Thursday, July 14, 2005

Open source BI takes aim at integration woes

Source: Computerworld

Summary:

Following the release of the open source Eclipse-based Business Intelligence Reporting Tool (BIRT) last month, in-house projects may benefit from a more standardized way of integrating company information.

Initiated by BI vendor Actuate, BIRT is aimed at developers looking to reduce Java coding time and a faster way to modify end user report requirements. Actuate's vice president of product marketing Michael Thoma, who is leading the company's open source strategy, said not having to build a BI application from scratch will free up a lot of "calories" which can be used for innovation.

"That's the fun part," Thoma said. "As with Eclipse, BIRT supporters will cooperate in the common environment and compete in the commercial space." Thoma said Actuate is now on the Eclipse board and, although it is a 100 percent for-profit business, it has invested "a huge amount of calories in engineering to develop BIRT."

"The Eclipse IDE is already at 65 percent penetration in the Java development space [and] the amount of commercial activity is how the Eclipse Foundation measures success," he said.

Examples of local Eclipse users include Centrelink, Auspost, and nuclear science group Ansto.

BIRT has a modular architecture consisting of the designer, an XML reports definition engine, and the BIRT engine which produces the reports and charts for either the Web or print.

"Actuate's first strategy with BIRT is to get developers using it," Thoma said, adding there are already 7500 downloads per month. "Our target audience is developers who are customizing existing BI applications or developing new reports from exposed data."

Thoma said leveraging the common Eclipse application framework helps integration.

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Anonymous said...

The reason why actuate is doing BIRT is partly because of wenfeng li.

Wenfeng li incured a huge lawsuit with his previous employer and brought a huge lose in lawsuit money to Actuate. Actuate has to layoff several times.

Then wenfeng li pushed to China. BIRT is his last desperate resort to build his force in Actuate. However, wenfeng li( PMC lead as he named himself )
doesn't really have much experience in Java technology.

Essentially Wenfeng li is wasting Actuate's money and resources to gain huge benefits for himself. At the same time to develop a very inferior product and call it a "massive success" and continue to add version number to that...