ZDnet reports that Microsoft will work together with Business Intelligence solutions provider Jaspersoft and Italy-based open source integrator Sourcesense; this is yet another step that Microsoft is taking towards the Open source community.
Jaspersource will work in tandem with Microsoft to make sure that the former's BI software suite will work correctly on Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008.
As for Sourcesense, the company will be developing Apache POI libraries that will support support the ECMA Office Open XML File Formats, the same file format found in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2007 products.
Apache POI is a Java application programming interface (API) used to access and manage Microsoft Office binary formats, and can be easily applied to today’s billions of binary format documents by alleviating the need for complex programming and/or reverse engineering.
“Apache POI support for Open XML is compelling. It makes it easier to integrate, manage and deploy across the enterprise, and opens up valuable user contributions and feedback — an essential step to the interoperability and adoption of many collaboratively developed technologies,” said Gianugo Rabellino, CEO of Sourcesense.
“Microsoft’s participation with the Apache community reinforces its commitment to bridging open standards with Open Source. Through our SHARE methodology, companies are able to more efficiently introduce, control and manage Open Source technology across their organization. The timing is perfect, and we’re thrilled to be a part of this important milestone.”