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Open Source BI as Disruptive Technology


In a 1995 Harvard Business Review article, Joseph Bower and Clayton Christensen presented an analysis of disruptive technologies that still resonates more than a decade after its publication.1 The relevance of their work is especially remarkable given the recent successes of open source (OS) technologies. This article attempts to update Bower and Christensen's arguments to include the impact of the commercial open source (COS) business model, wherein for-profit companies support, enhance, integrate and indemnify OS software using various licensing options. Our focus is on business intelligence (COSBI), drawing on experiences with the two major platform vendors, Pentaho and JasperSoft, who have demonstrated early success in the marketplace.

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