SpagoBI is essentially a very large collection of open source software brought together to create a broad business intelligence capability. In fact it goes beyond the traditional notion of BI to embrace domains such as data mining and BPM. This broad capability has encouraged large companies such as Fiat and Gamebay to adopt it as part of their strategic BI solution.
SpagoBI is also unique among open source BI solutions in that the free version is the only version. There are no paid for versions with extra functionality. Users can elect to contract into support and training, but the product just comes in one version.
The breadth of the offering is impressive, and each area of functionality is often served by a number of engines to deliver all the functionality that might possibly be needed. The main areas of functionality include:
- Multidimensional analysis
- Interactive Cockpits
- Ad-Hoc Reporting
- Location Intelligence
- Free Inquiry (Query by Example)
- Data Mining
- Real Time Dashboards and Console
- Office Automation
- Master Data Management
If you want the full run-down on these areas of functionality go here.
Users of SpagoBI will need support, training and consulting services, and obviously this is where the revenue model is pitched.