There is growing interest in Hadoop, the open source framework for processing and storing large amounts of data, particularly when used for business intelligence functions such as reporting. Yet Hadoop is hardly the only method of dealing with "Big Data" out there. My IT Business Edge colleague Loraine Lawson ran down some resources for tackling Big Data in November and discussed some of the key business reasons for using them.
One tidbit that caught my eye: Disney spent no more than $500,000 on a Big Data project it estimated could have cost up to $5 million using more traditional data management tools and technologies.
So it's not surprising that business intelligence provider Jaspersoft today released software to support a wide range of Big Data sources for BI reporting. As Jaspersoft VP of Product Strategy Karl Van den Bergh noted in a press release, BI vendors have focused on providing platform support for a relatively small subset of Big Data databases, those that feature a SQL interface like Hadoop's Hive project.
This gives our customers ultimate flexibility in terms of being able to report off of any Big Data system they might choose to use.
According to the release, Jaspersoft's native support works with: