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Actuate Launches iServer Express to Meet the Report Deployment Needs of Eclipse BIRT Developers

by Lyndsay WiseWednesday, March 5, 2008

iServer Express Deploys, Manages, Schedules, Secures, Runs and Shares BIRT and e.Spreadsheet Reports

San Mateo, Calif. – March 3, 2008 – Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTU), the leader in delivering Rich Internet Applications Without Limits™, today announced the launch of Actuate iServer Express, a full-featured report server for both Eclipse BIRT and e.Spreadsheet reports.  iServer Express provides the report security, scheduling, management and distribution functionality that application users demand without the complexity of hand-coding. This off-the-shelf alternative retains the flexibility needed to easily integrate these features into any application environment.  iServer Express is the latest in a series of Actuate initiatives to support the success of BIRT developers, building on already available resources including BIRT Exchange http://www.birt-exchange.com technical support, training and interactive reporting functionality.

iServer Express provides the following key services:

  • Easy installation: automated report delivery that can be up and running in less than 60 minutes
  • Security: secures reporting in a way that tailors to application user needs and fits with existing infrastructure
  • Scheduling and distribution: gives application users the reports they want, when and how they want them without needless burden on IT
  • Integration: gives developers complete control over the application user experience without sacrificing flexibility

    Server Express is built by an engineering team with 12 years of experience building enterprise-scale deployment services and leading-edge development tools, including BIRT.  iServer Express includes a fully-documented Web Services API to replicate any function in any application, as well as a range of URL-based integration options.  The product also has built-in security for granting permissions so that each user can only see the data and report components they are authorized to see, application developers can control user access via sheet, row or column-level permissions; and custom-render each report for a particular user.  It includes a web-based scheduler, for use by anyone, with event- and time-based scheduling, job notification, parameter setting and a range of other options.
    "For the past year, we've had a continual dialogue with BIRT users that contributed to an impressive two million plus downloads of BIRT.  What we're hearing is that a certain class of BIRT applications warrants off-the-shelf security and scheduling," said Rich Guth, vice president and general manager, Java Group at Actuate.  "I encourage developers to visit BIRT Exchange to review and download iServer Express for themselves, to evaluate whether the product can enhance their application."
    Visit BIRT Exchange (http://www.birt-exchange.com <http://www.birt-exchange.com/> ) to download a trial version of iServer Express as well as to explore documentation and discussion forums on the topic.  Launched in September 2007, BIRT Exchange is already home to approximately 20,000 developers interested in BIRT reporting and spreadsheets in Java.  The site is a place to share ideas, technical tips and code as well as a place to explore how to build reporting into applications.  BIRT Exchange is now offering a new bi-monthly technical webinar series for Eclipse, BIRT, Java and report developers, the first of which will feature iServer Express (visit http://www.birt-exchange.com/iserverexpress/webinar for more information). This adds another resource to the existing forums, wiki, demos, downloads, documentation, BIRTing Out Loud blog and the popular DevShare portal.
    Pricing and Availability
    iServer Express is available immediately.  A free download is available for trial evaluations.  Pricing starts at $150 per user.  For more information on iServer Express, please email sales@birt-exchange.com or visit http://www.birt-exchange.com.
    Useful Links
    iServer Express Linux free trial download: http://www.birt-exchange.com/iserverexpress/linuxdownload
    iServer Express Windows free trial download: http://www.birt-exchange.com/iserverexpress/windownload
    iServer Express discussion forum: http://www.birt-exchange.com/iserverexpress/forum
    iServer Express demo: http://www.birt-exchange.com/iserverexpress/demo
    Fully documented API: http://www.birt-exchange.com/iserverexpress/apidoc
    iServer Express technical webinar: http://www.birt-exchange.com/iserverexpress/webinar
    BIRTing out Loud blog: http://www.birt-exchange.com/modules/wordpress/
    About Actuate Corporation
    Actuate Corporation is dedicated to increasing the richness, interactivity and effectiveness of enterprise data, for everyone, everywhere. Actuate delivers the next generation RIA-ready information platform for both customer and employee-facing applications. The Actuate platform boasts unmatched scalability, high-performance, reliability and security. Its proven RIA capabilities and highly collaborative development architecture are backed by the world's largest open source information application developer community, grounded in BIRT, the Eclipse Foundation's only top level Business Intelligence and reporting project.
    Global 9000 organizations use Actuate to roll out RIA-enabled customer loyalty and Performance Management applications that improve customer satisfaction and employee productivity. The company has over 4,200 customers globally in a diverse range of business areas including financial services and the public sector, many of which have a long history of deploying Actuate-based solutions for dozens, or even hundreds of their mission-critical applications.
    Founded in 1993, Actuate has headquarters in San Mateo, California, with offices worldwide. Actuate is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol ACTU. For more information on Actuate, visit the company's web site at www.actuate.com.
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