Saving Millions with Open Source Business Intelligence - Page 2

Sanjay Raj

The Solution

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

In addition to cutting their licensing costs in half, the client noted that the new Jaspersoft solution offered powerful reporting and improved performance. They estimated that they will save more than $500,000 in the next three years on licensing and maintenance costs, and nearly $1 million on hardware and infrastructure by saving database server space from a 40 percent reduction in CPU usage.

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.

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May 15, 2010 3:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous  says:
Open source is a nice concept for BI but day to day life teaches us differentially. When a client goes open source he expect to pay for all support incidents: Hire a developer to add functionality which adds to your budget etc. Most of the time it is needed to hire Integrator to deploy the open source solution which is NOT saving millions but adds to the TCO. Now even with enterprise BI you can use tools like QlikView or SiSense Prism without spending millions and project time lines staring from 1 month. Reply
May 21, 2010 6:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous  says:
Open source is a wonderful idea in todays arena. Its allows your BI platform very flexible, robust and scalable. But only a cons is Open source may not be open always !!! Reply
Jun 30, 2010 3:06 AM chaks chaks  says:
Open Source not ONLY for saving millions - Is inspiring a culture of collaborative software development for society. I would not say Open Source is cheap - does not sound right. Open source is flexible, affordable and enhancement is always on. Reply

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