Jaspersoft's open source BI gains traction

The open-core business intelligence vendor has amassed more than 10 million downloads, raising questions about potential acquisitions

Jaspersoft and CEO Brian Gentile released download and community figures that suggest increased traction of Jaspersoft's open-source-based business intelligence product line.

Jaspersoft has amassed more than 10 million downloads since late 2001. While I'm always weary of download data after the 1 million mark, 10 million downloads place Jaspersoft in rare company among open source vendors. Jaspersoft also counts nearly 120,000 registered community members.

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Jaspersoft provided an estimate of its community contributions to open source, through work on the open source JasperReports, iReport, and JasperServer/JasperAnalysis:

Ohloh.net estimates Jaspersoft and its members have contributed nearly nine million dollars in full-time equivalent engineering investment to these projects.

I'm somewhat surprised that Jaspersoft's open source projects only amount to $9 million in engineering investment. Maybe Ohloh.net is only counting the investment since Ohloh.net was founded?

Another interesting data point is the difference between user and customer geographies:

Jaspersoft's community includes members in more than 150 countries around the world, with top ten memberships coming from Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Thailand and the United States. Comparatively, in the last year, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and France ranked among the top five countries with the highest commercial adoption of Jaspersoft products.

Jaspersoft appears to be monetizing usage in western markets today, while at the same time building a usage base in emerging markets which can be monetized in the future.

With Red Hat's recent interest in business intelligence and Jaspersoft's traction, one can't help but wonder what Red Hat is waiting for in this space. Keep in mind that Red Hat has previously invested in Jaspersoft. However, so has SAP. With SAP's increasingly warm stance toward open source, it represents another potential suitor for Jaspersoft.

While SAP's Business Objects division would compete with Jaspersoft, the combination of an open source, open-source-based, and enterprise commercial product line would be interesting from a competitive standpoint. Additionally, Jaspersoft's usage in emerging markets could be an opportunity to reach a set of customers that SAP may not reach effectively today.

Interesting times ahead.

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