Actuate makes BI open source

Business intelligence software supplier Actuate is hitching its wagon to the open-source movement in the hope of seeing its...

Business intelligence software supplier Actuate is hitching its wagon to the open-source movement in the hope of seeing its applications get even broader acceptance in the marketplace. 

It is to become a strategic development member of the Eclipse Foundation, an independent organisation that helps to oversee open-source development projects.

With the co-launching the open-source Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) project Actuate wants to take away some of the complexity from hand-coding reports using JavaServer Pages.

The BIRT code, which will benefit from Actuate's technical expertise, will be created from scratch and targeted primarily at Java developers and power users. 

Actuate wants feedback from the open-source community, said Mark Coggins, senior vice-president of engineering at the company.

He added that working with the Eclipse Foundation would help to develop the application with the principles of  "transparency and meritocracy, where the best ideas and methods will be incorporated". 

By making reporting tasks simpler and more easily adopted, the company expects BIRT to become an enterprise-ready rival to Microsoft's Reporting Services platform. 

Actuate will embed BIRT-generated code into its commercial applications at the same time as the technology becomes part of open-source development.

The company may also offer paid technical support for BIRT, and other companies will be free to develop and sell products built around it, in accordance with the Eclipse public licence model. 

Marc L Songini writes for Computerworld

Read more on IT supplier relationship management

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchCIO

SearchSecurity

SearchNetworking

SearchDataCenter

  • How do I size a UPS unit?

    Your data center UPS sizing needs are dependent on a variety of factors. Develop configurations and determine the estimated UPS ...

  • How to enhance FTP server security

    If you still use FTP servers in your organization, use IP address whitelists, login restrictions and data encryption -- and just ...

  • 3 ways to approach cloud bursting

    With different cloud bursting techniques and tools from Amazon, Zerto, VMware and Oracle, admins can bolster cloud connections ...

SearchDataManagement

Close