IBM Rational Software Development Conference, Orlando, Fl.,- June 11, 2007 – Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTU), a leader in Business Intelligence, Performance Management and Reporting Applications and an IBM (NYSE: IBM) Business Partner, today announced that its commercial BIRT-based offerings can now extend IBM Rational Portfolio Manager to improve SOA governance.
Actuate applauds the new levels of flexibility and insight for project planners in IBM Rational Portfolio Manager V7.1, through the addition of standard open source Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) -based reports and an open, extensible data warehouse for Actuate and IBM Rational customers. BIRT is the Eclipse Foundation open source project initiated by Actuate, for web-based reporting. IBM is a contributing member to the Eclipse BIRT project.
Large corporations have increased demands to gain visibility across their IT assets throughout the application lifecycle and therefore experience misalignment of software and systems development with business objectives. Without effective tracking of system integration efforts and application deployment, organizations fail to manage skills inventory, resource supply and project demand. The BIRT-based reports within IBM Rational Portfolio Manager will enable businesses to initiate real-time governance processes throughout the application development lifecycle that supports strategic, financial, functional and technical requirements. On an operational level, managers will be able to generate reports to uncover development bottlenecks, determine trends for specific projects and identify code hotspots to improve development and planning.
With Actuate’s BIRT-based commercial products that extend the BIRT-based reports in IBM Rational Portfolio Manager, end users from senior executives to IT staff can benefit from enhanced flexible reporting and analysis. The functionality will provide greater visibility into the performance of their IT portfolio to proactively manage their application lifecycle to ensure optimal performance.
“The combination of Actuate’s Business Intelligence solutions with IBM Rational Portfolio Manager allow companies to exploit open source collaboration and extend SOA governance capabilities,” said Scott Hebner, vice president, marketing and strategy for IBM Rational Software. “This integration gives companies greater visibility for business decisions about the related IT portfolio.”
“The combination of BIRT-based solutions with IBM Rational Portfolio Manager is a further demonstration of the close alignment between Actuate and IBM,” said Pete Cittadini, CEO and president at Actuate Corporation. “Both companies have a strong desire to see open standard Business Intelligence succeed and have contributed significantly to the BIRT project. Actuate continues to add value to open source Business Intelligence by providing extended functionality to enable companies to confidently deploy BIRT to deliver reporting within mission-critical applications.”
In conjunction with this announcement, Actuate is providing special pricing for BIRT-based packages for IBM Rational Portfolio Manager customers.
To Find Out More
Actuate and IBM are hosting a web seminar titled “Business Intelligence SOA Solutions and IT Governance from IBM Rational and Actuate”, to be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 to explore this topic in greater depth. The seminar is free and open to the public, more information can be found at http://www.actuate.com/rationalbirt.
Further information about the relationship between Actuate and IBM can be found at www.actuate.com/IBM. For more information on IBM Rational Portfolio Manager’s integration of BIRT, please visit http://www-306.ibm.com/software/awdtools/portfolio/index.html or visit booth 235 at the IBM Rational Software Development Conference.
BIRT is the only top-level Business Intelligence and reporting open source project within the Eclipse community. The BIRT Project was initiated by Actuate in 2004 and today enjoys contributions from across the Eclipse developer community. In addition to Actuate, IBM and Inetsoft are active within the BIRT Project Management Committee (PMC). For more information visit www.eclipse.org/birt.