Analytics – Improve Your Customer Communications

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Financial services, retail, utility and government organizations are all looking for an edge in communicating with their customers. Customers today get plenty of communications, and the trick to engaging them with your brand and your products is to cut through the clutter and be noticed. Using analytics to target your customer communications is a key way to do this. Customer communica... Read More

Data Driven Digest for January 23

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Each Friday we share some favorite reporting on, and examples of, data driven visualizations and embedded analytics that came onto our radar in the past week. Use the “Subscribe” link at left and we’ll email you with new entries.   State the Obvious: It’s not just your kids who can’t put down their phones. Members of Congress were busily tweeting during Tuesda... Read More

Under the Hood: BIRT iHub F-Type – Understanding the Processes

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While your customers don't need to see the inner workings of your app, as a developer, you need to be the master of its parts and processes. It's time to get under the hood. Hello BIRT community! My name is Jesse Freeman. Although I am not new to BIRT or Actuate, I am transitioning into a significantly more community-centric role. I have spent the last two years working as a Cu... Read More

Extend BIRT Interactive Viewer with Fast Filters [Code]

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Fifth in a series.   Do you want to enable your users to filter a table in a BIRT report with just a few clicks?  If a column in a table has just a few discrete values, you can make column-based filtering easy using a technique I call Fast Filter. This post shows how to create a Fast Filter – in short, a selectable dropdown menu of distinct values that appears in the... Read More

Expert Advice on Embedded BI with Howard Dresner [Webinar]

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For once, your CEO and CIO agree on something: Your company needs to embed analytics into its applications. You’ve been tasked with researching which platform is best for you, and you probably have two items on your to-do list: Learn from an industry expert who thoroughly studies the many different embedded analytics platforms, and hear from a company that has successfully embedded... Read More

Data Driven Digest for January 16

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Each Friday we share some favorite reporting on, and examples of, data driven visualizations and embedded analytics that came onto our radar in the past week. Use the “Subscribe” link at left and we’ll email you with new entries.   Tall Order: 2014 was a big year for big buildings. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (who knew there was such a coun... Read More

Data Driven Summit – Customers Rave Over Embedded Analytics [Video]

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Once in a while a term comes along that encapsulates the spirit of technology so well that it is broadly adopted by business leaders and analysts. Some examples that come to mind include the Cloud (to describe the broader Internet), eCommerce (to describe online business), Big Data (to describe volume, variety and velocity of information) and app (to describe a software application... Read More

Data Driven Digest for January 9

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Each Friday we share some favorite reporting on, and examples of, data driven visualizations and embedded analytics that came onto our radar in the past week. Use the “Subscribe” link at left and we’ll email you with new entries.   Circle of Learning: Acasus, a Dubai-based consultancy that helps governments to reform education and health policy, worked with Vi... Read More

Top 5 Ways You Win By Upgrading Capacity on BIRT iHub F-Type

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Upgrades are often worth the cost: Extra leg room for your 12-hour flight; extra-large on your order of French fries; extra data-out capacity on your BIRT iHub F-Type server for data driven apps with embedded analytics. BIRT iHub F-Type is the free BIRT server from Actuate for boosting open source and Java developer productivity. It incorporates virtually all the functionality of ... Read More

Extend BIRT Dashboards with Disqus Discussion Boards [Code]

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Fourth in a series. Do you want to enable your users to add comments and annotations to a BIRT Dashboard, but don’t want to code a discussion board from scratch yourself?  This post will walk you through how to embed a Disqus discussion board – a popular, familiar format your users see every day on the web – in a BIRT Dashboard, as shown above. This post is also a case s... Read More