Jaspersoft--Power, Flexibility and Simplicity
Updated October 09, 2018

Jaspersoft--Power, Flexibility and Simplicity

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with TIBCO Jaspersoft

  • Jaspersoft can be seamlessly embedded into web applications.
  • Jaspersoft is easily customized allowing nearly complete control over the reporting environment.
  • Jaspersoft is scalable allowing it to grow to meet the needs of our growing user base as our deployment rolls out across the country.
  • Jaspersoft is easy to learn for the report developer.
  • Jaspersoft Studio is a little "buggy" having to be closed and re-opened periodically throughout the day.
  • Multi-select queries return and load the entire query result set rather than allowing "lazy-loading" of records as a user scrolls. This results in slow loading report parameter screens as the lists are loaded.
  • It would be great to have source control (such as Version One or Git) better integrated into Jaspersoft.
  • Version 6.4.3.final of Jaspersoft Studio has some bugs where some button on the main toolbar simply do not function (such as "Publish the file on JasperReports Server.")
I have used Crystal Reports, SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), and Business Objects prior to my experience with Jaspersoft. Unlike SSRS, Jaspersoft works easily with multiple database platforms. Crystal Reports is aimed more directly at the end-user, and Business Objects while flexible, is much less developer friendly. Jaspersoft provides cross-platform/database functionality, customizability and the ability to integrate into whatever end-user interface is desired. Additionally, it is much more scalable than the others mentioned. These are some of the reasons we selected Jaspersoft.
Well Suited: Jaspersoft is the optimum solution for embedded reports. It allows this to be done seamlessly where a user would assume you wrote the reporting directly into the web page rather than embedding a tool.

Less Appropriate: I would not recommend native Jaspersoft as an ad-hoc reporting tool for the end-user. Because it provides so much flexibility, it is probably a bit too complex for the end-user.

TIBCO Jaspersoft Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
10
Customizable dashboards
10
Report Formatting Templates
10
Drill-down analysis
7
Formatting capabilities
7
Report sharing and collaboration
7
Publish to Web
10
Publish to PDF
10
Report Versioning
2
Report Delivery Scheduling
5
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)
10
Role-Based Security Model
10
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
10
Single Sign-On (SSO)
10
Responsive Design for Web Access
8
Mobile Application
9
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
8
REST API
10
Javascript API
10
iFrames
9
Java API
Not Rated
Themeable User Interface (UI)
8
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
10

Support and Training

I ALWAYS get a response from the Tibco support team and they always offer a solution or develop a solution and then offer it. I definitely feel like my issues are important to Tibco and they work diligently to resolve them and ensure I am satisfied with the result. This is support beyond what I typically expect in the software industry.
ProsCons
Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
No escalation required
Support understands my problem
Support cares about my success
Quick Initial Response
None
Having just completed an upgrade to the latest version of Jaspersoft, I am happy to say their support was very good. There were a couple of small challenges which were not easily resolved, but they were primarily related to the fact that we had skipped updates for a couple of versions. The current update procedures assumed we were upgrading from the prior latest version (6.4) to to the new version (7.1).
  • Self-taught
I was trained to work with Jaspersoft by my co-team members who were already familiar with it. I have worked in report development for many years and having done so, I found Jaspersoft to be intuitive and easy to learn. I am now very successfully able to use this product.
The product was quite easy to learn the basics. Once I got more deeply into the product and began developing more complex solutions, my training became more intricate and I had to learn the product in more detail. However, overall would rate Jaspersoft as one of the more intuitive report development interfaces I have used.

Using TIBCO Jaspersoft

The users of Jaspersoft within my organization range from inside sales representatives to executives to field representatives.
Our implementation of Jaspersoft requires web developers, Jaspersoft report developers, QA analysts, database administrators, SQL developers and server infrastructure personnel. Needless to say, this is a very large implementation supporting more than 10,000 users.
  • Real-time reporting
  • Multiple data sources
  • Mobile device reporting access
  • Data visualizations
  • We have fully integrated Jaspersoft into a custom-developed web site for use by corporate personnel as well as clients
  • Using our in-house developed web site, we have developed a very robust report scheduling system
  • We hope to use a future edition of Jaspersoft to query data from multiple, disparate data sources
  • We plan to use Jaspersoft ad-hoc reporting
Jaspersoft is an integral part of our business system.

Evaluating TIBCO Jaspersoft and Competitors

  • Product Features
  • Product Reputation
  • Vendor Reputation
  • Existing Relationship with the Vendor
  • Third-party Reviews
Te most important factor was the ability to seamlessly incorporate reporting into our web interface.
We are satisfied with our evaluation and selection process.

TIBCO Jaspersoft Support

Yes - Our Jaspersoft implementation is a corporate implementation and having a highl-level of vendor support is critical to a succesful implementation. When issues are encountered, we MUST be able to submit support tickets and have them reviewed and addressed very quickly.
Yes - I have submitted a bug to TIBCO regarding the Jaspersoft development environment. The issue was addressed very quickly and accurately.
I was experiencing an issue where I was unable to use the publish button on my toolbar to publish reports. Jaspersoft support responded quickly with a work-around while they researched the issue. Within a couple of days, they were able to provide a patch correcting the issue.

Using TIBCO Jaspersoft

With the exception of the relatively few previously mentioned limitations, Jaspersoft is very usable.
ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Consistent
Convenient
Feel confident using
Familiar
None
  • Easy to insert an externally developed query into a report
  • Easy to control deployment to multiple environments
  • It is difficult, if not impossible to incorporate source control with Jaspersoft
  • It is currently not possible to use data from multiple data sources in a single report
  • Upon publishing a report, it is frustrating that Jaspersoft does not save my publication preferences from report to report