Embedding BI Reports (Jasper Reports/ Jasper Server/ Pentaho Reports/ Pentaho Server)

There are many methods of embedding BI reports, this blog tries to explain the meaning of Embedded BI, different approaches which can be used, their respective advantages and disadvantages

 

A)     What is embedded BI?

Lets say you have developed your entire BI solution which includes reports, dashboards, mashups, analysis etc, the platform which is used can be anything like Jaspersoft or Pentaho. The process of integration of this BI solution with your existing application/software/portal is called Embedded BI.

Embedded BI provides a lot of advantages like ability to add more reports over and above the existing canned reports which your application might provide, the look and feel and customization of all the reports can be changed as per the software/user preference, better visualization, unified application for everything. Biggest advantage can be your product value will increase much more, hence resulting in much more sales and revenue.

a) Embedding using iFrame Method :-

iFrame method of embedding BI reports can be used for embedding Jasper server, Jasper reports and Pentaho server, Pentaho reports. The report pulled in this case is using iframe as a tag. Even though the report is external, but to an end customer he will not be able to recognize the same.

The advantages of using iFrame method is this method is fast and quick to implement. The disadvantages includes it will be difficult to manage user, also in this case there can be cross browser compatibility issues, security is a major issue here.

 

b) Embedding Using webservice:- Webservices can also be used to integrate reports, dashboard, interactive report or/and ad-hoc reports. We can use webservices to accept the information from the Jasper/Pentaho server, this Jasper server can be anywhere ( on Tomcat or any other server). Using webservices we will invoke the response from Jasper Server/Pentaho server. This response can be can be then embedded inside application/software. Jasper server/Pentaho server also supports RESTFUL service (JSON format responses). In this approach there are no or less security related issues.

The disadvantage of this approach is there are no interactive features available of the report which thus results in poor user experience. Also in order to handle and understand the responses from jasper server/Pentaho server, custom coding is required in the application. In case if we had put input controls in the report, the same functionality then needs to be implemented in the application via custom coding. Aside, having many webcalls at times can be resource intensive as well.

The advantage of this approach is webservices approach gives more seamless integration since there is no security issue and no thirdparty calls (like in the case of iframe). Also in this case there are no interbrowser compatibility issues (assuming it is handled by your developer team).

c) Embedding using Jasper/Pentaho Libraries:- In this method we create JRXML/Pentaho report (prpt) files using ireport/Pentaho report designer. Compile these reporting using Java API, and then use this compiled code to generate views using Jasper Server API calls

The advantage of this method is this gives the most seamless integration. Also since all the information is present as a part of the application/server, no third party calls are required.

Disadvantage of this approach is some interactivity is lost in this method. Also the input parameters are also required to be created in the own application via custom coding.

 

Please get in touch at [email protected] for much more details about the respective approach, how to embed the same using these approaches, which was is the best suited to your needs and much more.

Tech Tips in Penaho Server – publishing password setting for server – Disable the folder names in Browser panel in the Server

Hi guys..

The below tips are very useful in Pentaho Server for BI developers.
1) publishing password setting for server
You need to publish the reports or schema(s)[developed in PSW] once you done with developing. For this you need set the publishing password for Pentaho server.
Go to this location 
<location of Pentaho>biserver-ce-4.8.0-stable\biserver-ce\pentaho-solutions\system\publisher-config.xml and edit the “publisher-config.xml”  file.

Give your publish password b/w  these tags  <publisher-password> </publisher-password>

Example:
<publisher-password>password</publisher-password>    ( password can be any name that you wish to give)

Snapshot is a worth more than text. find the image below.

Save the file. stop the server and start the server.

2) Disable the folder names in Browser panel of Pentaho Server
* What ever the folder you create in Browser panel of pentaho server, it directly stores   under pentaho-soulutions
i.,e in this location
<Pentaho location>Pentaho\biserver-ce-4.8.0-stable\biserver-ce\pentaho-solutions
* You can disable all of your folders that comes with installation & the later created ones  which you don’t want to appear in the browser panel.
*   Inside every folder(pentaho default or the folders created by you) you can find “index.xml” file. You need to edit this file. You need to change visable tag as “false”.
Find the sanpshot.

You need not restart the server. Just you need to refresh the browser panel in the server.
You can observer the invisibility of the folder.

Sadakar Pochampalli.

 

 

Installing Jasper server with MySQL Database

This blog will help you understand how to install Jasper Server with MySQL database

Pre requisites
1. Install the Oracle/Sun Java JDK 1.6 or 1.7. Create and set the JAVA_HOME system
environment variable. i.e., Make sure Java path are set for your user profile or system
profile
Please follow the link to get the software.
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/java-se-jre-7-download-
432155.html

2. Jasperreports-server-cp-5.0.0-bin-zip
a. Download Jasperreports-server-cp-5.0.0-bin-zip from the below mentioned location.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/jasperserver/files/JasperServer/JasperReports%20S
erver%205.0.0/jasperreports-server-cp-5.0.0-bin.zip/download

3. MySQL database.
a. Please follow this link to get the software.
http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/5.0.html
Note: We can use any other database as well. For demo purpose we are using mySQL.

