Pentaho Adds JFreeReport Project to Provide Comprehensive, Open Source BI
Orlando, FL – January 17, 2006 - Today, Pentaho Corp., the world’s leading provider of Open Source Business Intelligence (BI) software, announced that the JFreeReport project has permanently joined Pentaho. Thomas Morgner, the creator and primary sponsor for the project has also joined Pentaho as Chief Architect of Reporting Solutions. This acquisition furthers Pentaho’s strategy of providing a comprehensive BI suite built on best-in-class technology delivered via a professional open source model.
Reporting Deployment From The Desktop to The Web
Reporting is the foundation of BI. Pentaho now provides a pure open source offering that allows developers and customers to choose the appropriate deployment for their needs. Users can deploy desktop reporting, quickly creating reports and producing them in PDF, HTML, text, or Excel formats. This requires no server-side installation, and is the perfect option for users looking to get started with reporting. If users eventually want to move to web-based distribution and management of reports, they simply add Pentaho Reporting Server, due out in beta later this month, to publish and “burst” reports securely to users, integrate with their organization’s portal or deliver them as part of another web-based application. And finally, if users want to build on their reporting foundation to add integrated analysis, dashboards, data mining, and workflow, they can deploy the Pentaho Open BI Suite and address the full spectrum of end-user BI needs on an integrated open source platform.
JFreeReport, to be renamed “Pentaho Reporting”, provides superior reporting technology. JFreeReport is a best-in-class reporting engine that allows users or developers to quickly access and format data from a wide variety of data sources including relational databases like MySQL, OLAP, and XML sources and produce reports in popular formats including Adobe PDF, HTML, text, and Microsoft Excel. JFreeReport’s architecture is uniquely componentized to be completely embeddable with a small application footprint, and provides tremendous flexibility. “We looked at many alternatives for open source reporting, and found JFreeReport to be architecturally and functionally superior,” said James Dixon, Chief Technology Officer at Pentaho. “JFreeReport provides outstanding performance, with rich functionality that developers can easily embed within applications.”
By joining forces with Pentaho, JFreeReport benefits from an expanded developer community, as well as a focused and proven professional open source company to support and enhance the project going forward. In this vein, Pentaho is also announcing beta availability of a new report design wizard for JFreeReport, built by Pentaho community members and available on sourceforge.net under a free open source license. This new wizard addresses the single most popular enhancement request by JFreeReport users by simplifying and streamlining the process of creating a report using a step-by-step wizard to connect to a data source, choose a layout, add formatting, and select an output format. This important enhancement will quickly make JFreeReport an open source favorite for reporting. Pentaho has also developed connectivity between Mondrian, its popular OLAP server, and JFreeReport to deliver rich reporting on top of a robust, open source OLAP server.
Scale Up on an Open Source Path
Users and developers looking for open source reporting now have a clear, consistent open source path to scale up from desktop to web-based reporting. Instead of being forced to purchase a proprietary, commercial reporting platform to scale up from an open source desktop reporting tool, users can now seamlessly scale from desktop reporting, to web reporting, to comprehensive BI, with a free open source offering from Pentaho at every step. “This is unparalleled in the BI industry,” said Richard Daley, CEO of Pentaho. “We’re giving customers and partners what they have always wanted and in return we’re seeing rapid adoption rates”.
Pentaho provides a full spectrum of open source Business Intelligence (BI) tools from reporting and analysis to dashboards to data mining. Formed by a highly experienced team of industry veterans Pentaho’s mission is to bring innovative, high quality technology and professional support to the BI market. Pentaho uses a revolutionary approach to development, distribution and support made possible by an open source business model. Pentaho’s technologies support a wide range of business initiatives from sales and profitability analysis, customer analysis, HR reporting, Financial reporting, KPI dashboards, Supply Chain analytics, and operational reporting.
For more information: Pentaho’s web site is located at http://www.pentaho.org.
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