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Actuate Teams with IBM to Help Organisations Improve Collaboration

Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTU), the leader in delivering Rich Internet Applications Without Limits™, and an IBM (NYSE: IBM) Premier Business Partner, today announced that Actuate’s commercial BIRT product line can now extend IBM Rational ClearQuest reports to improve collaboration, creating better visibility and control between software development teams and superior support for critical business operations.

Actuate congratulates IBM on the new levels of flexibility and insight that it is providing for software development teams with the addition of new reporting and charting capabilities in the upcoming release of Rational ClearQuest 7.1. These capabilities make use of open source Eclipse BIRT (Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools) technology, a top-level Eclipse Foundation project initiated and co-led by Actuate.

The BIRT project has delivered one of the most widely adopted business intelligence and reporting technologies with over five million downloads. IBM is a contributing member to the Eclipse BIRT project. BIRT-based reporting provides an open, extensible reporting infrastructure for software vendors, such as IBM Rational software.

“With global project teams working in tandem to lower costs and improve software quality, speed and agility are required to support mission critical business processes,” said Scott Hebner, vice president, marketing, IBM Rational Software. “We work with companies like Actuate to enhance the value of open source tools so our customers have the support and products needed to deliver world-class software applications.”

The global nature of IT software development requires dispersed, multisite teams to work on portions of projects, while staying aligned with overall project and business objectives. This has created a need for corporations to gain visibility and control across their IT projects and assets throughout the application delivery processes. On an operational level, managers need to generate reports throughout the software delivery process to ensure coordination and prioritisation across workgroups and compliance with internal and external mandates. The BIRT-based reports within IBM Rational ClearQuest enable businesses to initiate real-time governance processes throughout the stages of software application delivery, so that organisations can respond more rapidly to customer needs and business changes. Actuate and Rational customers will be able to realise the impact of making software changes and keep configuration process enforcements transparent, by enabling project teams to stay focused on delivering high quality software on time.

Support for IBM Rational ClearQuest is the latest in a series of Actuate initiatives to ensure the success of BIRT developers, building on already available resources including the BIRT Exchange online community, technical support, training and a complete line of BIRT-based commercial products. Rational customers can take advantage of Actuate’s value-added support for open source BIRT reporting to include extensions such as AJAX-based interactivity for BIRT reports, ad-hoc reporting with BIRT templates, spreadsheet reporting and report servers to help quickly deploy BIRT reports.

Actuate together with IBM’s Lawrence D Gerard, senior manager, code and release management, IBM Rational recently co-hosted a webcast for the global Rational user community on how to maximise the value of new BIRT reporting and charting in IBM Rational ClearQuest 7.1.

“The combination of BIRT-based reporting solutions with the IBM Rational suite of products is a further demonstration of the close alignment between Actuate and IBM,” said Nobby Akiha, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Actuate Corporation. “Actuate’s ability to extend the value of Rational’s BIRT-based reports will enable IT developers and business leaders to more efficiently manage IT software projects and deployments, and ensure a quality IT software service level.”