Actuate Announces Annual Subscription-Based Indemnification, Maintenance and Support to Promote Adoption of BIRT (Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools)
Bracknell, Berkshire, UK –June 6th, 2005 – Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTU), the world leader in Enterprise Reporting Applications, today announced the general availability of Actuate BIRT. Actuate BIRT adds value to the Eclipse BIRT (Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools) project with features such as comprehensive live support, indemnification, professional services and maintenance. BIRT, which has been downloaded from the Eclipse web site over 9,000 times since the preview version was launched in March, is the only Eclipse project centered on Business Intelligence and reporting, and one of only 6 top-level Eclipse Projects.
IT managers and project owners may have concerns about deploying an application that leverages open source software within their corporations. Issues with open source software include: a lack of indemnification, which could increase legal risks, a lack of maintenance and support, so no entity is accountable to address and resolve product defects in a timely manner, and a lack of enforceable Service Level Agreements (SLAs).
Actuate BIRT aims to reduce the risks of adopting open source technology by introducing value added services in parallel to Eclipse BIRT. Actuate BIRT provides the added benefits of an indemnified license along with maintenance and support, on an annual subscription basis. These services provide subscribers with accountability for issues and bugs, legal indemnification and experienced support, all grounded in Actuate’s over ten years of experience in supporting and deploying enterprise class BI and reporting applications.
“Actuate BIRT will aid the adoption of the Eclipse BIRT Open Source project by providing a commercial alternative for corporations that want to reap the benefits of the Open Source movement, but also require timely and reliable support and legal protection,“ said Pete Cittadini, CEO and president of Actuate Corporation. “We will back Actuate BIRT with our world-class support organisation, which has a decade long track record of ensuring customer success for mission critical applications.”
Features of Actuate BIRT
Actuate BIRT delivers functionality that is identical to the Eclipse BIRT project, its Open Source Eclipse Public License (EPL) equivalent. Actuate BIRT provides the convenience of a one button install, and Actuate backed licensing, maintenance, professional services and support. Actuate BIRT includes reporting and charting offerings that are immediately available on an annual subscription pricing basis starting at $95 per developer user.
Actuate BIRT Report Designer and SDK, an Eclipse BIRT-based report designer, which can be installed with an English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese or Korean interface with internationalisation and localisation support for the end user’s language. The Actuate BIRT Report Designer and SDK provides connectivity to all major enterprise databases, and includes a WYSIWYG editor that provides “drag and drop” report creation. Furthermore it includes a palette of standard report items to make report design easy. The Actuate BIRT Report Designer and SDK also includes a code editor to add business logic to reports during data access, report generation, or viewing.
Actuate BIRT Chart Designer and SDK, an Eclipse BIRT-based chart designer which is fully integrated into the Actuate BIRT Report Designer and SDK and provides multiple ways to graphically visualise a report including pie charts, line charts and bar charts. The charting components of the Actuate BIRT Report Designer are also available in a separate package that can be used to integrate business charting within an application.
Subscription Deployment Licenses, licensing options for Actuate BIRT include a stand-alone indemnification license, desktop deployment license and CPU based server deployment licenses.
Actuate BIRT will also offer various levels of product and deployment support:
Basic: Allows unlimited access for 12 months to releases of Actuate BIRT for product enhancements and maintenance updates from Actuate’s secure web site.
Silver: Includes the features of Basic support plus a 12 month maintenance agreement that allows up to 3 registered contacts, 30 days of installation support, access to the Actuate knowledgebase, forums, and a mechanism to report product defects and enhancements via the online support web site.
Gold: Includes all of the features of the Silver program plus a 12 month maintenance agreement that allows three to five named contacts access to Actuate BIRT Customer Support for an unlimited number of incidents along with a committed response time.
Pricing and Availability
Actuate BIRT is immediately available at www.actuate.com/birt. Annual subscription-based pricing begins at $95 for a single user deployment.
About Actuate Corporation
Actuate Corporation is the world leader in Enterprise Reporting Applications that ensure 100% adoption by users. Actuate's Enterprise Reporting Application Platform is the foundation on which Global 9000 organisations (companies with annual revenues greater than $1 billion) and packaged application software vendors develop intuitive, Web portal-like reporting and analytic applications that empower 100% of users with decision-making information. These applications are deployed inside and outside the firewall to improve corporate performance across a range of business functions including financial management, sales, human resource management, and customer self-service. When tested against other business intelligence products, Actuate's Enterprise Reporting Application Platform has been proven to offer industry-leading scalability and the lowest Total Cost of Ownership. Actuate has over 3,000 customers globally in a range of industries including financial services, pharmaceuti
cals, insurance, and distribution services, as well as the government sector.
Founded in 1993, Actuate has headquarters in South San Francisco, Calif., and has offices worldwide. Actuate is listed on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol ACTU. For more information on Actuate, visit the company's Web site at www.actuate.com.
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