TIBCO Jaspersoft Review

It includes enterprise features such as ad-hoc reporting on self service BI, rich dashboards, rich embedded BI solutions, mobile BI solutions, multi-tenant features, and rich HTML-5 visualizations.


Valuable Features:

Some specific features that I like are -

  • Multi-tenancy
  • Self Service BI using domains, ad-hoc views, ad-hoc reports.
  • High Charts (HTML-5) and D3 (Data Driven Document) charts.
  • Big Data support - Hadoop Hive and MongoDB and etc. 
  • Report Books feature - Table of Contents.

Improvements to My Organization:

This product is integrated into a CA product called CA PPM (Project Portfolio Management) for its reporting purpose. Using Jaspersoft's data warehouse capabilities, CA PPM is able to provide faster performance by utilizing this tool when compared to its previous reporting solution SAP Business Objects.

Room for Improvement:

  • Full support of new visualizations D3, and C3.
  • Drag and drop desktop tool for analysis such as that in Tableau, QlikView or Spotfire desktop. This could be a part of Jasper Design Studio. 
  • Send the report to email with its output as an attachment within the studio.
  • User defined plug-in development and deployment like Pentaho Analytics i.e. a market place feature for server or studio.

Deployment Issues:

We have had no issues with the deployment.

Stability Issues:

There have been no performance issues.

Scalability Issues:

It's been able to scale for our needs.

Cost and Licensing Advice:

It's open source which means that small to mid-sized businesses can use the community version of Jaspersoft and save lot of money. For Enterprise level companies, it has rich enterprise features such as ad-hoc reporting on self service BI, rich dashboards, rich embedded BI solutions, mobile BI solutions, multi-tenant features, and rich HTML-5 visualizations. These help a client take better and more elegant decisions for a lower cost per candidate per year. Also, you can rent the server for quick solutions in the cloud at a rate of $1 per hour.

Other Advice:

If a business is small to mid-size you should get the community version. Otherwise, if your business is huge, you should look at the Enterprise, Professional, or Cloud versions of the software for a lower price.

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