OW2 Consortium Launches Business Intelligence Initiative at Solutions Linux in Paris

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The BI Initiative will create dedicated open source implementations addressing specific needs of vertical markets. A joint effort of members and non-members of OW2, the Business Intelligence Initiative aims to develop an open-source business ecosystem. Main OW2 projects included in the BI Initiative include: SpagoBI, the Business Intelligence free platform provided by Engineering Ingegneria Informatica who is leading the Initiative, and Talend Open Studio, the ETL tool, provided by Talend, the leader in open source data integration tools.

OW2 Consortium launches a new Initiative in the Business Intelligence (BI) domain at the OW2 Conference, held at the Solutions Linux Paris trade show.

The BI Initiative will create dedicated implementations addressing specific needs of vertical markets. An OW2 Initiative is a market-driven collaborative activity undertaken to facilitate integration between OW2 projects and help build business synergies between members and non-members.

The main projects from the OW2 code base currently are: SpagoBI, the Business Intelligence free platform provided by OW2 co-founder and Strategic Member Engineering Ingegneria Informatica who is leading the Initiative, and Talend Open Studio, the ETL tool, provided by OW2 co-founder Talend, the leader in open source data integration tools.

In addition, the first participants in the Initiative include Altic, a French open source integrator, Luxembourg-based Artemis Information Management, an established leader in statistical and economic analysis, and Italian laboratories active in the datawarehouse and BI domains from the Universities of Bologna, Milan and Trento.

"This group, made up of developers, integrators, SMEs, users, and researchers, is already a good example of the network we want to develop, it will allow us to meet our goals in the different areas we are addressing". says Gabriele Ruffatti, OW2 Board member and Initiative Team Leader.

"The first of its kind in OW2 to take-off, the BI Initiative takes the Consortium up to a new level in its development." says Cedric Thomas, OW2 Consortium CEO. he adds.

About OW2
Founded in January 2007 as a result of the merger of ObjectWeb and OrientWare communities, OW2 is an independent industry consortium dedicated to developing open source code middleware and to fostering a vibrant community and business ecosystem. Building on the legacy of ObjectWeb and OrientWare, OW2 federates more than one hundred organizations and 6000 developers in Europe, Asia and the Americas. OW2 hosts some one hundred technology Projects, including Lomboz, Funambol, eXo Platorm, XWiki, SpagoBI and JOnAS. Several of these projects are combined into market-driven Initiatives, such as the ESB/SOA Initiative, the E-Goverment Initiative and the Business Intelligence Initiative, which facilitate their implementation by systems integrators, OEMs and end-users. A typical global open-source organization, OW2 aims to bring together grassroots communities across all continents through Local Chapters.

More information about OW2: http://www.ow2.org

About the BI Initiative
The OW2 Members participating in the BI Initiative are:
Engineering Ingegneria Informatica (http://www.eng.it)
Talend (http://www.talend.com)
Other participants include:
Altic (http://www.altic.org)
Artemis Information Management (http://www.artemis.lu)
DEIS-University of Bologna (http://www.deis.unibo.it)
DTI-University of Milan (http://www.dti.unimi.it)
DISI-University of Trento (http://www.disi.unitn.it)
More information on the BI Initiative: http://www.ow2.org/view/BusinessIntelligence

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