Announcing the July and August Community Contributor Leaderboards

I'm pleased to announce the members of the BIRT Developer Center Community Leaderboards for July and August 2014. The purpose of this Leaderboard is to honor the top contributors to the community each month and to have a little fun. Scores are also posted in the Developer Center Community. You can recognize past and current Leaderboard members by special badges on their forum and De... Read More

Introducing BIRT iHub F-Type: Sharing Designs and Other Resources

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Actuate’s BIRT iHub F-Type is an easy to use, feature packed, data visualization platform that takes all the grunt work out of building your data visualization applications. One of the great, new features BIRT iHub F-Type makes available to open source BIRT developers is the ability to enable the secure sharing of reports between users. This is now as simple as a few clicks of your ... Read More

Calling All BIRT Users: Contribute to the ‘Wisdom of Crowds’

Survey says…! Family Feud, a popular television game show in the 70s and 80s, was known for its surveys of average people who often gave entertaining answers. Contestants might be asked, "Name a type of ball you would be surprised to see a golfer tee off with," or "Name a musical instrument that is too big to carry on an airplane." If you always wanted to participate in a survey ... Read More

Preview: Accelerating your Analytics for Faster Insights

Every movie lover has a favorite chase scene. From Steve McQueen’s Mustang careening through the streets of San Francisco in Bullitt, to the boulder that pursues Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark, to the opening scene of every James Bond movie, a good chase is guaranteed to raise your adrenaline. But outside of theaters, most companies and organizations want to avoid the... Read More

3 Questions: Kai Kreuzer Discusses Home Automation and IoT

When he was just 12 years old, Kai Kreuzer put sensors on the doors of his bedroom and began a lifelong fascination with home automation. Years later, in 2008, Kreuzer had cables, sensors, and actuators built into his new home near Darmstadt, Germany.  That new house turned out to be another beginning for Kreuzer: Lacking software to integrate all of his devices, he began creatin... Read More

PDF Accessibility: What’s in Store?

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Post was first published on Media Access Australia's AccessIQ There’s been a lot of talk lately, in technology circles, about what’s in store for PDFs. For organisations that are looking for ways to ensure on-demand accessibility for high volumes of PDFs created at the enterprise IT infrastructure level—this is a particularly relevant question. With that in mind, I wanted to ... Read More

Generating Documents in the Cloud: 3 Reasons for BIRT PowerDocs

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More and more businesses are using cloud-based software to manage their documents commonly needed for daily business. Such documents typically include quotes, invoices, service documents and contracts. The processes for generating documents in the cloud are usually handled manually or using native functionality of the cloud software. Basic functionality limits users and businesses ... Read More

Preview: Actuate Financial Services Breakfast Event – New York

Pull a hundred-dollar bill out of your wallet and admire the wise face of Benjamin Franklin. In 1748, in Advice to a Young Tradesman, Franklin wrote a now-famous phrase: "Remember that time is money." Today, we’re so busy that we’ve shortened Franklin’s wisdom to just three words – "time is money" – but its message remains as sound as ever. People who work in financial serv... Read More

Accessible PDFs: Questions, Thoughts and Ideas from a Social Network Exchange

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First published on Should accessible PDF documents be a part of a company’s web accessibility strategy? That’s the question that was posted recently in a LinkedIn web accessibility forum. The question inspired a lengthy and exciting discussion among accessibility experts from a variety of sectors and roles. What resulted was an informative and multi-faceted conversation... Read More

Preview: Building Data-Driven Customer Portals for Insurance

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If Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards jams a finger and can't perform the opening riff to "Start Me Up," a Lloyd's of London disability income insurance policy shelters him for a cool $1.5 million. Now your home, auto and health policies may differ greatly from those of the legendary rocker, but the insurance industry is transforming itself to give its customers satisfaction... Read More