Actuate Corporation, a leader in scalable business intelligence applications, announced an enhanced version of the company's Multi-Application Option (MAO) which will be available in conjunction with the release of Actuate 7 SP2 scheduled for Q4 2003. Actuate's Multiple Application Management technology provides organizations with a method to manage multiple, distinct Business Intelligence applications within a single platform architecture. Multiple Application Management is necessary for organizations to effectively centralize Business Intelligence applications and resources. The Actuate 7 SP2 release of MAO enables IT departments to efficiently assign a set of processing resources to a specific application and monitor individual application usage.

One of the largest challenges facing IT departments today is effectively supporting multiple business intelligence applications and meeting growing user needs with new business intelligence applications. To minimize the cost of business intelligence application deployments, new applications need to be rolled out quickly by leveraging existing hardware resources. In addition, the need for efficient security, administration and storage schemes have increased as more business users, customers and partners utilize business intelligence applications.

Actuate MAO reduces business intelligence deployment costs by enabling multiple applications to share the same hardware without compromising granular control over the security and management of individual applications. Organizations can centralize user management, backup, archiving, and security administration for a range of applications used by employees, customers, partners and executives. The total cost of ownership (TCO) for business intelligence applications is lowered through reduced hardware resources, fewer software licenses and support for multiple application definitions on a single server. Organizations can develop and deploy applications faster and leverage technology investments across many business intelligence applications.

Multi-Application Option for Actuate 7 – New Features

  • Resource Groups – Administrators can assign a set of processing resources to specific applications. IT departments gain fine-grained control over how resources in a shared architecture are allocated to individual applications.
  • Improved Usage Logging – Administrators can view usage logs that show the number of reports run or viewed within each application, allowing IT to monitor which applications are the most resource intensive. Usage logging thereby provides a tool to implement charge-back policies, a valuable function for shared IT infrastructure scenarios.

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