Actuate Corporation, a world leader in enterprise reporting and performance management applications and an IBM Banking Cluster Partner, announced that it is deepening its long standing relationship with IBM by contributing business services to SOA Business Central, IBM's catalog of business services based upon a service-oriented architecture (SOA).

SOA is a software design approach that takes the discrete business functions contained in enterprise applications and organizes them into interoperable, standards-based services. These services can be combined and reused in enterprise applications and business processes to meet business needs, enabling enterprises to more effectively integrate data and applications for customers, partners and suppliers.

Actuate will draw on its history of SOA readiness to deliver meaningful business services that IT departments can utilize to align more closely with business requirements. Actuate's Enterprise Reporting Application Platform has already been deployed in banks across the world to provide an SOA-ready architecture that enables applications to be built in a flexible, loosely coupled, componentized fashion. Actuate's SOA approach enables banks to effectively keep up with customer needs, evolving business processes, stringent regulatory requirements and strategies to maximize competitive advantage.

The IBM SOA Foundation provides customers with the necessary software to build a service oriented architecture. Customers using Actuate with IBM Middleware are already taking full advantage of a true services-oriented infrastructure, and the benefits of such an approach are applicable to an increasing number of business challenges. Already a part of IBM's Banking Front Office solution set, Actuate intends to contribute to IBM's SOA Business Central by offering a wide array of heterogeneous, vendor-neutral business services that will drive the future implementation of banking technology.

"We leverage Actuate together with IBM WebSphere to deliver customizable business services to over one thousand Consumer Service Providers, Billing and Merchant business partners via CheckFree Client Connect," said Kevin McDearis, CIO, Software Division, CheckFree. "Our clients leverage the flexible SOA-based portal and reporting components we have developed on top of Actuate and IBM to tailor Client Connect to their user preferences."

"Actuate's contribution to SOA Business Central will be a valuable one since it will draw upon the company's deep expertise in enterprise reporting and its inclusion in IBM's Banking Front Office solution set," said Sandy Carter, vice president, WebSphere, IBM Software. "Customers like CheckFree using Actuate with IBM Middleware are already taking full advantage of a true services-oriented infrastructure, and the benefits of such an approach are becoming applicable to an increasing number of business challenges."

"Responsive, efficient business processes require flexible IT, and our customers are looking for a simple, standards based approach to SOA. Flexible IT requires SOA-ready business services such as those Actuate is primed to provide, that map business processes to components and optimize them to ensure Actuate and IBM customers get the flexibility they require," said Pete Cittadini, CEO and President of Actuate Corporation. "Actuate is pleased to contribute to IBM SOA Business Central because we believe this is the future of IT investment."

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