Jasper soft aims its open source analytics suite at Pass developers
01/18/2012

Red Hat's Open Shift is the first in a series of platform-as-a-service offerings to feature Jasper soft's suite Open source BI (business intelligence) vendor Jasper soft wants its software to become another arrow in the quiver for developers using commercial Pass (platform as a service) offerings.

Online PR News – 18-January-2012 – – Red Hat's Open Shift is the first in a series of platform-as-a-service offerings to feature Jasper soft's suite Open source BI (business intelligence) vendor Jasper soft wants its software to become another arrow in the quiver for developers using commercial Pass (platform as a service) offerings. The community edition of Jasper soft's suite is now available on Red Hat's Open Shift and Cloud Forms services, the company said Thursday. Another announcement with VM Ware is coming soon.
Rather than a packaged Sa as offering, Jasper soft's move is meant to give developers using those services an easy way to add embedded analytics to their applications, said Karl Van den Bergh, vice president of products and alliances. While Red Hat and Jasper soft have already done some joint development to make the integration possible, it will be refined further, Van den Bergh said. The goal "is to make that experience of building, testing, integrating and deploying really simple and quick."
Jasper soft deliberately chose to first port its community edition, rather than any of the commercial versions the company also sells, in order to speed adoption by Pass developers, according to Van den Bergh. "We want to seed the market. Our goal is to become the BI standard for cloud applications," he said.
Currently, Pass revenues are a small percentage of IT spending, which is underscored by the fact that Open Shift and Cloud Foundry both remain in beta. But analyst firms such as Forrester Research have estimated the market will grow to well over $10 billion during this decade.
Pass offerings are attractive to developers who wish to quickly prototype and deploy applications without the need to acquire dedicated hardware and other resources. Jasper soft is hoping to gain a foothold and then benefit from that projected growth as Pass projects become more widespread and larger-scale.
To that end, Pass developers who use the community edition and then decide to purchase a commercial subscription later won't have to rewrite anything, according to Van den Bergh. "It works exactly the same. You just get added functionality and support."
Jasper soft plans to target other Passé, initially ones that are "Java-centric," as Jasper soft is under the covers, he said. Candidates in that realm could include Sales force. com's Hookup, which recently added Java support.
Jasper soft's decision to target multiple Passé differs from competitors such as Good data, which offers a dedicated BI development platform hosted on Amazon Web Services.
But Jasper soft partner Full 360 has taken a somewhat similar approach, offering a BI stack on AWS that combines Jasper soft on the front end with the Vertical analytic database and ETL (extract, transform, and load) tools from Talent.

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