Apparently, not all of the technology related businesses out there are being affected by the Open Source movement as of yet. Business Objects is just one such company that feels that all is well on the home front. Guess there is no need to sweat out any real concerns…yet.
Speaking last week after the launch of Business Objects Extreme Insight (XI), Liautaud said he didn’t think that the success enjoyed by open source CRM vendors such as SugarCRM and vTiger will be repeated in the BI space, at least not imminently.
“In BI there has been no particular effect yet but like any part of the software industry, there will be some open source initiatives. There are some open source Java-based reporting tools but it is a fairly mature market so it is going to be a little harder, but it is still a factor,” Liautaud — who is a MySQL board member — told ZDNet UK.
Liautaud also said that Business Objects was considering the potential of offering its analysis and reporting tools through an on-demand model similar to that of Salesforce.com.