I emailed you on September 3rd regarding your companies use of Saiku Analytics, but it would appear you’ve been busy launching rockets! I like that, I’m a rocket fan myself, not on the same scale as you but when I can afford it I like to fly model rockets in the fields behind my house, here’s a video for you:
Anyway, back to my point. I spoke to a few of your employees over the last few months, one of them was very helpful, he said they’d been running a Saiku Analytics proof of concept internally, but selected Tableau because they had no in house Mondrian skills. That response, whilst sad, isn’t the first time we’ve heard it and was very nice to hear the feedback from someone in your company.
I also made contact with someone else in another department within Amazon who use Saiku, and raised the prospect of having a chat about sponsoring Saiku or paying for licenses etc. Now, I know they got my mail, and I also know they use Saiku because here was the response I got:
Should I talk to this guy?
Besides us just buying EE Edition other possible scenarios are us contributing some development effort to the project or getting the features we want prioritized if we pay for EE edition.
This is comparison of Community and Enterprise editions: http://www.meteorite.bi/saiku-product-comparison
Now, I assumed that had been sent to me in error because, lets face it, I’m the vendor so it would be weird asking if I should talk to myself. So, I replied to Rita, and suggested they sent that mail to the correct person and that we should certainly have a chat. But then the line went dead, and I’ve followed up on that email 7 or 8 times without response. So I can only assume either Rita was a little embarrassed by the mistake, or their boss decided it wasn’t worth the effort. I suspect it was probably #2.
Now Jeff, Amazon earns a lot of money, and we are an open source software company, and unsurprisingly we don’t compete with Amazon in terms of revenue, so to help we are running a small kickstarter to fund Saiku and allow us to build Saiku Reporting, we have 5 days left and still need another £8000. To keep building open source software, vendors like us need the support of companies who use the software, because we have to be able to pay our bills and feed our families, and I won’t lie, that’s a struggle because the bean counters see the “free” sign, and take that literally.
In case you were afraid you couldn’t afford it, or might annoy your share holders with their lack of return, I’ve created a quick report in the tool we’re trying to build to demonstrate how much time it would take you to generate enough revenue to pay for the kickstarter in its entirety:
As you can see its less than 8 seconds.
We have 5 days Jeff, just spend a minute considering what companies like yours do, you like supporting open source projects when they are in your customer facing tools and part of the “common good” or when you get some nice PR, but when its for internal reporting and use, the Amazon’s, Samsung’s, HP’s of this world, all like to take and not give back.
Happy Christmas Jeff, I hope you have a good one.