Congratulations to the BIRT team for their new 2.0 release. We just issued a press release to highlight this fact, so I hope to see some good coverage for BIRT this week. You can also check out the new and noteworthy here.
Two things that really sitck out for me about this release: 1) we are starting to see momentum of vendors starting to incorporate BIRT into their commercial products. Actuate, IBM, Pentaho, Zend and Scapa are mentioned in the press release. 2) the BIRT team is really focused on creating a reporting ecosystem. The new feature in 2.0 for creating report templates and the extensibility of the base frameworks will be important for making this a reality.