Announcing ActuateOne: One Design, One Server and One User Experience

ActuateOne Leverages BIRT to Simplify Data Access, Speed Development and Ensure User Agility — All from a Unified Environment that Grows with Success

SAN MATEO, Calif.--()--Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTU), The people behind BIRT® and the leader in open source Business Intelligence, today announced ActuateOne, a game changing product suite for rapidly developing and deploying custom Business Intelligence (BI) applications and information applications. ActuateOne is based upon one design, one server and one user experience to improve developer productivity, optimize the end user experience within a unified environment, and deploy from on-premises to the cloud. Applications based on ActuateOne deliver information from any data source, including high volume print streams, and present it to end users for maximum productivity.

ActuateOne includes release 11 of Actuate’s value-added products for the Eclipse BIRT open source project, including the latest version of BIRT iServer. ActuateOne fulfills the vision that Actuate has had since the inception of BIRT to redefine the Business Intelligence category by moving away from a set of disparate tools to a suite of integrated capabilities within a single environment. Actuate’s new branding, ActuateOne, is recognition of a single common architecture for development and deployment, utilizing one design, one server and a seamless unified end-user experience that meets the dynamically changing needs of information consumers.

“The current Business Intelligence user experience is disjointed and frustrating as end users try to get to the information they are looking for. It is akin to chaotic city driving with the added challenge of having to stop and change cars at every block,” said Shaku Atre, President of Atre Group. “ActuateOne’s release 11 with its one design, one user experience, and one server evolves the user experience into one uninterrupted journey to discover and use information ― that’s a big win for BI users at large. Isn’t this what ‘good’ software is supposed to do in the first place?”

ActuateOne delivers a comprehensive BI development and deployment platform. Organizations can use ActuateOne to address the information consumption needs of critical business processes and their users inside and outside the firewall. Technologically ActuateOne centers around the open source BIRT design, employs Actuate’s BIRT iServer for high scale, high performance deployment and Actuate’s value-added BIRT interactive and analytic features to create unmatched, contextualized user experiences from within a single environment.

“We have been impressed with the integrated capabilities, single development environment and the overall user experience in release 11,” said Kerry Lau, Senior Technician, IT Department, Health Bureau, Government of Macao (Special Administrative Region). “The dashboarding is particularly impressive, since it does not need to be set up separately and the modularity makes it simple for business users to freely define their own canvas.”

One Design

The foundation of ActuateOne is the open source BIRT design which is embraced by over 750,000 developers worldwide and the core of the Eclipse BIRT open source project. BIRT Designer is the common design environment that uses a web-based design metaphor for content creation and includes editors for metadata definition, query definition and execution. BIRT supports varied programming capabilities including scripting via EasyScript or JavaScript and coding via SQL and Java. The BIRT design is reusable, supporting object-oriented components and libraries. BIRT’s Open Data Access framework allows BIRT to connect to any data.

ActuateOne allows a BIRT design to:

  • Access and integrate data from multiple disparate sources (RDBMS, XML, Pojos, Web Services, BIRT Data Objects, other BIRT reports, Information Objects metadata, high-volume print streams, documents, flat files, cubes, data warehouses, applications, etc.)
  • Generate interactive dashboards, analytics and web content
  • Deliver rich, interactive data visualizations
  • Include analysis ready in-memory datasets
  • Be comprised of reusable library components
  • Provide the basis for dashboards, user defined gadgets and KPIs
  • Support generating live Excel® documents, Word® files, PowerPoint® presentations, PDF and XML.

One User Experience

ActuateOne instantly transforms any BIRT design, including open source BIRT designs, into interactive information, suitable for any user. The entire user experience is carefully managed and based upon information that has been secured and personalized to each recipient.

ActuateOne provides within one user context:

  • BIRT-based, in-memory analytics
  • Interactive web output
  • Ad-hoc reporting
  • Flash® widgets for data visualization
  • Live Excel from BIRT output
  • Operational and analytic dashboards

Release 11 includes BIRT 360 and BIRT Data Analyzer. These new additions to the product line deliver flexible, intuitive in-memory analytics and dashboarding capabilities, significantly expanding the options available for end users within a unified environment (see press release titled ‘ActuateOne Includes Analytics and Dashboards for Everyone’).

One Server

ActuateOne includes BIRT iServer to manage deployments on-premises or to private, public and hybrid cloud environments (see press release titled ‘ActuateOne Leads in Efficient Deployment of Business Intelligence Across All Cloud Architectures’). Release 11 of iServer adds scalability via Elastic Clustering to dynamically provision instances as needed as well as generating in-memory datasets from disparate enterprise data sources in support of the new dashboard and analytics features. These data sets, BIRT Data Objects, are defined in the BIRT design, further simplifying BI tasks and eliminating the need for multiple tools.

ActuateOne provides within one deployment technology:

  • Elastic Clustering to dynamically provision BIRT iServer for cloud deployment
  • Flexible work unit licensing
  • Scalability of server-based 64-bit in-memory analytics
  • IDAPI and JSAPI web services to seamlessly embed all BIRT content and iServer capabilities within other applications
  • Unmatched scale, performance, reliability and security

Pricing and Availability

ActuateOne includes release 11 of Actuate’s value-added products for the BIRT open source project, including the latest release of BIRT iServer and two new options, BIRT 360 and BIRT Data Analyzer. ActuateOne will be ready to ship by the end of September and will be generally available in October, 2010. Pricing is available in Named User, Unlimited User CPU Core and flexible Work Unit models.

To Find Out More

To learn more about ActuateOne visit www.actuate.com/ActuateOne. To get more detail on the new features in release 11 visit: www.actuate.com/products or register for the upcoming web seminar titled ‘Game Changing BI: One Design, One Server, One User Experience’ by visiting www.actuate.com/A11Webinar.

Actuate – The people behind BIRT

Actuate founded and co-leads the Eclipse BIRT open source project. ActuateOne is a unified suite of products for rapidly developing and deploying BIRT-based custom Business Intelligence applications and information applications. Applications built with ActuateOne provide one user experience regardless of task or skill level; are supported by one server for any deployment including cloud and are built with one BIRT design that can access and integrate any data source - including high volume print streams. ActuateOne adds rich data visualizations, including interactivity, dashboards, analytics, and deployment options to web and mobile BIRT applications, helping organizations drive revenue through higher customer satisfaction and improved operational performance.

Actuate has over 4,600 customers globally in a diverse range of business areas including financial services and the public sector. Founded in 1993, Actuate is headquartered in San Mateo, California, with offices worldwide. Actuate is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol ACTU. For more information, visit the company’s web site at www.actuate.com or visit the BIRT community at www.birt-exchange.com.

Copyright © 2010 Actuate Corporation. All rights reserved. Actuate and the Actuate logo are registered trademarks of Actuate Corporation and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and certain other countries. All other brands, names or trademarks mentioned may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Contacts

Actuate Corporation
Leena Bengani, (650) 645-3837
lbengani@actuate.com
Twitter: @Actuate

Release Summary

Actuate Corporation today announced ActuateOne, a game changing product suite for rapidly developing and deploying custom Business Intelligence (BI) applications and information applications.

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Contacts

Actuate Corporation
Leena Bengani, (650) 645-3837
lbengani@actuate.com
Twitter: @Actuate