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  • 1. The people behind BIRT ™ Information applications facilitate better corporate and operational performance. Organizations look toward Actuate’s Rich Information Applications (RIA)-ready platform to reach into data sources and empower 100% of their users with timely and accurate information, allowing users to view rich content produced on demand in the formats they prefer. BIRT Studio is aweb-based tool deployed through the Actuate platform. It is accessed from a web browser and does not require installation of client software. It is built on the Java-based Actuate BIRT engine from the Eclipse open source development project, and is fully interoperable with all Eclipse BIRT applications. This self-service, ad-hoc query and report design tool for businessProduct Summary: users enables them to access data and create reports without direct IT intervention, but within IT control. Developers create BIRT-basedBIRT Studio templates in BIRT Designer Pro for BIRT Studio users. Applications built with ActuateOne provide users with one user experience regardless of task, tool or skill level; are supported by one server with a set of services to support any deployment and are built Product with one design using BIRT. ActuateOne provides organizations with a quick time to market and the ability to grow with success. Summary ActuateOne is a complete BI solution built on BIRT that introduces new products and features to its suite of Rich Information Application-ready products. Home Next Contents Back
  • 2. Product Summary: BIRT Studio Overview and are built with one design using BIRT. ActuateOne provides organizations Information applications facilitate with a quick time to market and the better corporate and operational ability to grow with success. performance. Organizations look ActuateOne is a complete BI solution toward Actuate’s Rich Information built on BIRT that introduces new Applications (RIA)-ready platform to products and features to its suite of reach into data sources and empower Rich Information Application-ready 100% of their users with timely and products. accurate information, allowing users to view rich content produced on Self-Service Query and Reporting demand in the formats they prefer. BIRT Studio is for organizations BIRT Studio is a web-based tool seeking to improve corporate deployed through the Actuate performance. By introducing easy-to- platform. It is accessed from a web use, self-service web report creation browser and does not require tools to meet the needs of business installation of client software. This and power users, organizations product is built on the Java-based enable decision makers to access Actuate BIRT engine from the Eclipse the vital information they need. open source development project, Past efforts to equip business users BIRT Studio reports are based on templates created by IT and is compatible with all Eclipse BIRT with self-service tools have failed applications. due to application complexity and or developers, enabling business users to quickly create This self-service, ad-hoc query and training requirements. Consequently, the reports they need without having to write queries, report design tool for business users IT departments continued to be connect data sources, etc. enables them to access data and create inundated with requests for new reports without direct IT intervention, reports, resulting in huge backlogs but within IT control. Developers and less time for work on strategic create BIRT-based templates in BIRT initiatives. BIRT Studio lets end Designer Pro for BIRT Studio users. users create and edit their own reports in an intuitive, graphical web Applications built with ActuateOne interface that fuses the best features provide users with one user experience of previous versions of Actuate regardless of task, tool or skill level; are with new Web 2.0 technologies, supported by one server with a set of facilitating information access by Home Next Contents Back services to support any deployment authorized users outside the firewall. 2
  • 3. Product Summary: BIRT Studio Key Features • Summary Tables – BIRT Studio provides a new summary table. BIRT Studio provides report authors • Support for BIRT Data Objects – BIRT and consumers with easy access to Studio users can use new BIRT Data the tools they need to create the Objects as data sources for their reports they want. New features and BIRT designs. enhancements in the latest Actuate • Support for Top/Bottom-N filter BIRT release include: within groups – Improves the filter support in BIRT Studio by enabling • Dynamic ad-hoc parameter support BIRT designers to insert Top N/ – Invokes a parser that automatically Bottom N filters both at the overall updates underlying queries based on table level as well as individual the value supplied for a parameter. group levels. • Crosstabs – Allows users to design • Ability to aggregate computed and review data along different columns – Aggregation support has dimensions; business users start with been added to calculated columns. a crosstab template and use pre- BIRT designers can now summarize defined BIRT Data Objects to create computed columns using any of the crosstab reports. supported aggregate functions. • HTML5 Charting, Chart Library and Chart Themes – All commonly used Re-usable Templates and Themes BIRT charts in BIRT Studio, including BIRT Studio includes pre-built Templates include report layout and structures such as bar, column, area, pie, line, scatter templates with report layout and rows, columns, tables, labels, and data fields from which and doughnut, have been enhanced structures such as rows, columns, business users create ad hoc and interactive reports. to support HTML5 output format tables, labels, and data fields from while continuing to support the which business users create ad hoc existing chart output formats such and interactive reports. Custom as SVG, JPG, PNG and BMP. templates can be built by developers • Flash Charts – Adobe® Flash® using BIRT Designer Pro. BIRT Studio provides interactivity to BIRT Studio uses report themes to determine the charts and adds an additional overall appearance of a report, such chart type to BIRT Studio. Actuate as colors or branding. Themes are BIRT architecture ensures that the provided out-of-the-box or can be resulting Flash visualizations output built to company specifications. is interactive. Home Next Contents Back 3
