Continuing a trend among open source vendors to integrate their technologies, Liferay and Pentaho have signed a technology partnership that aims to provide greater interoperatibility between their respective portal and business intelligence software products.
Both companies announced this week that they are working to enhance integration between Liferay’s open source Java portal and content management technology with Pentaho’s open source BI suite.
The goal of the integration is to allow Liferay users with secure access to BI content as part of an overall enterprise portal strategy. The integration work calls for simplified configuration between the two open source code-bases, allowing more users to tap into the benefits of BI as well as integrate BI data with other enterprise content.
Integration is expected to run smoothly as both companies claim to support the JSR-168 portal integration standard.
The first phase of integration is expected to be delivered in the first-quarter of 2008.
Liferay, which is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, launched a new version of its Java portal at the beginning of this year, adding new Ajax mashup capabilities, plus links to workflow engines and enterprise service buses. The company has been in business since 2000, and its open source portal that currently draws around 40,000 downloads each month.
Orlando, Florida-based Pentaho was founded in 2002 by former executives of leading commercial software firms like IBM, Hyperion Solutions, Cognos, Oracle and SAS Institute. The company is effectively stewarding the development of a LAMP-like BI stack that pulls together a set of interoperable open source BI tools projects like JFreeReport (enterprise reporting), Mondrian (OLAP), Kettle (ETL), and Weka (data mining) into an integrated BI stack.
Last month Pentaho struck another integration partnership with San Mateo, California-based Greenplum, which has developed an open source data warehousing platform based on the Bizgres open source project.