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TIBCO Jaspersoft Review: "Jasper Reports Server needs work with authencation"
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Updated May 22, 2018

TIBCO Jaspersoft Review: "Jasper Reports Server needs work with authencation"

Score 7 out of 101
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Overall Satisfaction with TIBCO Jaspersoft

  • We use TIBCO Jaspersoft for print-ready, pixel-perfect reporting
Use Jasper Reports Server to make reports available to end users in a timely manner as opposed to having to wait for a new web application release for each new report.
  • Reports are easy to access/use for end users.
  • User rights are easy to see how they break down for each user.
  • Jasper Reports Server really needs support for CAC (common access card) authentication or at least allow external authentication to authenticate internal users. My goal is to put a unique identifier, found on each CAC, as an attribute on each internal Jasper Reports Server accounts. I then want to authenticate users by making reference to this attribute then logging the users in as an internal user. I currently have my setup working with externally defined users, but it is a pain and I am trying to move to internally defined users.
Jasper Reports Server's greatest strength is that it allows for reports to be deployed on the fly without having to create a new build or restart the web application.
  • Jaspersoft Standard Support or Professional Standard Support for AWS (12 annual cases)
As long as Jasper Reports Server supports our web application and database, we are good.
I don't currently utilize the multi-tenancy functionality.
Jasper Reports Server was selected because it is a standalone web application that can host reports. I myself haven't evaluated other products. The only other alternative may be to stand up our own web application and handle the user authentication ourselves.
The main issue is authentication configuration. If someone can get past the complexity of that, Jasper Reports Server is a good option for reporting needs. If someone doesn't have a lot of time on hand to fool with very difficult authentication configuration, I would not recommend Jasper Reports Server.

TIBCO Jaspersoft Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
8
Customizable dashboards
Not Rated
Report Formatting Templates
7
Drill-down analysis
Not Rated
Formatting capabilities
7
Report sharing and collaboration
Not Rated
Publish to Web
9
Publish to PDF
9
Report Versioning
Not Rated
Report Delivery Scheduling
Not Rated
Delivery to Remote Servers
Not Rated
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Not Rated
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Not Rated
Multi-User Support (named login)
Not Rated
Role-Based Security Model
10
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
10
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Not Rated
Responsive Design for Web Access
Not Rated
Dedicated iOS Application
Not Rated
Dedicated Android Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Not Rated
REST API
Not Rated
Javascript API
Not Rated
iFrames
Not Rated
Java API
5
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
5

Support and Training

Support

8
It takes a good bit of back and forth to get to the bottom of the complex issues i open cases about. Also i was paying for the top tier support and was hoping for faster resolutions.

TIBCO Jaspersoft Customer Support Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
No escalation required
Support cares about my success
Need to explain problems multiple times

Implementation Details / Implementation Partner

  • Implemented in-house

Implementation

5
Not happy with the non-native support of CAC authentication and would probably switch to a different product that did, even if it had half the features.

Training Types Used

  • In-person training
  • Self-taught
Learned how to handle CAC authentication and how to create/add reports as well as access controls.

In-Person Training

7
There were details left out that I had to learn on my own.

Online Training

Ease of TIBCO Jaspersoft Training

End users don't need training but administrators need some instruction.

Customer Success Team

N/A

Using TIBCO Jaspersoft

Users and Roles

40 - Management and oversight

Support Headcount Required

2 - Need technical savy personnel. If you require non-natively supported authentication, you need a software developer.

Business Processes Supported

  • Fast report creation
  • Easy user role assignment
  • Easy report permissions

Innovative Uses

  • N/A

Future Planned Uses

  • N/A

Likelihood to Renew

8
As of now i know of no other viable solutions and this product is working for me as of now.

Evaluating TIBCO Jaspersoft and Competitors

Products Replaced

Yes - Oracle Discoverer was replaced since it it's no longer supported.

Key Differentiators

  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
The ability to upload a new Jasper Report on the fly without a restart is the main reason for this product.

Evaluation Lessons Learned

No changes.

TIBCO Jaspersoft Support

Premium Support

Yes - Support is required for government else I wouldn't get it.

Bug Resolution

Exceptional Examples of TIBCO Jaspersoft Support

I had an issue importing the standard css design template and the Jaspersoft support person was able to supply the zip file I needed to import into Jasper Reports Server.

Using TIBCO Jaspersoft

Usability

9
End user usability seems to be pretty good but not perfect.

Usability Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Consistent
Quick to learn
Convenient
Feel confident using
Familiar
None

Easy Tasks

  • Report downloading is very easy and available in major formats like PDF and Excel

Difficult Tasks

  • Backend CAC external authentication is difficult but fine other than that