It’s always reassuring for customers to see their software vendors proverbially ‘drinking their own champagne.’ But it’s even more so when open source software is involved.
That’s what makes open source database firm MySQL AB’s internal deployment of software from Pentaho Corp interesting. Pentaho is an Orlando, Florida-based start-up that has developed a comprehensive suite of business intelligence tools and applications, covering reporting, OLAP analysis, ETL, data mining and workflow.
MySQL is using the Pentaho BI suite Professional Edition of that suite for its internal operational expense analysis. We selected Pentaho for its ease-of-use and the Excel-based access that [our users] wanted, said Steve Corey, senior director of IT for Sweden-based MySQL.
MySQL boasts over 10 million live installations worldwide. But Pentaho, which was started a couple of years ago by veterans of commercial BI firms like SAS Institute, Hyperion Solutions and Cognos, still has a long way to get even near that figure.