Press release

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 industry."

"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
More information is available at

About Eclipse

The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member-supported corporation that hosts community based open-source projects. Eclipse creates royalty-free technology and a universal platform for development tools integration, modeling, testing and functionally-rich application construction. Eclipse based offerings give developers freedom of choice in a multi-language, multi-platform, multi-vendor supported environment. Eclipse delivers a dynamic plug-in based framework that makes it easier to create and integrate technology, saving time and money. By collaborating and sharing core integration technology, technology providers can concentrate and focus on areas of expertise and differentiation. The Eclipse Platform is written in the Java language and comes with extensive plug-in construction toolkits and examples. It has already been deployed on a range of development workstations including Linux, QNX, Mac OS X and Windows-based systems. Full details of the Eclipse Foundation and white papers documenting the design of the Eclipse Platform are available at

About Actuate Corporation

Actuate Corporation is the world leader in Enterprise Reporting Applications that ensure 100% adoption by users. Actuate's Enterprise Reporting Application Platform is the foundation on which Global 9000 organizations (companies with annual revenues greater than $1 billion) and packaged application software vendors develop intuitive, Web portal-like reporting and analytic applications that empower 100% of users with decision-making information. These applications are deployed inside and outside the firewall to improve corporate performance across a range of business functions including financial management, sales, human resource management, and customer self-service. When tested against other business intelligence products, Actuate's Enterprise Reporting Application Platform has been proven to offer industry-leading scalability and the lowest Total Cost of Ownership. Actuate has 2,900 customers globally in a range of industries including financial services, pharmaceuticals, insurance, and distribution services, as well as the government sector.

Founded in 1993, Actuate has headquarters in South San Francisco, Calif., and has offices worldwide. Actuate is listed on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol ACTU. For more information on Actuate, visit the company's web site at

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