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Actuate founded and co-leads the Eclipse BIRT open source project. ActuateOne is a unified suite of products for rapidly developing and deploying BIRT-based custom Business Intelligence applications and information applications. Applications built with ActuateOne provide one user experience regardless of task or skill level; are supported by one server for any deployment including cloud and are built with one BIRT design that can access and integrate any data source - including high volume print streams. ActuateOne adds rich data visualizations, including interactivity, dashboards, analytics, and deployment options to web and mobile BIRT applications, helping organizations drive revenue through higher customer satisfaction and improved operational performance. Actuate was acquired by OpenText in January 2015.https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/T1/99/I4ZMCK80JPUR.pngIf you have the budget for it it can do great things, if you are a small company run, don't walk away.We are using it to present reports to customers and to our executives for our rich media advertising business. Our entire business uses this as a reporting platform. We had internally developed reporting, that worked well, but was hard to support and extend and expensive to maintain. We also wanted to embed it in another application to include customer facing reporting in the platform they use.,In terms of extensibility this is the best reporting platform we have seen. You can build very sophisticated reports with different data sources, and extend the basic functionality with javscript code Securing the BI system is also a strength and the system can be configured relatively easily. Reports can be available on mobile devices Good Javascript embedding framework does not require the site to be built in java,We have found a ton of bugs in there, our implementation is very complex and we use a lot of features, but we wish there were less bugs. Particularly with parameter display and validation. Actuate has decided not to continue to support the birtondemand platform and it is running on older versions of their main platform. Building out security extensibility is rather complex. They have not had a rest interface until new versions of iHub.,8,Jaspersoft,Pentaho,Microsoft BI,1,Adopted by infrastructure, ad-operations, sales, business, and account support. We are a small company and maintain a small number of accounts on this system. If pricing would be acceptable, we would roll this out to all of our customers.,9,9,8Former System Admin for Scorecard ModuleActuate is being used by selected user groups across the entire organization. It allows us to bring in data from multiple sources and evaluate performance under consolidated locations and measures.,Easy data import Multiple levels of user security,Limited report writing ability unless you implant the iServer applications End users have little or no control over data displays,6,5,We have about 2300 licensed users, but probably less than 1/3 actually log in during a quarter time. Less than 10% would be considered proficient users.,7,3,3,2000Actuate BIRT - open source that's worth a lookActuate's open source BIRT is used as an integrated reporting solution to provide data exporting and visualization of client project portfolios that empowers them with information to aid in better decisions.,The report outputs can vary across different types such as HTML, PDF, and Excel Their open source offering is very sufficient There are great boards and blogs for developers and engineers to expand and use their features. The people from the company that I've worked with are professional and courteous.,The report designer can be unstable at times. The reporting engine tends to have memory leaks with certain types of massive-data reporting. The report graphics don't have the sexiest appeal (e.g. Glossy feel, animated output) Some extensibility is extremely difficult to get to without purchasing a license (e.g. Setting a simple flag so that HTML outputs in compressed mode requires either creating your own emitter or going the paid route),8,There is a myriad of reporting solutions and options tend to change every other year.,8,The design tool is useful for basic reporting, but many reports require some experience in SQL and JavaScript. Java programming, though not a required skill for basic reports, is needed for better reporting and to access the more advanced features (such as debugging).,9,6,6Developer Perspective on ActuateActuate is an embedded part of several of our applications. It helps us deliver information content via reports to end users and it allows the user to customize the reports with many excel like features such as sorting, aggregation, font changes, hide/show, etc.,End user ability to customize Business Intelligence Reporting Tools (BIRT) Actuate Support is usually prompt and helpful. Ability to embed in other applications, has extendable code for authenticating/authorizing users.,Licensing is a bear.,8,,8,Actuate is used in 3-4 product lines. We have about 30 developers company wide that develop reports and perhaps 100 testers and business analysts that use it. Then we resell it with our product which is used by thousands of end users.,10,2,5Acuate 8 before the birth of BIRTActuate was being used with IBM Maximo to generate reports from our CMMS system. The reporting software served as our primary reporting tool and paper work order generation mechanism. Its availability and continuity were crucial to the maintenance and indirect procurement functions.,The software can be tied to Actuate Basic which is much like MS Visual Basic and can provide an almost custom application feel to some reports. Actuate had field movement tools that allowed a user to line rows up and disperse them across a report based off the width. Comparative tools like Crystal did not provide these. The Actuate Server also gave easy access to review who had been running a report or reports via its web interface.,The debug tool that came with the Actuate 8 developer was poorly written in my opinion; compiling a report could be very difficult when a number of functions were being called. There wasn't any reporting that could be run to download Actuate utilization statistics. Analytics had to be done by manually reviewing who had been running reports. At times when the Actuate Server would become overloaded the only solution was to restart it. There wasn't a way to clear up the list of pending report requests.,6,Crystal Reports,4,Actuate was used by the indirect procurement team and the maintenance departments company wide across many facilities. Well over 100 concurrent users at anytime. Actuate was used across vast majority of locations with the ERP solution we had at the time.,7,2,4Actuate ReviewActuate is being used to understand extracts from current systems. It is used for IT internally only. This tool is also being used for data extractions.,Flexibility of the product Able to make applications do what they need Fairly quick learning scale.,Organizing of the pieces could flow better.,7,,5,Not at all.,3,5,5Actuate gets the job done!Actuate is the standardized reporting platform for seamless integration of custom schedule and ad hoc reporting into our internally built applications. Reports are made available across the firm in all lines of business and support services allowing access to data from our core repository. There are both dynamic (allowing the passing of parameters) and static reporting available.,We integrate page level security allowing a single report to service audiences of 20,000+ consumers but only deliveing the data in the vast data set applicable to the consumer. Publish common components allowing the development staff to deliver consistent look and feel based on the standard firm style guide. Reusable library objects allow for fast deployment of new application reports.,Report rendering can take a long time for large reports (250,000+ pages) - we run these in batch over night The deployment of production code from development to test to production enviroments can be complex due to the number of components that must compile,8,,8,Actuate is used extensively as a developemnt tool and by 10s of thousands of end users. Virtually every line of business in our large financial institution uses Actuate - many who are unaware because the components are built into our home grown applications.,8,8,8
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January 24, 2015

