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We congratulate all four of the winners of the Get Started with BIRT contest for the quality of their work

Actuate Honours Developers That Leverage BIRT’s Numerous Extension Points

Paris, France- ActuateOne Live! - November 15th , 2011 – Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: BIRT), The people behind BIRT® and the leading open source Business Intelligence (BI) vendor, today honoured the winners of the ‘Get Started With BIRT’ contest. The global contest awards prizes to developers who build the most impressive BIRT plug-ins. The winning entries were selected by a panel of judges comprised of members of the BIRT developer community that evaluated entries on their ability to leverage the data source, business logic, visualisation and content rendering extensibility of BIRT.

The contest generated many quality submissions, all of which add to the wide range of BIRT plug-ins, report packs, data drivers, discussion forums and other resources available on BIRT Exchange and the BIRT Exchange Marketplace to developers looking to kick start their Business Intelligence and information applications. The winning entries in alphabetical order are:

• Facebook ODA Driver: Debolina Ray in India designed this data driver to execute Facebook Query Language (FQL) queries to generate BIRT content.
• Microsoft Excel Data Source: this BIRT data source driver was developed by India’s Megha Nidhi Dahal as a native Excel ODA for BIRT, allowing Excel spreadsheets to be used as a BIRT data source.
• MongoDB ODA for BIRT: this database driver was created by India based Pulak Bose to connect to a Mongo database and extract data to display as BIRT output. It includes an intuitive interface and extensive user guide.
• SpudSoft BIRT Excel Emitters: developed by the UK’s Jim Talbut, these BIRT emitters output true Excel files (using Apache POI) as usable spreadsheets.

Each winning developer was awarded an iPad 2 32GB. To download or get more detail about the winning entries and the best runners-up visit: http://www.actuate.com/BE/BIRT-Dev-Contest-winners.

To learn about submitting a plug-in, app or other BIRT-related content please visit: http://www.birt-exchange.org/org/wiki/index.php?title=Guidel... and http://www.birt-exchange.com/be/marketplace/submit-your-app. (Note: New submissions are not eligible for the contest.)

“We congratulate all four of the winners of the Get Started with BIRT contest for the quality of their work and for serving as catalysts for the BIRT community,” said Pete Cittadini, Actuate’s CEO and President. “The winners have added to the wealth of resources available for our customers and other BIRT developers to be successful with their BIRT implementations.”

Winners of the global Get Started with BIRT contest will be honoured today at ActuateOne Live! in Paris, with events coming up in London, Frankfurt and Singapore. More information about ActuateOne Live! Customer Days can be found here. Don’t forget to follow the conversation on Twitter by tracking #A1Live.

Actuate – The people behind BIRT
Actuate founded and co-leads the Eclipse BIRT open source project. ActuateOne™ is a unified suite of products for rapidly developing and deploying BIRT-based custom Business Intelligence applications and information applications.

Applications built with ActuateOne provide one user experience regardless of task or skill level; are supported by one server for any deployment including cloud and are built with one BIRT design that can access and integrate any data source - including high volume print streams. ActuateOne adds rich data visualisations, including interactivity, dashboards, analytics, and deployment options to web and mobile BIRT applications, helping organisations drive revenue through higher customer satisfaction and improved operational performance.

Actuate has over 4,800 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 BIRT. For more information, visit the company's web site at www.actuate.com or visit the BIRT community at www.birt-exchange.com.

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