  • 4. Product Summary: BIRT Studio Report Templates Self-service report creation • Single table – creates a listing BIRT Studio’s easy drag and drop report with an optional chart; data construction allows users to work from within the tables can be grouped or an existing template and select or modify displayed in sequential sections. report elements, format reports, create • Parallel table – creates a report with charts, add data and preview the report two tables arranged in a parallel layout; populated with data as it is created. data within the tables can be grouped Report elements or displayed in sequential sections and charts can be inserted in the tables Business users interact with a variety • Sequential table – creates a of report elements that are available report with two tables arranged for the template from which they are sequentially; other features are as working. Typically, some of these described above. elements are modifiable and some • Custom templates – uses custom are fixed. templates built using BIRT Designer • Fixed report elements – elements or BIRT Designer Pro pre-populated with text or data; for example, an order invoice template Themes may have the name, address, and • BIRT Chart Themes – used with company logo. BIRT libraries, chart themes allow • Modifiable report elements – BIRT Studio’s intuitive interface makes it easy organizations to achieve consistent look and feel across BIRT content by elements such as labels, headers and to create detailed reports using data tables, these can be pre-populated providing a way to globally control during template design or can serve from any information source. formatting properties such as as place holders for business users fonts, colors, borders, date/number to populate. formats and others. • Pre-built themes – let users select the Report formatting overall appearance of their reports, With BIRT Studio, business users including colors, fonts, images, can reformat the elements and headers, footers and branding components of BIRT reports to meet elements including logos their analysis needs and preferences. • Custom themes – let users specify their own colors, fonts, images, headers, • Conditional formatting – modifies the format properties such as fonts, Home Next Contents Back footers and branding elements 4
  • 5. Product Summary: BIRT Studio background column and accents doughnut, have been enhanced to based on a data condition. For support HTML5 output format while example, change the font for all continuing to support the existing products sold below target to “red” chart output formats such as SVG, • Merge columns – merges two JPG, PNG and BMP. columns, stacking values on top In addition to enabling a consistent of each other to create a report user experience across conventional with multiple detail lines and mobile platforms, the new • Merge column header cells – merges HTML5 chart output format increases column header cells to create the richness of this experience by additional column classifications providing: • Format elements – modifies fonts and alignment • Animation effects: Slick out-of-the- • Format data – controls the display of box animations are used when the value based on the data type; for a chart is initially rendered and example, display numeric value as when users interact with it. Custom currency with dollar symbol and two animation effects can be defined decimal points through scripting. • Add column header row – adds • New levels of interactivity: Out-of- header rows the-box, users can click on a bar in • Re-order columns – changes order bar chart or a slice in a pie chart to drill down or see related info via a BIRT Studio’s easy drag and drop construction allows users Charts tooltip. Users can also zoom in on to work from an existing template and select or modify A BIRT Studio user can add a chart the X and/or Y chart axes to focus on report elements, format reports, create charts, add data from any report element. just the categories or values they are interested in. Custom interactivity and preview the report as it is created. • Bar chart and line charts can be defined through scripting. • Area and pie charts • Scripting: Leveraging JavaScript, • Scatter and stock charts BIRT authors can optionally define HTML5 Charting, Chart Library an infinite number of custom and Chart Themes presentations and interactivity All commonly used BIRT charts options such as adding annotations, in BIRT Studio, including bar, custom drawings, animations or column, area, pie, line, scatter and other visual effects. With JavaScript customization, developers are Home Next Contents Back 5
  • 6. Product Summary: BIRT Studio not restricted to pre-determined Query and Analysis visualizations and can customize BIRT Studio provides users with the charts to meet their specific features they need to create useful application needs. For example, to reports, including multiple data highlight the highest three bars in insert methods, bound data fields, a bar chart or highest five points hidden data fields, synchronized in a line chart. Another example is data sets, groups, sections, detail toggling the visibility of the lines in and duplicate suppression, and both a multi-series line chart by selecting simple and advanced sorting. and deselecting the legend entries by clicking or touching them. • Multiple data insert methods – drag and drop, single column select and BIRT Chart Themes are used with multiple column select BIRT libraries and allow organizations • Bound data fields – data columns to achieve consistent look and feel that are dropped and displayed across BIRT content by providing a directly on the report way to globally control formatting • Hidden data fields – additional data properties such as fonts, colors, fields whose values are hidden unless borders, date/number formats and they are explicitly added to the table