Mar 29, 2012

Provide any user with skill-appropriate views and functionality, all within the ActuateOne single user experience.


ActuateOne® is the culmination of Actuate’s dedication to the Eclipse BIRT Open Source Project.

The resulting mature, fully integrated product suite provides users with the skills-appropriate tools required to create, view, analyze, access and interact with BIRT content in a seamless, intuitive UI built on a single source: BIRT. This integration results in tools that meet any user need, on the Intranet and the Internet, from internal business users to casual users outside the firewall. While these end users might have different ways in which they interact with BIRT content and data, they are really accessing different capabilities of the same output.

ActuateOne provides solutions to problems inherent in any BI deployment for providing data access to everyone in the enterprise, from workgroups with a few workers to global companies that must rapidly deploy content to hundreds of thousands within a secure, controlled environment.

ActuateOne adds new features and options to previous releases, rounding out and further integrating the Actuate BIRT line:

  • Enhanced BIRT engine for integrated, in-memory analysis; this is a core feature, not an add-on
  • Multiple ways to deliver analysis capability to users
  • More interactive capabilities for users
  • True WYSIWYG interface

The Actuate 11 release provides an environment that can be configured to task, user, and device and offers the following options:

  • Ad Hoc Reporting – BIRT Studio: Browser UI for creating, modifying and viewing BIRT content
  • BIRT Viewer: Simple UI for users to view BIRT content.
  • BIRT Interactive Viewer: Presentation UI that allows users to view and modify their content.
  • Dashboards – BIRT 360: Application for creating operational and analytic dashboards using BIRT content, content from other feeds, supplied widgets from ActuateOne, Google widgets and other third-party content.
  • Mobile Options: Mobile application options for viewing BIRT content anywhere, anytime, on nearly any device, including iPhone®, iPad®, and AndroidTM.
  • Analytics – BIRT Data Analyzer: Powerful in-memory analytics that allow users to analyze data from virtually any data source.

Applications built with ActuateOne provide users with one user experience regardless of task, tool or skill level; are supported by one server with a set of services to support any deployment and are built with one design using BIRT. ActuateOne provides organizations with a quick time to market and the ability to grow with success


BIRT Interactive Viewer

Add additional end user interactivity to the basic BIRT Viewer with the user-friendly BIRT Interactive Viewer.

BIRT Interactive Viewer is an AJAX-powered, BIRT-based interactive report viewing tool that enables every user to think beyond the current structure of a report and personalize it based on task and need. Users who are not familiar or comfortable with standard report authoring tools are able to use BIRT Interactive Viewer without costly training, within moments of being introduced to its intuitive interface—an inexpensive alternative to training individuals who might use the tool on a limited or casual basis.

BIRT Interactive Viewer adds value to the BIRT product line by giving users interactive report viewing.

  • Allows virtually anyone to access, personalize and customize a BIRT report without affecting underlying data.
  • Gives users immediate access to information and an immediate return for their efforts, in effect teaching them how to use the basic BIRT tools.
  • Shifts IT focus from report generation activities to higher-level priorities; ease of use shortens cycles between report design and completion.
  • Introduces BIRT open source-based products to the entire enterprise, paving the way for future BIRT development and deployment.

Actuate 11 improvements to BIRT Interactive Viewer include:

  • More efficient background performance
  • Easier personalization
  • Added interactivity on crosstabs

Applications built with ActuateOne® provide users with one user experience regardless of task, tool or skill level; are supported by one server with a set of services to support any deployment and are built with one design using BIRT. ActuateOne provides organizations with a quick time to market and the ability to grow with success.

Features & Benefits

BIRT Interactive Viewer lets users modify and personalize their report views. This allows one report design to serve more users because it does not need to conform to any one format, reducing the overall number of reports that need to be created. This in turn reduces system load, improves performance and increases user satisfaction and adoption of the software.

  • Allows users to prototype their next requirement request, making changes easier and faster
  • Requires fewer report designs for specialty cases, because end users can modify their personal views
  • Reduces the version management burden on IT while continuous usage of the reports remains high
  • Decreases the learning curve, because users are able to work immediately with the BIRT Interactive Viewer intuitive interface
  • BIRT Interactive Viewer provides user self service, consumes fewer resouces, and decreases the application learning curve, all of which lead to an immediate return on investment.
  • Increases ROI

BIRT Interactive Viewer adds additional functionality to the Actuate BIRT Viewer. With BIRT Interactive Viewer, users can also:

  • Add aggregation to a report column
  • Add computed columns
  • Add page breaks in a report
  • Apply conditions and format data strings
  • Hide or show report items
  • Modify charts, Flash charts, graphs and gadgets
  • Modify text attributes and alignment
  • Move, hide, show, and delete report columns
  • Save a modified report design or report
  • Sort, filter, and group report data
  • Undo and redo tasks

New in Actuate 11: Improvements to the performance and interactivity of BIRT Interactive Viewer provide many benefits.

