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Actuate Fortifies Commitment to Grow BIRT Exchange Community

Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ:ACTU), the people behind BIRT™, today announced the ongoing investment in strategic resources to facilitate the growth, engagement and vibrancy of the developer and user community around BIRT. As part of those efforts, Actuate has hired Ray Gans as the first community manager for BIRT Exchange. Actuate is dedicated to helping the BIRT Exchange community continue as the critical resource to all BIRT developers focused on creating rich information applications such as Performance Management, Reporting and Business Intelligence applications inside the firewall and Customer Self-Service information applications outside the firewall.

In the coming months, there will be many enhancements to the community designed to further build expertise and an extended knowledge base of users; encourage shared contributions and information; and assist in garnering feedback and insights for BIRT. The plan includes specific improvements to the user experience, content freshness and infrastructure as well as initiatives in support of community development activities and events.

“Since its inception in the Fall of 2007, there have been over 17,000 BIRT Exchange registrants who have joined the community to share ideas and information,” said Rich Guth, vice president and general manager, Open Source Strategy Group at Actuate. “Thanks to the support of the community we look forward to a bright future and today welcome Ray Gans as the first BIRT Community Manager.”

Raymond Gans will serve as Community Manager for BIRT Exchange. His responsibilities include planning and managing community development including mentoring community leaders, acting as liaison between the community and Actuate, and facilitating community activities and events. Prior to his position with Actuate, Gans spent eleven years at Sun Microsystems Inc. and eight years at Apple Inc. At Sun he led the core team responsible for moving Java SE to open source, spearheaded the Peabody Project to build the first developer community around the JDK codebase on java.net, and led several java conformance and certification development programs. To learn more about Gans and his role, visit his personal introduction to the BIRT community here: http://www.birt-exchange.com/community-manager

Actuate - the people behind BIRT

Actuate founded and continues to co-lead the Eclipse BIRT open source project. BIRT is the premier development environment for Rich Information Applications that present data in compelling and interactive ways via the web on any device. Actuate and its people are dedicated to making BIRT the best development environment for these Web 2.0 applications that help customers drive revenue through higher customer satisfaction and loyalty and improve operational performance. The people of Actuate continually participate in and provide resources for the vibrant open source community that has emerged around BIRT. Anybody can participate in the BIRT movement by visiting, www.birt-exchange.com.

Actuate offers value-add BIRT products and services that speed the development process and bring additional functionality, interactivity and enterprise scalability to BIRT-based Rich Information Applications. Actuate has over 4,400 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 ACTU. For more information, visit the company’s web site at www.actuate.com.

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