The client was open to exploring new software tools to support its reporting system and laid out a series of requirements that any new product had to adhere to including:
Retain all features offered by the old tool, with the possibility to add new features later
Deliver 'pixel perfect' printer-ready reports
Avoid making any changes to the underlying databases or interfaces
Easy-to-use user interface for regular tasks such as report viewing, folder and file management, as well as complex administrative tasks like security management, performance log monitoring and scheduling
The client asked Syntel to explore several alternative reporting solutions according to their features, functionality and security, and by using database queries and stored procedures from the current system to evaluate the output and performance of each new solution.
Syntel settled on Jaspersoft for its powerful open source BI solution. The client agreed with Syntel's recommendation based on Jaspersoft's advantages, particularly:
Open and transparent code that enables the development of custom features
The flexibility to embed the product into application modules
Delivers both web-based and pixel-perfect printer-ready output
Scalable up to multi-server, enterprise-wide deployments
More flexible licensing terms, with an unlimited number of end user licenses
Lower support and maintenance costs
Once Jaspersoft was chosen as the new tool of choice, Syntel stepped in to execute the project, migrating more than 350 users and 13,000+ historical reports, executing testing, producing documentation for the new system and phasing out the old product. Syntel also trained the firm's users, developing several new custom features and integrating them into the solution.
Results with Open Source BI
They have also laid the groundwork to leverage the power of open source solutions like Jaspersoft to achieve similar results in other systems and applications across the enterprise.
Open source business intelligence is getting the industry closer to the long-held vision of "pervasive BI" readily available in any deployment model. As Jaspersoft's partner, Syntel counted on Jaspersoft to keep reporting and analytics more agile and cost-effective.
Gartner estimates that over a five-year period, use of open source BI, such as Jaspersoft, costs just 18 percent of "megavendor" BI. They also have ranked Jaspersoft as the highest growth BI vendor of 2009.
The combination of open source methods, modern architecture, and truly low license and operating costs does equate to better BI.