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Architecting Business Intelligence Applications for Change: The Open Solution using BIRT. Seema Haji Sr. Technical Marketing Manager Actuate Corporation Daniel Melcher Sr. RIA Architect Actuate Corporation. Architecting Information Applications for Change. The Open Solution using BIRT.

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architecting business intelligence applications for change the open solution using birt

Architecting Business Intelligence Applications for Change: The Open Solution using BIRT

Seema Haji

Sr. Technical Marketing Manager

Actuate Corporation

Daniel Melcher

Sr. RIA Architect

Actuate Corporation

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Architecting Information Applications for Change

The Open Solution using BIRT

  • What is BIRT?
  • Principles of Rich Information Applications
  • The BIRT Product Line
  • Demo

AGENDA

what actuate does
What Actuate Does…

Actuate removes the complexity

in building data-driven

Rich Information Applications

  • Development Complexity
  • Multiple-sources & datasets
  • Web-2.0 application design
  • Reuse library (public & private)
  • Presentation Complexity
  • Dynamic visualizations
  • User-configurable content
  • Flash, Interactive Viewer
  • Delivery Complexity
  • Skill-specific tools & UI’s
  • Embedded content
  • Single-server installations
  • Large-scale enterprise deployments

RIA’s support critical business processes

One BIRT Design

what is birt
What is BIRT?

Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools

A New Generation of Reporting and Data Visualization Technology

  • Easy to use for all types of developers
  • Modern, web-page design metaphor
  • Open and standards-based
  • Flexible with rich programmatic control
  • Full support for libraries and reuse
  • Foundation for next generation Actuate products

Simplicity

that makes simple reports easy

Power

to createvery complexreport layouts

BIRT

birt open source is actuate
BIRT Open Source IS Actuate

BIRT Downloads

More than 6.5 million downloads

&

1 Million downloads per QTR for the last 3 QTRs

Thousands of downloads

  • Open source initiative as part of the Eclipse Foundation
  • Professional open source: founded, organized and led by Actuate
  • Other members
  • Why Open Source?
  • Build community of developers and users
  • Drive high quality via community feedback
  • Create buzz and generate awareness

Enterprise-ready maturity

Eclipse project launched in 2004 Five major BIRT releases

Adopted across IBM

http://www.birt-exchange.com/BIRT-Resource-Center

a variety of techniques with actuate birt
A Variety of Techniques With Actuate BIRT

Actuate BIRT

Interactive Viewing

BIRT Report with Embedded Flash Widgets

Actuate Mashboard

266 animated Flash widgets included in Actuate BIRT Designers

Users modify reports to their liking

Delivered as configurable Java component or as iServer option

Information Console customization w/ drag & drop assembly of “Mashpacks”

User configurable canvas

Canvases saved in iServer

Easy to Build, Easy to Use Applications

what makes birt special cross section of an information application
What Makes BIRT Special?Cross-Section of an Information Application

Tables

Charts

Graphs

Drill thru

Crosstabs

Lists

Forms

AJAXInteractivity

Flash

Widgets

Your Portal / Web Page / Java Application

BIRT is the universal container for reusable data, transformation & visualization components

Delivered to users

Presentation Elements

Logic & Computations for Business Processes in Java, JavaScript, SQL & BIRT functions

Business Process Logic

Multiple data sources & datasets secured for the User

BIRT: Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools

Eclipse standard design for RIA development

Actuate BIRT Interactive Viewer

Data,

Personalized &

In Context

Your Application’s Data

External

Data

Customer

Sources

what makes birt special cross section of an information application1
What Makes BIRT Special?Cross-Section of an Information Application

Tables

Charts

Graphs

Drill thru

Crosstabs

Lists

Forms

AJAXInteractivity

Flash

Widgets

Portal / Web Page / Java Application

Delivered to users

Presentation Elements

Logic & Computations for Business Processes

Business Process Logic

Data In Context for the User

Without BIRT, this is a custom built, multi-language, heavily integrated, one-off application

