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Actuate Tackles Unstructured Data with X2BIRT

Unified environment leverages dormant data sources for BI

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Actuate Corporation has released X2BIRT, the latest addition to ActuateOne. Its capability tightly integrates Actuate’s Xenos Enterprise Output Management with ActuateOne’s BIRT-based unified environment to leverage dormant data sources for BI. X2BIRT extends ActuateOne’s unified server, design, and user environment to transform data from high-volume transactional output, including print streams and document archives, into BIRT-based interactive content, user configurable dashboards, and in-memory data cubes for analysis.

With X2BIRT, ActuateOne customers can rapidly develop BI applications that combine information from structured data sources with non-traditional sources. These non-traditional sources include, but are not limited to: everyday statements, invoices, and bills; archived content in enterprise content management (ECM) systems, and operational reports from mainframes.

X2BIRT taps into the data held in statements, invoices, and bills, regardless of whether they are destined for paper or electronic format. These documents typically contain business logic and calculations that result in unique sources of information that exist nowhere else. The documents often serve as the statement-of-record, are archived longer than “traditional” data, and until now have not been leveraged for BI and information applications. X2BIRT extends ActuateOne’s unified server, design, and user environment to transform data from these sources into BIRT-based interactive content, user configurable dashboards, and in-memory data cubes for analysis.

With X2BIRT and ActuateOne, organizations can deliver a personalized, interactive, online experience based on the print streams that produce their printed and mailed statements. Interactive statements and dashboards built using ActuateOne enable commercial business customers to monitor, view trends, and analyze information such as credit card and phone usage across time periods and departments.

Furthermore, archived and statement data can be combined with data from other applications such as CRM, SFA, HR, and financial management systems to extend analysis capabilities. X2BIRT meets the demand for data and document consolidation, interactive statements, trending analysis, enhanced end-user experiences and active cost management across a host of industries including financial services, telecommunications, utilities, healthcare, and manufacturing.

X2BIRT is available immediately. It is packaged as an option for ActuateOne and priced on a per-CPU core basis. For further information, visit www.actuate.com/X2BIRT.

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