BIRT: An Eclipse based open source reporting solution

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 7:00pm
Michael Fox, IBM Rational

Joint meeting of Boston/Central New England Chapter of IEEE Computer Society and GBC/ACM
BIRT (Business Intelligence and Reporting Technology) is an open source reporting package being developed under the Eclipse Foundation. It is designed and built to fit the needs of those who want an extensible, reliable, fully functional reporting solution. So far, BIRT is very successful. It is one of the leading Eclipse downloads (after the platform itself), has a very active newsgroup and community, and is being deployed by companies as both an in-house reporting tool and incorporated into their products.
In this session, Mike will cover the following:
- High level BIRT architecture and main features
- Report and Chart design using the Eclipse based designer
- Features that facilitate developing a professional set of reports
- Overview of APIs and extension points, as just about everything in BIRT can be customized and extended
The material will be supported by demonstrations as much as time allows.

Lecturer Biography: 

Mike is currently a Technical Team Leader, Architect, and Software Engineer at IBM Rational with over 25 years of professional experience. Much of his work has focused on reporting and BI tool integration. In this role, Mike has been working with BIRT and the Actuate Corp (the primary contributor to BIRT) since prior to BIRT V1.0. He represents IBM to the BIRT PMC (Program Management Committee) and is recognized as a focal point for BIRT issues across IBM Software Group.
Prior to joining IBM, Mike worked for several smaller companies including a few "dot bombs". Much, but not all, of this work involved reporting and data presentation using both web and rich client environments.


The IBM Innovation Center is located at 404 Wyman Street, Waltham. There is free parking in the garage at the north end of the building. To reach the meeting room, walk out the front of the garage and around to your right to the front door of the building. Directions to the room will be available when you sign in at the front desk.