BIRT Appeals to SaaS Providers and ISVs Looking to Cut Costs and Speed Time to Market
San Mateo, Calif. â€“ December 7, 2010 â€“ Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: BIRT), The people behind BIRTÂ® and the leading open source Business Intelligence vendor, today announced a growing momentum in the number of independent software vendors (ISVs) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers making Actuate and BIRT their embedded Business Intelligence (BI) system of choice.
BIRT, available as a top-level open source project of the Eclipse Foundation and along with value-added commercial products from Actuate, is now used by more than 1 million developers and recently passed the 10 million downloads mark. Adoption is proliferating particularly among ISVs and SaaS providers, which are now embedding the highly customizable, visually-rich, data analysis and reporting environment into their own software products, rather than develop their own.
BIRT is driving a number of new OEM accounts as ISVs and SaaS providers look to focus their resources and accelerate their speed to market with enhanced BI capabilities. Among Actuateâ€™s 300+ OEM and SaaS partners are some of the biggest names in software, including Cisco, Computer Associates, BMC Software, GE Healthcare, Infor, Siemens, Taleo and VeriSign.
Giving his own independent assessment of Actuateâ€™s burgeoning OEM business, James Governor, co-founder of Open Source Analysis Company, RedMonk said:
â€śThe economics of open source software and Business Intelligence are remaking traditional reporting and analysis. Actuate is helping drive this change through its support for the fast-growing BIRT platform, which is increasingly embeddable, with packaging and full support for OEMs.â€ť
Commenting on the surge in interest David Armstrong, vice president OEM, who is spearheading Actuateâ€™s global OEM sales, noted that developers are attracted by Actuateâ€™s open source strategy. They find value in being able to try out BIRTâ€™s capabilities for free, to complement or complete their own software, with the option to purchase fuller commercial capabilities plus training and support at a later date.
Armstrong explains: â€śSoftware vendors are faced with an increasingly competitive marketplace and a higher level of customer frustration with unwieldy or non-intuitive Business Intelligence and information applications. In addition, developing, supporting and maintaining home-grown BI is unrealistic from a cost and time-to-market perspective, while standard solutions rarely deliver the flexibility that customers demand. By coming to Actuate, software providers gain access to a powerful, customizable and highly intuitive BI application development environment that gives end-users maximum flexibility while reducing the ISVâ€™s cost of support and maintenance.â€ť
One of the most recent vendors to enter an OEM arrangement with Actuate is SaaS provider Taleo, which realised tangible benefits within just 120 days. Other recent BIRT OEM partners include Persolvo Data Systems, RedSeal and OptTek in the US.
Underpinning BIRTâ€™s adoption by ISVs and SaaS providers is the BIRT iServer, designed to ensure that BIRT deployments are not locked into a particular end user experience, hardware configuration or data structure. The technology supports and streamlines the deployment of custom BI and information applications in on-premise, SaaS and hybrid scenarios.
â€śWe are excited to see the adoption of our technologies by other ISVs and SaaS providers who recognise Actuate and BIRTâ€™s potential in the rapid deployment of BI and information applications,â€ť concludes Nobby Akiha, senior vice-president of marketing at Actuate. â€śIncreasing competitive advantage, opening new revenue streams and enhancing user experience are key deliverables for Actuate and the companies with which we form strategic alliances, so everyone stands to win.â€ť