Actuate Joins Eclipse Foundation as Strategic Developer
and Board Member
- Actuate Proposes a Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools Project
to the Eclipse Open-Source Community for Review
ACTUATE INTERNATIONAL USER CONFERENCE - LOS ANGELES - August 24, 2004
- The Eclipse Foundation, a community committed to the implementation
of a universal platform for tools integration, and Actuate Corporation
(NASDAQ: ACTU), the world leader in Enterprise Reporting Applications,
today announced that Actuate has joined the Eclipse Foundation as a Strategic
Developer. Actuate will join existing Strategic Developers IBM Corporation,
Intel and QNX Software Systems Limited as a Board Member for the Eclipse
Community. In addition, Actuate is leveraging a decade of experience in
business intelligence and enterprise reporting to propose the Business
Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) Project. If approved by the Eclipse
community, BIRT will be the first top-level Eclipse project for the development
of applications that include business intelligence and enterprise reporting
functionality. The BIRT project proposal will be available on the Eclipse
Foundation website for review and comment over the next 30 days.
Actuate and Eclipse recognize that reporting and analysis are key functions
of every enterprise and customer-facing application. Today, the majority
of developers build reporting functionality into applications by hand
coding Java Server Pages (JSP) and would benefit from open-source technology
in this area. The approval and adoption of the BIRT project by the open-source
community will provide developers with access to easy-to-use tools that
will help decrease development costs related to business intelligence
and reporting, and increase innovation in this area.
"The potential benefits of open-source efforts such as Eclipse include
reducing technology acquisition costs, increasing the pace of innovation
resulting from multivendor competition, improving quality from the networking
effects of participating developers worldwide and from formalized review
process, and lowering total costs from greater interoperability and reuse."
Mark Driver, Analyst, Gartner, "Eclipse Is Targeting Growth through
Reorganization", February 11, 2004.
"We are thrilled to welcome Actuate as an Eclipse Strategic Developer,"
said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation Inc.
"We are pleased that Actuate has given the Eclipse open-source community
the opportunity to leverage the company's expertise and leadership in
enterprise reporting technology. Actuate's participation will further
the Eclipse open-source project and contribute to the expansion of the
Eclipse ecosystem so that it remains a nucleus for innovation in the software
"Actuate is honored to play a stewardship role within Eclipse, the
most broadly adopted universal platform for tools integration," said
Mark Coggins, senior VP of Engineering at Actuate Corporation. "We
look forward to collaborating with the Eclipse community to create BIRT,
a reporting and analysis tool to be developed following the open-source
principles of transparency and meritocracy, where the best ideas and methods
will be incorporated. It is our goal that this project will address the
evolving needs of the open-source development community and we welcome
the community's feedback and comment over the next 30 days, and beyond."
"We applaud Actuate's decision to offer their expertise and resources
to Eclipse and to join QNX, Intel and IBM as a Strategic Developer,"
said Dan Dodge, president and CEO of QNX Software Systems. "Actuate's
efforts to broaden the spectrum of tools and technologies available on
the Eclipse platform to include business intelligence and reporting will
enhance productivity and help span all levels of application development."
To Find Out More
BIRT will be available on the Eclipse Foundation website for public review
and comment over the next 30 days. To review the proposal and provide
feedback please visit www.eclipse.org.
More information is available at www.actuate.com/corporate/corporateresources.asp?ArticleId=7256.