Data Research, Vol. 1, Issue 1, Dec  2017, Pages 43-51; DOI: 10.31058/ 10.31058/

Analysis and Comparison of Open Source Business Intelligence to Commercial Business Intelligence for SME in UK

Data Research, Vol. 1, Issue 1, Dec  2017, Pages 43-51.

DOI: 10.31058/

Olubunmi Funmilola A 1* , Olutosin Bukola A 2

1 Department of Information Technology, University of Wales, Cardiff, UK

2 Department of Computing and information Systems, University of Greenwich, London, UK

Received: 28 November 2017; Accepted: 16 December 2017; Published: 30 January 2018

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Business Intelligence (BI) is a technological tool for competitive advantage and the beneficiaries in business have being large organizations, these organizations can afford to purchase, implement and maintain business intelligence solution. This has left a wide competition gap between large organizations and SMEs which make up for over 90% of EU enterprises. This research investigates open source (OS) BI tools, with the view of considering it as a substitute for commercial BI tool. This research used several factors to compare both open source BI and commercial BI. These factors include, long term cost, functionalities available, results given and back end support. The target audience for study is Lyca and Lebara mobile. The data collection methods used was survey/ questionnaire and interview. The data was analyzed using a two tailed test and correlation using SPSS package. The research was able to arrive at the following conclusions: Open source offers cost effective solution both in the short and long term.


Business Intelligence, Business Data Analysis, Open Source, Commercial Software, Data, Small and Medium Scale Enterprise


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