Actuate Corporation

Actuate Corporation is a publicly traded reporting, analytics and customer communications software company based in San Mateo, California, part of the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley. The company is known for its creation of the open source Eclipse BIRT business data reporting project launched by the Eclipse Foundation in 2004. Actuate software helps businesses and OEMs worldwide serve their customers within the finance, government, manufacturing, telecommunications, and healthcare industries, among others.

Actuate Corporation
IndustryComputer Software, Business Intelligence, Enterprise Reporting, Business Analytics
HeadquartersSan Mateo, California, USA
ProductsBIRT, BIRT iHub, BIRT iHub F-Type, BIRT Analytics, Actuate Customer Communications Suite
Revenue US$134.6 Million (FY 2013)[1]
US$23.4 Million (FY 2013)[1]
US$16.7 Million (FY 2013)[1]
Total assets US$196.1 Million (FY 2013)[2]
Total equity US$128.8 Million (FY 2013)[2]
Number of employees
570 (as of December 31, 2013)

In addition to its headquarters in California, Actuate has offices across the U.S. and in Toronto, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Fribourg, Singapore, Tokyo and Sydney.

Actuate's primary commercial offerings include the BIRT Designers, and the BIRT iHub development and deployment platform for developers; BIRT Analytics for business analysts' own predictive analytics exercises; and the Actuate Customer Communications Suite for processing, transformation and delivery of high-volume content to an organization's own customers.

In 2015, Actuate Corporation was acquired by OpenText for approximately $163 million[3][4][5]

Products and Services


Open source BIRT consists of a designer and a runtime engine for generating report content that can be embedded into an application.


Actuate’s commercial offerings include BIRT iHub, containing various viewing capabilities, and BIRT Designer Pro. Developers use BIRT Designer Pro to build data visualizations, such as reports, dashboards and analytic content. This content can then be deployed and distributed to end users using BIRT iHub, the deployment server. BIRT iHub supports easy integration and access to multiple data sources. Server offerings are based on BIRT iServer, a report server with scheduling, distribution, security and alerts capabilities.

BIRT iHub F-Type

BIRT iHub F-Type is a freemium software product released by Actuate on July 10, 2014. The product provides access to the features and functionality offered in Actuate’s BIRT iHub enterprise-grade deployment platform, with metered output capacity. As a free server, BIRT iHub F-Type is designed to manage and distribute content created by developers who use the open source BIRT Designer, a top level Eclipse Foundation project, or Actuate’s commercial BIRT Designer Pro.

BIRT iHub F-Type is created for developers who want to try out the features of Actuate’s commercial BIRT iHub deployment platform. Users can run the software to deploy up to 50MB of data output each day in the form of reports and other visualizations for free and can buy additional 50MB increments on a subscription basis.

BIRT Analytics

BIRT Analytics is self-service software for business analysts who want to perform their own predictive analytics on customer behavior and purchasing patterns, using any source of small or Big Data including social media activity, to enhance customer engagement.

Actuate Customer Communications Suite

The Actuate Customer Communications Suite offers full spectrum functionality and includes modules for transforming, processing, personalizing, archiving and delivering high-volume content, correspondence and communications to an organization's customers. Examples of such communication include bank statements, insurance policies, explanation of benefits documents and utility bills.

Actuate's Document Accessibility Appliance, part of the above-mentioned suite, was introduced in April 2014 and is based on patented technology. The Appliance is a software tool that automatically converts high volumes of electronically delivered documents into accessible PDF files (PDF/UA format) to make them “readable” by digital readers designed for visually impaired individuals. An organization's deployment of the Document Accessibility Appliance helps to ensure compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Conformance Level AA.


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