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Wayne Eckerson

Welcome to Wayne's World, my blog that illuminates the latest thinking about how to deliver insights from business data and celebrates out-of-the-box thinkers and doers in the business intelligence (BI), performance management and data warehousing (DW) fields. Tune in here if you want to keep abreast of the latest trends, techniques, and technologies in this dynamic industry.

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Wayne has been a thought leader in the business intelligence field since the early 1990s. He has conducted numerous research studies and is a noted speaker, blogger, and consultant. He is the author of two widely read books: Performance Dashboards: Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Your Business (2005, 2010) and The Secrets of Analytical Leaders: Insights from Information Insiders (2012).

Wayne is founder and principal consultant at Eckerson Group,a research and consulting company focused on business intelligence, analytics and big data.

Through a recent consulting assignment, I discovered that there are many Java-based reporting tools on the market, each carving out a profitable niche in the industry, generally out of the spotlight.

One of the more promising Java-based reporting vendors I've met is Jinfonet Software. Founded in 1998, Jinfonet, until recently, sold its flagship product, JReport, as embedded software to other software vendors. Today, Jinfonet is taking JReport upstream, selling it more aggressively as a stand-alone product with new modules for dashboarding, self-service reporting, visual analysis, Web and mobile delivery. It also provides access to relational, NoSQL, Hive, and Amazon Redshift data sources, and it's working on modules for predictive analytics and collaboration. JReport is no longer just a Java-reporting tool, it's a full-featured BI platform.

Jinfonet has 1,000 customers, 60% of which are ISVs, but a growing number are user organizations. With its CPU-based pricing, many of these customers, such as Visa and HSBC, use the product to support large extranet deployments. (Jinfonet also offers named user pricing.) And unlike some of its Java-reporting brethren, Jinfonet has modern-looking graphics and is eager to get the word out about its capabilities. If you are in the market for a full-featured Java reporting tool that is keeping pace with the world of analytics and big data, then Jinfonet is a good place to start.

Similar vendors: Jaspersoft, LogiAnalytics, Actuate, Yellowfin, Pentaho, Inetsoft, Quadbase, Winward

Jinfonet is based in Rockville, MD. For more information, go to www.jinfonet.com or call (240) 477-1000.


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