April 14, 2011 Leave a comment
BIRT is the only reporting tool that is part of the Eclipse foundation. That alone is enough for me. The IDE is easy-to-use and you can design reports using a really intuative WYSIWYG designer. When things get more complex, you have the APIs and scripting hooks to handle it. After you design the report itself, you have a ton of deployment flexbility.
My short list of reasons I would go with BIRT:
- Data agnostic designer: JDBC, Native Drivers, Web Services, POJOs
- Eclipse-based: The community in and around BIRT & Eclipse is thriving.
- Drag-andDrop report creation: No programming is required to create content
- Versatility: You can create all kinds of content with BIRT, not just traditonal BI.
- Easy to deploy: Eihter embedded in an application or stand-alone
- Once executed and built, BIRT Report Documents are stand-alone entities. This really increases deployment options since you no longer need access to source data and resources for the users to view the report. Gets around firewall issues, security problems, etc… Really flexible execution.
Good luck no matter which way you go!
P.S. I did leave off one huge feature, and that is Page Level Security. If you want to develop one large report for a differentiated audience, you can do that in BIRT and rely on the tool to distribute the proper pages to the appropriate users. This can be a HUGE savings in resources (i.e. not generating 100 separate reports, but rather generating one report and slicing it up as many times as you need).
Jasper vs iBirt comparision matrix: