An old English proverb exclaims, “Need taught him wit,” an adage that is equally true in Bucharest, Romania, where, in 2001, Java developer and eventual Jaspersoft co-founder Teodor Danciu needed to embed reporting capability in an application.
His first choices for the task were proprietary solutions, like Crystal Reports, but the software either presented technical challenges when integrating with the Java platform, or the products were too expensive.
So, Teodor set out to build his own Java-based reporting engine and library. He posted his initial efforts on SourceForge where they were enthusiastically received and refined. The result was JasperReports Library: J for Java, and, Jasper is a crystal, said to provide stability, security and balance.
But good reporting tools need a good visual editor for creating sophisticated reports and report templates. Back to work! Too much work as it turned out. In 2002, Giulio Toffoli, a JasperReports user and member of the open source community, was looking for a better way to design reports, so he created Jaspersoft iReport Designer, a visual report designer for JasperReports. Developers who needed easily embeddable reports immediately embraced both projects.
By this time, the business intelligence market was ripe for disruption by a commercially-supported open source alternative. In 2004 Teodor, Giulio, and key members of their development teams joined forces with a San Francisco-based company to create Jaspersoft. Not long after, Jaspersoft added a server-based reporting tool-JasperReports Server-to the product line. It greatly extended the capabilities of both JasperReports Library and iReport. Next, full multi-dimensional features were added with Jaspersoft OLAP. In 2006 all of the pieces were brought together in a single integrated solution: The Jaspersoft Business Intelligence Suite.
Today, Jaspersoft provides the most flexible, cost effective and widely deployed Business Intelligence suite in the world, enabling better decision making through highly interactive, web-based reports, dashboards and analysis. Leveraging a commercial open source business model, Jaspersoft provides end-to-end BI capabilities at a fraction of the cost of other vendors. The BI suite includes pixel-perfect enterprise reporting, ad hoc query, dashboards, OLAP and in-memory analysis, and data integration. Jaspersoft is the only BI vendor that enables companies to adapt to the new, virtualized world by providing a complete spectrum of on-premise, multi-tenant SaaS and cloud-based deployment options for both embedded and standalone business intelligence. Unlike traditional BI vendors, Jaspersoft is built on a modern, lightweight, standards-based architecture and offers greater vendor independence thanks to its open source codebase. Unlike niche BI vendors, Jaspersoft represents a safe choice with tens of thousands of production deployments across a wide range of industries.
Jaspersoft's open source business intelligence software has more than 14 million product downloads worldwide, 175,000 production deployments and over 14,000 commercial customers in 100 countries. Its BI suite is advanced regularly by a development community of more than 225,000 registered members.