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If you or your colleagues are spending time updating spreadsheets with the latest data, you should download and try out the free BIRT Spreadsheet Designer (formerly known as Actuate e.Spreadsheet ...

If you or your colleagues are spending time updating spreadsheets with the latest data, you should download and try out the free BIRT Spreadsheet Designer (formerly known as Actuate e.Spreadsheet Designer). In the webinar we discuss and demonstrate how this free of charge product can help you automate the tedious task of updating Excel spreadsheets with the latest data, thus not only saving your time for more important tasks, but also eliminating the errors associated with handcrafting spreadsheets.

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  • 1. Save Your Time and Eliminate Headaches: Automate Spreadsheet Production with the Free BIRT Spreadsheet Designer Mihail Mihaylov, Actuate Corporation Pierre Richer, Actuate Corporation 1 Actuate Corporation © 2008
  • 2. Agenda Automate Spreadsheet Production with the Free BIRT Spreadsheet Designer • Pervasiveness of Excel • Challenges with handcrafted spreadsheets • Demo – the BIRT Spreadsheet Designer advantage • Benefits • Deployment options • Questions and Answers 2 Actuate Corporation © 2008
  • 3. Excel Spreadsheets are Used Everywhere … and on the Increase Excel - World’s most popular BI tool • 400+ million Excel users - Gartner, Forrester, Microsoft Excel is here to stay! • 57% of report consumers prefer to receive reports in Excel Excel will be used more - Forrester and more at the tactical Spreadsheets drive business processes and operational levels for reporting and analysis • Budget Variance, Period Close, Commissions etc. Forrester • 50% to 80% of enterprises use standalone spreadsheets for critical applications - Forrester 3 Actuate Corporation © 2008
  • 4. The Many Issues with Manual Excel Reports “Previously, getting the Decision Makers project summaries took up Emailed to four days just to get information to the finance Emailed people. It could be two Manually weeks before the relevant created and information was fed to the updated individual project managers – half way through the new month!” Spreadsheet Atkins Corp Creation/Update 88% of business critical Cut and spreadsheets have errors paste or Prof. Raymond Panko import as Database CSV 4 Actuate Corporation © 2008
  • 5. Product Demonstration Save Your Time and Eliminate Headaches Real World Example Automating Spreadsheet Production with the BIRT Spreadsheet Designer 5 Actuate Corporation © 2008
  • 6. BIRT Spreadsheet Generates Amazing Spreadsheets across Data filters Pivot tables down 3-D matrix workbooks 3D live charts VBA macro Cell locking support 6 Actuate Corporation © 2008
  • 7. Benefits Free BIRT Spreadsheet Designer Saves Time - Eliminates Errors - Easy to Use - Free 7 Actuate Corporation © 2008
  • 8. Benefits Free BIRT Spreadsheet Designer Saves Time - Eliminates Errors - Easy to Use - Free • No more time wasted updating spreadsheets with the latest data • Automates even the most complex spreadsheets 8 Actuate Corporation © 2008
  • 9. Benefits Free BIRT Spreadsheet Designer Saves Time - Eliminates Errors - Easy to Use - Free • No more time wasted updating spreadsheets with the latest data • Automates even the most complex spreadsheets • Report design abstraction separates Excel logic from data 9 Actuate Corporation © 2008
  • 10. Benefits Free BIRT Spreadsheet Designer Saves Time - Eliminates Errors - Easy to Use - Free • No more time wasted updating spreadsheets with the latest data • Automates even the most complex spreadsheets • Report design abstraction separates Excel logic from data • Excel-like and approachable by any skilled Excel user 10 Actuate Corporation © 2008
  • 11. Benefits Free BIRT Spreadsheet Designer Saves Time - Eliminates Errors - Easy to Use - Free • No more time wasted updating spreadsheets with the latest data • Automates even the most complex spreadsheets • Report design abstraction separates Excel logic from data • Excel-like and approachable by any skilled Excel user • Available as free download. Can be used indefinitely by any number of users 11 Actuate Corporation © 2008
  • 12. Sharing Reports Actuate web interface Custom web app with links to BIRT Spreadsheet reports 12 Actuate Corporation © 2008
  • 13. Flexible Deployment Options for Any App BIRT Information Console (Actuate Web Interface) BIRT Spreadsheet BIRT BIRT iServer BIRT Engine Deployment Kit Express iServer Embedded Workgroup Reporting Enterprise Reporting 13 Actuate Corporation © 2008
  • 14. How to Get Started Learn more now Website: For more information www.actuate.com/spreadsheetreporting or to schedule a demo, contact • Product Information Actuate: • Download of Free BIRT Spreadsheet Designer • Trial Downloads of Deployment Products info@actuate.com • Demos sales@actuate.com • Tutorials Phone • Forums 1-800-914-2259 • Documentation • Examples • Analyst White Papers • Customer Case Studies 14 Actuate Corporation © 2008