In talking to some colleagues there’s an angle here which perhaps some have not considered – which is that of the community version of the Pentaho BI server. Should Saiku disappear where does that leave the BI Server?
Well; In a very bad state I would suggest. Essentially then you’re a BI server with no olap client. So what is included in CE then? Well nothing other than reporting. (And not even adhoc reporting as of 5.0) Hmm; Thats strangely like another recently acquired “open source” BI server out there where the community version is rarely seen in production.
So; I just hope that those in the Pentaho community (Including those at the corporation itself) realise the benefit that Saiku brings to the BI suite
And before anyone points out dashboards in CE ( which are actually industry leading) – They’re not part of the default CE product and that is a great shame – A surprising number of people don’t even know about the whole Ctool stack.
I personally like some of the models I’ve seen recently where the community collaboratively fund specific features. Maybe that could work for Saiku!