November 2, 2005

ObjectWeb's SpagoBI for Open Source Business

Xavier MOGHRABI writes "Rome, Italy & Grenoble, France - November 2, 2005 - Two European open source leaders, Italy's Engineering Ingegneria Informatica and France's ObjectWeb, announced, the first open source suite for the development of business intelligence projects in an integrated environment.

  The new unified business intelligence platform - SpagoBI - has the potential of covering the full range of analytical tools, such as the data and metadata organization, static reporting and dimensional analysis, hidden information discovering by means of data mining techniques, the building of a structured and dynamic control suite with dashboard components.

  Business intelligence software enables executives to make better decisions by efficiently accessing and analyzing business data - for example data coming from production, marketing, finance, HR or sales departments.

  With the addition of SpagoBI to the ObjectWeb projects, the consortium complements its middleware stack for the enterprise with a business intelligence layer. SpagoBI offers the following classes of business intelligence features: data mining, QBE (query by example), OLAP (online analytical processing on dimensional analysis), reporting and dashboards. These features are all accessible in an Intranet mode, using thin web clients. SpagoBI leverages existing ObjectWeb projects such as eXo Platform (Java(tm) enterprise portal) and JOnAS (application server certified compliant with J2EE(tm) 1.4) and is in line with ObjectWeb's goal of fostering the development of an ecosystem for open source middleware.

  Engineering Ingegneria Informatica is the premier system integrator in Italy. ObjectWeb is a nonprofit consortium of companies and research organizations from around the world that develops on open source middleware.

  "Open source software will be a major accelerator for the enterprises' achievement of their mission critical business objectives," said Gabriele Ruffatti, Architecture and Consulting director of Engineering's Research & Innovation Division. "SpagoBI is a new solution in the Business Intelligence domain that, before today, was an exclusive field of proprietary solutions. By integrating SpagoBI with other ObjectWeb solutions, we expect to perfectly meet the enterprises requirements in terms of Business Intelligence."

  "ObjectWeb brings together open source players that collaborate to build an ecosystem and, beyond, to assemble a roster of enterprise grade open source middleware projects that no single organization could afford to develop," said Jean-Pierre Laisné, ObjectWeb Chairman and Linux & Open-Source Strategy Manager for Bull. "With SpagoBI ObjectWeb enters the area of open source business intelligence in a leading position. This project comes as a high-end complement of a middleware stack that stands the comparison with leading proprietary solutions."

  About SpagoBI
  SpagoBI is based on Spago, a J2EE framework for the development of web and multi-channel applications in enterprise environments, led by Engineering and hosted by ObjectWeb.

  SpagoBI offers an infrastructure supporting the analytical documents management, in terms of activities to handle their approval process, release management, parametric activation and publishing in a portal environment with the visibility based on end-user's roles.

  SpagoBI is available for download at http://spagobi.objectweb.org/ and an updated version with enriched base services is planned for the end of 2005. It is expected to include a visual building of queries, a search engine, features for managing private documents categories and more dashboard components.

  About Engineering Ingegneria Informatica
  Founded in 1980 in Padua, Engineering is the first player of the Information Technology in Italy. With more than 3,700 employees, 40 branches, including Dublin and Brussels, the Engineering group counts on Research and Innovation Division of about 200 resources. In 2003-2005, the company planned more than 40 million euro of investments in research and development activities, taking part in all major European projects of software engineering, playing a primary role within international enterprises groupings. Currently there are 20 live research projects and more than 50 domestic and international partners collaborating with Engineering in a European research context. Through the Architecture and Consulting unit, Engineering participates to the definition of innovative architectural solutions and to the development of complex projects for the public administration, finance and large companies. http://www.eng.it/

  About ObjectWeb
  Founded in 2002 by Bull, France Telecom and INRIA, ObjectWeb is a consortium of leading companies and research organizations from around the world who have joined forces to produce next generation of Open Source Middleware. ObjectWeb's goal is to provide Real-Time Enterprises with independent solutions which combine quality and robustness at the best possible performance/cost ratio. ObjectWeb targets alternative solutions to proprietary products for ebusiness, EAI, data connectivity, grid computing, and enterprise messaging. Based on Open Standards, ObjectWeb's middleware includes application servers, components, frameworks and tools. Examples of ObjectWeb's "cost killer" middleware are JOnAS - a certified implementation of the J2EE specification, JORAM JMS - a Message Oriented Middleware and Enhydra - a Java/XML Application Server. http://www.objectweb.org./

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