Source: Application Development Trends
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 The Data Warehousing Institute. "There will be a strong market for low-cost, highly flexible BI tools and open-source BI tools are part of that trend."