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BIRT ondemand

BIRT onDemand is the smart SaaS solution for business intelligence and reporting and is based on Actuate’s industry standard BIRT application server architecture on the Cloud. It allows you to host, deliver, and access critical information in minutes.

Subscribers have been quick to try BIRT onDemand because it provides a quick and easy way to deploy existing or new BIRT content on the cloud. In addition it enables subscribers to experience the features of BIRT iServer, allowing end users accessing BIRT content to take advantage of rich, dynamic visualizations interact with and manipulate their information and perform analysis to make intelligent decisions. BIRT onDemand also offers built-in mobile access with the ability to deploy existing BIRT content to the iPhone, iPad and Blackberry. Thus, a single content design allows end users to view the same content via their desktop, mobile and tablet device, ensuring complete continuity of user experience.

BIRT onDemand brings the power of community-contributed apps to the world of BI, while enabling organizations to slash their investment in BI software and hardware and still enjoy instantly interactive BIRT content. Since BIRT is based on an application design metaphor and is backed by a community of over 750,000 developers, it is ubiquitous in the building of business applications, many examples of which can be found on the BIRT Exchange Marketplace. BIRT onDemand reduces the time to market for deploying any BIRT-based app to a single click, so applications including those for dashboards, Google Maps and Flash Maps can be trialed and deployed with little up-front investment. In addition, app design is aided by the templates, examples and customization services provided by the BIRT community and Actuate.

The key features of BIRT onDemand include:

A rich feature set including interactive reports, flash visualizations and reports saved as PowerPoint, Excel®, PDF and Word.
Dashboards with BIRT Mashboard, supporting creation of information portals with BIRT and non-BIRT content. Included at no additional cost.
Mobile-ready content delivered to iPhone, iPad and Blackberry devices for hosted BIRT apps
Speedy development and deployment with the aid of apps, templates and examples from the BIRT Exchange Marketplace.
Security for account and user management, folder management, report execution, scheduling, document sharing and secure data transfer and access.
Platform-as-a-Service that enable hosted BIRT applications on a robust implementation of Actuate’s BIRT iServer in the cloud.
Amazon RDS (Relational Data Store) for secure data storage and connectors to other traditional and cloud-based databases.
Eclipse IDE plug-in to upload documents and designs directly from the Eclipse IDE into BIRT onDemand. Included at no additional cost.
Power user add-on with web-based BIRT Studio that allows power users to modify and save report designs to meet their exact needs.
Regular enhancements and updates that will provide future capabilities including support for Information Object metadata, in-memory analytics, new data connectors and enhanced Microsoft Office support.
Actuate BIRT Designer license that allows application designers to add Flash® charts and multiple data sources to BIRT content. One license comes free with every 25 user BIRT onDemand subscription.
Pricing and Availability
BIRT onDemand is now generally available with monthly subscription rates starting at $29.99 per user. A free 45 day trial for new subscribers is being offered for a limited time. Sign up for BIRT onDemand at http://www.BIRTonDemand.com to experience the power and ease of this brand new BI platform from Actuate.

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