others. For example, BIRT content which can be used for calculations, authors using BIRT Designer Pro can filtering or to add additional Charting is no longer limited to simple graphs, modify all BIRT designs to match columns in the report the new corporate look and feel bar and pie charts; BIRT products now ship with HTML5 • Synchronized data sets – refreshes guidelines by simply selecting a BIRT the designer with the latest output capabilities, along with multiple BIRT Flash Objects, theme that defines the desired new definition of the data source which make dashboard applications come alive. formatting specifications. Similarly, • Groups – allows column grouping business users can select pre-defined based on data values; for example, themes to change the look and feel of grouping order details by order ID the BIRT designs they create in BIRT • Sections – allows individual groups Studio, the crosstabs they analyze to be displayed as independent in the BIRT Data Analyzer or the tables. dashboards they create in BIRT 360. • Hide details – details columns are hidden and are not available to the report user. Home Next Contents Back 6
  • 7. Product Summary: BIRT Studio • Hide duplicates – suppresses the display • Compound filters – applies of duplicate values within a column. conditions to multiple columns; for • Simple and advanced sort – sorts example, list customers who are data using a single column or use based in ‘Chicago’, ‘NY’ or ‘Seattle’ the advanced sort feature to sort and have an account balance that is based on multiple columns. For > $1 million example, sort by country, then state • Top N/bottom N – This is a hybrid and then city. function that first sorts and then • Delayed query execution – allows filters values to display the top N or users to control when data set is bottom N values. refreshed during report construction Parameter Prompts Calculations and Summaries BIRT Studio displays pre-defined BIRT Studio includes standard prompts to users to help them build aggregation and calculation functions. their own reports. • Aggregates (summaries) – • Prompts (parameters) – instead of summarizes the individual values defining fixed values for filters, they in a column; for example, business can be exposed as user prompts. users can choose from a number of Thus, any time a report is run the end aggregate functions such as SUM user is prompted to specify a value and AVERAGE. for the parameter. This value is then • Calculated columns – defines substituted in the filter expression to calculated columns based on a return results based on the user- comprehensive set of pre-defined specified condition BIRT Studio includes standard functions. • Template and BIRT Information aggregation and calculation functions. Object parameters – in addition to Filters converting filters to parameters, BIRT Studio provides several options parameters can also be pre-defined for filtering data. in a BIRT Information Object or a • Simple filters – applies a data report template. Users are prompted condition to a single column; for for these parameter values when example, list customers who are they run the report. based in ‘Chicago’, ‘NY’ or ‘Seattle’ Home Next Contents Back 7
  • 8. Product Summary: BIRT Studio Data Access Data Preview BIRT Studio provides several options BIRT Studio lets users preview a BIRT Information Objects for easy data access: populated report as they drag and drop BIRT Reports BIRT Spreadsheet Actuate Query Applications modular, predefined data objects onto • BIRT Information Objects – optional the template during report creation. metadata layer allows IT to expose data in business friendly terms to • Drag and drop queries – executes users. Information Objects access a query that loads and presents a data from both relational data manageable data subset into the sources from vendors such as Oracle, report as users drag and drop the IBM, Microsoft, Sybase etc. and non- predefined data object onto the report. Information Access Web Services relational sources such as SAP BW, • Configurable data set size – provides XML, flat files and custom sources. control over the dataset size when Regional Sales Customer Billing • Multiple BIRT Information Objects creating the report to achieve – select multiple BIRT Information optimal performance. Objects and JOIN them to get Sales Orders Customer Profile Shipments additional data for reports. Recommended for advanced users only, and requires advanced BIRT Data Transformation Transform Calculate Security Information Console privileges • Pre-defined BIRT data queries – Data Access Data Adapters predefine data queries in the BIRT report template used by BIRT Studio. <XML> Queries can be based on any data source supported by Actuate BIRT: Relational Flat Files Legacy ERP XML Warehouse RDBMS, SAP BW, XML, flat files, scripted data sources, as well as any Data is accessed through BIRT Information Objects, drivers that conform to the Open Actuate’s metadata and data integration layer, Data Access (ODA) specification • Custom data provider – plug in a shielding business users from the complexities custom query builder UI as well as of data-source schema. a compliant ODA driver to access data via a custom data access layer Home Next Contents Back 8
