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Actuate Gets a Jolt of Java

Actuate Corp. unveiled its game plan to tap into the emerging Java e-business platform market.

The announcement represents Actuate's attempt to capitalize on its acquisition of Java tools company, EnterpriseSoft, made earlier this year. Through the acquisition, Actuate hoped to catapult itself into the e-Business environments based on the popular Java platform. The South San Francisco, Calif.-based company has already established itself as a player in Web reporting functionality.

"The Java platform is a large potential market for Actuate," Actuate President and Chief Executive Officer Pete Cittadini said in a press statement. "Our Global 2000 and OEM customers have been asking for complete Java support."

Actuate plans to provide the ability to call Java methods directly from Actuate development products, thereby simplifying access to Java data sources. Eventually, Actuate will have information delivery products that provide 100-percent pure Java content creation and management facilities for Web developers. Actuate also confirmed it is conducting strategic talks with leading Application Server companies and plans announcements in the future.

According to Mass.-based research firm, International Data Corp., the number of Java developer seats worldwide is expected to grow at an average annual rate of about 40 percent, compared with 9.5 percent growth for C/C++ or 2 percent forfor Visual Basic. In 1999, IDC estimated that there were about 1.1 million Java developer seats worldwide, compared with 3.2 million C or C++ developers and 6.2 million Visual Basic developers.