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I'm trying to find a good BI tool which can be connected to a PostgreSQL database.

I need the following abilities:

  1. Reporting Services
  2. Dashboards
  3. OLAP
  4. Data Mining.

The BI server should work on Linux and the solution shouldn't be very expensive.

I looked at the Wikipedia entry list of BI tools - almost all are open-source and free tools and don't fit my needs.

The list of proprietary products is too big to check all of them.

Pentaho Community Edition looks interesting but it doesn't have dashboards, that feature is only in the commercial version but prices are not published and doesn't seems very useful.

JasperSoft doesn't have dashboards in the free version either.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?


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I really think that this should be back in Stack Overflow - it's looking for high-level info about software which will (with configuration, programming or both) sit on top of Postgres, rather than asking a DB admin question. –  Jamie Jul 27 '11 at 1:13
@Alexius you don't really seem to be asking a question here, except that you seem to be doing what we call a shopping rec question, which the stacks are not well setup for. I can go into lots of reasons why that is, but atm, suffice to say, that's not for the here and now. Please revise this to ask a question or I shall be forced to delete this, as it is not a question and is just clutter. –  jcolebrand Jul 27 '11 at 16:59
@Alexius - I'd recommend that you post this on the softwarerecs site, as that's more appropriate to a software recommendation request. –  Nathan Clayton Jan 6 at 0:33

2 Answers 2

The best open-source BI tools out there are Actuate/Birt, Jaspersoft, and Pentaho. I'd take a look at them.

On a side note, what prompted you to use Postgres for an analytic/BI database? Typically, it's transactional, and it will force you to truncate data too early.

Please explain what you mean by "it will force you to truncate data too early" –  Jack Douglas Aug 4 '11 at 16:21
Eventually, your indexes will start bogging down at large data volumes (tens to hundreds of gigs). It just isn't designed to scale. Thus, it'll either force you to look at different options (such as an analytic db), make you buy bigger/better hardware, or more likely cause you to truncate/clear off "older" data. –  JeffIB Aug 5 '11 at 18:09
I haven't had any major issues regarding PG and data-warehousing, esp. with smart partitioning, good physical design, and judicious use of partial indexes. Also, we've had pretty good luck with Jaspersoft (the commercial edition brings a few nice features to the table), but if I were redoing things, I'd probably start out with Actuate and their F-Type server (they can come in at the high-end price-wise though for large BI deployments). –  Nathan Clayton Jan 6 at 0:34

I came across this site, i think it will give you some tips on possible BI tools that work well with postgres,-Reporting,-and-Light-application-development.html

Savio, refrain from just posting a link without quoting or summarizing its content - if the link goes down your comment becomes useless. –  John M Jan 5 at 19:14

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