to expand the use of BI to more users?
  • What are real the cost savings when using a commercial open source BI solution?

Attend this webcast to see the actual results from the report and learn how you can save on your next BI project.


Mark Madsen President, Third Nature

Mark, president of Third Nature, is a former CTO and CIO with experience working in both IT and vendors, including a stint at a company used as a Harvard Business School case study. Over the past decade Mark has received awards for his work in data warehousing, business intelligence and data integration from the American Productivity & Quality Center, the Smithsonian Institute and TDWI.

Joe Nicholson VP of Product Marketing, Pentaho

Mr. Nicholson brings over 25 years of technology and marketing management experience in a career that spans all phases of the software business. Most recently, Joe served as VP of Marketing at Trintech, having joined Trintech as part of the acquisition of Movaris in 2008. Prior to Trintech and Movaris, Mr. Nicholson was the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at DecisionPoint Software, the leader in Financial Performance Management that was acquired by Teradata in 2005.

Pentaho Corporation
Jul 13, 2010, 14:00 EDT (18:00 GMT)

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