If you have the budget for it it can do great things, if you are a small company run, don't walk away.

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They have nice html5 charts as well as other types, with many types of styles. Visualizations can be extended using scripting. Mapping and Dashboards in iHub 3 and F-type are very powerful. Would like to see the ability to use charting from d3 or other frameworks.
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October 13, 2014

Actuate BIRT - open source that's worth a look

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The BIRT designer is the weakest link on this chain. It's great because you get one. It's also aggravating because it is unstable and crashes while the report is being designed. There is little feedback while network transactions take place, leaving many newbies confused as to why the interface is frozen, etc.
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September 17, 2014

Acuate 8 before the birth of BIRT

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Actuate 8 did provide for graphing and making colored charts and highlighting certain fields based on criteria, however the majority of alternative reporting solutions did the same exact thing. The graphs also looked very "Microsoft 1995" if you know what I mean. Presenting them to stakeholders sometimes felt like I was trying to show off an antiquated product.
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Actuate founded and co-leads the Eclipse BIRT open source project. ActuateOne is a unified suite of products for rapidly developing and deploying BIRT-based custom Business Intelligence applications and information applications. Applications built with ActuateOne provide one user experience regardless of task or skill level; are supported by one server for any deployment including cloud and are built with one BIRT design that can access and integrate any data source - including high volume print streams. ActuateOne adds rich data visualizations, including interactivity, dashboards, analytics, and deployment options to web and mobile BIRT applications, helping organizations drive revenue through higher customer satisfaction and improved operational performance.

Actuate was acquired by OpenText in January 2015.

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