  • More efficient background performance – Fast processing and output.
  • Easier personalization – Easy navigation; make changes to a report without affecting underlying data properties.
  • Added interactivity on crosstabs – End users can personalize look and feel of components by modifying format and alignment properties, and, if desired, launch the BIRT Data Analyzer directly from the Interactive Viewer to further analyze the contents.

Applications built with ActuateOne® provide users with one user experience regardless of task, tool or skill level; are supported by one server with a set of services to support any deployment and are built with one design using BIRT. ActuateOne provides organizations with a quick time to market and the ability to grow with success.


BIRT is at the core of Actuate BIRT interactive web reports and dashboard tools combining web 2.0 functionality with open source technology. BIRT provides the foundation for Actuate’s Progressive Design Architecture.




Mar 29, 2012

Dashboards: BIRT 360


BIRT 360 provides users with the tools they need to create operational and analytical dashboards.

ActuateOne® adds a new product to its lineup with BIRT 360, a dashboard application that puts the power to create dashboards in the hands of users, freeing up IT time and resources. BIRT 360 is a browser-based, zero foot print application based on the popular Google Gadget framework that enables BIRT 360 to not only leverage BIRT-based gadgets, but also 3rd party Google Gadgets to create mashup applications.

BIRT 360 provides users with two types of dashboards:

  • Operational dashboards: Business users can interact with or drill down on individual KPIs to answer specific business questions. The dashboards interface is designed for business users to allow them to create custom dashboard pages without IT intervention and continuously monitor KPIs for faster response to changing data.
  • Analytic dashboards: BIRT 360 Analytic dashboards are visual data exploration applications. Combining a set of filter and slicer gadgets with a set of KPIs built using rich visualizations, users are prompted to explore and drill down into data to gain insights into their business. BIRT 360 makes it easy for business users to uncover trends and perform root cause analysis.

Both types of dashboards enable any user to create visually rich, dynamic dashboards on the fly:

  • Dashboards show a list of connectors, etc., making them easy to use for less-skilled users
  • Visual representations of corporate data
  • Drill-down/up analysis capabilities
  • Crosstab support
  • Pre-built or
  • User constructed using BIRT Flash Objects, Google gadgets, third-party gadgets, and feeds from other data sources
  • Mashup applications are created by combining BIRT-based gadgets with third party Google Gadgets such as Google Maps

BIRT 360 is designed to be used with BIRT iServer. It effortlessly delivers personalized BIRT dashboard content to all authorized users.

Applications built with ActuateOne provide users with one user experience regardless of task, tool or skill level; are supported by one server with a set of services to support any deployment and are built with one design using BIRT. ActuateOne provides organizations with a quick time to market and the ability to grow with success.

Features and Benefits

BIRT 360

Actuate BIRT 360 operational dashboards enable users to consolidate KPIs on a single page for continuous and effective monitoring

  • Lets end users interact with or use drill-down capabilities on individual KPIs to answer questions.
  • Provides true self-service environment for creating custom dashboard pages; KPI linker automatically establishes communications between related KPIs on a single dashboard page using drag-and-drop construction.
  • Allows users to choose any KPI from an existing BIRT Gadget Gallery, existing BIRT documents, new KPIs constructed using BIRT 360 or any third-party or Google gadget.
  • Creates a collaborative environment; users can share dashboards with other users.

These features allow operational dashboard users to:

  • Continuously monitor KPIs
  • Visualize and analyze their business operations, with a 360-degree view of their business
  • Create mashboard applications, assembling applications from Actuate BIRT content, Google Maps, etc. This information can be linked within the dashboard for additional insight into the data

Actuate BIRT 360 analytical dashboards enable users to:

  • Create their own KPIs with automatic linking from data objects
  • Visually explore data in a guided environment conducive to easy adoption
  • Perform comparative and root cause analyses
  • Create dashboards that help them spot trends and anomalies

Benefits: operational and analytic dashboards
Actuate BIRT 360 provides users with gadgets and a Gadget Gallery that meet user expectations for rich information applications inside and outside the firewall:

