4 best open source business intelligence tools for Analytics

Published February 2, 2015   |   

There are plenty of open source business intelligence and reporting tools that help organizations gather, store, access and analyze data to make better decisions. Typically, BI tools integrate data from across the enterprise and provide reliable information and insights by means of self-service reporting and analysis. They use a number of analytics features including statistics, data and text mining and predictive analytics to reveal patterns and turn information into insights. In this post, we present four best open source business intelligence tools for Analytics.

4 open source business intelligence tools


The Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) Project is an open source software by Eclipse, which has two main components: a visual report designer for creating BIRT Reports, and a runtime for generating reports. BIRT also includes three extra components: a Chart Engine, Chart Designer, and Viewer, which are used to develop and publish reports as a standalone solution.


JasperSoft is the world’s most popular embeddable open source Business Intelligence suit, enabling better decision making through highly interactive, web-based reports, dashboards and analysis. It provides a report designer, a reporting engine, a server repository, report scheduling and mobile BI, along with community forums and a wiki for support.


Pentaho is another open source BI suite that tightly couples data integration with business analytics in a platform that brings together IT and business users to easily access, visualize and explore all data that impacts business results. The suite is accessible on-premise in the cloud or on-the-go (mobile). Pentaho’s reporting module supports multiple data sources and the report findings can be saved in all formats: HTML documents, MS Office Excel spreadsheets, PDF files, plain text etc.


SpagoBI is an open source Business Intelligence suite that offers all the features one can ask for a BI suite. To cover the whole BI needs, SpagoBI integrates a large number of analytical functions, including Reports, OLAP analysis, Graphs, real time dashboards, KPI models, Geo-referenced reporting, Cockpits, Free Inquiry (QbE), Data mining Office Documents, Analytical Dossiers, Real-time console, Smart Filter, and ETL/EII processes.