Last Run before official release

Dear FreeAnalysis Fans !

Those Last 2 weeks, we have done so many things around the Freeanalysis Platform, added so many new features, and performed so many tests & debug that we are now close to release version “1.0 RC1” around mid-september.

We have added molap support using our FreeAnalysis Schema Designer, and its running pretty well. Now, developer can choose to deploy rolap or molap cubes, with an easy to use wizard interface

Also came a new version of FreeAnalysis Web, embeded into Pentaho 1.6 with Spring support to increase performance and support for Pentaho security mechanism !

And last but not the least, we have finished the migration toward Mondrian 2.3 (just when Mondrian 2.4 was released !) and clean the interface of FreeAnalysis client. Using Mondrian 2.3 provide much better performance results. Using “mondrian 2.3 + Spring 2.0 technology” on the server side turned the FreeAnalysis Platform into a powerfull Holap server, that can compete against leading commercial Olap platforms. Thanks to Mondrian great Job and thanks to BPM’s developers and testers !

Along with “1.0 RC1”, we will review the roadmap for version 2.0, forecasted in 2008. Technology is moving, and there are many subjects to include in upcoming intermediar versions. If some of you needs some features, it’s time to write it in this post !

Have Fun !

Patrick

2 years now !

Its been 2 years that we started using the Pentaho platform, since our first mail conversation with James Dixon and Richard Daley. Evolution of the Platform is so impressionant, with the addition of ETL, Reporting and Olap engine, Datamining and recently Metadata management and Web reporting facilities.

Internally in my company, turning the activity from commercial to Open Source BI activity has lead to discovering a new world of business, a world where limits are not yet defined, but in the same time, it has also lead to some frustration for “old commercial BI consultant”. Then, over the last 2 years, the composition of our company has radically changed,
from a BI integration company into an open Source development & integration/support company. Most important is not to change our products, but rather to keep confident with the editor and to have fun in our every day job !

It is amazing to see how people have growed during those last 2 years : not only our partners, but also our old commercial BI customers and some new Open Source BI users. Implementation of an Open Source BI platform is focused on making people using the application … I may encourage readers of this blog to just review the situation of commercial BI implementation …

And we are just at the starting point of this Open Source Business Intelligence revolution … there is more to come ! new people involved in the development and promotion, integrators and users will soon join this Open Source wave. Open Source BI Platform will be soon available as ‘facilities’ … just like J2E Platform or database when Open source meet development and deployment standards

Have Fun !
Patrick