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We are all witnessing an increasing trend towards Open Source business intelligence and the rapid value that is delivering to businesses

RedMonk’s James Governor Takes a Timely Look at How Open Source BI Overcomes Complicated RFP Cycles

London, UK – November 9th , 2011 – Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: BIRT), The people behind BIRT® and the leading open source Business Intelligence (BI) vendor, today announced the availability of the second in its new video series filmed in partnership with James Governor, co-founder and industry analyst at RedMonk.

Following on from the success of the first video released in October on Data Visualisation for Discovery, James continues to guide the listener through the economics of open source comparing the heavy, complicated RFP process with a simpler, faster and more economical open source based approach. The video takes a wider look at open source BI and its role at the intersection of mobile, big data, cloud and rapid application development.

James is co-founder of RedMonk, the open source analyst firm, which specialises in developer advocacy and analytics and he was most recently voted Developers/IT Departments Analyst of 2011 by the Institute for Industry Analyst Relations.

Based in Shoreditch, London, he advises enterprises, start-ups and major companies such as IBM and Microsoft on developer-led innovation, community and technology strategy. He is also proud to have open source non-profit organisations such as the Apache Software Foundation and the Eclipse Foundation as clients. James is co-author of the O’Reilly publication Web 2.0 Design Patterns: what architects and entrepreneurs need to know.

RedMonk makes extensive use of both open source and social media tools in its business operations – James, aka @monkchips has more than 11,500 Twitter followers. Chairman of SAP’s external panel for stakeholder assurance in Sustainability Strategy and Reporting for 2009 he led the creation of the GreenMonk sustainability subsidiary.
“Open Source gives us the ability to get projects started and this has really changed our thinking on how we adopt IT. We all play a part in the ‘RFP Theatre’ in terms of purchasing but increasingly running in parallel are Open Source driven prototypes that deliver results quickly and are far more economical,” adds James.

James’ BI Insights will be released over the coming weeks in the online BIRT community, BIRT Exchange, and are free to view. Visit to watch RFP Theatre, the second in the series today.

“We are all witnessing an increasing trend towards Open Source business intelligence and the rapid value that is delivering to businesses. This is changing how organisations of all sizes approach projects and measure results. We are delighted to be at the heart of this movement,” says Nobby Akiha, SVP Marketing at Actuate. “This series of videos coupled with other Actuate resources help organisations to innovate and transform by bringing them up to speed on how they can and should be embracing BI and Open Source to drive their businesses forward.”

Other Resources:

• A recent complementary article published in the IDG Connect Blog, ‘Why is the Modern Office so Far Behind?’ - takes a look at why consumers have advanced their use of technology, to the point that they are becoming increasingly frustrated at how slow and cumbersome everything is in their work environment.

• Aberdeen Group - Agile BI White Paper
Fifty seven percent of business intelligence projects are delivered late and many companies still struggle to deliver the right information to the right business managers at the right time. Read this paper by Aberdeen Group to learn how organizations can make their BI implementations more agile so that managers can easily find the information they require as business needs change.

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 or visit the BIRT community at

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