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These white papers provide an in-depth view of Actuate's technology and how it can be used to address key organizational initiatives.

Product Features


GovLoop Industry Perspective: The Last Mile
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For government agencies, data has the potential to deliver tremendous benefits for the customers they serve, including civil servants, citizens and even other government agencies. However collecting, storing and processing the data isn't the complete journey. Data, whether big, small or somewhere in between, is only valuable when you can draw some meaningful conclusions from it.

Serving 40 Million Financial Customers in Minutes with BIRT iHub
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Actuate powers a scalable, high-performance application that creates and delivers personalized reports. A prospective customer challenged Actuate to prove that an application powered by BIRT iHub could prepare and present monthly transaction statements for millions of users on a tight deadline. Because high performance and linear scalability are hallmarks of solutions powered by BIRT iHub, Actuate accepted the challenge.

BIRT Quick Start Guide
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Accelerate your design and deployment of dynamic data visualizations, dashboards, and analytics. This whitepaper provides an overview of both the open source and commercial BIRT components, focusing on the key capabilities of BIRT Designer, BIRT Runtime Engine and Sample Viewer, BIRT Viewer Toolkit, and BIRT iHub. It also includes tutorials to help you get your BIRT application up and running quickly. If you are a report designer, developer, or architect involved in integrating BIRT reports into applications, this Quick Start Guide is for you.

Top Tips for Designing High-Performance BIRT Content
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To maximize performance of data-driven applications, apply these best practices for data visualization and dashboard reporting. Several factors affect the performance of BIRT Designs, either adding to or detracting from their overall efficiency. Knowing what those factors are - and whether they’re intrinsic to the design or the result of external processes - will help you improve your design’s efficiency.

BIRT iHub F-Type: A Comparison
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BIRT iHub F-Type is a free server for BIRT content. It has all the features of BIRT iHub and is only limited by the daily data output. It is optimized for use in departmental and smaller-scale applications. As a starting point, use this document to match your design, deployment and content-viewing requirements with open source and commercial BIRT features.

5 Best Practices for Designing Data-Driven Apps
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Data-driven apps have become a major growth engines for the worldwide software market. From personalized portals, to wearable devices like Nike Fuelband, data-driven apps are all around us. Yet, designing compelling data-driven experiences - especially for customer facing apps where there is both a large number of users and large data sets - remains an art and a science. Fortunately, an emerging set of design principles inspired by consumer devices provides a blueprint for delivering apps that inform, connect, and motivate end-users.

Top 12 Reasons to Integrate BIRT in Your Applications
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One maxim is true for all software applications – whether deployed on-premise or in the cloud – the value lies in its data. BIRT offers a powerful, scalable solution for Saas provides, software and appliances manufacturer who are looking to provide their customers with dynamic data visualizations, personalized analytics and insights.

Embedding Reports, Dashboards and Analytics: A Breakdown in 5 Steps
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This white paper shares knowledge and insight gathered by Actuate over a decade of helping more than 500 SaaS providers, software and appliance manufacturers as well as in-house application development teams teams across all industries to embed reporting content, dashboards, and analytics in their applications.

The Best Choice — 11 Questions: Build or Buy Enterprise Software?
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Organizations are frequently faced with the dilemma of whether to build software in-house using open source solutions or purchase a commercial application. The right decision depends not on one over-reaching right or wrong answer, but on the specific project, IT skillsets, timeline, and budget constraints. By considering those and other factors, companies can determine which the option that's best for them. Register for this white paper to learn about the two approaches: Do-It-Yourself and Ready-to-Deploy.

BIRT Analytics 4.3 Technical Summary of New Features
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The BIRT Analytics 4.3 (BA 4.3) release is focused on integration with BIRT iHub 3, a whole new look, and the addition of new functions and instructions. With BIRT iHub 3 integration, BIRT Analytics customers can leverage common shared services, resulting in improved IT efficiency and faster time to value. With BA 4.3 Actuate has put user experience at the forefront of product design by delivering a consistent, modern, user experience. New functions and instructions in both the Front-End and the Loader module increase productivity for end users
and IT administrators alike.

