SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
(BIRT), The people behind BIRT®
and the leader
in open source Business
Intelligence (BI), today announced that several of its customers
Municipal Utility District and St.
Thomas Elgin General Hospital are experiencing millions in
returns on their BIRT
Performance Analytics deployments.
Organizations are increasingly looking at ways to drive higher
business performance – at the individual department level and across
the organization. However, the inability to effectively monitor and
measure operations, establish a line of sight between the overall
company strategy and supporting operations, plus the lack of mechanisms
that help drive improvements in underperforming areas are often cited as
the biggest impediments to achieving better business performance.
BIRT Performance Analytics – part of the ActuateOne®
suite of integrated BI products – represents the next stage in the
evolution of Business Intelligence and Performance Measurement,
delivering business-user-driven discovery, analysis and performance
improvement at all levels of an organization on a single platform. BIRT
Performance Analytics helps to optimize current processes, while
providing visibility into areas where new processes are required. This
is achieved by vastly improving the quality and relevance of performance
information delivered to all users, while enhancing accountability,
transparency, reliability and timeliness. Once deployed, it becomes
the catalyst to move from issue identification to informed decision
making, organizational alignment and continued performance gains.
BIRT Performance Analytics enables organizations to:
- Effectively monitor operations using intuitive dashboards;
- Perform contextual analysis to identify root causes of issues;
- Launch initiatives to improve performance and track their progress;
- Capture and repeat best practices;
Align the entire organization by providing a line of sight from
strategy to operations; and
- Experience tremendous gains in organizational performance.
Sacramento Municipal Utility District Attains ROI of Over $2 Million
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is a
community-owned California electric utility serving 592,000 customers
and a total population of approximately 1.4 million. It is the
sixth-largest public utility in the country, with a 900-square-mile
service territory that encompasses Sacramento County and small adjoining
portions of Placer County and Yolo County. SMUD began implementing their
current Performance Management initiative in 2008, and have since become
a leader in the field.
Through its implementation of Actuate’s Performance Analytics suite,
SMUD has experienced significant financial benefits and a high return on
its Performance Measurement and improvement efforts, including its
software investment. For example, the use of measurement in the
distribution area of the company achieved cost savings through
efficiency and optimization initiatives of $2.5 to $3 million in just
one year, while increasing the value delivered per budget dollar
Efficiencies are achieved using Performance Scorecards and Performance
Dashboards, allowing for the rapid development and calculation of
metrics and operational data which help users to work smarter on an
ongoing basis (e.g. helping supervisors and employees take a prioritized
approach to work selection and better equipping crews in their work).
This continuous improvement effort is translating into millions of
dollars in real financial savings across the business units at SMUD and
a heightened business acumen linking financial performance with
operational performance through use of BIRT Performance Scorecards and
In the year following SMUD’s BIRT Performance Analytics implementation
savings increased $1,890,000, or 2.6 percent, from the previous year.
Additionally, due to effective management, operating costs decreased
by four percent. As SMUD’s Performance Monitoring efforts continue
to mature, it is anticipated that their efforts will continue to
translate data into “metrics that matter” used by supervisors and
managers at all levels to help drive the organization forward. Full
details about the success at SMUD are available by downloading the SMUD
case study at http://www.birtperformanceanalytics.com/se/info/prq311bpswpsmud/.
St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital – Award Winning ROI
St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) is a 166-bed facility
that services the town of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, and its
surrounding regions. The fully accredited hospital provides
comprehensive 24-hour coverage in medicine, surgery, OB, pediatrics,
anesthesia, emergency and family medicine.
STEGH have been named winners of the prestigious BeyeNETWORK “Vision
Award for Business Impact” in the Performance Management category.
As a result of their award
winning Actuate implementation, STEGH implemented more than 50
projects, totaling $2.5 million in savings. Additionally, a
quality-control council was created to meet weekly and monitor progress,
using BIRT Performance Analytics for major projects and Senior
Management Team reporting.
By focusing on effective Performance monitoring and measurement using
Actuate’s technology, STEGH achieved a $3.1 million in savings and
additional revenue. Overall revenues for STEGH increased
$1,890,000, or 2.6 percent, from the previous year. As a result, STEGH
began its fiscal year with a balanced budget. By managing its
operating costs effectively, the hospital will be able to meet the
health needs of the community.
About Actuate BIRT Performance Analytics
BIRT Performance Analytics delivers business user driven discovery,
analysis, and performance improvement at all levels in an
organization on a single platform. Deployed on-premise and from private,
hybrid and public clouds, Actuate BIRT Performance Analytics software
provides interactive dashboards, in-memory analytics, and scorecards
for measurement and management of all aspects of performance, delivering
rapid time to value from business discovery to decision. BIRT
Performance Analytics offers unprecedented flexibility, lower cost of
ownership and faster time to value delivering actionable performance
insight to everyone in the organization. For more information, visit www.birtperformanceanalytics.com.
Actuate founded and co-leads the Eclipse BIRT open source project.
ActuateOne® is a unified suite of products for rapidly
developing and deploying BIRT-based Business
Intelligence and Performance Analytics applications. Applications
built with ActuateOne provide one user experience regardless of task or
skill level; are supported by one server for any deployment including
cloud and are built with one BIRT design that can access and integrate
any data source – including high volume print streams. ActuateOne adds
visualizations, including interactivity, dashboards,
Performance Analytics capabilities and deployment options to web and
mobile BIRT applications, helping organizations drive revenue through
higher customer satisfaction and improved operational performance.
Actuate has over 5,000 customers globally in a diverse range of business
areas including financial services and the public sector. Founded in
1993, Actuate is headquartered in San Mateo, California, with offices
worldwide. Actuate is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol BIRT. For more
information, visit the company’s web site at www.actuate.com
or visit the BIRT community at www.birt-exchange.com.
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