Data,

Personalized &

In Context

DataSources

Data

Warehouse

ERP

Sources

notable actuate birt features
Page Level Security

Micro-cube powered cross-tabs

Graphing inside cross-tab,

use measures in calculations,

attach scriptable events &

charting from cross-tab data

Interactive Viewer extensions

Available as deployment engine

Included in report preview

Accessible from JSAPI

Role-based modularity

Portable .rptdesign format

Can be accessed as data source

Can be saved as template

Can be opened and edited by

BRD Pro, BRD, BRS and IV

Report parameter treatment

Dialog-driven assignment

auto-suggest

embedded values in output

cascading value lookups

HTML button assignment

embedded in URLs

BIRT Report Designer Professional

Includes Information Object Designer perspective

Notable Actuate BIRT Features
modern customer requests
Modern Customer Requests…

Principles of Rich Information Applications

Visual

Interactive

Everywhere

Collaborative

Quick

Based on The Information Workplace concept by Erica Driver and Connie Moore, Forrester

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VISUAL

Content must be engagingand readily understandable

visual birt content engages users
Visual BIRT Content Engages Users

Animated Visualizations

  • Highly Visual
  • Draws user in
  • Zero training
  • Simplifies information
  • Joy to use
  • Powered by BIRT
  • 100% Web-based
  • Built-in graphics
  • 266 Flash objects included
  • Lightweight and reusable

Information is Compelling

slide13

BIRT Performance Scorecard ApplicationProvides Insight and Manages toward Strategy

Balanced Scorecards

Strategic Plan Execution

Territory & Market Analysis

Operational Scorecards

Methodology Support

Custom Visualizations

…the most capable Performance Management suite available

slide14

INTERACTIVE

Answer the questionthat has not yet been asked

content must be interactive
Content Must be Interactive

When presented with information, users become smarter…

  • Interactive & Engaging
  • Encourages users to seek new perspectives
  • Save their changes
  • Leverages their ideas
  • Creates self-sufficient users
  • Fully controlled by IT
  • 100% Secure
  • Components are reusable
  • Features are configurable
  • Use changes to drive requirements

…when users become smarter, they change their questions

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COLLABORATIVE

Break traditional barriers between developers and end users

birt studio web based ad hoc content creation
BIRT StudioWeb-Based Ad-Hoc Content Creation

Template-driven development

  • Web-based Ad-hoc
  • Drag and drop development
  • Users pick template and data set
  • Group, filter, sort & aggregate
  • Supports all Excel functionality
  • IT-controlled
  • Templates controlled by IT
  • Metadata secured
  • Content can be scheduled, shared & used with Interactive Viewer
  • Graphical Objects
  • Built-in charting
  • Hide & show elements
  • Select themes

BIRT Studio is the only template-driven ad-hoc environment that works within a collaborative design architecture that includes BIRT Designers & Interactive Viewer

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Improve communication

Common design

Reduces requirements gathering

Supports agile development practices

Reduce development costs

Reuse improves productivity

Assemble reports from libraries of components, themes and templates

Designs can be saved and opened in any BIRT Designer

Collaborative ArchitectureBIRT-driven design sharing drives RIA evolution

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QUICK

Create highly functional, integrated applications rapidly

quick to find experts huge developer community
Quick to Find Experts:Huge Developer Community
  • Thriving BIRT Community
  • Eclipse.org
    • >1,000,000 downloads per quarter
    • Developer & commercially friendly license
    • Sponsors must build commercial products
  • BIRT-Exchange.com
    • Professionally staffed experts
    • Extensive contributions
    • Marketplace applications

BIRT Biannual Downloads

More than 8 million downloads through 2009

Thousands of downloads

quick deployment flexibility
Quick: Deployment Flexibility

BIRT+iServer Enterprise

Publish rich apps outside the firewall

Secure and support millions of users

Scale, performance, security, reliability

BIRT+iServer Express

Implement security & management

Publish rich PM apps that satisfy users

BIRT+Flash Widgets + IV

Engage users and let themdrive rich apps

BIRTOpen Source + JavaScript+ SQL

Free OpenSource Tools

EmbeddedApplications

Single-serverApplications

EnterpriseApplications

Other Open Source Vendors

Traditional BI Vendors

Actuate

quick to trust actuate iserver is industry leader in dependability scalability
Quick To Trust: Actuate iServer is Industry Leader in Dependability & Scalability

iServer supports high availability & scalability for mission-critical applications with large user communities

High-availability

Automatic clustering

Job control

Load balancing

Automatic failover

Multi-project support

BIRT iServer Enterprise

Global standard for scale, performance, reliability and security

Information Objects & Caches

Application Scheduling & Management

Security & Application Integration

Performance Management

Web Services APIs

Alerts & Distribution

Clustering & High Availability

Information Console

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EVERYWHERE

Place the content where your users are

birt content everywhere javascript api places content where users are
BIRT Content EverywhereJavaScript API Places Content Where Users Are

