Industry Analysts Praise Actuate 9 for Its Collaborative Reporting Architecture; Analysts Expect Actuate 9 to Reduce Report Development Burden on IT and Dramatically Increase Adoption of Business Intelligence Applications.SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO South San Francisco, city (1990 pop. 54,312), San Mateo co., W Calif.; inc. 1908. South San Francisco has several industrial parks; its manufactures include medical supplies and equipment, foods, paint, paper products, consumer goods, and clothing. , Calif. -- Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ NASDAQ
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"BI Vendor Actuate has ripped a page out of its open source playbook and brought the concept of a collaborative development methodology to its enterprise reporting suite..." said John Hagerty in the June 2006 AMR Research article "Actuate 9: Expanding the BI Footprint." "It sponsored the development of Eclipse BIRT, an open source reporting tool, in a move to foster adoption of its products -- licensed and open source -- through many communities...One model it's taken to heart is open source's collaborative development model, where individuals contribute their work for others to use. This is at the center of Actuate's collaborative reporting model. Different constituents -- from architects to application developers to power and business users -- all contribute components to iterative it·er·a·tive
1. Characterized by or involving repetition, recurrence, reiteration, or repetitiousness.
2. Grammar Frequentative.
Noun 1. report and analysis design; this shared effort should ease any strain between diverse participants in the decision support process."
"Actuate 9 provides two major stepping stones
The Stepping Stones are three prominent rocks lying 0.5 miles north of Limitrophe Island, off the southwest coast of Anvers Island. . For existing customers it offers significant additional functionality, with the introduction of Business Reports providing long-awaited ad hoc query A non-standard inquiry. An ad hoc query is created to obtain information as the need arises. Contrast with a query that is predefined and routinely performed. See query and ad hoc. capabilities," said Philip Howard
"Many companies struggle to maintain a mountain of reports that often don't serve user needs," said Madan Sheina, principal analyst, BI Technologies at ComputerWire. "Having a smaller number of reports that can be sustained and evolved over time allows companies to more efficiently pool IT and business user resources to achieve sharper analysis. The Actuate Collaborative Reporting Architecture provides a flexible collaborative framework to streamline designs that tap into the knowledge of each user constituency to create fewer but more relevant reports."
"In order for business intelligence to truly enter the mainstream, IT must be able to implement end-user requested changes faster," said Dan Vesset, research director at IDC. "Many BI offerings have added end-user functionality without taking into consideration the added burden on IT. Actuate 9 introduces new report development functionality which leverages a single report design that is shareable and alterable throughout the development process. This approach speeds the turn-around time for reports and reduces the development burden on IT."
"Two of the critical criteria organizations use when deciding to standardize stan·dard·ize
1. To cause to conform to a standard.
2. To evaluate by comparing with a standard. on a BI vendor are breadth of functionality and ease of use," said Dan Everett, Research Director of business intelligence at Ventana Research. "Actuate 9 expands functionality beyond high volume reporting with a new semantic layer Semantic Layer
The semantic layer is a business representation of corporate data that helps end users access data autonomously using common business terms. Developed and patented by Business Objects, it maps complex data into familiar business terms such as product, and web based Coming from a Web server. See Web application. interface for ad-hoc query. Furthermore, this release includes the Collaborative Reporting Architecture developed as part of the company's BIRT open source strategy, which enables responsibility for creating and managing report components to be distributed across IT and business users."
"The impact of open source on enterprise computing Refers to information technology in the larger company. See enterprise data and enterprise networking. is undeniable, and business intelligence and reporting are the latest areas to benefit," said Stephen O'Grady, principal analyst at RedMonk. "By leveraging the open source BIRT project The Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) Project is an open source software project that provides reporting and business intelligence capabilities for rich client and web applications, especially those based on Java and J2EE. , Actuate is making BI available and relevant to entirely new communities of developers."
Actuate Collaborative Reporting Architecture
The Actuate Collaborative Reporting Architecture combines open source technologies and principles with the leading enterprise reporting application platform to provide the next generation business intelligence environment. The new architecture enables dynamic, interactive enterprise reports for every type of deployment and delivers the first ad-hoc web reporting product that allows end-users and IT departments to collaborate on and evolve reports.
About Actuate Corporation
Actuate Corporation is the world leader in Enterprise Reporting and Performance Management Applications that empower 100% of users to achieve breakthrough corporate performance. Actuate provides the most scalable, reliable, flexible and high-performing reporting capabilities for every application in the enterprise. Customers use Actuate to deliver information in context to users inside and outside the firewall as Performance Management and Customer Self-Service applications A software application that allows a user to obtain information or complete a business transaction on the computer that has traditionally required the help of a human representative. Voice response systems and Web sites are widely used for self-service applications. See kiosk. , managed spreadsheet applications and Java reporting applications.
Actuate has over 3,500 customers globally in a range of industries including banking, insurance, manufacturing, communications, and government. Founded in 1993, Actuate has headquarters in South San Francisco, Calif., with offices worldwide. Actuate is listed on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol ACTU. For more information on Actuate, visit the company's Web site at www.actuate.com.
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