How has open source worked out for your consultancy since you launched OpenBI four years ago?

If anything, we might have gotten in a little early, though we've always been profitable. The industry might not have done as well as vendors want you to believe. Some of the growth numbers they provide have come over pretty poor performance, but I think they're heading toward profitability now. There was some naïveté that we'd come in and start taking business from Business Objects and Cognos and so forth, but that's only happened a little bit. After 2007, we started to see a nicely sloped increase in the use of open source business intelligence. I don't know if there's going to be a “crossing the chasm” moment, but I do see steady growth of this technology.

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