Actuate Business Intelligence Review

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Why Actuate

Actuate BIRT is a business intelligence tool that is based upon open source BIRT and the Eclipse platform. Actuate is buoyed by a very active community of users and the convenience of its features, such as a one-button install and support for production deployments.

Product Details

BIRT is comprised of two main parts. The first is its well-publicized report designer that is based on Eclipse, and the second is a runtime feature that melds BIRT reports with any application.

Producing reports has long been associated with a complicated, time-consuming, resource-consuming process that backs up IT and delyas projects. Actuate’s BIRT software aims to change that by designing tools that are meant to be used by all-users, from technologically savvy developers to average end-users seeking insights from data.

Actuate features three different kinds of reporting tools which address that issue. The tools have an intuitive Web-based design and delivery metaphor, which includes a grid-table-cell-based sheet that is designed for simplicity. The product has a drag-and-drop interface, and does not require users to ever input or maintain software code by hand, saving time.

Features

Actuate offers three kinds of reporting tools, which each allow developers to integrate data sources and design their own reports with customizable insights. 

BIRT Designer is a free-form reporting software working in an open source integrated development environment.

BIRT Designer Pro offers enterprise-level reporting which includes special features for business reports and interactive applications.

BIRT Studio is a self-service tool, which includes ad-hoc reporting capabilities and a visualization tool specifically designed for non-experts.

Below we have included a more extensive list of Actuate's features:

Analysis Features
  • Ad Hoc Analysis?
  • Issue Indicators?
  • Online Analytical Processing (OLAP)?
  • Predictive Analysis?
  • Profit Analysis?
  • Trend Indicators?
  • User Friendly Interface?
Reporting Features
  • Ad Hoc Reporting?
  • Automatic Scheduled Reporting?
  • Customizable Dashboard?
  • Customizable Features?
  • Dashboard?
  • Financial Forecast/Budgeting?
  • Graphic Benchmark Tools?
  • Multiple Languages?
  • Performance Measurements?

Target Market

Actuate works across sectors, from healthcare and government to finance and manufacturing. Below are listed some of their key clients;

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Customer Service & Support

Actuate offers customer support on three main levels: by offering support plans online that allow users to navigate through issues on their own, an Open Source Project Support package that must be subscribed to, and a number of global support centers where users can directly contact an Actuate professional to address their needs.

In addition, Actuate offers training seminars for their products, which can be accessed online or in person. There is an active community user group for Actuate, and users connected to this can share ways to brainstorm issues and streamline the efficiency of the product.

Shortcomings

Licensing seems to be a consistent issue with Actuate. Some users have described the process as almost adversarial. A new license is constantly required at every turn, whether server components are being altered, or users are being added. On top of this, the actual cost of these licenses has also been cited as a point of concern.

Some have pointed to the lack of available resources on Actuate's products for those seeking to learn more about it. There are not many books or study materials available publicly, and users have to request this from Actuate.

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About

Actuate Corporation is an analytics, reporting, and customer communications software company that is perhaps best known for the creation of the open source data reporting project, Eclipse BIRT. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, Actuate's most notable products include BIRT Analytics for predictive analytics exercises, BIRT Designers, BIRT iHub for developers, and Customer Communications Suite. Actuate has offices throughout the United States, in addition to international locations in Paris, Toronto, London, Barcelona, Tokyo, Singapore, Fribourg, Frankfurt, and Sydney.

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