An Alternative BI Application called Jaspersoft

If you are looking for a good small budget application for your Business Intelligence needs then you can use Jaspersoft instead of buying costly products from IBM, Oracle or Microsoft. Among many such applications in the market, Jaspersoft is available as open source Business Intelligence application. The strength of Jaspersoft, in an otherwise highly competitive market, can be understood better from the following information.

The suite provided by Jaspersoft, includes tools for integration and visualization of data, reporting, “On-Line Analytical Processing” or OLAP, dashboards, interactive reports and other analytical tools.

Jaspersoft is especially suitable for small businesses in their nascent stage, where they possess limited financial resources. It is good for buyers, which can pay only small license fee, in comparison to the huge fees charged by other market leaders of BI applications.

Products from Jaspersoft

The three different types of suites that are available from Jaspersoft are given below:

The Enterprise Edition – this is a premium product offered by Jaspersoft with a commercial license and supported by competent technical staff. Options like implementation in on-premises mode, Software-as-a-Service or SaaS and deployment of cloud computing environment is possible with this application. Interactive dashboards, OLAP and SaaS tools, charts, maps along with the option to have their own view of the interface for non-technical people are also available. The open source application can easily be customized to increase the functionality or for integration with various other applications to suit a company’s business needs.
The Professional Edition – This is part of the BI server application and has options like interactive dashboards where maps, charts and data can be viewed, analytical tools driven by the engine for “In-Memory Analysis” and reporting tools for self-service for non-technical personnel.
Application for AWS – this provides cloud computing environment based on the EC2 or “Elastic Cloud Computer” of AWS or the “Amazon Web Services” which helps in gathering data from the cloud by the Jaspersoft users.

Scoring Points of Jaspersoft

Some of the points in favor of Jaspersoft that scores above the other BI applications used by different big and small businesses are given below:

Economical – the price cannot be beaten as the product is an open source one that can be tailored to suit every business need
Easy to install – the trial, commercial or open source versions can be installed very easily with the help of the installation details provided along with the package
Efficient and fully Functional – the efficiency and the functionality of this application has been vouched for by research personalities to be as competitive as any other leading BI application in the commercial market

Drawbacks of Jaspersoft

Any extension of the functionality to meet the needs of the business becomes altogether a new portion which is not supported by Jaspersoft
Documents supplied by Jaspersoft for support have been quoted to have erroneous portions

Last Word

The BI suite from Jaspersoft is best suited to any company with limited resources though the open source aspect may not sound attractive to many.

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