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BIRT iServer

One server. One deployment. Easy.

ActuateOne® provides organizations with a single server solution with multiple options for delivering critical content when and
where it is most needed with its enterprise-level BIRT iServer.

BIRT iServer delivers information to virtually unlimited numbers of users in record-breaking time. This scalable, world-class server generates, manages and securely delivers interactive, actionable business information to employees, customers and partners. BIRT iServer can integrate information from any data source and application, and can be phased in, adding features and resources as required.

Rich Information Applications (RIAs) that include a BIRT iServer allow users to access Actuate BIRT, BIRT open-source products, BIRT Spreadsheet options, BIRT Performance Management, e.Report and Analytics products, and to create and deliver resulting reports via a web-based user interface. With BIRT iServer, organizations can deploy the widest variety of reports, from simple lists to RIAs running inside and outside the firewall.

With ActuateOne, the iServer has been extended to provide multiple options for BIRT implementations:

  • Cloud Implementation: ActuateOne is cloud ready, providing clustering and elastic provisioning with support for a stateless image that allows administrators to make changes on the fly without service interruptions.
  • On Premises: ActuateOne can be installed on an existing system and leverage virtually any data source.
  • Phased-In Services: The Actuate BIRT iServer can be configured to start small and grow with your business, adding services and functionality as required.
  • BIRT onDemand: BIRT onDemand provides users with an instant-on server connection, application access, and online viewing/reporting environment that can be used to create, view and modify BIRT content. This service can be accessed from any web browser (including Safari©), provides companies with an instant solution for as low as $29.99 per month/per user, and offers a great way to deploy iServer and instantly work with and distribute BIRT content.

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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.



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Cloud Implementation

Mar 27, 2012
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Cloud Implementation

Cloud computing is the buzz, but what does it mean?

BIRT iServer

Actuate BIRT iServer is cloud ready and cloud compatible, providing automatic, elastic clustering with dynamic provisioning. An iServer cloud deployment can be implemented by any organization in a private cloud, a hybrid cloud or a public cloud.

  • In a private cloud, the organization utilizes its own infrastructure, organizing and optimizing its capacity to provide content to users.
  • In a hybrid cloud, the organization hosts part of its services on site, and contracts with a provider for offsite services; for example, an online retail store might host its own services onsite for 11 months of the year, but transfer those services to a cloud provider during the busy month of December.
  • In a public cloud, an organization outsources its server service, “renting” the infrastructure required to run its applications.

The BIRT iServer provides organizations with the ability to create a stateless image, which can be added or removed from an installation as demand grows or subsides; this stateless image is what is deployed in a cloud. The power of the image is that it lets the application respond to varying degrees of demand.

  • An elastic cluster lets organizations automatically add or remove nodes from an iServer cluster.
  • This capacity provides organizations with the ability to add or delete nodes without powering up or down, preventing service interruptions and facilitating 24/7 uptime.

Benefits of this configuration include:

  • Lowered maintenance costs
  • Decreased/minimal administration costs
  • Increased/decreased processing power, adjustable to demand
  • Stateless image simplifies adding/deleting nodes as required
  • Multi-tenant configuration, lowering costs and allowing companies/departments/sites to share the same server

Learn more about BIRT in the Cloud.

Applications built with ActuateOne® provide users with one user experienceregardless 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.



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On Premises

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BIRT iServer

Scalable and available to millions of users.


 

Overview

oday’s applications require that massive volumes of business information be simultaneously delivered rapidly and reliably to hundreds of thousands or even millions of users. BIRT iServer meets this need with:

  • Unparalleled scalability – serves a virtually unlimited number of users
  • High availability for 24×7 operation – provides full-time operation with easy maintenance and management
  • Automatic clustering, job control and load balancing – optimizes system resources
  • Easy report distribution – generates content for large populations without creating extra system administration or software upgrade costs
  • Express content – delivers completed pages as the report is being generated
  • Page-on-demand for direct-to-page navigation and viewing – ensures that end users get the mission-critical information they need the instant they need it

Out of the box, BIRT iServer includes the following functionality:

  • Schedules, runs, presents, delivers and stores reports for sharing with other users
  • Controls user- and role-based access to content
  • Provides integrated or stand-alone access to content creation applications and services
  • Includes data drivers for popular data source types and tools to develop access to custom data sources

 

Features & Benefits

BIRT iServer includes the following system features:

 

  • Serves as the framework to support the included BIRT Information Objects metadata layer, which provides virtual metadata views of corporate information presented in business-friendly terms to Actuate BIRT products, and caching for on-the-fly data integration at no additional charge
  • Hosts end user options such as presentation of Actuate BIRT Reports and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets generated by BIRT Spreadsheet, ad hoc web reports authoring within BIRT Studio, report customization with BIRT Interactive Viewer, BIRT Data Analyzer, BIRT 360 and e.Reports
  • Provides internationalization of UI and report content, accommodating other languages, cultural contexts, data conventions and time zones.

