SAS CEO Jim Goodnight elicited guffaws from the audience during his keynote at JSM this year when he said "I have a problem with government using open source software". Now it seems Goodnight is at the center of another controversy related to open source, having dismissed the growth of open-source software for business intelligence in an interview with CBR online:
Asked whether open source BI and data integration software from the likes of Jaspersoft, Pentaho and Talend is a growing threat, [Goodnight] said: "We haven't noticed that a lot. Most of our companies need industrial strength software that has been tested, put through every possible scenario or failure to make sure everything works correctly."
Between the growth of R for data analysis, Talend for ETL and the likes of Jaspersoft and and Pentaho for BI — all areas where SAS has pricey commercial solutions — it seems hard to believe that SAS hasn't noticed the impact of open source software in commercial environments. And, as Pentaho's Vinay Joosery pointed out today in a stinging response,
"Denying a market reality doesn't help your business in the long term."
Well said, Vinay.