Actuate and Bernard Marr’s Advanced Performance Institute Release Global Survey that Reveals Keys to Getting the Most from

  Actuate and Bernard Marr’s Advanced Performance Institute Release Global
  Survey that Reveals Keys to Getting the Most from Business Performance

Comprehensive Study Commemorates the 20^th Anniversary of the Balanced

Business Wire

SAN MATEO, Calif. -- March 12, 2013

Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: BIRT), The BIRT Company^™  – delivering more
insights to more people than all BI companies combined – today announced  the
results of a worldwide study conducted in conjunction with the Advanced
Performance Institute (API) to commemorate the 20^th anniversary of the
Balanced Scorecard. Measuring and Managing Performance – A Global Study
garnered responses from over 3,000 companies across the globe, making it one
of the largest and most comprehensive surveys ever conducted in the field of
performance management. API Founder and CEO Bernard Marr analyzed the results
in his newly released white paper  20 Years of Measuring and Managing Business
Performance: From KPIs and Dashboards to Performance Analytics and Big Data.

“While the results of the survey reveal that most companies measure, monitor
and analyze their performance, not all companies generate the level of
benefits expected from their efforts,” Marr said. “By analyzing the survey
results we were able to determine the primary factors that contribute to the
level of satisfaction organizations feel with their Business Performance
Management (BPM) efforts. Three primary factors were found to influence the
maturity of a company’s initiative, which can range from those that have
little or no data to work with, to companies that are able to use
comprehensive performance data to make true operational and strategic

Three Driving Influences

While the survey revealed seven factors that contribute to BPM maturity, three
main driving influences permeated the results and affected to varying degrees
the initiatives of all respondents. The companies that were able to succeed in
these three areas were more likely to report a successful BPM initiative:

  *Proper impetus or leadership to guide the initiative. For performance
    management efforts to be truly valuable, buy-in must seep through all
    levels of an organization and improve strategic decision making
    throughout. Despite that, many companies maintain a Big Brother approach
    to performance management: one-third of respondents were motivated to
    report only by internal pressures to comply.
  *The right business tool. While a high correlation exists between a
    company’s success and the tool or tools chosen, how they use those tools
    is also critical. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) were revealed as the
    most common tool, used by over two-thirds of respondents, yet companies
    must also choose their KPIs carefully: The most successful initiatives
    were those that aligned and integrated strategic and operational metrics,
    and those that combined traditional KPIs with performance analytics.
  *Appropriate technology for automation. A majority of survey respondents –
    61 percent – still use office tools such as Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
    to guide their performance management efforts. This, despite the fact that
    office tools deliver fewer business benefits than end-to-end solutions,
    which create tactical, operational and strategic dashboards and scorecards
    in a single collaborative environment.

“We saw in the Measuring and Managing Performance survey, that technology
plays an integral role in the success or failure of a performance management
initiative,” said Utpal Bhatt, Vice President and General Manager of the
Performance Analytics Group at Actuate. “Performance management technology has
evolved greatly over the years, yet many organizations haven’t taken advantage
of it. Today, the right technology will help foster true performance results
by accessing and interpreting data from disparate sources, identifying
underperforming areas, initiating and communicating improvement plans, and
easily sharing best practices.”

For the full study, plus additional insight into tools, case studies and a
solution overview to help drive your organization to a successful BPM
initiative, go to:

Tomorrow’s Webinar Details

To hear Bernard Marr speak about the findings live on March 12 at 9 a.m. PDT,
register at

About the Advanced Performance Institute

The Advanced Performance Institute (API) is a world-leading independent
research and consulting organization specializing in organizational
performance. The institute provides expert knowledge, research, consulting and
training on concepts like strategy management, performance management,
analytics, Business Intelligence, Key Performance Indicators and big data. The
aim of the Advanced Performance Institute is to provide today’s performance
focused companies, governments and not-for-profit organizations with insights,
advice and services that help them deliver lasting change and superior
performance. The institute has a long and successful history. It was
established in the mid-1990s and has continuously grown to its current
world-leading position with clients from across the globe. It is headquartered
in the United Kingdom.

About Actuate – The BIRT Company^™

Actuate founded and co-leads the BIRT open source project, which is used by
over 1.5 million developers around the globe and serves as the foundation of
the ActuateOne^® platform. Applications built on ActuateOne deliver more
business and consumer insights to more people than all BI companies combined -
ensuring organizations are ready for the exponential growth of Big Data and
the proliferation of touch devices.

The ActuateOne platform empowers developers to rapidly develop custom,
BIRT-based business analytics and customer communications applications.
ActuateOne applications built with one BIRT design can access and integrate
any data, including unstructured sources. They provide one user experience
regardless of skill level and are supported by one platform for any cloud,
hybrid, on-premise, web or touch device deployment.

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a diverse range of business areas including financial services, technology and
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