LucidEra (Ofer Abarbanel online library)

LucidEra was an on-demand (aka SaaS) business intelligence (BI) solution provider. On June 22, 2009, it was announced that LucidEra would cease operations by the end of June 2009.[1]


LucidEra was founded in 2005 by Ken Rudin, John Sichi, and Tai Tran.[2][3] Series A funding was led by Benchmark Capital and Matrix Partners. In 2007, LucidEra secured Series B funding led by Crosslink Capital.

The company’s CEO, Ken Rudin, summarizes the vision: “Our ultimate goal is to be to BI what is to CRM and all kinds of transaction applications.”[4] ( being a well-known SaaS company).

LucidEra was a privately held company headquartered in San Mateo, California. LucidEra ceased operations in June 2009.[1] Birst, and GoodData are offering safe harbor programs for LucidEra customers.[5][6]


LucidEra’s offering was focused on analytics of CRM and ERP data. However, the analytics applications were not special-purpose built, rather LucidEra developed a generic BI platform, upon which it built vertical solutions.[7]

The company’s technology was reliant on open source software such as JBoss,[8] Dojo Toolkit,[9] Mondrian,[10] and software from the Eigenbase Foundation.[11] LucidEra is a key contributor to the LucidDB project, which is hosted by the Eigenbase Foundation. Two of the founders of LucidEra, John Sichi and Tai Tran, are also executives of the Eigenbase Foundation.[2]

Much of the BI technology, particularly the ETL, metadata, and Column-oriented DBMS technology, was based on source code acquired from Broadbase, and was extensively adapted to a modern SaaS architecture.[12]


LucidEra launched its first offering, the forecast to billing application, in March 2007.[13]

LucidSnapShots was released summer of 2007.[14]

In the fall of 2007, LucidEra announced availability of Revenue Lifecycle Analysis and Sales Analysis on’s AppExchange.[15]


  1. ^ Jump up to:ab Kelly, Jeff (2009-06-22). “SaaS BI vendor LucidEra to shut down”. TechTarget. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  2. ^ Jump up to:ab “Foundation”. The Eigenbase Project. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^“Executive Team”. LucidEra. Archived from the originalon 2008-02-04. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^Farber, Dan (2007-03-06). “LucidEra opens for business intelligence on demand”. ZDNet. CNET Networks. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^“Birst Offers “Quick Switch” Program for LucidEra Customers”. Birst. 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  6. ^“GoodData Offers Safe Harbor to LucidEra Customers”. GoodData. 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  7. ^Oren, Tim (2007-05-25). “Low Rent ETL and Analytics”. Tim Oren’s Due Diligence. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^jrockit dump in clsIsBeingUnloaded in JRockit Newsgroups in Newsgroups
  9. ^[Dojo-interest] Dynamically loading dojo elementsArchived 2007-02-21 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^[Mondrian] Util.lookupCompound MatchType BEFORE
  11. ^LucidDB Project FAQ
  12. ^Swoyer, Stephen (2007-03-07). “LucidEra Touts Rip-and-Don’t-Replace Outsourced BI”. Enterprise Systems. 1105 Media. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  13. ^Kemsley, Sandy (2007-03-06). “LucidEra launches today”. Column 2. ebizQ. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  14. ^Gonsalves, Antone (July 25, 2007). “LucidEra Unveils New Tools For On-Demand Forecast-To-Billing Application”. Intelligent Enterprise. CMP Media. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  15. ^“LucidEra Sales Analysis Now Available on’s AppExchange”. Business Wire. CNET Networks. 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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