Perfect timing

Jaspersoft form Hadoop Partner ecosystem, Cloudera & Hortonworks sign up

Chris Mayer
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The time is now for Hadoop and the enterprise – business intelligence suite makers Jaspersoft announce big partnership with the kingmakers of Big Data

Business intelligence experts Jaspersoft
have spent the past few months on somewhat of a
community-focused offensive.

Having already enticed the two big cloud platform players in
VMware’s Cloud Foundry and Red Hat’s OpenShift, there was always a
greater clamouring for Big Data companies to come
knocking.

With big data analytics becoming big business in this
real-time driven world, there’s a lengthy queue of vendors forming,
all seeking a dedicated BI provider as part of their stack. Now it
appears Jaspersoft are ready to enter the Big Data race, unveiling
their Hadoop Partner ecosystem. Getting two heavyweights signed up,
in Cloudera and Hortonworks, right off the bat isn’t a bad
start.

The linkup to the Hadoop vendors, whose interest was likely
piqued by Jaspersoft’s commitment through the

Big Data Index
, represents a huge draw for
Jaspersoft in their long-term strategy

Karl van den Bergh, Vice President, Product and
Alliances at Jaspersoft, confirmed as much to us
back in April
that Jaspersoft’s key goal was “to become the
preferred BI provider for Big Data, both in the open source
developer world as well as for the enterprise.” With two names
synonymous with Hadoop professing love for the BI suite, the
community should theoretically follow suit.

Users can now call upon and integrate a number of new
analytic reporting options, such as Informatica’s HParser and
Talend’s Open Studio for Big Data.

“Our business users all want powerful, simple reporting tools
for the data they store in Apache Hadoop. Connecting the Jaspersoft
reporting engine directly to Hadoop makes it easy for analysts to
use both their source data and the results of their analytics
jobs.” said CEO of Cloudera, Mike Olson.

Eric Baldeschwieler, CTO of Hortonworks added: “Jaspersoft’s
industry-leading reporting, analysis, and dashboard products,
together with the Hortonworks Data Platform, make it easy and
cost-effective for customers to derive maximum insights and value
from their largest data stores. We’re delighted to partner with
them to create additional value for customers.”

It’s clear that Hadoop has finally overcome the hurdle of worming
its way into the environment of big companies after a lengthy
gestation period. However, there are still teething issues when
adopting the technology, something which Cloudera and Hortonworks
are very much aware of. Bringing Jaspersoft’s BI suite into the mix
eases the transition for those who have limited understanding of
obtaining analytics from the Hadoop platform.

“We’re delighted to see how expansive Hadoop-based
solutions have become. The volume of Hadoop Big Data users is
growing rapidly across the globe,” said Brian Gentile, CEO of
Jaspersoft. “With the growing use of Hadoop-based Big Data systems,
Jaspersoft has focused on building a strong partner ecosystem to
help deliver more value to business and IT users in managing and
processing large volumes of data in combination with reporting
tools.”

A recent Jaspersoft survey that looked into early enterprise
Hadoop use found that 53% of respondents have deployed or are
developing a Hadoop-based solution. More importantly, 77% said they
were thinking of doing so in the next six months, which shows you
the creation of a Hadoop ecosystem on the cusp of a big moment for
Hadoop adoption.

Hadoop alone is not enough: you need a rock solid storage
system working in conjunction. Whilst 82% of those questioned used
Hadoop’s file system HDFS, the onus falls to the other Big Data
projects to really attain worth from it all.

Interestingly, NoSQL database MongoDB appears to the
technology of choice with 30% of respondents using it. Whilst it
might not be a majority, it’s a sizable chunk when you consider all
the non-relational options available, and the enterprise still
hanging onto relational databases.

For Jaspersoft, the announcement of an Hadoop ecosystem
further cements their vow to Big Data and their commitment to
providing greater analytic options within it. By the sounds of it,
they’ve picked the perfect time to launch it.

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