Experts Debate ‘Building the Next Big App’ [Part 1]

How are developers building the next big app? What’s this next big app look like? What are the factors that will transform Big Data-infused apps into game-changers? These are important questions to answer in a time when the lines are blurring between consumer and enterprise applications; business-to-business and business-to-consumer communications; and open-source and freemium and c... Read More

Actuate Gears Up for IoT at JavaOne

  For the last few months, Actuate's Kristopher Clark has been driving his grey 2010 Toyota Prius around his Overland Park, Kansas hometown with a $70 Bluetooth-enabled data recorder plugged into the on-board diagnostics (OBD) port under the dash. Clark, one of our BIRT Evangelists, has used the device to collect mountains of data about all aspects of his car's operations ... Read More

Reasons for Customer Communications Management

Benefits of CCM
The concept of Customer Communications Management (CCM) is quite broad. To understand its importance, let's review the basics and focus on several important reasons why organizations invest in developing and executing a CCM strategy. What You Should Know About CCM Customer Communications Management: Enables corporate-wide deployment spanning different departments and functions... Read More

Making Freemium Work

When Dr. Dobb's Journal debuted in 1975, it was the first and only publication dedicated to microcomputer software development. In the nearly four decades since then, countless publications covering that field have come and gone, but Dr. Dobb's survives. Among the reasons why: The creators of Dr. Dobb's adapted their publishing model as technology and conditions changed. Consider:... Read More

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

F-Type Sharing
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?

Yellow road sign with arrows pointing in multiple directions
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