Saiku Analytics has been in existence since 2008 (formerly known as the Pentaho Analysis Tool). We are an open core OLAP tool built upon the Mondrian OLAP engine. It allows users analyse data interactively, Saiku Reporting is an extension of that product that allows users to analyze data using the Pentaho Metadata layer.
For a number of years users have been asking for Saiku Reporting to be included which was built by a community member but then left to degrade. We are going to pick up the old code, fix it, modernize it and maintain it!
What is required
To include Saiku Reporting we need to
- extend our core product to allow for pluggable modules
- update the old Saiku Reporting code which will allow us to make the code modular
- remove the old bugs
- update the old UI to work with our updated UI make the query design and generation easier for users.
- Update Saiku Core to make Saiku Reporting work well in the Juju Charm Store
- Finally we need to make the whole platform a new Pentaho plugin to work with Pentaho BI Server 6.
We are committed to open source development but in order to release the code under the Apache license we require funding to allow us to pay our developers, kickstarting Saiku Reporting allows us to do that.
We also know that Pentaho will release Pentaho Interactive Reporting for the Pentaho BI server CE version, we believe there is room for both tools (and more) within the Pentaho BI Server ecosystem, as Saiku Reporting will offer much more than just report design as it will remain a data analysis tool at the same time.
Saiku Reporting will be compatible with Saiku Server 4.0, Pentaho BI Server 5 & 6.
If you've never seen Saiku before but are interested in Analytics you can find a demo at http://try.meteorite.bi
Here is a video demonstrating Saiku Reporting:
If you follow this link, we have created a sample report output running on the Pentaho BI server to give you an idea of what we are allowing users to create within a browser.
If you have any questions, any at all, please ask and I'll be happy to follow up with you!
Risks and challenges
We have a long standing track record in building open source applications, our background is also Open Source Business Intelligence.
We don't foresee any major issues, but this is software development, bugs and issues will be discovered by users and beta testers, we will work through these problems iteratively until we consider the platform to be stable and ready for end users.
It will be a challenge to make Saiku Reporting compatible with all 3 platforms but we are confident we can do this as we already do the same with Saiku AnalyticsLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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