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JasperSoft Says It's Working with Microsoft

Working With Microsoft On a Series of Initiatives to Optimize Its Suite On Windows Server 2008 and Other Microsoft Technologies

JasperSoft, the open source business intelligence venture – which just last week was rattling off a bunch of numbers contending that it’s “the world’s most widely deployed BI suite” – said from the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco the other day that it’s “working with Microsoft on a series of initiatives to optimize its suite on Windows Server 2008 and other key Microsoft technologies.”

JasperSoft gets points for courage considering that it was at the Open Source Business Conference last year that Microsoft claimed open source treads on its patents.

Ah, but nowadays Microsoft is presenting a new, more interoperable face to the world and it appears that JasperSoft’s BI Suite is now “Works with Windows Server 2008”-certified.

The company also announced the immediate availability of a new JasperSoft ODBO Connect product that enables Microsoft Excel to be used as a front-end for the JasperAnalysis data analysis server, extending JasperSoft’s existing support for Windows and Microsoft SQL Server platforms.

ODBO is the standard API for exchanging metadata and data between an OLAP server and a Windows client and ODBO Connect is bundled into JasperAnalysis.

In JasperSoft’s press release, Sam Ramji, Microsoft’s resident open source peacemaker, who was cuddling up to Eclipse last week, noted that more than 50% of open source application deployed in the enterprise are running on Windows systems and more than 50% of OLAP deployments use Excel as their client interface.

Which may explain this moment of détente. The two companies need each other.

JasperSoft’s ODBO Connect integrates directly with Excel PivotTable reports via OLE DB for OLAP (ODBO), XML for Analysis (XML/A) and Multidimensional Expressions (MDX) open standards.

Users can analyze data directly in Excel instead of a web browser.

Meanwhile, we asked JasperSoft CEO Brian Gentile how JasperSoft, which claims, like we said, to be the world’s most widely deployed business intelligence suite came to its 80,000 production deployment figure, a number he thinks is conservative and could be 100,000 or even 160,000.

Remember, now, that commercial BI operations like Business Objects and Cognos only claim about 40,000-45,000 production deployments each.

Brian admits the 80,000 is an estimate and was derived from multiplying its 8,000 paying customers – 2,5000 of which were added last year – by 10, figuring that for each paying customer it gets 10-100 people are just using free code.

If it is the most widely deployed BI software around, Jaspersoft still isn’t profitable – one of the hazards of open source – even if subscriptions to the Professional Edition of its BI Suite were up 227% last year – but it’s supposed to be in sight of being cash flow positive – expecting to arrived at that happy state by this time next year provided it can get another 800 paying customers.

That’s why it’s been fussing with its JasperServer making it simpler to install as a punchy add-on to JasperReports. That’s also why Jaspersoft is waving around those deployment claims. It’s looking for attention.

It also says it’s got 65,000 registered developers working on 300-odd Jasper-related projects.

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