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Re: [school-discuss] Need suggestions for web reporting/business intelligence tools

The Pentaho BI suÃte is a very acceptable replacement. It will of course require rework to migrate your reports, but it is a viable alternative.

Casey Adams

On May 16, 2014 11:44 AM, "LM" <lmemsm@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Our school district has decided to outsource most of the functionality
of our entire educational data warehouse team to another company
within a one year period and will eliminate most if not all of our
department after that. ÂThey want us to continue to maintain what we
have for that time and look for free alternatives to continue
reporting anything that this other company doesn't cover. ÂWe have
over 400 highly customizable reports written with Cognos Business
Intelligence software. ÂSecurity is tied into active directory and we
have different security levels for groups like teachers, principals,
board members, etc. ÂDoes anyone know of an Open Source product that
would make a decent alternative to Cognos?

I sent my manager the following list:

He says there's nothing free listed there that could replace Cognos.
All the products are either costly (and there's no longer a budget for
the department) or can't do what Cognos can. ÂIf anyone knows of a
useful Open Source alternative, please post about it. ÂI'm very tired
of hearing from people at this district that Open Source programs just
can't do what the proprietary closed source ones can. ÂThanks.

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