Open Source & Business

Dear Readers,

Open Source & Business is like Html5 & Web2, like Big Data & noSql : it’s compliant, it can be part of the same strategy and it can be deployed in parallel … but it can also lead to high confusion in partners’s mind (like system integrator or vc). We all wish Open Source projects – as opposed to commercial software – wont have the destiny of company like Sun or Technology like Flash (both having a strong position, before an external event killed the process)… on their way to be out of the market by an outside techy decision (ok, without html5, flash would have kept its position for a while).

2012-2013 season is a great period for Open Source Bi platform, especially for Vanilla. First months of the year, as a follow up of version 4 launch, is a crazy period for the “Team”, all the persons, developers & consultants, who worked hard to make Vanilla the de facto standard in Open Source Bi area. Bpm-Conseil – the company behind the Vanilla project – is in place to develop the project, and give insurance to legacy customers about project development.

It’s no secret I don’t understand some other said Open Source strategy, or better I claim those companies are not Open Source anymore. Turning an aggregate of various open source projects under a “certified” umbrella has nothing to do with Open Source origins … it’s just a business position, brand recognition … past has teached us it never last !

I’m happy to see our Business position (we focus on project development rather than making short terms money) is getting more and more fans, and promoters. It took times but people now understand why an Open Source company can’t be sized & managed like a commercial company, and luckilly, with new Open Source rules emerging (in terms of licencing, to protect real Open Source companies), along with the “pure code” concept, it’s again XMas before official agenda for the Vanilla project,

Have Fun !

Patrick

Analysts versus Commercial

Dear Readers,

What a disgusting Magic Quadrant from Gx … well, one of the only way they have now is to make noise publishing marketing & commercial “analysis”, waiting for people to start battle about the “said analysis”. This year, they brought the “analysis” to a next level of incompetency, no offense to their “bi marketing vp” …

One thing we learnt from the past is to take analysis like … paper. In Europe, we are still under pressure because of us financial agencies (look what happen last night again in Greece !) … and courageous position is to tell those agencies that their job is not “god word”, especially when they have interest with some publication (strange to notice that nothing has changed since 2008).

In software, same thing : they have to sell their “analysis”, and in parallel they need sponsors … so, how to take this like something else than “paper’. One thing we have to reward is Pentaho vision. Thanks to people like Richard Daley and James Dixon, Pentaho founders, some people tried to build an Open Source alternative in Bi … well, Pentaho is no more Open Source, Richard is no more leading Pentaho, but at least, they tried.

If we are in the place with Vanilla, its indirectly due to our early investment in Open Source & Pentaho … I don’t forget some discussion I had with Richard at that time (I still disagree with his strategy, so Vanilla …). Reading Pentaho is back in 2012 MQ is amazing … in 2010, based on editor declaration (remember : MQ is based on editor declaration, not on any analysis study from Gx marketing Vp), they were in … and kick out in 2011. What is interesting is the “visionaries” position : yes, Pentaho was a visionar … 6 years ago … funny to notice MQ is not putting the editor at its right place … but again, marketing & commercial has nothing to do with analysis.

Gx management, please, take real analysts … you will be surprised to see the number of valuable Bi platforms that European & Asian companies have built … far away from this 90%+ Us based editors ! So happy this MQ has no more influence in Europe, customers are still happy to be invited to show … but they know what is the reality.

About Vanilla in MQ ? hehehe, I’m not certain this post will help (!!!!!!!!!!!) … anyway, we refused to answer to their survey, because its sensitive information we can’t share with commercials … and we don’t sponsor their events … so …

Have Fun !

Patrick

Millions is not a Key Subject

Dear Readers,

Its true millions of dollar can’t buy everything, material or spiritual, and its also worth to notice that million of dollar can’t build everything, could it be a castle or a software

Unfortunatly, in some Open Source area like Business Intelligence, dollars from VC have been used to create brand rather than product, leading to noisy marketing campaign and customers not very happy. Sometimes, I really though that some said Open Source “editor” (either agregator of product or company that subcontract all the development) were funded by commercial Bi companies … because when you see the result, you can just turn back to commercial product.

With Vanilla, we are very proud to have built a platform without million. Motivation-devotion and respect of customer is better than million, even its sometimes a little more hard. The Vanilla project is funded by our customers, through projects, training sessions and support contracts. It keep us in contact with customers requests, it create confidence and trust between the parties. When we talk with customers about Vanilla, I’m always happy to have Vanilla compared with products like Business Objects, I take it as a real recognition of our investment.

