[Chicago] Report generators

Daniel Fehrenbach dnfehrenbach at gmail.com
Fri Jan 10 19:12:18 CET 2014

I recently tried to identify things like this for work and was not really
happy with anything available. Besides the ones you mentioned I looked at
Pentaho (open source edition), Tableau, Microsoft Reporting Services and
creating our own tools with ReportLab (

For the most part the subscription services were too expensive for us and
the open source ones were too fragile to deploy as packaged without
devoting time we don't have to create and maintain them. We're likely
heading towards MS SRSS because we have SQL Server installed elsewhere but
there were pretty serious compromised with all the options.

Any other experiences or anecdotes would be appreciated.

On Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM, JP Bader <jp at zavteq.com> wrote:

> Hey ChiPy'ers,
> I'm doing research on report generators. In the past I've used Clarity and
> Jasper, but don't know much about the available options as it's been about
> 6-7 years since I've had to use a generator (with templates) versus just
> home-growing for clients. I've done BI work with Cognos and
> BusinessObjects, but those are way beyond scope.
> Are there some good suggestions people have used that are operable by
> non-technical users who want to make their own templates? I know licenses
> play a role as well, so commercial and OS versions are all appreciated as
> recommendations.
> Thanks,
> --
> JP Bader
> Principal
> Zavteq, Inc.
> @lordB8r | jp at zavteq.com
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