OpenText buys Actuate, Informative Graphics

BIRT development toolset for predictive analytics to link with enterprise information management.

Document management, sorry ‘enterprise information management’ (EIM) solutions provider OpenText is in acquisition mode having acquired both Informative Graphics and Actuate Corp. in a $330 million cash transaction. Actuate’s predictive/analytics technology is to be integrated with OpenText’s existing offering. Actuate develops BIRT, an open source integrated development environment and iHUB, a platform for developing business intelligence applications.

Actuate claims that the BIRT IDE is ‘the only top-level Eclipse project focused on business intelligence and reporting.’ The company’s ‘hybrid’ strategy combines open source software with enterprise development. The toolset includes access to data stored in a Hadoop file system thanks to a deal with Cloudera. Actuate claims over 3.5 million Birt developers.

The Informative Graphics Corp. (IGC) acquisition brings secure mobile access, document mark-up and collaboration to OpenText. IGC is a long time OpenText partner and claims over 300,000 seats for its ‘Brava’ for OpenText content server. The toolset will augment OpenText’s new engineering solutions offering. InfoGraph clients include BHP Billiton, BP America, Chevron, Marathon Oil, Petro-Canada and Saudi Aramco.

Actuate’s oil and gas credentials include CGI’s oil and gas division which, according to lead developer Bimal Thomas, uses the toolset to ‘improve our application’s usability, presentation and interactivity.’ More from OpenText.

This article originally appeared in Oil IT Journal 2015 Issue # 1.

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