Actuate launches Eclipse-based BI reporting tool

By ADT Staff

Actuate announced the general availability of Actuate BIRT 2.0, a business intelligence and reporting tool, based upon Eclipse BIRT, an open-source reporting project. BIRT 2.0 uses a Web page design metaphor and allows report developers to import styles from existing Web site CSS files, according to the company. The reporting tool was designed to deliver ease-of-use and flexibility to report developers, who are typically not Java coders.

"Many business intelligence tools are too expensive and don't have the flexibility that developers want," says Wayne Eckerson, director of research and services at TDWI. "There will be a strong market for low-cost, highly flexible BI tools and open-source BI tools are part of that trend."

Actuate BIRT 2.0 provides integration for several commercial data sources as well as functionality identical to the Eclipse BIRT project, its open-source Eclipse Public License equivalent. It is available immediately as a subscription deployment license at various levels of product deployment and support. Annual subscription-based pricing begins at $95 per developer. Actuate BIRT is available for download.

Actuate BIRT 2.0 and Eclipse BIRT 2.0 will be showcased at EclipseCon 2006 this week at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Booth 505. The BIRT Report Design Contest will be premiered during EclipseCon with the entries due by April 28, 2006, more information can be found by visiting the BIRT contest Web site or e-mailing.