One of the ongoing debates about business intelligence is whether it's really a standalone application or simply a feature of another application. The most accepted answer to that question is both. Now Jaspersoft is gearing up to extend that debate into the cloud.
The provider of open source BI software has announced that it has integrated its software with Cloud Foundry, the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) from VMware. That move follows on the heels of a decision to make the company's software available via the Amazon Web Services (AWS) marketplace.
According to Karl Van den Bergh, vice president of product and alliances at Jaspersoft, as organizations look to build applications for PaaS environments, they will confront the same BI requirements they have on premise. Rather than build BI functionality from the ground up for cloud computing applications, Jaspersoft wants to make it easier for developers to invoke BI functionality in the cloud.
Van den Bergh concedes that Jaspersoft is probably a bit early given the nascent size of the PaaS market. But the PaaS market is expected to grow rapidly so Jaspersoft is looking to gain some first-mover advantages over rivals.
Naturally, just about every vendor in the BI space will eventually follow suit, which should give developers one less thing to have to build on their own in the cloud.