Actuate adopts open-source approach to BI

Actuate adopts open-source approach to BI

Summary: The Eclipse BIRT project founder is stepping up its presence in the business-intelligence software market with an open-source business model

TOPICS: Tech Industry

Actuate, the founder of the Eclipse Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools project, is stepping up its presence in the busy marketplace for business-intelligence software.

The firm is using an open-source business model to make it easier for developers to evaluate its software.

With open-source adoption in business intelligence (BI) accelerating, Eclipse has established a dominant position among Java development platforms. Actuate initiated the Eclipse Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) project in September 2004 to create an open-source reporting system for web applications, especially those based on Java and J2EE.

The company now leads the project-management committee for Eclipse BIRT, which recently surpassed one million downloads.

A survey sponsored by Actuate indicated that 24 percent of enterprises are currently using open-source BI, while 31 percent are likely or very likely to consider using open-source BI.

"Actuate offers an extensive product line based on Eclipse BIRT, along with services, support and training. These product offerings give organisations a way to capitalise on their BIRT development efforts to deploy highly scalable, mission-critical applications," said Vijay Ramakrishnan, senior director of strategic marketing at Actuate.

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The open-source BI debate has been around for some time now, with Eclipse members including Cognos and Business Objects both voicing opinions. According to Cognos, there is a place for open-source BI in smaller-scale operations that require reporting tools at a lower level than enterprise systems. Similarly, Business Objects has accommodated Crystal Reports within Eclipse so that developers can build applications at lower costs and improve the flexibility and portability of their applications.

Topic: Tech Industry

Adrian Bridgwater

About Adrian Bridgwater

Adrian Bridgwater a freelance journalist specialising in cross platform software application development as well as all related aspects of software engineering and project management.

Adrian is a regular blogger with covering the application development landscape and the movers, shakers and start-ups that make the industry the vibrant place that it is.

His journalistic creed is to bring forward-thinking, impartial, technology editorial to a professional (and hobbyist) software audience around the world. His mission is to objectively inform, educate and challenge - and through this champion better coding capabilities and ultimately better software engineering.

Adrian has worked as a freelance technology journalist and public relations consultant for over fifteen years. His work has been published in various international publications including the Wall Street Journal,, The Register,, BBC World Service magazines, Web Designer magazine,, the UAE’s Khaleej Times & and SYS-CON’s Web Developer’s Journal. He has worked as technology editor for international travel & retail magazines and also produced annual technology industry review features for UK-based publishers ISC. Additionally, he has worked as a telecoms industry analyst for Business Monitor International.

In previous commercially focused roles, Adrian directed publicity work for clients including IBM, Microsoft, Compaq, Intel, Motorola, Computer Associates, Ascom, Infonet and RIM. Adrian has also conducted media training and consultancy programmes for companies including Sony-Ericsson, IBM, RIM and Kingston Technology.

He is also a published travel writer and has lived and worked abroad for 10 years in Tanzania, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Italy and the United States.

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