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JasperSoft Brings Open Source Platform To Business Intelligence

JasperSoft unveils its open-source business intelligence architecture, shipping a new server that allows users to build reports customized for any department within a company.

JasperSoft Corp. on Monday unveiled its open-source business intelligence architecture, and started shipping a new server for building customized reports for any department within a company.

The JasperServer is the first component unveiled as part of the architecture, which builds off of the company's reporting software called JasperReports. The product was an open-source project until last year when JasperSoft bought its trademark and copyrights.

The San Francisco-based company said the new server is the first of what will become a full suite of business intelligence applications, Paul Doscher, chief executive of JasperSoft, said.

In the next 45 days, JasperSoft plans to launch JasperAnalytics, online analytical processing tools for slicing and dicing sales and financial information stored in data warehouses. Later in the year, the company is set to release Jasper ETL, integration tools for moving information from multiple databases into a data warehouse, and formatting the data so it can be analyzed.

JasperSoft, along with rivals Cognos Inc., Business Objects S.A. and Hyperion Solutions Corp., builds reporting and analytical software meant to run across business applications bought from other vendors. While its larger rivals focus on meeting the needs of upper executives, business analysts and other "power users" within large companies, JasperSoft is looking to provide organizations with tools that enable them to customize reports for all workers within sales and financial departments, Doscher said.

"We're trying to focus on Sally in accounting," he said.

Other vendors, however, are making moves to head downstream in an organization. Canadian company Cognos, for example, announced last week a partnership with IBM and Google Inc. that will allow Cognos to tap their enterprise search engines for delivering reports and analytics stored in Cognos business intelligence applications. Using a common search engine to access information should make it easier to find by more corporate employees, Cognos officials say.

JasperSoft's strategy is to provide in JasperServer the tools developers need to customize reports for specific user groups, delivering only the data needed. The server, which is based on Java, also includes authentication features to make sure people see only the data they are authorized to see.

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