10 reasons to launch Vanilla BI Platfom

Dear Redears,

While launching Vanilla 1.31 this week, I just think about the reasons we had to launch the Vanilla project mid-07, please find bellow some of those reasons :

1) to be in position to answer to customer’s request and provide customer with the tools they are looking for. This is the No 1 reason, and an everyday position : we are listening to our customers & partners, and are providing the solution they were looking for. Honestly, it was not possible before …

2) because European developer have interesting IT level, we proove it every day … sorry for those who think we can’t achieve a succeefull platform, you find valuable resources in Europe, as you can find also valuable resources in US or in Asia.

3) because everyone told us it’s not possible … well, this is a stupid reason, but I’ve heard this remark so many times. I send my “best wishes” to some peple who officially decided not to use Vanilla because it was a french product or because we didn’t raised funds. We understand it can upset some people to notice that without raising funds, we achieved on time the development of an Open Source BI platform, as opposed to our challengers, which raised millions of USD to promote their product.

4) to have fun in our daily job … well, trying to deploy an american marketing solution was not a must. I don’t think we have fun every day … but globally, situation is more in our hands & mind

5) to write this post … I’m not certain some people will appreciate this post …

6) to read Kris’s comments (private joke for a stupid dishonest man … see www.osbi.fr) … reaction from people from Pxxxxxx is so stupid … please MC and DN : just ignore us as you did, we understand your time is valuable and you have a lot to do …

7) to be certain not to be listed in Gartner’s annuel Quadrant (see Talend comment on Gartner) or my post on decideo. Honestly, people from Gartner … please, last year you missed the Big Crunch in commercial BI and you wrote Open Source BI was not mature enough … how can you put under silence platform such as Talend and Vanilla ?

8 to read answer to Talend post from Gartner analyst … Is this man really aware of what he wrote ? are we leaving in the same world ? For those who just read this just, please note that Pentaho and JasperSoft – 2 american companies – entered Magic Quandrant just 1 year after the launched their solution …

For Yves – to be direct  : to be in an Analyst study, it’s very easy : you just have to pay ! Either direct analysts study cost (!!!), or cross marketing … another wellknown analysis firm (not Gartner) just ask us 26K USD to have Vanilla in their “visionar” list

9) to explain the difference between beeing agressive and upset … but some people are too narrow minded to understand

10) to read your comment on this post … and write another 10 additional reasons

Have Fun !


8 Responses

  1. Congratulations!!

    You are in the right way. We´ve checked Vanilla and it goes too.

    If you come to Spain, please tell us. We´d like to collaborate or only have lunch!!

    Thanks in advance,

  2. Hello Emilio,

    We welcome everyone aboard ! Especially System Integrators willing to deploy true Open Source BI Platform instead of Stone Age First Generation BI Platform.

    You are just on time : Vanilla is getting fast & strong adoption from companies willing to deploy scalable Internet BI applications that meet developer and user’s requierement in terms of quality of interface, features & management tools,


  3. Patrick, congratulations on the launch!
    However I disagree with your point regarding the analysts. Yes, some analyst firms will ask openly for money to cover your firm, but these are not the ones that get visibility. And no, Jaspersoft and Pentaho did not enter the BI MQ after one year of being on the market. They “almost made it but not quite so” – a new category “on the egde of” the quadrant I guess!
    You don’t need to be a US company to get visibility with the analyst firms (I think I proved this point at Sunopsis, Qliktech is another example). But you need to be deployed globally, and to have enough traction. And of course, to meet their criteria (this is where I have a problem with them, as stated in my post that you reference above).


  4. Thanks Yves !

    2 french Open Source promoters talking in english, trying to break an incredible silence …

    You are right, Gartner draw a new category just for some US Open Source BI newcomers, it was a funny addon, but each company used it to promote its position.

    Beeing in MQ is not a business objective, it can help, but the price to pay is too expensive by now. Just keep in mind the time required by Sunopsis to finally enter the MQ … and Qliktech is now an American based company (not a Sweden one anymore … I may be wrong ?)

    We can discuss a long time about analyst moving criteria : they are what they are. Problem is that they may not be align with the current market situation, and they changed without notice to arrange a marketing & commercial position

    On how to be listing in an Analysis, we definitly don’t share the same vision … and vision is sometimes related to experience.


  5. […] French open source guys?), who is responsible for Vanilla, another open-source BI project. On his blog, Patrick takes out a shotgun and fires away at everything that moves, and some shrapnel came flying […]

  6. I can react to this post, which is really surprising from someone from Gartner. I read quickly your post : do you really believe what you wrote ? Well, everyone knows that Gartner missed the “big crunch” and was an advocate of commercial BI (see the URL to decideo)

    Now, I’m 100% certain we are leaving in different worlds,


  7. Bravo pour votre Vanilla ! J’ai essayé : c’est stable, rapide, utile. Je ne m’attendais pas à un si joli produit, ma surprise est à la hauteur de ma satisfaction.

    Les commentaires de frustrés, il ne faut pas y porter attention, on sait tous comment les analystes font leur commerce.

    Continuez comme ça, particulièrement en Open Source, le principal est bien la qualité du produit, pas l’enrobage marketing,


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