Open Source Found Successful in BI Project for National Institute of Food and Agriculture

CARY, N.C., February 1, 2011 – Autonomic Resources, an IT firm serving the U.S. federal government, reported today on the completion of an open source Business Intelligence (BI) implementation for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The implementation  was carried out by Barquin International using solutions from Jaspersoft, the world’s most widely used business intelligence platform, Infobright, the open source analytic database company, and Talend, a global open source software leader. Autonomic sells these BI Solutions licenses through its fast-growing open source store, making them readily available to federal agencies under the GSA schedule.

NIFA began investigating open source solutions for its BI needs as the organization began outgrowing its previous platform. As the complexity of NIFA’s reporting increased, the organization began to experience performance issues with SAP Crystal Reports. In order to handle the growing challenges, NIFA determined it would need to migrate up to a full suite of BusinessObjects, which was not an option from a cost perspective.

Barquin International, who has supplied IT development services to NIFA since 2002, worked with NIFA to develop an open source BI solution that included Jaspersoft, Infobright and Talend. The solution enables NIFA to generate reports faster and also provides a format that is easier for the organization’s many partners to understand. The organization was also able to quickly realize a significant cost savings, in both implementation and development expenditures.

“There has definitely been a movement within the federal government to look at open source for controlling costs,” said Joseph Barbano, Leadership Management Dashboard project manager with NIFA. “We required a solution that would enable us to turn data around much faster, be more responsive to our partners, and produce reports and analytics that were easy to understand. And, we needed to do all of this in a way that was not as cost-prohibitive as our old solution.”

“Autonomic recognizes the importance of making the world’s leading open source technologies readily available to federal government agencies,” said John Keese, Autonomic Resources’ president. “We are pleased to add leading open source solutions from Jaspersoft, Infobright and Talend to our growing open source store, and to work with top-notch integrators like Barquin International to provide federal agencies with proven technologies that can increase their efficiencies and help them eliminate costly vendor lock-in.”

Autonomic Resources, Jaspersoft, Infobright and Talend will hold a free webinar on Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. EST to discuss the NIFA implementation and the benefits of open source technologies for federal agencies. For more information or to register for the webinar please visit: http://www1.autonomicresources.com/l/3312/2011-01-14/53Y27.

About Jaspersoft
Jaspersoft provides the most flexible, cost effective and widely deployed Business Intelligence suite in the world, enabling better decision making through highly interactive, web-based reports, dashboards and analysis. Leveraging a commercial open source business model, Jaspersoft provides end-to-end BI capabilities at a fraction of the cost of other vendors. The BI suite includes pixel-perfect enterprise reporting, ad hoc query, dashboards, OLAP and in-memory analysis, and data integration. Jaspersoft is the only BI vendor that enables companies to adapt to the new, virtualized world by providing a complete spectrum of on-premise, multi-tenant SaaS and cloud-based deployment options for both embedded and standalone business intelligence. Unlike traditional BI vendors, Jaspersoft is built on a modern, lightweight, standards-based architecture and offers greater vendor independence thanks to its open source codebase. Unlike niche BI vendors, Jaspersoft represents a safe choice with tens of thousands of production deployments across a wide range of industries.

Jaspersoft’s open source business intelligence software has more than 12 million product downloads worldwide, 160,000 production deployments and over 13,000 commercial customers in 100 countries. Its BI suite is advanced regularly by a development community of more than 180,000 registered members. For more information visit: http://www.jaspersoft.com and http://www.jasperforge.org.

About Infobright
Infobright’s high performance database is the preferred choice for analytic applications and data marts. Fast and easy to implement, with unmatched operational simplicity and low cost, Infobright is being used by enterprises, SaaS and software companies in online businesses, telecommunications, financial services and other industries to provide rapid access to critical business data. For more information, please visit www.infobright.com, join our open source community at www.infobright.org and follow us at http://www.twitter.com/infobright.

About Talend
Talend is the recognized market leader in open source middleware solutions. More than 2,000 paying customers around the globe, including eBay, Virgin Mobile, Sony Online Entertainment, Deutsche Post and Allianz, subscribe to Talend’s solutions and services to minimize the costs and maximize the value of data integration, ETL, data quality, Master Data Management and application integration. With more than 12 million downloads, Talend’s solutions are the most widely used and deployed data management solutions in the world. The company has major offices in North America, Europe and Asia, and a global network of technical and services partners. Within the last year, Talend has received a number of prestigious honors including: named a Network World open source company to watch, and a winner of the AlwaysOn Global 250, the Red Herring Top 100 Europe, The VAR Guy’s Open Source 50 and InfoWorld’s Bossie Award. For more information, please visit http://www.talend.com.

About Autonomic Resources
Autonomic Resources (http://www.autonomicresources.com) is a Public Cloud provider and emerging technology integration services firm that works with the U.S. federal government. Federal awards include the GSA Cloud award, GSA Private Cloud solutions (ARC-P), Situational Awareness Incident Response (SAIR), and Data at Rest (DAR) encryption solutions. Headquartered in Cary, N.C., Autonomic is certified 8(a) SDB - Search GSA Schedule #GS-35F-0587R on http://www.gsaadvantage.gov and http://www.apps.gov.

About Barquin International
Barquin International is a full-service business intelligence firm, based in Washington DC, dedicated to assisting organizations in planning, designing, implementing and operating knowledge management e-government information architecture and data warehousing solutions and strategies. More at www.barquin.com or contact Kelley Willitts on +1 (202) 296 7147.