Next OpenOffice release to include Pentaho BI
OpenOffice.org estimates it has more than 40 million users around the world. The open-source desktop suite is included in several of the leading Linux distributions including Red Hat Inc.'s eponymous offering, Novell Inc.'s Suse Linux and Canonical Ltd.'s Ubuntu.
Pentaho's reporting engine, Pentaho Reporting, will be integrated with the next release of OpenOffice.org, version 2.3, which is due out in the second half of this year, according to Lance Walter, vice president of marketing at Pentaho. Sun and Pentaho had been in discussions for around a year about integrating BI functionality into OpenOffice.org, he said.
The combination of Pentaho Reporting with a new Report Designer developed by Sun will enable OpenOffice.org users to create reports containing content from the OpenOffice.org Base database as well as from a variety of proprietary and open-source relational databases and other sources.