  • Presentation: Functional, attention-getting gadgets allow users to immediately understand what the data mean
  • Ease of use: True drag-and-drop functionality and easy data association make the interface user friendly and user usable
  • Interactivity: Many gadgets actually allow users to physically manipulate buttons, gauges, etc. to easily create and view what-if scenarios; linked items reflect those changes immediately
  • Functionality: Easy and interactive UI make gadgets not only popular—it provides instant adoption
  • Selection: BIRT Designer ships with more than 250 gadgets; in addition, users can browse out of the application and import virtually any third-party Google gadget





Mar 29, 2012

BIRT Data Objects and BIRT Data Analyzer

Actuate 11 introduces new BIRT analytics tools that dramatically
simplify data analysis, providing business users with tools to help them make better decisions. BIRT Data Analyzer helps business users uncover trends, identify anomalies and model scenarios, including “what if” scenarios, for business forecasting and improved understanding of their data.
This new, in-memory online analytical processing (OLAP) analytics product line is the result of enhancements to the core BIRT engine, which supports the entire spectrum of rich data visualizations, interactivity and analysis. BIRT technology architecture provides multiple ways to embed and contextually deliver information to users to address their analytics needs while promoting efficiency and productivity through reuse.

The new BIRT analytics line includes the following intuitive data analysis tools: BIRT Data Objects, BIRT Data Analyzer and BIRT 360 (dashboards).


BIRT-Based Analytic Tools: BIRT Data Objects

BIRT Data Objects are in-memory datasets constructed from disparate enterprise data sources. These datasets can be used by BIRT Designer or Actuate BIRT business user tools such as BIRT Studio, BIRT 360 or BIRT Data Analyzer for a variety of self-service functions ranging from ad-hoc report creation to ad-hoc data analysis.

  • Agile data access – Data can be tapped and combined from multiple, disparate data sources.
  • Flexible modeling – Data can be modeled as one or more flat datasets or multi-dimensional structures.
  • Granular data security – Support for many levels of security.
  • In-memory data federation – In-memory datasets belonging to one or more BIRT Data Objects can be linked to enable in-memory data federation.
  • Operational data linking – In-memory datasets in a BIRT Data Object can be further linked to additional Actuate and non-Actuate content.

BIRT Data Objects are available to products across the entire Actuate BIRT platform, including access for on-demand or parameterized reports, ad-hoc queries, dashboards, interactive viewing and the new BIRT-based analytic tools.

BIRT-Based Analytic Tools: BIRT Data Analyzer

BIRT Data Analyzer is a zero footprint, browser-based OLAP tool created for business users. The product’s highly intuitive analysis interface, combined with the scalable reach of BIRT technology, make it possible for organizations to deploy analysis capability to users at all levels in the organization.

This tool allows users with varying skill levels to:

  • Describe data in multiple dimensions
  • Categorize information
  • Quickly, easily and interactively analyze data in BIRT Data Objects
  • Create comparative analysis reports with multiple dimensions
  • Identify trends in data by reviewing information as a chart or other visualization
  • Spot anomalies in data visually, by looking for measures that dip, etc.
  • Perform root cause analysis using the ability to link analytic data to operational data

BIRT Data Analyzer adds true analytics features to BIRT, giving business users multiple ways to view their business information:

  • Makes analytics accessible
    • UI designed specifically for business users
    • Zero training required
    • Interface makes it easy to model new analysis-ready datasets
  • Allows multiple usage scenarios
    • Analyze datasets available in the encyclopedia
    • Analyze datasets embedded in BIRT documents
  • Produces results that can be shared
    • Operationalize analysis results by sharing BIRT Data Objects with other users
    • Link analyses to operational data
  • Optimizes performance
    • Support for both 32-bit and 64-bit modes
    • Reuse datasets across many users and applications
  • Provides users with agile data access
    • Build datasets from multiple enterprise data sources
    • Drill through to new operational datasets
    • Drill through to new in-memory datasets across machines
    • Drill through to new in-memory datasets across cloud implementations

BIRT-Based Analytic Tools: BIRT 360 Dashboards

Another way for users to access the data analysis capabilities of the BIRT platform is with the new BIRT 360 product. BIRT 360 is a tool used to create dashboards that are visual data exploration applications. After combining a set of filter and slicer gadgets with a set of KPIs built using rich visualizations, users are invited to visually explore and drill-down on the data to gain analytic insights. For more information about BIRT 360 dashboards, visit the BIRT 360 web page.

Applications built with ActuateOne® provide users with one user experience regardless of task, tool or skill level; are supported by one server with a set of services to support any deployment and are built with one design using BIRT. ActuateOne provides organizations with a quick time to market and the ability to grow with success.

