The Eclipse Foundation, a community committed to the implementation of a universal platform for tools integration, and Actuate Corporation, a leader in enterprise reporting applications, 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.

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.

"Actuate is honored to play a stewardship role within Eclipse," 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."

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