Multiple commercial open source (COS) analytics software companies have changed ownership in recent months. Last fall, reporting and OLAP vendor Jaspersoft was acquired by Tibco. More recently, comprehensive BI platform vendor Pentaho was purchased by Hitachi, and Revolution Analytics, purveyor of the commercial variant of the R Project for Statistical Computing, was bought by Microsoft.

We've come a long way since my company, Inquidia, then OpenBI,  was established nine years ago as a professional service firm with a charter to implement open source BI and analytics solutions for our customers. Out of the gate, OpenBI/Inquidia enthusiastically promoted what we felt were the  benefits – low-cost, source code access, no vendor lock-in – of OS for BI/analytics.

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