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September 28th, 2007
Information Builders Enters Worldwide OEM Agreement With ESRI

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Information Builders, the leader in production business intelligence (BI) systems, today announced that it has reached a worldwide OEM agreement with ESRI. Information Builders will now bundle ESRI ArcGIS Server along with its WebFOCUS business intelligence and iWay Software integration solutions. ArcGIS Server 9.2 extends the robust reporting capabilities of its BI solution through the power of geographic information systems (GIS). WebFOCUS and ArcGIS Server deliver location intelligence complete with tabular, graphical, and dashboard-based views of geographic information. The resulting solution gives users unprecedented capabilities to absorb information in the most intuitive formats.

Information Builders and ESRI have had an alliance for five years with joint customers including the Gartner and TDWI award-winning City of Richmond, VA Police Department; Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission; and The Hillman Group. The new agreement is the first in which Information Builders can directly OEM ESRI software.

“To provide organizations a more visual way to see their problems geographically and holistically, Information Builders offers a bidirectional bridge between ESRI ArcIMS or ESRI ArcGIS Server through WebFOCUS,” said Gerald Cohen, CEO of Information Builders. “By bundling ESRI products, we will be able to service customers globally with high caliber location intelligence solutions.”

“We are pleased that Information Builders has introduced WebFOCUS users to the geographic approach for solving complex business problems and communicating more effectively,” said Jack Dangermond, president of ESRI. “This new relationship will streamline the deployment of our joint solutions and allow us to efficiently address the demand for more effective business intelligence.”

Geographical mapping of business data provides a more intuitive way for processing and comprehending certain business information, enhancing the ability to analyze and discern critical trends and patterns. Users can aggregate real-time information from disparate databases and spreadsheets, build individual ad hoc queries and formatted reports, and then instantly transform their results onto geographic maps.
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