Thursday, April 29, 2010

Green Business Intelligence and Overweight Dogs

One of the best parts about being CEO of Jaspersoft is that I get to meet with so many customers and community members. I always learn something interesting. One of my favorite examples of Jaspersoft in action is at Fat Spaniel. You have to love that company name, right? Let me tell you a little more about their products and services.

Founded in 2003, Fat Spaniel Technologies is the leading independent provider of critical software-as-a-service monitoring and reporting tools for the renewable energy industry. Today, the company’s solutions are used by more than 4,000 renewable power plants in 28 countries. Their customers include solar power producers, financiers, systems integrators, OEMs and a growing number of wind power companies. Fat Spaniel solutions help optimize energy output, reduce operations and maintenance costs, contain risk, and increase the return on investment for renewable energy power plant projects. And, they do this using Jaspersoft’s business intelligence suite as their embedded reporting and analysis tool.

Because reporting and analysis are so core to their solution, Fat Spaniel naturally went through a “make versus buy” decision process. It didn’t take them long to realize that partnering with Jaspersoft was the best decision. “We calculated the numbers and realized it didn’t pay off for us to build our own”, said Brett Francis, vice president of engineering and software architecture at Fat Spaniel. After performing what he refers to as “an exhaustive survey of open source BI solutions,” Brett chose Jaspersoft – and we couldn’t be more proud. Choosing Jaspersoft also made sense because Fat Spaniel is a self-proclaimed open source advocate, long committed to both Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat JBoss middleware.

The company name? The founder literally named the company after glancing at his overweight dog lying on the floor. Good thing he owned a Spaniel and not a Chihuahua.

Here’s a screen shot of the Fat Spaniel Insight Platform:

The Fat Spaniel renewable energy management solution is used by system installers to schedule service and optimize performance, and by owners to track and display renewable energy generation and usage – even performance-based incentives that allow emerging carbon and renewable energy credits. I’m thrilled that, through Fat Spaniel, Jaspersoft is right in the middle of the Green BI movement ☺.

The solution and services running on JBoss Enterprise Application Platform have connected Fat Spaniel’s Insight Platform with JasperServer v3, enabling custom source-data collection, a reporting function for product interaction, and multi-lingual/standard and custom distributed energy reports. Insight and analysis is provided against thousands of plant sites, hundreds of customers, and more than 200 MWs of renewable energy generation and millions of new packets of energy intelligence information daily. Pretty awesome.

If you want to learn more about their solution, check out the press release and the case study, both created jointly with Red Hat.

I’m eager to ensure that every company developing modern software will choose Jaspersoft as its embedded BI platform. Being involved with customers like Fat Spaniel (and partners like Red Hat) reminds me why this job can be so much fun.

Brian Gentile
Chief Executive Officer

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