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Consistent and Timely Data gives South Gloucestershire Council a ‘Single Version of the Truth’ Locally and Nationally

London, UK – October 10th, 2007 – Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTU), the leader in Business Intelligence, Performance Management and Reporting Applications, today announced that South Gloucestershire Council is realising the benefits of implementing Actuate Performancesoft Views, through continuous measurable improvements in its Performance Management programme.

“Actuate Performancesoft Views enables us to accurately use comparisons and benchmarks when assessing our data, on both a local and national level,” explains Andy Davies, Head of HR & Organisational Development at South Gloucestershire Council. “The process of collecting and reporting on data is now much more economical, allowing us to redirect our resources to more productive tasks. Most importantly, the data is always up to date and consistent – so that we all see a single version of the truth.”

The Council has already been recognised as a 3 star authority in the Audit Commission’s assessment of local councils, and its ambition is to be recognised as excellent both by the government as well as by residents. In order to achieve this, South Gloucestershire Council is continually looking to strengthen its Performance Management programme, and provide staff with the ability to better anticipate, understand and improve upon the various factors that contribute to performance as a whole, by maximising the use of Actuate Performancesoft Views.

The Council wanted to improve its Performance Management culture by strengthening the existing Performance Management arrangements. To accomplish this, it needed to help individuals and departments to take ownership of performance while enabling them to better manage and report on performance information.

South Gloucestershire Council wanted a solution that could help staff understand the links between policies and strategies, whilst visually showing the impact that each group’s execution has on performance overall. This then enables the alignment of priorities from an individual and operational level through to the strategic level.

Andy adds; “Having Views on the desktop of our managers and performance team helps us to accomplish this aim, offering at a glance access to our performance information and enabling users to drill down through performance data to identify the key measures that are impacting results overall. We can then take corrective action where necessary and encourage the use of best practice processes.”

Following a thorough evaluation, Actuate Performancesoft Views was the unanimous choice as the preferred supplier when South Gloucestershire first sought to select Performance Management software. Andy explains; “Actuate scored highly in all the categories against which they were evaluated including demonstration, implementation strategy and the existing customer references they provided. Throughout the whole procurement process they showed a desire and willingness to work with the Authority to meet our needs.”

“As public expectation and government requirements continue to grow, UK Councils are experiencing an increasing need to introduce effective Performance Management to their organisations,” said Steve Fluin, Vice President Performance Management Division, Actuate. “We have worked closely with over 70 Local Government organisations to date to improve their performance and the experience and expertise that we have garnered is serving us well as we extend our lead in this sector of the Performance Management market. South Gloucestershire Council has a strong commitment to Performance Management and we are delighted that Actuate Performancesoft Views is its performance system of choice to deliver information in an effective, visual and actionable format.”

About South Gloucestershire Council

South Gloucestershire is one of the fastest growing areas in the country with over 30,000 jobs and 18,000 homes created since 1991. The population has grown by over 20% in the past 20 years, to 246,000 and this level of growth is expected to continue.

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About Actuate Corporation

Actuate Corporation, the leader in Business Intelligence, Performance Management and Reporting Applications, enables organisations to develop solutions that optimise corporate performance. Applications built on Actuate’s open source-based platform provide all stakeholders inside and outside the firewall, including employees, customers, partners and citizens with information that they can easily access and understand to maximise revenue, cut costs, improve customer satisfaction, streamline operations, create competitive advantage and make better decisions.

Actuate has over 4,000 customers globally in a diverse range of business areas including financial services and the public sector. Founded in 1993, Actuate has headquarters in South San Francisco, California, with offices worldwide. Actuate is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol ACTU.

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