Features and Benefits: BIRT Data Objects

BIRT Data Objects key features

  • Agile data access, regardless of data source
  • Intuitive UI makes analytics accessible to broader range of users
  • Additional linking capabilities provide more opportunities to compare/analyze data from disparate sources and across different environments
  • Cloud ready and cloud friendly

BIRT Data Objects key benefits

  • Flexible – BIRT Data Objects can be constructed with or without the presence of a data warehouse and with or without the use of the metadata layer.
  • Accessible – users can drill down to details or drill through to other objects stored on the same or a different machine, or go directly to physical data stores and access additional data as needed.
  • Versatile – the ability to join in-memory data across machines is a significant advantage, especially in cloud computing environments.
  • Economical – BIRT Data Objects minimize the amount of data creation, movement and storage required by systems that cannot otherwise provide the capacity and functionality required to handle these activities.

Features and Benefits: BIRT Data Analyzer

BIRT Data Analyzer key features:

BIRT Data Analyzer provides organizations with high-level analytics capabilities in a UI created for business users. Designed for ease of use, BIRT Data Analyzer makes business information available to new analytics users, increasing the value of the product while decreasing the costs associated with most analytics implementations. BIRT Data Analyzer features include:

  • Zero footprint, browser-based UI in all standard browsers; now compatible with Safari®
  • Pivot table-style intuitive interface

The BIRT Data Analyzer was designed to make analytics accessible to anyone:

  • Drag and drop measures and dimensions
  • Create calculated measures
  • Display filters
  • Export to Excel® as Pivot tables
  • Save and share analysis results
  • Drill up and drill down to dimension levels
  • Link to other Actuate and non-Actuate content
  • Automate aggregation
  • Change the look and feel with support for themes

BIRT Data Analyzer key benefits:

BIRT Data Analyzer provides users with tools they can use to access analytic features often available only in products that are difficult to learn and use. The BIRT Data Analyzer:

  • Makes data accessible to users with varying skill levels
  • Facilitates ad-hoc analytics
  • Aids contextual analytics

BIRT 360 key features and benefits:

Click here to read more about BIRT 360 and BIRT 360 features and benefits.





Mar 29, 2012

Ad-Hoc Reporting: BIRT Studio

   Provide every user in the enterprise with BI tools for ad-hoc reporting as well as creating, modifying and viewing BIRT content.

   Ad-hoc reporting and content creation is a requirement that many organizations find out of reach within their current reporting environment.
    Most reports must go through the lengthy process of request-build-test-deploy-modify-test-deploy—and often have to repeat the entire process one or more times before an end user finally receives the template necessary to build the report they need.

ActuateOne®, the latest release of Actuate’s BIRT platform and tools, provides this environment with its Progressive Design Architecture, which allows users to not only populate their own reports but to create, modify and deploy those reports on the fly, as needed. It also allows for the quick creation of single reports, reports that are needed instantly but never reused as the need is met. The reports required to meet such immediate and transitory requirements can be built in ActuateOne and be viewed in any existing environment. BIRT Studio, BIRT Interactive Viewer, BIRT Viewer, BIRT 360 (Dashboards) and BIRT Data Analyzer provide these tools.

BIRT Studio is an ad-hoc web reporting tool for business users. With BIRT Studio, users can access pre-existing report templates created by IT and populate new reports with pre-existing data sources and more. A full array of report creation and formatting tools allows BIRT Studio users to import just the information they need into a report, and then save that report, return to it later, or share it with other users.

As an accessible BIRT business-user product, BIRT Studio adds value to the BIRT product line.

  • Saves time, because re-usable templates and themes can be set up and passed between BIRT products
  • Conserves IT resources, as BIRT products facilitate self-service report creation
  • Provides user self service; lets business users create ad-hoc reports
  • Reduces reporting bottlenecks in IT and improves requirements understanding between IT and end users
  • Lowers costs by eliminating training expenditures
  • Increases ROI

BIRT Studio provides report authors and consumers with easy access to the tools they need to create the reports they want:

  • Enables report developers to create and distribute re-usable templates and themes
  • Encourages self-service report creation
  • Provides complete query and analysis functions against metadata and predefined queries
  • Features all standard aggregation and calculation functions
  • Includes data filters, charting, grouping, and hide-and-show elements
  • Displays parameter prompts, making it easier for users to refine their reports
  • Supports complete data access and preview without affecting underlying data sources

BIRT Studio gives business users with everything they need to create compelling reports on their own, without IT intervention but within IT control.

Applications built with ActuateOne provide users with one user experience regardless of task, tool or skill level; are supported by one server with a set of services to support any deployment and are built with one design using BIRT. ActuateOne provides organizations with a quick time to market and the ability to grow with success.