"Big" enterprise business intelligence suites and robust enterprise reporting products became bloated because, over time, vendors have added functionality to satisfy customer requests. Ironically, this created opportunity for the current crop of lightweight BI and reporting vendors.
At the same time, customers' demands have influenced vendors to add analysis capabilities such as drilling and cross-tab operations, as well as support for more-robust reporting and dashboards, and deeper online analytical processing (OLAP) support.
Some lightweight BI and reporting products include templates that enable developers to give report and dashboard consumers the ability to modify or create reports and dashboards. By providing additional functionality and planning to add easy-touse report and dashboard designers for end users, these products will encroach on enterprise business intelligence suites and, ultimately, may become enterprise business intelligence suites.
The lightweight BI and reporting market, as typical of an emerging market, is composed of entrepreneurial vendors that offer Java BI and reporting products based on the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) computing platform— for example, products from InetSoft Technology.