Here is just a short review about the OSBI 2010 last week in Neustadt, Germany. The event took place in the beautiful Hambacher Schloss which is a historically really important place since here 30,000 people gathered in 1832 in order to define principles of freedom which ultimately led to birth of democracy in Germany.
I opened the day with a short introduction (see the picture below) and introduced Konstantin Böhm of Ancud IT who made a really great talk comparing the revolution of 1832 in Hambach with the IT-revolution we experience right now. This was a good start for this year's OSBI - thanks Konstantin!
After Konstantin's talk, the parallel sessions started. We had a couple of great talks in the big plenum and in parallel there were several workshops in which the current state of open source business intelligence solutions was demonstrated.
In one and a half of these workshops, we demonstrated our new solution RapidAnalytics , which is the first open source business analytics solution ever and comes with a complete server setup and web-based access and report designer. We got a lot of discussions and questions after the demonstration of RapidAnalytics - most of the questions were about the integration of data mining and predictive analytics in business processes and into reports, which both is child's play for RapidAnalytics.
We are glad that many of the participants already liked RapidAnalytics so much. We will release the Community Edition of RapidAnalytics next week so that you can soon check out some of its features yourself. Of course we are happy to give interested customers also an in-depth demonstration of the abilities of the Enterprise Edition of RapidAnalytics as well - just contact us if you are interested.
Below you can see the Rapid-I crew which visited the OSBI 2010. From left: Sebastian Loh, Dr. Simon Fischer, Nadja Mierswa, myself (Dr. Ingo Mierswa), Tobias Malbrecht, Helge Homburg, Christian Brabandt, and Ralf Klinkenberg.
We ended the day with a talk of Olaf Laber about Ingres VectorWise. Together with Ingres. we have shown the integration of RapidAnalytics and Ingres VectorWise in one of the workshops before (amazing: we reduced the time for the in-database-induction of a decision tree from 9 minutes to 15 seconds just by using VectorWise). In his talk, Olaf has presented some very interesting details of VectorWise and - as always when people hear about this fascinating technology for a first time - he quickly got a lot of discussion about the benefits of Ingres VectorWise.
We had an amazing program and we got a lot of positive comments for organizing this event. It was a lot of work but the day really was fun and I met so many wonderful people and exchanged a lot of ideas. Finally, I would also like to thank our partners Actuate, Ancud IT, Ingres, Jaspersoft, Jedox, Talend, and viadee for their participation and support!