Actuate Corporation announced Actuate 7, an information application platform that allows Global 9000 organizations to cost-effectively build and centrally manage multiple mission-critical applications such as business performance management (BPM) dashboards, information portals, business analytic applications and interactive reporting applications. This unique platform provides user interfaces, which are appropriate for the majority of the enterprise and extended enterprise user communities without sacrificing IT infrastructure control.

Global IT organizations are struggling with the need to provide broad access to enterprise information ? both inside and outside the firewall. Employees, customers and business partners want immediate access to information generated from multiple data sources, but IT departments also need to retain control over data integrity, security and system performance. In addition, current IT spending restrictions demand that solutions demonstrate a low total cost of ownership and integrate into and leverage any existing IT environment. Actuate addresses these needs by delivering a solution that allows companies to purchase and deploy a single platform that supports many customized applications that can be utilized by more than 80 percent of the user community.

The vision for Actuate 7 is to empower IT departments to build highly customized Information Applications that easily fit into their enterprise infrastructure, and meet the needs of 100 percent of users. The Actuate 7 Information Application Platform will be rolled out to the market in three phases with the overarching vision of “Empowering 100 percent of users without sacrificing IT control.” The first release of Actuate 7, code-named Shasta, empowers business users with ad hoc query and report creation tools that require virtually no training. The subsequent releases of Actuate 7 will add tools for the power user community, leverage a service oriented architecture (SOA) to shorten development time, improve scalability, and further drive down TCO.

“People often draw a BI user pyramid when trying to sort out the various types of business users or end users for reporting and analytic systems, as well as the relative number of one end-user type vs. another. Building the BI user pyramid from the bottom-up – with a focus on reporting, not analysis – achieves realistic and sustainable results, while containing the costs and complexity of analytics. The bottom-up strategy for defining end-user requirements and matching them to enabling technologies encompasses more BI end-user types and far greater numbers of end users than the top-down approach. This practice serves the broadest majority of business end users.” (Source: Phil Russom, research director at Giga Information Group. “Building from the Bottom Up” Intelligent Enterprise, August 12, 2002)

Actuate 7 is uniquely designed to provide customers with a highly flexible and scalable environment. The Actuate 7 platform consists of a development environment, a server, and user empowerment products appropriate for all user segments inside and outside an organization. Development Environment ? Actuate 7 provides customers with an object-oriented programming environment that allows quick development and deployment of highly customized Information Applications. Actuate?s development capabilities enable IT departments to build a wide variety of applications including information portals, performance management dashboards, business analytic applications and interactive reporting applications.

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