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Overview BIRT BOBJ Cognos iViz MSTR OBIEE QV R Splunk Spotfire Tableau

Business Intelligence Reporting Tool (BIRT) is the free, open source reporting system built on Eclipse™. Millions of developers use BIRT worldwide.

BIRT is also the foundation of the OpenText BIRT iHub, a commercial extension for advanced dashboards, scorecards, predictive analytics, and other sophisticated data visualizations and rich internet applications. 

IRI collaborated with OpenText to combine IRI CoSort data preparation with free or commercial BIRT visualizations in Eclipse. BIRT works directly with the CoSort SortCL program in the same GUI perspective to produce powerful reports from rapidly built, fit-for-purpose data sets.

Specifically, SortCL prepares (franchises) data in big file and database sources for BIRT users by filtering, cleansing, sorting, joining, aggregating, masking, and formatting their data, then passing it into BIRT, either:

  • statically, by producing flat (CSV) file subsets that BIRT can rapidly ingest and use as a data source


  • dynamically, via in-memory transfer of CoSort results into industry-driven BIRT templates (through ODA in Eclipse)

This dynamic integration provides for seamless metadata exchange and data flows for end-to-end data preparation and presentation -- from SortCL to BIRT. For more information, see this announcement and this section.

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