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November 30, 2009

Actuate Offers Open Source Regional Surveys
By David Sims
TMCnet Contributing Editor

Actuate Corporation, the good folks who brought you BIRT, is announcing that it has made available for download five detailed open source reports featuring the results from the fourth annual Actuate Open Source Survey

“For the first time,” company officials said, “the survey includes results from China, in addition to North America, the U.K., Germany and France.”
It features the responses of almost 1,500 respondents spanning several verticals and features an overview of attitudes and trends in open source growth and adoption for each region. Sounds like actually one of the more comprehensive studies of its kind, as company officials claim.

“With world leaders from the U.S., France and the U.K. among others, actively calling for the widespread use of open source, the 2009 Actuate (News - Alert) Annual Open Source Survey continues to chart this movement’s increased adoption and acceptance,” said Nobby Akiha, senior vice president marketing, Actuate Corporation. 
Earlier this month, TMC had the news that Actuate announced that it and St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital were named winners of the BeyeNETWORK 2009 “Vision Award for Business Impact” in the Performance Management category.

The 2009 survey, conducted in June, tracked the adoption of open source software in regions across the globe. It found that Europe “continues to capitalize on its early recognition of open source software’s potential for reducing IT’s cost of ownership and enabling rapid application delivery that allow organizations to hone their competitive edge.”

Each regional report is downloadable at no cost from the link above. They feature an in-depth look at open source adoption trends in the selected region – North America, China, the U.K., France and Germany – as well as highlights for the other four regions surveyed, charts and graphs. All the good stuff.
Company officials said they’ve seen good response rate in the financial services, telecommunications and manufacturing verticals as well as the public sector.

Actuate founded and co-leads the Eclipse BIRT open source project, a development environment for Rich Information Applications, described by Actuate officials as a place to “develop Web 2.0 applications” for customer satisfaction and loyalty.

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Erin Harrison


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