Business Objects and MySQL offer new BI solutions

Business Objects and MySQL announced the signing of a new OEM referral agreement on Monday. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will jointly sell integrated solutions that combine the MySQL Network database subscription service with business intelligence software from Business Objects. The new solutions offer customers a cost-effective way to deploy an integrated business intelligence and database solution, at a fraction of the cost associated with traditional, proprietary databases, the vendors say.

In April 2005, Business Objects and MySQL announced a partnership to embed MySQL database technology into BusinessObjects XI for use on Linux and UNIX operating systems. With the addition of this new OEM referral agreement, the two companies have created several bundled offerings for reporting and data integration for the MySQL database through MySQL Network. These solutions are tested, certified and supported jointly by Business Objects and MySQL.

"This partnership is all about helping organizations meet the challenge of improving their return on corporate information," says Steve Lucas, VP of field sales, global alliances and data integration at Business Objects. "There is tremendous momentum in open-source software right now, and open-source databases and operating systems will play an expanded role in business intelligence deployments going forward. Business Objects is working closely with open-source leaders like MySQL to ensure that our software works together seamlessly and that customers can take advantage of the lower total cost of ownership associated with these solutions." For more information, go to