Actuate Updates BIRT, Buys Xenos Group Staff

Updated · Feb 01, 2010

Key benefits of the updated solution include a new user interface, Flash-based dashboard charts, and 23 standard reports.

Business intelligence and enterprise performance solutions provider Actuate recently released version 9 of its Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT), and announced the purchase of data and document management solutions provider Xenos Group.

"BIRT Performance Scorecard 9 — formerly known as Actuate Performancesoft Views — boasts improved Web 2.0 capabilities including a new Web interface, more reports, and mapping functionalities, according to Actuate executives," writes's Jessica Tsai. "The company's stated aim with Version 9 is to expand adoption beyond its historical base of business users."

According to Jeff Perkins, Actuate's vice president and general manager of performance management, the product update was aimed at integrating the improved performance management solution that came with Actuate's 2006 acquisition of Performancesoft, and at leveraging the company's Web 2.0 strengths. The result is a solution with a new user interface, Flash-based dashboard charts, and 23 standard reports.

"Version 9 also gives users access to the BIRT Scorecard Exchange, an online resource that contains Actuate libraries and customer best practices," Tsai writes.

The acquisition of Xenos Group, for $35.5 million, is aimed at giving Actuate's offerings "the ability to bring in an enormous set of content [they] didn't have access to before, such as print streams and documents," according to company senior vice president of marketing Nobby Akiha.

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