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JasperSoft moves into open-source BI

Tash Shifrin

JasperSoft has launched a new open source business intelligence server and architecture, as the development of open source products for the BI market steps up a gear.

The unveiling of JasperServer and the JasperIntelligence architecture comes just days after rival Pentaho released its open source BI Suite Professional Edition and Reporting Server Professional Edition.

Last month enterprise software supplier Actuate released version 2.0 of its BIRT business intelligence and reporting product, based on the Eclipse Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools open source project.

JasperSoft’s new architecture is designed to offer data integration, reporting and analysis throughout the company, building on its JasperReports technology. JasperServer is a Java BI server with full support for PHP, Perl, Python and other scripting languages, designed to offer production-grade reporting to web-based applications.

Analyst Eric Rogge, from performance management consultancy firm Ventana Research, said, “More and more business application developers, especially those working in Java, are turning to open source business intelligence software.

“Our recent research on open source BI revealed that lower cost and greater deployment flexibility were leading reasons for using it rather than commercially available BI products. In fact, the large majority of the respondents already had commercial BI products in house, yet chose to use open source BI.”


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