Jaspersoft and CEO Brian Gentile released download and community figures that suggest increased traction of Jaspersoft’s open source based business intelligence product line.

Jaspersoft has surpassed the 10 million download mark since late 2001. While I’m always weary of download data after the 1 million mark, 10 million downloads place Jaspersoft in rare company amongst open source vendors. Jaspersoft also counts nearly 120,000 registered community members.

Jaspersoft also provided an estimate of its community contributions to open source, through work on the open source JasperReports, iReport, and JasperServer/JasperAnalysis:

“Ohloh.net estimates Jaspersoft and its members have contributed nearly nine million dollars in full-time equivalent engineering investment to these projects.”

I’m somewhat surprised that Jaspersoft’s open source projects only amount to $9 million in engineering investment. Maybe Ohloh.net is only counting the investment since Ohloh.net was founded?

Another interesting data point is the difference between user and customer geographies:

“Jaspersoft’s community includes members in more than 150 countries around the world, with top ten memberships coming from Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Thailand and the United States. Comparatively, in the last year, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and France ranked among the top five countries with the highest commercial adoption of Jaspersoft products.”

Jaspersoft appears to be monetizing usage in western markets today, while at the same time building a usage base in emerging markets which can be monetized in the future.

With Red Hat’s recent interest in Business Intelligence, and Jaspersoft’s traction, one can’t help but wonder what Red Hat is waiting for in this space. Keep in mind that Red Hat has previously invested in Jaspersoft. However, so has SAP. With SAP’s increasing warm stance towards open source, they represent another potential suitor for Jaspersoft. While SAP’s Business Objects division would compete with Jaspersoft, the combination of an open source, open source based and enterprise commercial product line would be interesting from a competitive standpoint. Additionally, Jaspersoft’s usage in emerging markets could be an opportunity to reach a set of customers that SAP may not reach effectively today.

Interesting times ahead.

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Reading Michael Dolan’s post titled Proof Microsoft still does not “get open source” got me thinking.  What do the other big software vendors have to say about open source in the Management Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) of their annual reports?  Before we move on, it’s important to recognize the purpose of the MD&A section.  It’s a chance for management to talk about its strategy and discuss relevant risks to the business.

For Microsoft to state that open source is a risk to their business, is perfectly valid.  Heck, as an investor, I’d be weary if Microsoft’s MD&A section didn’t say anything about open source as a risk.  It’s perfectly valid for Michael to suggest that Microsoft should include a discussion on how they intend to leverage open source.  I’m hoping we’ll see exactly that in next year’s report.

Next, let’s look at Oracle:

Under the risk: “We may be unable to compete effectively within the highly competitive software industry”, Oracle states: “We may also face increasing competition from open source software initiatives, in which competitors may provide software and intellectual property for free. Existing or new competitors could gain sales opportunities or customers at our expense”.

Under the risk: “We may need to change our pricing models to compete successfully”, Oracle states, “The increase in open source software distribution may also cause us to change our pricing models.”

Next, let’s look at SAP:

As far as I could find, SAP does not mention the term “open source” anywhere in the Risk Factors & Risk Management section (starting on pg. 110) of their 2007 Annual Report.  On one hand, this shouldn’t be surprising considering that open source isn’t as pervasive in the enterprise applications market as it is in other segments of the software market.  However, open source is definitely competitive with the middleware side of SAP’s business.  So, to be honest, I find it very surprising and worrisome that SAP doesn’t mention open source at all.

Lastly, IBM:

There is no mention of open source as a risk to IBM’s business.  Rather, IBM says: “The company continues to be a leading force in open source solutions to enable its clients to achieve higher levels of interoperability, cost efficiency and quality.”

What do you think?

Should Oracle be less worried about open source? Should SAP (and IBM) be more worried?