Deploying BIRT: Three Ways to add BIRT Functionality Into Your Project
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Between Actuate's open source and commercial offerings, BIRT developers can choose from three different deployment alternatives, depending on the scale and functionality required. This white paper describes these deployment options: The Standalone BIRT Designer Option, Embedding Eclipse BIRT Runtime Engine and Java APIs, and Deploying with BIRT iHub. It also provides a comparison table intended to make it easy to match your desired features with the respective product.

BIRT iHub 3 Technical Summary of New Features
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Actuate’s BIRT iHub™ 3 provides a highly scalable solution that enhances your brand experience via applications that deliver personalized insights to your customers, partners, and employees. This release enhances the productivity of developers and enables them to easily build and deploy secure, visually appealing applications for large user populations.

BIRT Analytics 4.2 Technical Summary of New Features
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BIRT Analytics 4.2 introduces powerful analytic algorithms, support for new workflow capabilities, and several usability enhancements to the loader module. This release of BIRT Analytics reveals more insights from the data and dramatically shrinks the time to benefit.

Actuate 11SP4 Technical Summary of New Features
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Actuate 11 SP4 strengthens the ActuateOne® platform by offering enhancements across the board based on market and customer feedback. This document describes the new features introduced in the release.

Agility in BI: How ISVs can close the end-user/IT gap
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There are a number of individual-oriented trends in the BI industry that are changing the game for ISVs. End users of software applications have become increasingly sophisticated, savvy, demanding and impatient with data that is often static, stale, or not personalized. These demands for interactive, intuitive data access are pushing ISVs to improve their BI feature set or lose market share.

BIRT in the Cloud: Deployment Options for ActuateOne®
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With the increase in information analysis needs and an explosion of digital information, companies today are faced with the prospect of potentially spending millions of dollars on hardware and data storage costs. Cloud computing has emerged as the economical solution for analyzing big data and powering enterprise applications.

Actuate 11SP3 Technical Summary of New Features
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Actuate 11 SP3 strengthens the ActuateOne® platform by offering enhancements across the board based on market and customer feedback.

Actuate 11SP2 Technical Summary of New Features
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Actuate 11 SP2 strengthens the ActuateOne® platform by offering enhancements across the board based on market and customer feedback.

Actuate 11SP1 Technical Summary of New Features
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Actuate 11 SP1 strengthens the ActuateOne® platform by offering enhancements across the board based on market and customer feedback.

SPECint Whitepaper
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Tests reveal that BIRT iServer scales near linearly against the SPECint Index for report generation, batch report generation and conversion to PDF and on-demand viewing. Learn more today!

Actuate 11 Technical Summary of New Features
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Actuate Release 11 features the tools and environment necessary to implement effective, user friendly BI deployments inside and outside the firewall.

Metrics Management


20 Years of Measuring and Managing Performance - A Global Study
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From KPIs and Dashboards to Performance Analytics and Big Data: Read this global study from over 3000 companies on current Performance Management best practices.

How to Choose a Technology Platform that Drives Real Business Performance Improvement
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This Guide to Evaluating Technologies discusses what technologies are necessary for organizations to accomplish true Performance Improvement.

15 Best Practices for Implementing Performance Improvement
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How to Streamline Business Performance and Get Past Misconceptions, for True Strategy Management Success

Predictive Analytics


Thinking Small: Bringing the Power of Big Data to the Masses
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Most organizations today are putting together their big data strategies. Are they really being able to gain value and turn that vision into practical and actionable insights? Download this analyst paper today and learn how to focus on the RIGHT data and deliver timely, meaningful insights.

TDWI Best Practices Report | Predictive Analytics for Business Advantage
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Although it has been around for decades, predictive analytics is a technology whose time has finally come. A variety of market forces have joined to make this possible, including an increase in computing power, a better understanding of the value of the technology, the rise of certain economic forces, and the advent of big data. Companies are looking to use the technology to predict trends and understand behavior for better business performance.

Forrester Analyst Whitepaper - Predictive Analytics: A Critical Capability
Gaining Momentum Within Asia Pacific
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According to "Predictive Analytics: A Critical Capability Gaining Momentum Within Asia Pacific", a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Actuate in Sep 2013, Predictive analytics enables firms to reduce risks, make intelligent decisions, and create differentiated, more personal customer experiences.