Business intelligence (BI) software maker TIBCO acquired Jaspersoft in April of this year. Jaspersoft is probably best known for its JasperReports Server, a Java-based Web application that provides such advanced report server capabilities as report scheduling, permissions, ad hoc reporting, dashboards, and multi-tenancy. The new Visualize.js framework also utilizes the REST APIs of the JasperReports Server to provide built-in services -- things like data connectivity, repository access, in-memory analytics, and visualization design. There's also an on-premises cloud deployment option.
The new Visualize.js framework was designed for developers, says Mike Boyarski, TIBCO's director of marketing, so that they can more easily include analytics as an "integrated experience."
"Because of the cost and complexity, most developers today typically turn to charting libraries," Van den Bergh added. "We think Visualize.js is going to change that."
TIBCO is also introducing the updated Jaspersoft 5.6 BI platform with this announcement. The update is designed to make developers more "capably analytic," Boyarski said, with a number of new features and upgrades, including: federated query connectors to virtually blend relational data with data from companies such as MongoDB, Hadoop or Cassandra; improved native connectors for direct access to MongoDB, Hadoop, Cassandra, and others for real-time reporting; new analytic calculations and functions that allow users to build their own algorithms for more advanced analysis of data; new chart types, including spider, bubble, and dual-level pie charts; and enhanced interactive reporting functionality, including improved zoom and search capabilities.
"More than ever, analytics is now a thing that you do and not a place that you go," said Brian Gentile, senior vice president and general manger of the Jaspersoft group, in a statement. "The Jaspersoft 5.6 platform advancements, when combined with the new Visualize.js framework, enable any Web application to seamlessly embed and control advanced analytic functionality. This enables just the right amount of data -- no more and no less -- to be presented directly in an application, making everyone more capably analytic."