September 16, 2010 – Actuate made waves in the open source world a few years ago with the development and launch of BIRT. Now, the California company is aiming to make a “big splash” with the simultaneous release of new related BI platforms.

This week, Actuate announced three new offerings: version 11 of its iServer scalable server, which now features elastic clustering; BIRT360, with in-memory analytical applications that can be adapted quickly; and ActuateOne, the branding for its unified analytics and dashboard.

The combined release is part of a concerted effort by Actuate to bring connectivity and unified advantages for the more than 700,000 developers grounded in BIRT usage – many of whom have downloaded the initial program anonymously through the Eclipse Foundation. As more businesses and larger corporations make steps with these developers toward more open source involvement, Actuate felt compelled to capture their attention with a singular set of tools for business intelligence, says Nobby Akiha, senior vice president of marketing at Actuate.

“It’s the fastest growing part of our business over the last two years and it’s where the growth is happening. We’re betting I guess almost all of the company on making sure that we can capture those developers and get them to start using the commercial product,” Akiha says.

Aspects and additions of the new products include: ActuateOne, the overarching program, features data access and integration from multiple disparate sources, interactive dashboard and visualization generation, and enhancements through ROI software from Xenos, which was acquired by Actuate in February. BIRT360 includes adaptable in-memory analytics, and both operational and analytical dashboards with individual KPIs, custom page creation, and live spreadsheets. New to iServer release 11 is elastic clustering for cloud deployment, as well as deployment for SaaS, PaaS and on-premises multi-tenant systems, and a work unit "pay-as-you-go" model.

In an online demonstration of ActuateOne on Wednesday, Dan Melcher, senior rich Internet application architect for the company, ran through user options via a San Francisco financial company. There, the site built with BIRT and run on ActuateOne provided a customer with an up-to-date interface of payment and investment information, history, and an interactive profile.

The goal is to offer many types of information with ease and fluidity for users at every level so that they can make their own models and save time by finding their owns solutions, Melcher says.

“So, instead of going to IT and making requests, I can put it in interactive mode and be able to click on different areas within the content and answer my own questions,” he says.

Akiha says that advancements in the last few years of data management services gave Actuate the initiative to strive for an "umbrella" brand in ActuateOne. Virtualized information offerings from Google and Amazon have increased many users' expectations with easy-to-harness data, which Actuate representatives noted as they announced their own new releases.

“The bars of getting information for a user continue to get higher and higher. Our solution is that what is needed to solve all that, to address those challenges, is the common architecture for development and deployment,” Akiha says.

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