We received some decent feedback in our discussion thread on OpenI’s future roadmap. Here’s one from “noblomov” that describes how OpenI is different from other open source BI tools and where we should focus next (we couldn’t have said it any better – so thanks!)

Hi Sandeep,
thanks for sharing with us what should be the future of Openi and giving us the opportunity to tell you and the Openi dev team what we like about Openi compared to other open source products out there, and what featuers we’d like to see in future versions.
For me there are various very interesting points about Openi compared to Pentaho :
  • Openi is pretty easy to install, where Pentaho isn’t as straightforward to my mind
  • Openi is very simple and “basic” : create reports and see them through Dashboards, where Pentaho is trying to do more things and as a result isn’t as easy to use for the end users
  • Openi offers a real BI SaaS platform, allowing several clients (different departments of the same enterprise, but also different companies) to connect to the same infrastructure, where Pentaho is a dedicated solution. This is for me the main advantage of Openi over other Open Source BI Solutions, and this is a big one.
The features I’d like to see on Openi 3.0 would mainly be :
  • allow finer control of users rights on a project. Today there are 3 users type : application admin, project admin, project user. It would be great to have optionnal settings on project admin for example, giving this profil the rights to create a limited number of accounts for its project. So an optional “accounts quota” setting would be nice.
  • As I see Openi as a great SaaS BI solution, it would be great to allow complete separation of different projects databases. Today to my knowledge the Projects in OpenI use different tables, but in the same database (same MySQL database for example). I would like to be able to define separate database for different projects, and then permit a total separation of projects datas (each project could have its own MySQL database). That would be a real plus in terms of scalability and security.
That’s my 2 cents for OpenI, which is a great BI tool.
By the way, is there any plan for a General Availability version for OpenI 2.0 ?
Cheers,
N.
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Sandeep Giri

Founder, CTO/Head-of-Products-for-Hire at OpenI, inc.
Technology executive delivering successful big data and analytics products in Marketing Automation, CRM, HR, AgTech, and healthcare research. I take product strategies and industry domain expertise honed over years, and combine them with efficiencies of open source and offshore teams. This enables launching products with 50 to 75% less costs and time to market.

I have been in the technology industry over 10 years, wearing different leadership hats in product development and management. In 2001, I co-founded a marketing analytics software company in San Francisco (Loyalty Matrix) as its CTO, and grew the company until 2007, when we were acquired by Responsys, now a part of Oracle. After that, I founded OpenI as a consulting company to help clients like Responsys Oracle, Kaspersky Labs, UCSF, and CareerBuilder with big data analytics and dashboard solutions.
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3 Comments

  1. t.g.m.

    Hi guys, first of all congrats to doing great job!
    For future roadmap I would suggest moving openi towards real enterprise-like use:
    – online dashboard, not only graph refreshing after report generation (correct me if I’m wrong)
    – dial charts for kpi indicators as mentioned above
    – better implementation of jasper reports – scheduling engine, automated emails etc.

  2. admin

    t.g.m – thanks for the feedback

    raul – pivot really looks cool, very compelling visualization. do you know more about how is it implemented? i.e. is it using SilverLight etc for front-end, SSAS back-end..? either way, I like how they are making the information more personal by clever use of images

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