According to a recent press release by Gartner they are predicting that Open-Source Business Intelligence Tools Production Deployments Will Grow Five-Fold through 2012. The question is, how significant is that given their current base?
Couple of interesting excerpts from the same:
- Although the average size deal for an open-source BI contract remains approximately $30,000 for a yearly subscription, some contracts repeatedly exceed $500,000 for a multiyear support subscription, which is in the same ballpark as many commercial counterparts.
- Open-source is more often seen in price-conscious midsize companies, as well as in government and the public sector, healthcare or manufacturing, and more Type B organizations with smaller budgets. (Type A being financial + telecommunication)
- A large portion of the growth in open-source adoption is coming from the vendors' original equipment manufacturer business, which cannot be properly sized, as many independent software vendors simply use the downloadable version of the open-source BI product.
- System integrators have started to build practices around open-source technology, and they are also implementing BI platforms
- “As you might imagine, the increasing open-source traction has not gone unnoticed by the commercial vendors. While often dismissed as being no competition, even the large established BI vendors have come up with counter measures to address the challenges from the lower-cost competitors,” said Andreas Bitterer, research vice president at Gartner.