Pentaho announced the near-term availability of Pentaho Open BI Suite 1.2, which they claim offers significant ease-of-use enhancements and the broadest open source BI offering available. Upgrades include report templates, new chart types, drag-and-drop BI workflows, and a variety of enhancements to increase administrator productivity.
Pentaho Open BI Suite 1.2 contains numerous enhancements to the Pentaho Design Studio, where administrators create and maintain BI applications. The user interface has been streamlined and now supports drag-and-drop creation of BI workflows with a new design panel that provides a graphical, flowchart-style view of BI workflows, including report bursting, business logic and more.
According to Ventana Research, “Our research shows that having a complete BI offering is the most valuable feature in an open source BI offering. Users are clearly looking for more than just reporting in open source BI offerings.”
* While Pentaho appears to be the farthest along in offering a complete BI stack, than other open source offerings, there are still no identifiable customers, let alone any proof points at enterprise scale. For customers looking for proven scalability, enterprise security and integration with enterprise applications, open source, at whatever price will not be a viable option at this point in time.