JavaScript API

  • Simple to deploy
  • Load JavaScript library
  • Identify server & content
  • IT-controlled
  • Secured by iServer
  • Delivered in any web page
  • Many new opportunities
  • Live active content
  • Advertising
  • Extended content placemen

JavaScript API simplifies BIRT delivery

seamlessly integrated within environment
Seamlessly Integrated Within Environment

Present Content Seamlessly…

  • All Data Secured
  • Multi-layered security model
  • Standard and JavaScript portlets
  • Seamlessly integrates user security
  • Any Format
  • Brochure-quality PDF
  • Live Excel, PPT, etc…
  • Live documents & spreadsheets
  • Mobile devices like iPhone & Blackberry
  • Invisible
  • Supports your branding
  • Integrate Marketing & Upsell opportunities
  • Simple, guided interaction & help

…in customer portals

…in the palm of your hand

…even in blogs

actuate birt is the universal container for adaptable information applications

crosstabs

  • Actuate BIRT Information Applications
  • Easily created by BIRT designers & BIRT Studio
  • Each component independently modifiable
  • BIRT documents immediately interactive
  • Easily modified by users in Interactive Viewer
  • Easily distributed & managed by iServer
  • Adaptability is Actuate BIRT’s advantage

BIRT .rptdesign

Actuate BIRT is the Universal Container for Adaptable Information Applications

Java ApplicationsIntranet Dashboards Extranet Applications

Drill-through

Java portal / portlet

Business Logic

Web

Layout

Charts & Graphs

Flash Widgets

crosstabs

AJAX Interactivity

Rules

Aggregates

Parameters

Java & JavaScript

Images

SQL

data

sets

Cache

Reusable

Components

Web Services

modern customer requests1

Visual

Interactive

Everywhere

Collaborative

Quick

Modern Customer Requests…

Actuate surpasses these requirements

birt product line from actuate
BIRT Product Line from Actuate

BIRT Mobile

BIRT iServer and BIRT iServer ExpressGlobal standard for scale, performance, reliability and security

BIRTSpreadsheets

BIRTInteractiveViewer

BIRT Studio

BIRTDesigners & Viewer

BIRT Page Level Security

BIRT Smartsheet Security

BIRT Performance Scorecard

BIRT OnPerformance

e.Reports

Eclipse BIRT Designers and Engine

why birt is great for ria s
Why BIRT is great for RIA’s

Developer Productivity

  • Web 2.0 design metaphor,
    • not a banded report writer
  • Java & JavaScript Programmability
  • Reuse component library
  • Multiple data sources & datasets
  • Universal container for the app

Versatile Delivery & Deployment

  • Multiple delivery alternatives
    • OSS-embed-workgroup-enterprise
  • Page Level Security
  • iServer dependability
  • JavaScript API
  • BIRT Warehouse appliance

Presentation Flexibility

  • Web 2.0 extensions
    • (Flash, AJAX, JavaScript, Java)
  • Widgets & dashboards
  • Ad-hoc reports
  • Interactive viewing
  • BIRT Mobile appliance

One BIRT Design

why use actuate for rias
Why Use Actuate for RIAs?

Easy to use self-serve content

  • Deliver information to MANY people throughout the enterprise and beyond
  • Increases user adoption

Make real-time decisions with drill-through

  • Arm people with the right information RIGHT NOW to take the right action
  • Leverages all existing data-sources in the enterprise

Improves corporate performance

  • Increases employee accountability
  • Assure compliance - SOX, Basel II, HIPPA, local regulators

Ad-hoc

One BIRT Environment

actuate information applications from birt
Actuate Information Applications From BIRT

Information Objects & Caches

Application Scheduling & Management

Security & Application Integration

Performance Management

Actuatee.Spreadsheet

Ready-to-analyzeExcel reports

  • Actuate PerformancesoftSuite
  • Forward-looking performancemanagementapplications

Actuate BIRT Reports & Dashboards

BIRT Report Studio

Ad hoc data access

BIRTInteractiveViewer

Designers

Actuate BIRT

Actuate BIRT Pro

BIRT RCP

BIRT All-in-1

BIRTBusiness Intelligence and Reporting Tools

Eclipse standard for RIA development

Actuate iServer

Global standard for scale, performance, reliability and security

Web-Based Rich Information Applications

Web Services APIs

Alerts & Distribution

Clustering & High Availability

Information Console

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