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No other solution brought everything together like Actuate and BIRT

Analysts and Enterprises Agree; Actuate BIRT is the Leading Open Source Business Intelligence Offering

London, UK โ€“ July 13th , 2011 โ€“ Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: BIRT), The people behind BIRTยฎ and the leading open source Business Intelligence (BI) vendor, today announced that BIRT is the de facto open source environment for BI. With notable organisations choosing BIRT for deployments, BI industry analysts underscoring BIRTโ€™s leadership, more than 1 million BIRT developers worldwide, and over 10 million downloads, BIRT has proven that open source Business Intelligence is a formidable alternative to popular proprietary technologies.

Industry Analysts Agree on BIRTโ€™s Leadership

Actuate and its value added offerings for BIRT have been recognised as a leader in the August 2010 report: โ€œThe Forrester Waveโ„ข: Open Source Business Intelligence (BI), Q3 2010โ€ report. The Forrester Waveโ„ข report, created as a global vendor assessment tool, rated Actuate as a Leader based on the companyโ€™s pure play BI application and highly scalable, function-rich reporting. The complete report may be viewed by clicking here: http://www.actuate.com/info/forresterwave-osbi-q310/.

Actuate was also recognised as the top performing open source Business Intelligence (BI) vendor according to the second annual Wisdom of Crowds Business Intelligence Market Study โ„ข, conducted by Howard Dresnerโ€™s independent advisory firm Dresner Advisory Services (DAS). The results found that Actuate BIRT outperformed other open source BI vendors to secure the leading open source overall ranking by a wide margin. The full โ€œWisdom of Crowds BI Market Studyโ„ขโ€ can be downloaded here: http://www.actuate.com/info/web-woc-bi-ms2011/.

Leading Organisations Worldwide Turn to BIRT

BIRT adopters include Bank of East Asia, Bosch Software Innovation GmbH, Cisco Systems, Computer Associates, HSBC, Infor Global and Reporting House. BIRT is used by organisations to embed BI within a wider application experience, deploy BI in cloud and virtualised environments and to create custom BI applications including mobile BI applications. Testimonials include:

"Being able to provide a cohesive process and report design experience to our customers was really paramount. BIRT was chosen for this."
- Luc Clรฉment, senior director, product management, Active Endpoints

โ€œHaving BIRT embedded within AiM is a huge benefit to our public sector clients such as our government customers like the Wyoming School Facilities Commission and the State of Utah Division of Facilities Construction and Management as well as our higher education customers like George Washington University. This integrated AiM and BIRT functionality enables our customers to utilise BIRTโ€™s open source reports, as well as tap into Actuateโ€™s commercial software and services when needed.โ€
-Clay Kline, vice president of professional services, AssetWorks

"Our customers required on-demand, dynamic reports to identify bottlenecks in their process and continue making process improvements. The Nuxeo / BIRT solution offers this extended functionality, with security controls all in one place, based on technologies that we trust."
-Mike Brown, director of software platform development, DataServ

"Actuate has helped NASCO cut its development costs in half while improving the end user experience. We are better able to deliver what our customers want on a timely basis."
-Malcolm Silberman, project manager, NASCO

โ€œWe wanted to gather all business intelligence in one framework. No other solution brought everything together like Actuate and BIRT.โ€
- Brian Baird, CMRP, application development and support engineer, North Star BlueScope Steel LLC

โ€œActuate and BIRT in Taleo Business Edition helps our customers gain insights into their number one assetโ€”their people.โ€
-Leonid Igolnik, vice president, engineering, Taleo Corporation

"If we'd developed our own tools, there might have been stability and quality issues, and we'd have had to pay 40,000-50,000 euros a year for another Java programmer."
-Richard Budding, founder, Ymor

โ€œWith so many leading companies backing BIRT it has been proven as a high caliber BI technology, fit for any BI deployment style,โ€ said Nobby Akiha, senior vice president of Marketing at Actuate. โ€œBIRT has emerged as the unequivocal leader in open source BI, industry analysts, leading organisations and Actuateโ€™s own financials echo this fact.โ€
For more information on BIRT please visit the BIRT resource page found here: http://www.actuate.com/resources/resource-center/?articleid=...

Actuate โ€“ The people behind BIRT

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 custom Business Intelligence applications and information 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 rich data visualisations, including interactivity, dashboards, analytics, and deployment options to web and mobile BIRT applications, helping organisations drive revenue through higher customer satisfaction and improved operational performance.

Actuate has over 4,700 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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Carina Birt, Sarum
PR for Actuate
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carina@sarumconsultancy.co.uk

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