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Eclipse BIRT 2.0 Expected to Accelerate BI and Reporting Adoption Among Java and PHP Developers

Actuate, IBM, Pentaho, Scapa Technologies and Zend Commit to Eclipse BIRT 2.0

The Eclipse Foundation, an open source community committed to the implementation of a universal development platform, has announced broad support from industry leaders for the new Eclipse Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) project version 2.0, released on January 20, 2006. Actuate, IBM, Pentaho, Scapa Technologies and Zend have announced support for BIRT 2.0 and/or plans to extend their Eclipse-based products with Eclipse BIRT 2.0 to meet their business intelligence and reporting needs. Eclipse BIRT 2.0 includes a new re-use library environment that is expected to expand the BIRT ecosystem through creation of reporting component hubs developed by service providers, education providers, online portals, and news forums, that will spring up around this vibrant platform.

BIRT 2.0 adds large persistent reports with page-on-demand for end-users. It also extends the web-style drag-and-drop report development paradigm with new analytical report types, expanded charting facilities, and debugging facilities for Java as well as JavaScript scripting. Supporting companies anticipate that these improvements in functionality and usability will speed adoption among Java developers and expand BIRT’s usage into a broader community of report developers.

“Release 2.0 extends the reach of BIRT to many production web applications whose developers might not have previously considered open source reporting,” said Mark Coggins, senior VP of engineering at Actuate. “It provides a robust, thread-safe execution engine that can handle the data and user scale requirements of reporting in real world Java applications. In fact, our tests have shown that BIRT can handle reports of well over a million rows (about 20,000 pages) with linear response time and bounded memory usage.”

"The Eclipse Test & Performance Tools Platform (TPTP) Project will deliver extensions to use BIRT 2.0 in January to extend TPTP test and performance data reporting capabilities,” said Tyler Thessin, director of the Intel Performance Libraries Lab and project lead of the Eclipse TPTP Project. “And future TPTP releases will continue to grow a comprehensive set of BIRT-based reports. Compelling features provided in BIRT 2.0 promise an excellent opportunity for rapid acceptance and align with TPTP expansion beyond Java, such as delivering capabilities for testing and analyzing C/C++ applications."

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