Who says the United Kingdom doesn't grok open source? Well, I do, for one, but the UK's National Health Service, which has notoriously bought big with Microsoft in the past (resulting in a Microsoft-specific page for NHS employees), is looking beyond Redmond to open-source Pentaho for its business intelligence needs, according to this IT-Finance Connection podcast.
This is important news for all open-source vendors, as it introduces a crack in the Microsoft dam within the NHS and, ultimately, the entire UK government sector.
Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell the NHS and Microsoft, since they're promoting a series of Microsoft BI-focused training events.
So, Microsoft and, but Pentaho's beachhead is good news for it, as well as everyone else in the open-source business community that wants to do business in the UK. It's about time.