I’m very excited about some of the work my company OpenBI, a BI consultancy focused on open source (OS) solutions, is currently doing. Over the last month or so, we’ve been collaborating with OS analytics database leader Infobright and OS BI platform vendor Jaspersoft -- with “special sauce” from the freely-available R Project for Statistical Computing -- to build an enterprise-level, cloud-based analytics demo to showcase at the upcoming MySQL User Conference.

The plan was to assemble a complete open source BI prototype – database management, ETL, query/reporting, dashboards, OLAP, and statistical models/graphics. We decided early on to use real monthly data from the Current Population Survey, and were then off to the development races. We started work on a script that included database/table definitions, ETL, and comprehensive BI and statistical back ends. We’d deploy the completed script in turn to our Amazon cloud account. No sweat I thought. We’ve honed our expertise on open source BI in the cloud. We’ve performed this drill several times already. Alas, not so fast ...

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