The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), an agency within the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), strives to advance knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and focuses on critical issues in these areas that a ect people’s lives on a daily basis. This can include improving agricultural productivity; creating new products; protecting animal and plant health; promoting sound human nutrition and health; strengthening children, youth and families; and revitalizing rural America. To accomplish these objectives, NIFA supports research, education and extension programs in the land-grant university system and other partner organizations.


NIFA’s proprietary software development platform required development cycles that were long and expensive, while also creating delayed responses to Congressional staff inquiries on emerging research trends for the purpose of securing future funding.


Based on NIFA’s budget and the biggest challenges that the agency was facing – long development cycles and expensive programming needed to support the Oracle suite of forms and reports used by NIFA – Autonomic was able to develop a solution that included Jaspersoft, an open source BI tool; Infobright, an analytic database to handle NIFA’s large volumes of data; and Talend open source data integration solution for ETL, data synchronization and data migration.


A flexible, scalable open source platform that eliminates costly vendor lock-in, while enabling more effective data sharing and rapid responses to Congressional inquiries at a fraction of the cost of proprietary solutions.

Customer Quotes

Because our branch of the USDA is a funnel for agriculture research, extension and education dollars, we work with a number of different groups and provide them with a variety of reports. We required a solution that would enable us to turn data around much faster, be more responsive to our partners, and produce reports that were easy to understand. And, we needed to do all of this in a way that was not as cost-prohibitive as our old solution.
— Joseph Barbano, Leadership Management Dashboard project manager, NIFA

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The solution enables NIFA to generate reports faster and also provides a format that is easier for its partners to understand. As NIFA implemented its open source solution, the organization was quickly able to realize a signi cant cost savings, both in the price of the software alone and in the cost of developers that would have been necessary to code and program proprietary software.