April 7, 2011 – Like most areas, there is no shortage of data in business intelligence. The common issue is how to get access to the data easily and quickly, especially when it’s stored in a wide variety of formats.

IT Business Edge brought this topic to our attention in their article, “A Need for More BI Speed.” An interesting new approach to tackling this problem was presented by Actuate in the form of an X2BIRT offering that combines BIRT metadata server software for presenting data with a transaction engine that greatly speeds up the processing of the data.

In order to work with loads of data effectively, IT organizations are spending a lot of time making copies of data, and then distributing those data sets around the enterprise to various applications. Besides the time and hassle, this process consumes a massive amount of IT infrastructure resources. Finding a way to work through this more effectively increases productivity and is a good return on investment.

Melody K. Smith