4. Apache Tomcat Server
a. Please follow this link to get the software.
http://tomcat.apache.org/download-60.cgi

Follow below mentioned steps to install Jasper server CE 5.0.0 with mySQL database.

Step 1:- Extract all files from jasperreports-server-cp-5.0.0-bin.zip. Choose a destination, such as C:\Jaspersoft on Windows. The directory, jasperreports-server-cp-5.0.0-bin, appears in the file location you choose.

Step 2 :- Copy the <database>_master.properties file for your database from sample_conf and paste it to buildomatic:
Copy from — <js-install>/buildomatic/sample_conf/
Paste to — <js-install>/buildomatic
For example, copy mysql_master.properties to <js-install>/buildomatic.

Step 3:- Rename the file you copied to default_master.properties.

Step 4:- Edit the default_master.properties file to add the settings for your database and application server.

Below mentioned is a sample property values MySql database.

MySQL appServerType=tomcat6 [tomcat7, tomcat5, jboss, jboss7, glassfish2,
glassfish3, skipAppServerCheck*]
appServerDir=c:\\Program Files\\Apache Software Foundation\\Tomcat 6†

dbUsername=root
dbPassword=password
dbHost=localhost

Set the following in the file
webAppNameCE = jasperserver

***NOTE:
Place mysql-connector-java-5.1.10.jar driver in the following location
D:\install SW\jasperreports-server-cp-5.0.0-bin\buildomatic\conf_source\db\mysql\jdbc

Step 6:-
Run the js-install scripts.
a. Start your database server.
b. Stop your application server.
c. Open Command Prompt as Administrator on Windows.
d. Run the appropriate commands:

js-install-ce.bat : Installs JasperReports Server, sample data,
and sample databases (foodmart and sugarcrm)

js-install-ce.bat minimal : Installs JasperReports Server, but does not
install sample data and sample databases

NOTE
If you installed the optional sample databases, complete the installation by executing this command: js-ant deploy-webapp-ce from buildomatic location in command prompt.

For example in the following location:
C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Tomcat 6.0\webapps

Step 7:-
Run the tomcat server and type the jasper server url.
For example: http://localhost:2222/jasperserver/login.html

Helical IT Solutions (an Open source DWBI company providing services on Jaspersoft, Pentaho, Talend, Kettle, Data visualization) covered by a growing magazine.. Business for All

Helical Covered by Biz for All Magazine

Helical Covered by Biz for All Magazine

 

 

Among the many Information Technology startups, Helical IT Solutions, a Hyderabad based technology company providing services in open source data warehousing and business intelligence services, has been moving up the ladder with incredible pace and bagged a seed funding of INR 2.5 million from the Singapore based Citibank within six months of starting operations.

 

The company which started in Nov. 2012 has catered to the technology needs of clients in various domains including e-commerce, insurance, energy, social media analytics, healthcare and human resource while building and managing their Business Intelligence (BI) platforms.

 

The eight member strong team in Helical is quite excited with the fund inflow and plans to use it primarily for recruitment and partnering with leading BI vendors in the open source space such as Jaspersoft and Pentaho. “We want to focus and build up our capability of providing sector specific BI offering with this fund,” one of founders Nikhilesh Tiwari said. Specializing in Open source technologies, Helical has proved to be a great bet for its clients cutting down on their costs and adding to their efficiency and turnover. Their services include BI, ETL, Data warehousing and data modelling, data visualization to name a few. Helical IT Solutions is an open source Data warehousing and BI company based out of Hyderabad. The company works primarily on Jaspersoft and Pentaho BI suite and on talend, on Talend and Kettle. According to Gartner’s 2012 CIO survey, analytics and BI is the No. 1 technology priority for CIOs in 2012.

 

 

BI, analytics and PM software market was the second-fastest growing sector in the overall worldwide enterprise software market in 2011. “India is growing faster than any other country in BI sector in Asia Pacific with 36 per cent growth rate and the market for BI software in India is forecast to reach revenue of $81.5 million in 2012,” he said. Every 15 seconds, an open source BI s/w is downloaded and around 80 per cent of them need consultation and services as to how use them. With the angel investment, plans are underway to expand the team and hiring, develop infrastructure, SI partnership with Jaspersoft & Pentaho to get projects from even bigger clients and at a higher margin. “Building a parallel team after some time and start working towards building a product (we have energy domain, ecommerce domain primarily in mind),” he said about future plans. It is not that the company had walked a rosy path as due to lack of resources, they had to turn down many clients like Jabong.com, Mangaquest, Inspire edge IT solutions,  XiBoss.