Open-source business intelligence solution lands at Brussels airport

By Nicola Brittain
01 Feb 2011 View Comments
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Brussels airport has replaced business intelligence (BI) systems from Oracle and IBM with an open-source solution from Pentaho.

The solution will replace reporting software from Oracle and an extraction, transformation and load tool from IBM, and is about £300,000 cheaper than comparable proprietary systems, according to the airport's operator.

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The deployment followed a two-year investigation into suitable products that saw Pentaho BI Suite Enterprise Edition tested against rival systems from IBM, SAP, Microstrategy and Information Builders.

The group said it chose Pentaho over other solutions because it was able to provide daily snapshots from its Sybase IQ data warehouse as well as consistent reporting across the company at a price far below other solutions.

The Pentaho system will provide data integration, analysis, reporting and dashboard tools. Four departments – finance, commercial, operations and ICT – will benefit from the systems "agile BI" capabilities, the airport said.

These departments will now provide daily, weekly and monthly management reporting, ad hoc analysis and dashboards, replacing Excel spreadsheets and about 200 scheduled Hyperion reports.

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