Business Intelligence

12 Best Free and Open Source Linux Business Intelligence Software

Business intelligence tools are typically used to design and generate reports from a wide range of data sources. There are a number of different types of business intelligence software. These include reporting and querying software, digital dashboards, process and data mining, business performance management, and spreadsheets.

All organisations deploy reporting software in one way or another. Reporting is regarded as a central part of business intelligence.

A business intelligence platform includes three layers: a database layer, a business intelligence layer, and an analytics/performance management layer.

Linux and business intelligence are a good match in part because Linux has powerful toolkits for interacting with other systems, with open source databases (such as MySQL) to act as the data source.

This article highlights the best business intelligence software that runs under Linux. Although there is not a wide range available, all of the applications featured below are useful for any business which wants to access, format and deliver information to their staff, their customers, and their commercial partners.

Here’s our verdict on the 12 business intelligence software captured in a legendary LinuxLinks-style ratings chart.

Ratings chart for the best free and open source business intelligence software

Let’s explore the 12 business intelligence software at hand. Click the links in the table below to learn more about each featured application.

Business Intelligence Software
MetabaseBusiness intelligence and analytics software
GrafanaPlatform for monitoring and observability
SupersetData visualization and data exploration platform
PentahoEnterprise reporting, analysis, dashboard, data mining, workflow
JasperReportsA widely used reporting engine
Talend Open StudioCloud data integration leader
Knowage(formerly SpagoBI) Flexible business intelligence suite
ReportServerModern and versatile business intelligence platform
KNIMEKonstanz Information Miner
RedashExplore, query, visualize, and share data
RapidMinerData analysis, knowledge discovery, data mining, predictive analytics
BIRT ProjectEclipse-based reporting system

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