April 9, 2010 – A report on the use of open source business intelligence software published by market research provider Aberdeen Group shows that top performing companies are significantly more effective at deploying open source BI solutions. The report, “Open Source Business Intelligence: The Cost, Utilization and Innovation Factors that Matter,” found that in best-in-class companies, 77 percent of all BI users operate in a self-service manner, with no dependence on the IT organization to help them generate reports. Within these companies, 67 percent of all BI projects were delivered on time in the last 12 months and 71 percent of all BI projects were delivered on-budget in the last 12 months.
Over 300 organizations currently using BI took part in the study, which examined how they prioritize their use of BI resources. Of those, 71 indicated they are actively using open source software as one (or more) of the primary components of their BI implementation. Thirteen of those 71 were using open source products exclusively to provide BI to their business community. The remainder used some combination of open source and traditionally licensed software or subscription based software (software as a service).
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