  • 9. Product Summary: BIRT Studio Key Benefits • Increases ROI – Self-service reporting makes analysis available • Empowers business users with the more quickly, which drives faster ability to create ad-hoc reports decisions. IT saves on support – Business and power users can and development costs, while perform their own ad-hoc analysis user satisfaction increases as they against enterprise data sources by become more efficient through crafting a wide range of reports to timely access to the data they need. answer various business questions. • Provides design flexibility – New • Enables report consumers to dynamic parameter support gives analyze reports – With BIRT Studio, users more design choices. users receiving BIRT reports can • Allows for deeper analysis across personalize their report in order more data sets – Adding dimensions to answer a number of additional to reports provides users with more business questions based on the information about their business. data in an existing report. • Gives users easy access to underlying • Reduces reporting bottlenecks data – Increased interactivity in IT and improves requirements improves understanding of data. understanding between IT and end • Increases efficiency and decreases users – Improved communication user fatigue – New automated and satisfaction among report processes give companies a better ROI. producers and consumers as self- • Provides users with data they can service and design sharing reduces IT understand and use – BIRT Data workload. IT is extricated from report Objects use business friendly terms. development and data extraction • Allows users to more clearly define activities and can instead focus on data and import only what they more strategic activities. need into a report – Improved filters • Reduces costs with zero training optimize system performance and and support expenditures – The user productivity. BIRT Studio interface is intuitive • Provides higher-level views of data – and simple. Business users become Summarized computer columns that self sufficient almost immediately use supported aggregate functions without extensive training. This eliminate the need to wade through zero-footprint, web-based solution unnecessary data and details. Home Next Contents Back ensures simplified deployment. 9
  • 10. Product Summary: BIRT Studio The Progressive to run it or schedule it to run on a regular basis. Report snapshots Design Process can also be saved to a user’s local Actuate’s iterative approach to report machine, if desired. development and evolution allows 4. If a casual user’s new design users of all skill levels to participate in the requires features that are beyond report creation and review processes: his or her skill level, IT can reopen the report as a design, make the 1. IT developers create BIRT-based changes, and save it back to BIRT templates in BIRT Designer Pro, iServer, where it can be accessed and publish them to BIRT iServer as again by any authorized user. the foundation for BIRT Studio. The process of trading a common 2. Business and power users utilize report design among report BIRT Studio to create personalized developers, ad-hoc report authors reports based on the template(s) and end user consumers as a and available data, configuring means of evolving a report in order the report to meet their needs, to preserve its relevance is called and then publish and or schedule “collaborative reporting.” BIRT Studio the reports back to BIRT iServer. drives business user self-service in Reports can be output in live Excel, collaborative reporting. .csv, .pdf or .html file formats, BIRT Studio is part or be printed. of the ActuateOne 3. Authorized casual and end users products line, can access and review these which provides every reports within their browsers user in the enterprise by activating the optional BIRT with the tools Interactive Viewer, where they can required to make edit and customize reports. Once a sound business user is satisfied with the new view, decisions it can be saved in BIRT iServer, based on current, where the user can return to it later available data. Home Next Contents Back 10
  • 11. Product Summary: BIRT Studio The Progressive and scheduled reports without IT intervention but within IT-control. Design This highly scalable implementation Architecture of Actuate services provides multi- server, multi-project support; high- The Actuate BIRT progressive availability clustering, failover and design architecture includes: load balancing; metadata caching; • BIRT 360 – Operational and analytic and enterprise management and user-created dashboards for a tuning features 360-degree view of the business in • BIRT onDemand – Actuate’s a true self-service environment. Software as a Service (SaaS) • BIRT Data Analyzer – In-memory offering, which enables any user, analytics application that helps anywhere, to access enterprise business users uncover trends, information via the Web, without identify anomalies and model downloading/installing Actuate scenarios. BIRT desktop products. • BIRT Reports – web reports based These options provide an array of on open-source BIRT technology choices from which to create unique from the Eclipse project, available information applications that without charge from BIRT appeal to any user. Exchange. • BIRT Studio – self-service, ad-hoc Within the progressive design web report development within structure, BIRT designs can be IT control shared among highly skilled • BIRT Interactive Viewer – end user developers, business users and report viewing and customization consumers. This encourages • BIRT Mobile Viewers – allow users participation and supports an to mobilize and carry corporate iterative development environment, information wherever they go. which speeds development • BIRT iServer – enables the use of and adoption of information BIRT Information Objects, and applications. includes scheduling, versioning, and archiving functions, allowing users to run both on-demand Home Next Contents Back 11
  • 12. Product Summary: BIRT Studio System Requirements System requirements vary with options chosen. For a system analysis based on your specific needs, please contact an Actuate expert at 1-800-914-2259 (US & Canada) or contact us by email. You can also contact one of our offices worldwide. For More Information  To get more information about interactive web reporting, please contact an Actuate expert at 1-800-914-2259 (US & Canada) or contact us by email. You can also contact one of our offices worldwide. Applications built with ActuateOne provide users with one user experience regardless of task, tool or skill level; are supported by one server with a set of services to support any deployment and are built with one design using BIRT Designer Pro. ActuateOne provides organizations with a quick time to market and the ability to grow with success. Actuate Corporation Tel: (888) 422-8828 951 Mariners Island Blvd. Web:http://www.actuate.com San Mateo, CA 94404 http://birt-exchange.com Home Next Contents Back 12

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