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Jaspersoft Review
The scope of the product is fairly limited compared with some other open source offerings, but it does what it does very well


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Verdict

Jaspersoft Community addresses the creation of reports and charts and does so admirably. The scope of the product is fairly limited compared with some other open source offerings, but it does what it does very well.

JasperSoft provides several versions of its JasperSoft BI suite. The Community edition essentially provides a reporting and charting environment with supporting infrastructure. The report designer supports charts, images, crosstabs and sub-reports for sophisticated report layouts. Interactive report viewing is a browser based report viewer with sorting, filtering and formatting of report snapshot views. A centralised repository provides infrastructure for reporting and stores user profiles, reports, dashboards and analytic views.

Reports can be automatically scheduled and distributed using Report Scheduling, and User Access and Security provides report access by role or user. Mobile BI is also supported for iPhone and Android devices.

The commercial editions add much more including dashboards, a metadata layer, in-memory analysis, data integration capability and interactive visualizations. The list of JasperSoft customers is impressive, although most will undoubtedly be using the more capable commercial version.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.


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