These functions are accessible via the BIRT iServer web interface for end users and via its Web Services API for administrators.

Integrated with web, enterprise and e-business environments

BIRT iServer features the industry’s most open, standards-based architecture for integration with all web services, enterprise applications, back end data sources and e-business applications and platforms.

  • Provides native 64-bit in-memory data analysis
  • Fully compatible/configurable with Cloud and PaaS and SaaS implementations (BIRT onDemand)
  • Allows for organizations to phase-in services based on project size/needs
  • Support for 3rd party RDBMS for encyclopedia metadata
  • Front end – BIRT Information Console easily, seamlessly integrates BIRT content with the look and feel of any website, embedding frameless Actuate Reportlets™ and BIRT Flash Objects within any unstructured web page
  • Back end – supports live data access from any source, across any corporate infrastructure and firewall environment
  • BIRT Information Integration option – directly and concurrently accesses multiple, heterogeneous data sources and transforms that data into meaningful business information in real time
  • URL-based architecture, SOAP-based Web Services API – provides integration with both J2EE and Microsoft .NET environments and support for open web standards, allowing any BIRT iServer functionality to be embedded into even the most complex enterprise environment rapidly and smoothly

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.

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Phased-In Services

Mar 27, 2012
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Phased-In Services

BIRT iServer is a report server with a variety of services that deploy, manage, schedule, secure, run and distribute BIRT documents and web pages.


BIRT iServer

BIRT iServer can be phased in and capacity purchased to support just the services required. iServer is available as a Platform-as-a-Service via BIRT OnDemand, can be implemented On Premises, or installed in a cloud.

BIRT iServer embeds the Eclipse BIRT Engine and Java APIs. It is compatible with reports developed with BIRT designer and supports the viewing services of Interactive Viewer and BIRT Viewer.

Trial evaluations are available OnDemand or as a download which can be installed and configured in less than an hour.

Scheduling & Distribution

With an intuitive web interface, BIRT iServer allows end users to easily schedule their own BIRT report runs, and administrators to set schedules based on a combination of events, business rules and calendars.

  • Self-serve report scheduling
  • Report parameterization
  • Event, business rule and group scheduling

BIRT Security

BIRT iServer provides hierarchal role-based security with multi-level access permissions enabling organizations to ensure that users access only the BIRT reports and data they are allowed to see. A security model can be implemented stand-alone within BIRT iServer or integrated with external directory services and single sign-on systems (SSO) in multiple ways.

  • Hierarchical-based user security
  • Controlled report and data access
  • BIRT Page Level Security for iServer
  • Multiple secure single sign-on options

Alerts and Subscription Feeds

BIRT iServer provides a variety of ways to distribute and notify users about the availability of BIRT documents, reports ad data updates.

  • Alerts
  • Conditional notification
  • Email notification

Document Management

BIRT iServer contains BIRT report management features to manage multiple reports, multiple versions of reports and to support multiple report developers.

  • Search
  • File organization
  • Versioning and archiving
  • Export and import
  • Template management

Optional Metadata Layer

BIRT iServer includes an optional metadata layer to hide data structure and complexity from end users and to integrate data from disparate data sources in real time.

  • EII technology
  • Global programmable query governors
  • Data presented in business terms
  • Automatic data caching open data access (ODA) framework
  • Graphical development environment

Usage Logging

Usage logging reports what is being used or not and how often. With a SaaS implementation, monitoring usage patterns helps administrators plan for future requirements for increased capacity.

  • Usage reporting
  • System monitoring

High Availability

Data access is what demonstrates the value of most products, accessible 24/7.

  • No single point of failure
  • Online backup and restore
  • Multiple failover modes

Multi-Tenancy

With a SaaS implementation, multiple customers share the same infrastructure.

  • Manage provided services separately, so that one customer can be upgraded without disturbing the others
  • Provide each with an individual security model
  • Furnish multiple document repositories

Performance Tuning

Customers get accustomed to getting the right data, at the right time, the way they want it. As such, they expect consistently high performance at all times. Automatic performance tuning provides consistent performance and delivery.

