Most Rapidly Adopted Release in Actuate's History Makes Vision of Single Environment Business Intelligence a Reality
San Mateo, Calif., May 2, 2011 –
Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: BIRT), The people behind BIRT® and the leading open source Business Intelligence
(BI) vendor, announces the general availability of release 11, Service Pack 1 (SP1), further strengthening the ActuateOne Platform – a complete BI solution built on BIRT. The release of SP1 follows the remarkable adoption of ActuateOne by customers and partners worldwide making it the most rapidly adopted release in Actuate’s history. This momentum has accelerated the ActuateOne vision of redefining the BI category by moving away from a set of disparate tools to a suite of integrated capabilities – powered by one server, based on a single BIRT design and providing a unified experience for every end user.
Since being announced, ActuateOne, along with release 11 has generated significant new business including downloads by over 200 companies with thousands of users. Leading organizations in banking, insurance, federal, state and municipal government, multinationals, technology and manufacturing as well as other software vendors who OEM ActuateOne have now downloaded ActuateOne. First to market adopters of the product include ChemWare, The National Airway Systems Engineering group of the Federal Aviation Administration and Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Customers have embraced the 64 bit in-memory analytics, user configurable dashboards, comprehensive virtualization capabilities for hybrid, on-premise or cloud deployment and the flexible work unit licensing model that was first introduced with release 11.
According to an April 2011 report by Forrester Research Inc. entitled “Software Pricing And Licensing Trends 2011”: “Actuate offers a very different approach with its Work Units metric. This business intelligence software provider lets customers license a specific number of simultaneous process requests to the server, in addition to per-user and per-core options. Those with more intensive users will get more value from the product, and therefore need to buy more work units, or they can choose to accept slower performance as process requests wait in line.”Customer Anticipation for Release 11, SP1
"On April 4th, we went live with the beta version of MTInsight, which is built upon Actuate's BIRT onDemand. MTInsight
is a state of the art customized manufacturing business intelligence platform that is being built by AMT - The Association for Manufacturing Technology, for both members and non-members" said Dave Edstrom, Director for the Office of Strategic Innovation at AMT. “Since ActuateOne’s launch, we’ve been building and testing cloud-deployed business intelligence using BIRT onDemand for MTInsight. ActuateOne and BIRT onDemand are the foundation for MTInsight. We could not be more pleased with our software selection and having Actuate as a strategic partner going forward."
“ActuateOne provides our internal teams and external clients and partners with quick and concise access to the entire view of their media expenditure activities,” said Pablo Arocha, VP of Technology at Media 8. “Our clients are now better equipped to make informed decisions that help identify trends and increase the performance of their businesses with Media 8 Insights - our BIRT-based campaign analysis offering."
"We are using ActuateOne for OptForce, OptTek’s workforce planning tool. We chose Actuate over other products on the market because of its rich feature set and because it could be easily integrated into our application," said Candy Brinkman, director of product development at OptTek Systems.
"We work with some of the best brands in the world to help them manage and measure their employee community and sustainability initiatives," said Andy Mercy, CEO AngelPoints. "Actuate powers all the reporting of these initiatives for our clients and delivers optimal performance to them so that they can reap the full benefits of our web-based Employee Engagement Platform."
Additional organizations looking to turn to release 11 include: Agence pour l'Enseignement Français à l'Etranger AEFE, Alcatel-Lucent Integration Services Gmbh, Allant Group, INC., Bank of America Corporation, Brückner Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG, China Mobile Group Henan, EWR AG, FirstBank Holding Company, Fleishman-Hillard Inc., GE Global Research, GE Healthcare, GE, General Motors Corporation, GSI Commerce, Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, HSBC Private Bank, Human Interactive Technology Inc., Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Innovent Solutions, Inc, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co, Johnson & Johnson, LA County Sanitation District, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Mitsubishi UFJ Asset Management Co., Ltd., Morgan Stanley, NEC Corporation, NetApp, New York Central Mutual Fire Insurance Company, PayPal, Inc., RedSeal, ReportSoft, Société Générale Securities Services Deutschland Kapitalanlagegesellschaft mbH, The Travelers Companies, Inc., T-Mobile (UK) Limited, Visa International, Visa USA and Wells Fargo.What’s New
Release 11 SP1 includes more than 40 major enhancements, extending the value of the Actuate BIRT product suite for better data access, charting, output format, dashboarding and analytic capabilities. Key features include:
- ActuateOne for e.Reports – a data connector for e.Report customers to create BIRT-based, rich BI and information applications by leveraging e.Report documents as data sources
- Improved charting - including support for radar charts that enable multiple series to be rendered allowing for easy comparison of related data
- Advanced Function Print (AFP) export –export from BIRT documents to the compact AFP file format to facilitate large scale printing and archival of BIRT-based documents
- BIRT 360 dashboard print support - to enable business users to print snapshots of their dashboards and collaborate with other users
- New JSAPI classes - to enable seamless integration of BIRT 360 dashboards into existing web applications
- Quick Report Wizard - to make it even easier for business users to design new reports
- Enhanced ease and administration of BIRT iServer – with encyclopedia tools that assist in the migration of encyclopedia metadata from the standard PostgreSQL database to another PostgreSQL database or a supported third-party relational database management system
- Support for new third party products - including the latest editions of Adobe Acrobat, Google Chrome and Safari
“It has been gratifying to see the level of excitement, engagement and rapid adoption of release 11 by our customers and partners,” said Nobby Akiha, senior vice president of the marketing at Actuate. “Along with enabling us to deliver SP1 quickly, the feedback we’ve received has validated our compelling vision going forward for the Business Intelligence market. The explosion of data along with the need for economic efficiencies are driving the need for quick time to market and the ability to grow with success. The current and future needs of customers clearly call for a cohesive BI environment based on one design, one server and one seamless, unified end-user experience which is embodied in ActuateOne.”
To Find Out More
ActuateOne now includes release 11 SP1 of Actuate’s value-added products for the BIRT open source project, including the latest release of BIRT iServer, BIRT 360 and BIRT Data Analyzer. SP1 is generally available now. Pricing is available in Named User, Unlimited User CPU Core and flexible Work Unit models.
To learn more about ActuateOne or release 11 SP1 visit http://www.actuate.com/info/a11sp1-tsnf/, clicking here or calling 650 645 3000.