Introducing BIRT iHub F-Type: Installing on Windows

Actuate recently released a new, free BIRT server called the BIRT iHub F-Type. It incorporates all the functionality of BIRT iHub and is limited only by the capacity of output it can deliver on a daily basis. It is ideal for departmental and smaller scale applications. When BIRT F-Type reaches its maximum output capacity, additional capacity can be purchased on a subscription based mode... Read More

Building Customer Loyalty with BIRT Analytics [Webinar]

As a kid, I had a Magic 8 Ball that would answer my deepest questions. I would squeeze my eyes shut, shake the ball and turn it over. Typically, what emerged from the mystical ooze was: “Better not tell you now,” which I always thought was an ominous response for the question: “What’s for dinner?” I bring this up because I don’t know about you, but it feels like some... Read More

Employment Opportunity: Project Lead – Eclipse BIRT

How would you like to have a leadership role in the development of an open source project that has over 3.5 million developers using it in their applications worldwide? If you would and you live in or would relocate to the Bay Area, you're in luck. Actuate, the founders of the Eclipse BIRT open source project, are looking for an architect and hands-on developer to lead the open sourc... Read More

Putting the “I” in E-Presentment: What’s in it for Customers

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For all that’s been written (here and elsewhere) about the value of e-presentment and online customer engagement, the fact remains that not all customers are yet taking advantage of the efficiencies and conveniences these options have to offer. This is bad news, of course, for organizations that regularly send their customers the likes of billing statements and explanations of benef... Read More

The Continuing Evolution of Open Source-Based Business Models

Quentin Hardy, the deputy technology editor at the New York Times, published a blog post last Wednesday concerning a subject that’s important to us at Actuate: Open Source and the Challenge of Making Money. In the post, Hardy writes that it’s a “trend of businesses to start with open source models and then switch to more proprietary offerings,” and that this perceived shift ... Read More

How to Charge Credit Cards from a BIRT Design, and Other Posts From This Week

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend a local hackathon put together by hackmidwest. If you're not familiar with hackathons, I encourage you to seek one out. They are a lot of fun. Rules can change from event to event, but typically you have 24 hours to create an application of your choosing, either by yourself or as a team. For my hack, I used BIRT iHub F-Type and Masterc... Read More

3 Questions: Robin Muilwijk Discusses Open Source

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People like Robin Muilwijk (@i_robin) put the community in the phrase open source community. Muilwijk has worked in IT, mainly in the healthcare and government sectors, since 2000 and took his first steps into the world of open source in 2003, when he built his own website using Mambo. Muilwijk immersed himself in the open source community, helping to lead the Mambo and Joomla proje... Read More

What Should You Do with Your Legacy Archiving System?

Guest post by Richard Medina. First published on   This post provides a simple procedure for helping you decide what to do with your big legacy archiving systems – if you have big legacy archiving systems. By archiving system I mean a big COLD system, enterprise report management system, IDARS, mainframe output management system, and even big ... Read More

BIRT iHub F-Type Generates Analyst and Press Buzz

Since BIRT F-Type launched on July 10, the analysts and press who cover the personalized analytics market have been buzzing about Actuate's free server for BIRT reports. These are just a few of their comments. “The interactive reporting capabilities are a strong-point of the platform … and a core aspect of self-service BI that many vendors are overlooking.” Cindi Howson, BI... Read More

Top 3 Reasons to Upgrade to BIRT Analytics 4.4

As the ocean of Big Data continues swelling to epic proportions, business analysts and business users are looking for new ways to derive value from data, such as using data analysis tools to increase customer engagement and reduce churn. Thankfully, Actuate announced this week an upgrade to its BIRT Analytics platform. A free trial is available now for download. BIRT Analytics 4.4 i... Read More