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"If Actuate can gain traction with their open source offerings, they could be an exciting company"

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Former Employee - Sales Engineer in San Mateo, CA
Former Employee - Sales Engineer in San Mateo, CA
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

The investment that Actuate has made in their new open source offerings is a daring move, and one that might get them the market share they need as a second tier business intelligence software provider. This technology, along with the community of open source developers that back it, have led to some very exciting technological advances that make the products very exciting to work with. Coupling these innovative products with their battle tested server offerings provides a fairly compelling story that mixes the innovation associated with open source with the stability provided by a seasoned and time tested delivery platform.

Cons

Actuate has changed its strategy numerous times, and I think this has led to confusion throughout the organization. At times, they have focused almost exclusively on marketing several different productized "reporting applications" that primarily targeted the financial sector, which makes up the majority of Actuate's install base of customers. As that sector has suffered, so has Actuate. They have also attempted to integrate several acquisitions with varying levels of success. The Performancesoft acquisition has not been well integrated, as both the technology and the skill set needed to market and sell it are very different from Actuate's traditional core competencies.

Advice to Management

To avoid becoming an also-ran with an ever-shrinking customer base, Actuate needs to focus on their open source offerings and figure out a better way to monetize the market share they have gained.

Other Employee Reviews for Actuate

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Actuate is being starved by its new owners"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Actuate full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the products were good, and useful to people who needed them. The Toronto office was a friendly, flexible environment. The lower levels of management were helpful and supportive. The office itself was a very nice space.

    Cons

    Frequent downsizing, and other cost-cutting measures, prevent any possible growth in the business. The current hiring freeze means you cannot apply there anyway, but if you are hired, the owners are not interested in developing or expanding the Actuate product lines, so your job probably won't last long.

    Advice to Management

    If you have to make financial cuts, make them at the executive and senior management levels. Choking development is short-sighted.


  2. "Technical Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Actuate full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Closely knit family, great place to work for

    Cons

    Inner Circle decides on all the policy matters

    Advice to Management

    Open up and listen to what the customer wants


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