Slashdot Launches Business Intelligence-Focused Site: SlashBI
Slashdot, which started out as a technology-focused content aggregation online site many years ago, has seen its share of competition among news aggregation sites but remains a popular place to read up on what's billed as "news for nerds." Many open source community members are also familiar with the fact that Slashdot and SourceForge have the same corporate parent. In late March, we noted that Slashdot was expanding out to specialized channels, beginning with Slashdot TV, a video hub that aggregates videos from SourceForge, ThinkGeek and many other sites. Now, Slashdot has announced its latest specialized site: SlashBI, which focuses on the rapidly growing Business Intelligence software category.
According to the folks at Slashdot:
"[The site] focuses on the fast-changing world of business intelligence, and features articles and opinion pieces on everything from how Big Data and analytics could make salespeople extinct, to B.I. apps for your iOS device, to choosing the right database for a business."
Just as Slashdot and Slashdot TV have always run lots of content that appeals to the open source community, SlashBI is already skewed that way as well. For example, Pentaho is one of the long-standing open source Business Intelligence platforms, and SlashBI has an interview with James Dixon (Pentaho co-founder and CTO) and Doug Moran (co-founder and Big Data Product Manager) done via chat. You can also access a podcast of the discussion.
The site also has an analysis-focused article on VMware's very popular ESX hypervisor and viable open source alternatives to it.
SlashBI is apparently far from the last targeted site that Slashdot is branching out toward. We'll have to see which other ones arrive, but they apparently are on the docket. Stay tuned.