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Actuate Announces Cloudera Alliance to Support Apache Hadoop and BIRT Developers in Big Data Integration

Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ:BIRT), “The people behind BIRT”® and the leading open source Business Intelligence (BI) vendor, today announced an alliance with Cloudera, creator of Cloudera's Distribution Including Apache Hadoop (CDH), and the leading provider of Hadoop-based software, services and training.

ActuateOne® and BIRT offer access to data stored in Cloudera's Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH) for commercial and development environments using HIVE Query Language (HQL). BIRT based information and business intelligence applications are able to natively access Hadoop as a data source for analysis, dashboards, reporting and interactive visualization. BIRT can be used to build data sets or data visualisations that seamlessly combine Hadoop data with other data sources including SQL databases, XML data, document archives, print streams and flat files.

The combination of ActuateOne’s open, flexible approach to connect to and merge an array of Big Data sources, with Hadoop’s data scalability, enables organizations to build information applications that facilitate more effective and collaborative decision making. Actuate and Cloudera’s collaboration makes it easier for organizations to attain value from data that is too large to access and interpret using existing database management tools, whether that data is structured, unstructured, device- or activity-generated – for example data from social networks.

“Actuate believes the key to success with Big Data lies in building the right infrastructure to manage it. Our goal is to support our customers’ needs for Big Data infrastructure, from accessing sources to visualizing to operationalizing data for collaborative decision making. We are delighted to be working with Cloudera to provide best-in-class support to the 1.5 million BIRT developers worldwide who can use Apache Hadoop for developing BIRT-based information applications,” said Nobby Akiha, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Actuate.

“The value of open source software is something that Cloudera passionately believes in, and we are constantly looking for ways to make Apache Hadoop more accessible for enterprises,” said Ed Albanese, Head of Global Alliances at Cloudera. “We're pleased to be partnering with Actuate, the leader in open source Business Intelligence, and anticipate that this alliance will open the door for Actuate’s extensive community of BIRT developers to access Cloudera's products and services to explore and analyze their Big Data.”

ActuateOne provides out-of-the-box access to Apache Hadoop data. The bundled JDBC driver provides access to Hadoop data via the Hive interface using Hive Query Language (HQL). BIRT developers will be able to easily connect to and access massive amounts of data stored in Hadoop and generate BIRT displays such as reports and dashboards using this data.

According to Jeff Kelly’s April 19, 2012 blog on Wikibon.com, “As of early 2012 the Big Data market stands at just over $5 billion based on related software, hardware, and services revenue. Increased interest in and awareness of the power of Big Data and related analytic capabilities to gain competitive advantage and to improve operational efficiencies, coupled with developments in the technologies and services that make Big Data a practical reality, will result in a super-charged CAGR of 58% between now and 2017.”

About Cloudera

Cloudera, a leader in Apache Hadoop-based software, services and training, enables data driven enterprises to easily derive business value from all their structured and unstructured data. Cloudera's Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH), available to download for free at www.cloudera.com/downloads, is the most comprehensive, tested, stable and widely deployed distribution of Hadoop in commercial and non-commercial environments. For the fastest path to reliably using this completely open source technology in production for Big Data analytics and answering previously un-addressable big questions, organizations can subscribe to Cloudera Enterprise, comprised of Cloudera Manager Software and Cloudera Support. Cloudera also offers training and certification on Apache technologies, as well as consulting services. As the top contributor to the Apache open source community and with tens of thousands of nodes under management across customers in financial services, government, telecommunications, media, web, advertising, retail, energy, bioinformatics, pharma/healthcare, university research, oil and gas and gaming, Cloudera's depth of experience and commitment to sharing expertise are unrivalled. www.cloudera.com

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 visualizations, including interactivity, dashboards, analytics, and deployment options to web and mobile BIRT applications, helping organizations drive revenue through higher customer satisfaction and improved operational performance.

Actuate has more than 5,000 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.

Copyright © 2012 Actuate Corporation. All rights reserved. Actuate, ActuateOne, and the Actuate logo are registered trademarks of Actuate Corporation and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and certain other countries. All other brands, names or trademarks mentioned may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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