Marketing Analytics for Today’s Marketers [Webinar]

If you have a kid – or if you ever were a kid – then you know the age-old question that’s asked on every family car trip: "Are we there yet?" Asking the same question over and over rarely accomplishes much. OK, it annoys the driver, and for kids on car trips maybe that’s the goal. But change gears and the value of repeated questions shows its value. Ask a good question... Read More

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of BIRT Live!

Several more sessions of BIRT Live! are on deck in North America in 2014.  BIRT Live! is a free one-day event where BIRT experts introduce you to BIRT and teach you to build dynamic, interactive and highly visual rich information applications. If you’re thinking about attending, here are some tips for getting the most out of BIRT Live! 1. Register. This seems like a no-brainer,... Read More

Serving 40 Million Financial Customers [White Paper]

Just try to imagine the number 40 million. It’s not easy; our human brains really aren’t wired to comprehend numbers on that scale. You might imagine a stack of 40 million pennies; it would be six feet long, six feet wide and 24 feet tall. You’d be close if you thought about the entire population of Poland, more than 38 million people. You might calculate that 40 million seconds i... Read More

Introducing BIRT iHub F-Type: Connecting to Data and Creating a Design

So, you heard about this new, fancy tool from Actuate called BIRT iHub F-Type that will help you display your data in interactive and meaningful ways. You’ve installed it, however, you’re not really familiar with BIRT and are lost looking for where you create your data connections. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. The BIRT data visualization suite starts with the BIRT Designer.... Read More

Using Dashboards for a Clear View

The word dashboard was coined way back in the 1840s, when it literally referred to a board mounted on the front of a horse-drawn carriage  to stop mud from being splashed (or dashed) onto the vehicle and its riders by horse hooves. When carriages became horseless, the word dashboard was repurposed to name the information and control panel that sits between a car's engine and drive... Read More

BIRT Data Objects: More Than Meets the Eye

If you think BIRT Data Objects (BDOs) are just for ad hoc queries, we have news for you: BDOs are much more than simply another semantic metadata layer. Unlike conventional metadata, which is used by many business intelligence and analysis tools to provide data access for non-technicians, BIRT Data Objects have capabilities that address many metadata shortcomings and enhance the... Read More

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

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