Open Source BI in Canada Celebrates its first Birthday!

    TORONTO, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - It's only been one short year since SQL Power
Group has open sourced its Business Intelligence tools, and the company is
already poised to be a world-wide leader in the field.
    In July of 2007, SQL Power jumped into the Open Source fray and published
the source code of their very popular Data Modeling and Data Profiling tool
(the Power(*)Architect), making them first-to-market with a cross-platform, Open
Source data modeling tool and the first Canadian Open Source BI company.
    Since then, over 100,000 users from around the globe have downloaded this
widely used Data Modeling tool from their website
    In November of 2007, SQL Power followed up their Power(*)Architect Release
by open sourcing their Data Cleansing Tool (the Power(*)MatchMaker). This
brought them the additional honour of being first-to-market with a
commercially-supported Open Source data cleansing tool that cleanses, de-dupes
and corrects addresses globally. The Power(*)MatchMaker has been downloaded by
over 10,000 users globally and has been successfully used to cleanse Data
Warehouses and CRM databases world-wide.
    SQL Power founder Sam Selim believes that Open Source software is the
future for Data Warehousing & Business Intelligence projects, as clients can
take the money they would have spent on license fees and use it towards
value-adding development and end-user functionality.
    So what's next for this Canadian pioneer? SQL Power is currently working
enhancing and Open Sourcing their BI reporting platform, adding ad-hoc
reporting and OLAP functionality to their already popular executive dashboard
tool (the Power(*)Dashboard). The enhanced Power(*)Dashboard offering is due for
Open Source release by the end of this year and will give Canadian customers a
cost effective alternative to proprietary BI tools like Cognos, Business
Objects and Microstrategy.

    Established in 1988 and privately held, SQL Power is a leading Canadian
software consulting firm specializing in Data Warehousing, Business
Intelligence and Data Migration. For more information, visit

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For further information: or to schedule an interview, contact Jonathan
Fuerth,, at (416) 221-4220 ext. 252, SQL Power Group
Inc., 2110-4950 Yonge St., Toronto, ON, M2N 6K1, Tel: (416) 221-4220, Fax:
(416) 221-5898, Web: http//

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