Coming back to comparison, how to justify million of dollar burnt in marketing events, VP & Board Members salaries, if at the end, you have a non-valuable product, missing from the basis such as a true Open Source secured Metadata Layer (Designer, Engine, Integration with other Ide) ? … for some products, it’s soon time to “make money or leave”, this coming period 2012-2013 is a key season … but how to value the product ? … I’m certain they will value the brand, but it has also limits : customer and investor respect !

Have Fun !

Patrick

Cloud and Data Security

Dear Readers,

Some of you remember about our past problems with Sourceforge, which take possession of an early version of FreeAnalysis Schema Designer and reject us from their forge, based on a unilateral request from an unknow us based claimer (in 2007). It was a nice experience for us, without heavy consequences because the project was just starting and we had backup of the code. At that time, I read some of the Us law in terms of data acquisition and was surprised to learn that if I upload a file on a French server, but this server is mirrored in Us (without my permission or any warning) … then, Us server owns the data. So, we moved to a French based provider, and we have no problems anymore.

I wont talk about facebook and its set of privacy issues (their are a lot, but its the game if you want to make your life public), but rather concentrate on this news about Andromede, the French cloud to compete with Us based cloud (sorry, article is in French). Well, competition is always nice … but appart from this news and the remembrance about the Us patriot act, there is another comment, especially in Bi : when we are talking about data security on the cloud, we think “security of access” … we simply forget that on some cloud, we don’t own the data anymore once they are uploaded … its like changing the locker of your door, without beeing aware you don’t own your house anymore !

Have Fun !

Patrick

Congrats to Cocktail-Office !

Dear Readers,

It’s no secret, I really like the guys from Cocktail-Office. Those guys – Jean-Marc, Aurelien and others – they really deserve their Open Source project : Cocktail, an Open Source Erp for Universities and High School.

It’s nice time now for Jean-Marc & his team : new projects, new contracts … lot’s of good feedback from users … It’s normal – project is crazy nice – … and sad news for the people who betrayed them recently ! Never forget the power of Open Source Team : it’s more a human adventure than a simple “financial association” …

Vanilla Team is proud to work with Cocktail Office … Thanks again guy for accepting our contribution … this is just the beginning !

Have Fun !

Patrick

Courage & Ethics

Dear Readers,

I was surprised this monday by the warning of S&P on the american debt. Not surprised by the amount itself, it’s public (the part we know), but more by the courage of the notation agency, because we can imagine the pressure they had when it was “time for decision”.

What does it means : situation is so bad for US debt, with direct impact on economy, that now nobody can stay blind ? Honest, it’s not the real subject. Subject is more “somebody was courageous enough to make the announcement. Is it better for S&P for their future business & credibility, as opposed to others agencies that stay blind on the subject ? Wait & See, no crystal globe available this morning

Situation is strange, because the American government “forgot” to include those agencies for their responsabilities in the 2008 financial crash, even if we all know they had their part of responsability, by selling good notes to poor bank’s products.

I will put this in parallel with marketing agencies in software, and make the difference between those who still stay blind to Open Source Bi (and especially Vanilla), and those who start talking about the wave (like Forrester) : never forget some of those agencies, in software or finance, are only marketing companies that sell “analysis” based on the money they get for the study from editors. Be cautious and make your own study, it will sometimes save you a lot of money, and also save you the feeling of having been screwed by somebody you trusted …

Have Fun !

Patrick

Vanilla and Cocktail

Dear Readers,

Just a simple post about “Vanilla 4 Cocktail”, one of our last package “ready to deploy”. You can find a simple page that describes the package here.

I wish all the best to the new Cocktail Office company that will push the Cocktail project, because the project is important and the people are great ! We really like to work with Jean-Marc and his team … Universities and High School need the Cocktail project to downsize and manage their It infrastructure.

Vanilla4Cocktail is ready to deploy, and contains reports, maps, cubes, dashboard about the most important Cocktail module (school management, accounting, salary, budget …). Using our package, no need anymore to invest into commercial Bi software … and best of the bread, you can deploy your reports to everybody (teacher, student) at no additional cost !

Important subject with Vanilla4Cocktail is the security : using our latest package – Tango – that take in charge database authentification synchronisation – we provide a cartridge “Cocktail security database ” to replicate the Cocktail users & groups into the Vanilla database, using contextual filters (which means you don’t have to rebuild your security strategy with Vanilla, but instead you can directly use the Cocktail security with Vanilla)

Have Fun !

Patrick