LucidEra's BI tech finds new home at Pentaho

Open-source BI (business intelligence) vendor Pentaho has purchased technology from failed BI company LucidEra, it was announced Monday. Terms were not disclosed.

News of LucidEra's pending demise broke in June. At the time, a source familiar with the startup's plans told IDG News Service that it intended to wind down operations and put its intellectual property on the market.

Now, Pentaho plans to repackage LucidEra's Clearview, a SaaS (software as a service) reporting and analysis application aimed at non-technical users, as the front end of its Pentaho Analysis products, which are available both on-premises and on-demand.

New and existing customers of Pentaho Analysis Enterprise Edition and Pentaho BI Suite Enterprise Edition will receive the LucidEra technology at no additional charge.

Open-source BI packages such as Pentaho and JasperSoft tend to suffer from a lack of integration, since they are culled from a variety of open-source projects, said Forrester Research analyst Boris Evelson.

This can result in problems such as multiple user interfaces for customers to learn, and a lack of integrated metadata, he said.

But in this case, Pentaho may have a head start. Clearview was built on top of the Mondrian OLAP (online analytical processing) server, of which Pentaho is the lead sponsor, Evelson added.

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