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The contest will award prizes to developers who build the most impressive BIRT plug-ins

Actuate, the Founder and Co-leader of the BIRT Open Source Project to Award Prizes for Innovative BIRT Plug-ins

London, UK - September 1st , 2011 – Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: BIRT), The people behind BIRT® and the leader in open source Business Intelligence (BI), today announced that the company has launched a global contest for BIRT developers. The contest will award prizes to developers who build the most impressive BIRT plug-ins that leverage BIRT’s numerous extension points.

Extensibility is a key principle of the BIRT project and the contest gives developers the chance to demonstrate and be rewarded for showcasing the data source, business logic, visualisation and content rendering extensibility of BIRT.

BIRT plug-in submissions will be accepted starting today, September 1st. Example types include:
• Connections to data sources (ODAs) including:
• Social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter
• Big data sources such as HBase, MongoDB
• Other data sources such as Google Analytics, Excel® or FileMaker

• Innovative ways to display or output BIRT content including:
• Extensions- HTML5 charts, heat maps or density plots
• Emitters- Microsoft Office files, XML or XBRL

The contest is open to everyone. Details plus terms and conditions are available at http://www.actuate.com/birt-dev-contest/. The deadline for submission will be October 15th, after which four winners will be announced. To find out more email contests@BIRT-exchange.com.

Actuate – 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 4,800 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.

PR Contact
Carina Birt, Sarum PR
PR for Actuate UK
+44 1722 411150
carina@sarumconsultancy.co.uk
Twitter: @birtie

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