By Mark Dexter
4th September 2011

Jaspersoft provides a broad BI suite covering reporting, online analytical processing (OLAP), data visualisation and data integration. It also features interactive, web-based reports, dashboards and analysis, and comes at a fraction of the licence cost of offerings from commercial suppliers.

BI Enterprise also supports a range of implementation options such as on-premise, multi-tenant software-as-a-service (SaaS), and cloud-based deployment, and Jaspersoft offers similar technical support packages to most commercial BI suppliers.

The supplier owns and controls its JasperReports and iReport tools (for core reporting), and JasperServer (which provides repository, security and dashboarding functions, plus ad hoc and in-memory data analysis capabilities).

But the suite's open source codebase also enables it to support third-party commercial and open source BI tools, which gives it its broad range of capabilities. These components include Talend's open source extract, transform and load (ETL) tool and activity monitoring console; R, an advanced analytics development environment; and JasperAnalysis, an OLAP tool based on the open source Mondrian engine.

One disadvantage of this approach is that while these tools extend the suite's functionality, Jaspersoft does not own or control these key BI components, or their roadmap or integration.

Nevertheless, Mike Boyarski, director of product marketing at Jaspersoft, argues that the relatively low cost of BI Enterprise is a big attraction for many IT managers. "In some cases, the cost of expanding the use of an existing commercial tool is prohibitively high due to per-seat licence fees and associated services expenses. For core BI requirements, Jaspersoft often equals or betters the [price of the] incumbent solution," he says.

Read more at source:Computer Weekly

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