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Silver Award:

Pentaho BI Suite Enterprise Edition

Pentaho BI Suite Enterprise Edition

Someone once said that two heads are better than one. Our Silver winner in the business intelligence and analytics category benefits from the help of a whole community -- the open source community, that is.

Pentaho's Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition is based on open source technology, meaning it can be enhanced by anybody with the know-how and the wherewithal to do so. And this business intelligence platform has comprehensive query and reporting capabilities, interactive data analysis and dashboards, and a centralized portal that brings it all together, according to Orlando, Fla.-based Pentaho.

The Pentaho User Console is a one-stop shop for users, the vendor says, with centralized access to all reports, analysis and dashboards. And we're told that its customizable, embeddable AJAX-based thin client user interface can integrate with third-party portals. Users can create, share and interact with new data and data models with just a few clicks of a mouse, the company claims.

Its Data Source Catalog gives the platform access to multiple data sources without exposing users to the underlying application server and database connections, according to Pentaho's submission form. And the company says that queries run in a snap, thanks to the platform's ability to analyze database structures and OLAP schemas.

The platform even offers a console and dashboard to let administrators monitor servers and ETL performance. Metadata management capabilities let administrators set user access and security levels at the database row level, according to the company, helping the platform support larger multi-departmental and enterprise deployments.

And because of its open source business model, Pentaho charges no software license fees, though it does charge for maintenance and support, which includes phone and Web-based support during the customer's local business hours, according to the vendor.

"Gold"-level support pricing, as Pentaho calls it, for one module (reporting, analysis, dashboards, data integration or data mining) is $11,000 per year for up to four CPUs with no user limits, according to the company. More information is available from Pentaho.

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