  • Support for high-end SMP hardware
  • Automatic clustering, job control and load balancing
  • Configurable caching of report generation and views

Elastic Clustering

BIRT iServer provides a stateless image for elastic clustering and dynamic provisioning, which is essential in cloud implementations.

  • Automatically create additional nodes and clusters when needed without service interruptions.
  • Automatically remove nodes and clusters when they are not needed without service interruptions.

Localization and i18n

  • Eclipse language pack report localization
  • UI localization
  • Internal Unicode
  • Languages include: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Korean, Japanese, Hong-Kong Chinese, PRC-Chinese, Thai

100% Web Services API

BIRT iServer offers integration options to adapt the look and feel of reports, provide services to other applications and leverage existing infrastructure via editable JSPs, URL-based API’s, and Web Service APIs. JavaScript API’s allow for reports delivered through the server to be integrated in web applications, dashboards and mashups.
BIRT iServer can adopt the look and feel of other applications while still operating stand-alone, it can be invoked via URLs embedded in other applications, or it can be integrated at a granular level using its extensive Web Services API

  • JavaScript APIs
  • Look and feel integration
  • Hyperlinks from other applications
  • Provides reporting services to other applications

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.



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SaaS(onDemand)

Mar 27, 2012
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BIRT onDemand

Overview

Access the power of the BIRT iServer onDemand anywhere—with almost any device.

BIRT onDemand is a new addition to the Actuate BIRT line of deployment options, providing anyone, anywhere with immediate, on-demand content from either a fully hosted iServer implementation or an installation integrated with a pre-existing iServer. With BIRT onDemand, IT can easily and efficiently leverage pre-existing BIRT reports and designs, eliminating the need to recreate company assets.

BIRT onDemand is available now and can be accessed online. Once signed up, users have immediate access to the tools they need to view, refine and reuse their content in a secure and easy-to-navigate environment, whether it’s on the Web or on their own handheld device.

A mobile client is already fully integrated with the BIRT onDemand experience. When a BIRT design or document is uploaded to an onDemand account, it can quickly be added to a mobile client via the document’s context menu. If a business already has an iServer, it’s easy to deploy the BIRT Mobile Framework for iServer (available in the BIRT Exchange Marketplace) and mobilize any BIRT content.

Features

 
BIRT onDemand provides organizations with flexible, easy access to content:

  • Supports both commercial and open source BIRT designs
  • Offers a free test drive of the hosted BIRT iServer platform (free trial limits feature set)
  • Hosts BIRT apps
  • Provides up to five user accounts (trial)
  • Allows free mobile access (iPhone©, iPod Touch©, iPad©, BlackBerry© mobile devices) to user-defined apps
  • Includes free web-based editing tools to customize apps
  • Enables users to load documents and designs directly from the Eclipse IDE (using a plug-in) into BIRT onDemand
  • Provides Amazon RDS (Relational Data Store) for data storage and connectors to traditional and cloud databases
  • Utilizes BIRT application server architecture in the cloud to deliver secure and reliable content
  • Delivers ready-made dashboards, interactive reports, and flash visualizations; pre-packaged dashboard technologies enable existing BIRT reports to be presented in dynamic, user-configurable dashboards without coding
  • Includes account and user management features: folder management, report execution, scheduling, document sharing and secure data transfer and access
  • Allows reports to be saved as PowerPoint©, Excel©, PDF© or Word©
  • Offers one-click installation of select BIRT-exchange Marketplace applications into an existing BIRT onDemand account

Benefits

 
BIRT onDemand allows users to access a true self-service environment. Within this environment, users can:

  • Execute and view Rich Information Applications built on BIRT
  • Edit app designs and data online using web tools by embedding DHTML on other web apps
  • Add geospatial visualizations, Flash© charting and more to reports or dashboards using plug-in apps
  • Build, edit, update and interact with data using desktop and web tools such as BIRT Interactive Viewer and BIRT Spreadsheet
  • Enable mobile viewing of BIRT apps with BIRT Mobile Viewers for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Blackberry or via the BIRT Framework for iServer, which allows mobile deployment to almost any handheld device
  • Deploy Actuate BIRT on the Web quickly, easily and inexpensively
  • Access the power of the BIRT iServer via BIRT onDemand’s intuitive web interface on any browser (including Safari©)

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.

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