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Actuate Names 2011 BIRT Excellence Award Recipients at ActuateOne Live! New York City

Media 8, SaskTel and TASC Recognized for Their Excellence in Business Intelligence

NEW YORK CITY- ActuateOne Live! - November 9, 2011 – Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: BIRT), The people behind BIRT® and the leading open source Business Intelligence (BI) vendor, today recognized three companies with BIRT Excellence Awards for achieving outstanding business performance from their BIRT-based business intelligence applications. The BIRT Implementation category recipients are Media 8 and TASC (Total Administrative Services Corporation). In addition, SaskTel is the winner in the Performance Management category.

Media 8, a leading digital marketing agency, is an award recipient in the BIRT implementation category. The company was in need of a BI solution that could adapt at the same rapid pace as the digital marketing space. To meet this challenge, Media 8 implemented BIRT iServer to provide a single server solution with multiple options for delivering critical content, when and where it is most needed. 

“We are very excited about this recognition of our use of BIRT. Media 8 has to turn on a dime when there are big changes to the digital media space - that is the lifeblood of the company,” said John Santiago, Co-Founder, Media 8. “With BIRT, the company has a holistic view of the digital media portfolio, including social media. In addition, our BIRT-based application ensures we have a complete understanding of expenditure activity and investments to assist in making informed decisions to help identify trends, increase performance and create revenue opportunities with existing and new clients.”

TASC (Total Administrative Services Corporation), which provides a wide range of employee benefit solutions to clients in all 50 states, is an award recipient in the BIRT implementation category for its MyTASC web portal, powered by BIRT technology. TASC serves over 600,000 customers throughout the United States with its MyTASC web portal. BIRT’s robust iServer and BIRT Data Objects integrated seamlessly into MyTASC, enabling TASC to deliver a one-of-a-kind online customer service tool – complete with service dashboards, production metrics, service request submission and tracking, and much more.

“We are excited to receive the Actuate Excellence Award for our BIRT implementation,” said Karl Richards, CIO of TASC. “TASC chose Actuate BIRT for its integration capabilities, ability to rapidly consolidate a wide variety of diverse data sources, and for its scalability to meet TASC’s web traffic demands now and in the future.”

SaskTel, a leading communication provider, is the award recipient in the performance management category. The company was faced with the challenge of consolidating disparate customer-related information to create actionable key performance indicators that would better serve various departments including sales, operations and divisional heads. These divisions in SaskTel chose to implement BIRT Scorecard as their single source for gathering, measuring and reporting their division’s performance to executive leadership using key customer loyalty metrics.

“We are honored to receive the Actuate Excellence Award for our performance management initiative,” said Laverne Williams, Senior Business Planner at SaskTel. “The simplicity of the performance scorecards we have built using BIRT to consolidate disparate information, combined with effective data visualizations have enabled us to focus our efforts to quickly identify and address issues.”

“By deploying BIRT for their BI applications, these organizations are on the leading edge of BI – they’re sharing information across their enterprises to enhance corporate performance, improve efficiency and productivity, and strengthen customer relationships,” said Nobby Akiha, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Actuate. "Each of these companies has demonstrated great results that showcase how BIRT is a valuable addition to a company’s software portfolio across a wide range of industries and implementations."

Winners of the BIRT Excellence awards will be honored today at ActuateOne Live! in New York, with events coming up in Paris, 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.

About Actuate (NASDAQ:BIRT) – The BIRT Company ™

Actuate provides software to more than 3.5 million BIRT developers and OEMs who build scalable, secure solutions that save time and improve brand experience by delivering personalized analytics and insights to over 200 million of their customers, partners and employees. Actuate founded and supports BIRT – the open source IDE – and develops BIRT iHub™ – the world-class deployment platform – to significantly improve productivity of developers working on customer facing applications. Actuate's BIRT Analytics™delivers self-service predictive analytics to enhance customer engagement using Big Data. The Actuate Customer Communication Suite™ empowers organizations to easily transform, process, personalize, archive and deliver high volume content and individualized correspondence. Actuate is headquartered in Silicon Valley with more than 5,000 enterprise customers in financial services, technology and government. Visit and

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