Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: BIRT), The BIRT Company and the leader in open source business intelligence (BI) - today announced that golf travel specialist Golfbreaks.com has implemented Quiterian’s visual analytics product to deepen its understanding of both its clients and suppliers. Golfbreaks.com – Europe’s largest golf travel company - will use the tool across its entire portfolio, including sister brands Teeofftimes.co.uk and Bookaspa.com. The company selected Quiterian Analytics for its powerful visualization, and because it shifts the emphasis away from the IT department responding to data requests – to business users driving their own queries. Quiterian was recently acquired by Actuate Corporation, and Quiterian Analytics will be rebranded as BIRT Analytics (see announcement on October 22nd: Actuate Acquires Quiterian S.L. to Deliver Big Data Analytics and Visual Data Mining to Business Users).
Goflbreaks.com has experienced 13 years of rapid and sustained growth since its inception in 1998, with the number of bookings increasing more than tenfold in six years, going from less than 20,000 a year to 200,000. The move to Quiterian comes as part of on-going investment in business intelligence, analytics and CRM, which has left senior management keen to be able to better segment, profile, and predict customer behavior. VPT, a UK-based Quiterian reseller partner, has been involved with various aspects of Golfbreaks.com’s BI and analytics-related projects and is seen as a trusted partner in both strategic consultancy and implementation.
Golf tourism is worth more than $17 billion worldwide across a broad demographic, and proactive exploration of marketing and operational data will certainly give Golfbreaks.com a competitive advantage: “This product meets a need that we see evolving,” Steve Hemsworth, Managing Director at Golfbreaks.com, commented. “We already have good BI, but we want to be able to intuitively drive analysis of client behavior and product performance. The insights Quiterian Analytics can give us into who is likely to do what, when and where, will enable a massive improvement in both our product development and the quality of advice we can give our clients. It will also increase the effectiveness of our decision making.”