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Actuate Delivers First Open Source-based BI Tool for Report Developers

Actuate BIRT 2.0 Allows Developers of Any Experience Level to Easily Build Complex Reports

ECLIPSECON – Santa Clara, Calif. – March 20th , 2006 – Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTU), the world leader in Enterprise Reporting and Performance Management Applications, today announced the general availability of Actuate BIRT 2.0, an easy-to-use Business Intelligence and reporting tool. Actuate BIRT is based upon Eclipse BIRT, an open source reporting project that leverages a broad community of developers, commercial adopters, and interoperable top-level Eclipse projects.

Built from the ground up for web applications, Actuate BIRT 2.0 was designed to deliver ease-of-use and flexibility to report developers, who are typically not Java coders, as well as the functional power to meet the complex reporting needs of the most sophisticated real-world applications.

“Our statistical research on the acceptance of Open Source BI shows that the market now sees it as a viable alternative to commercial BI,” said Eric Rogge, vice president and research director at Ventana Research. “The market is quite willing to use both open source BI and commercial BI simultaneously.”

“Many Business Intelligence tools are too expensive and don’t have the flexibility that developers want,” said Wayne Eckerson, director of research and services at The Data Warehousing Institute. “There will be a strong market for low-cost, highly flexible BI tools and open source BI tools are part of that trend."

“By incorporating Eclipse BIRT 2.0 into our xProcess technology, we were able to cut the development time on the reporting functionality of xProcess from over a year to less than 120 days,” said Christopher Lank, CEO and President of Ivis ( “As we introduce xProcess V2.0 embedded with Eclipse BIRT 2.0 to the market, we can foresee that the maintenance and support benefits of the BIRT 2.0 commercial version will prove attractive for our future customers.“

“With the release of Actuate BIRT 2.0, developers have a preferred and powerful alternative to non web-oriented ‘banded report writers,’ such as Crystal Reports,” said Mark Coggins, senior vice president of engineering at Actuate. “Report developers will now be able to benefit from a unique web-page design metaphor, import of styles from existing web site CSS files, report component re-use capabilities and access to an extensive collective knowledge base only possible with an open source-based technology.

Actuate BIRT 2.0 will enable developers of any experience level to quickly build complex customised reports, such as multi-pass analytic reports or reports that access multiple data sources, that once required expensive proprietary tools and teams of highly technical developers.”

"By providing a commercial version of BIRT, Actuate is providing valuable support in our mission of expanding the Eclipse ecosystem," said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. "Some companies require the indemnification, services, support, and versioning provided by commercial offerings of open source projects such as Actuate BIRT 2.0."

"Reporting has been an under-filled need in PHP. As part of supporting PHP development on Eclipse, Zend will be adding the ability to execute a standard BIRT XML report design from within PHP,” said Andi Gutmans, co-founder and VP technology at Zend. “The BIRT Report Designer's graphical, web design paradigm for creating standard report designs will appeal to the Web application developers that typify the PHP community, both in the commercial and open source arenas. Bringing reporting capabilities to the PHP community will be a win-win situation for all.”