Information Builders and Esri Expand Partnership to Deliver Advanced Mapping Capability

NEW YORK, NY and LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwired) -- Apr 01, 2014 -- Today at the Gartner Business Intelligence and Analytics Summit, Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, information integrity, and integration solutions, announced that it has expanded its partnership with Esri, the market leader in GIS solutions. The relationship leverages Esri's leading location and mapping technology to easily deliver the most current geographical data to WebFOCUS users and help them better understand the geographic forces that impact their business.

Information Builders' WebFOCUS platform delivers rich, consumable and customizable BI and analytic insight to a wide range of employees, managers, analysts, partners and customers. Embedding Esri's advanced mapping capabilities brings an enhanced understanding of how geography impacts and shapes that insight and business functions as a whole. Global geographic details are constantly changing, and understanding how environmental factors such as updated political boundaries or new trade roads affect business functions is a competitive advantage that helps shape and inform strategic decisions. Accurate mapping technology also plays a key role in delivering high-performing data visualization solutions, which are a crucial component of today's top BI offerings.

In addition to delivering insight into current geographical data points, Esri's advanced cloud-based mapping platform, ArcGIS Online, also incorporates analytical and predictive capabilities. As a result, WebFOCUS users can better understand why data patterns emerge in certain regions and help forecast how business will function across geographies moving forward. Esri's technology is embedded in the latest version of WebFOCUS, so current users can automatically gain access to the maps through all WebFOCUS product lines and deployment options. Esri in turn will benefit from Information Builders' extensive experience delivering advanced BI platforms to a broad and diverse global customer base.

"Robust mapping technology is a critical part of advanced data visualization, so ensuring reliable access to the most detailed, accurate maps available was a top priority as we sought to enhance our WebFOCUS offering," said Gerald Cohen, president and CEO of Information Builders. "Information Builders prides itself on the ability to deliver the most advanced, cutting-edge BI and data visualization technology. The partnership with Esri ensures that our users have access to the most current, detailed and accurate mapping technology available to inform their business choices and promote growth."

"The richness of Information Builders' WebFOCUS offering, combined with the company's significant global footprint, creates an excellent platform for Esri to reach new users and allows organizations to unlock and broadly leverage their geographic data," said Chris Ovens, director of location analytics for Esri. "We are excited to expand our work with the Information Builders team, and look forward to equipping business intelligence users around the globe with the ability to discover, use, make, and share maps and spatial insight."

Information Builders is on hand at the Gartner Business Intelligence and Analytics Summit, March 31 - April 2 in Las Vegas. Executives will be available at booth 301 to discuss the latest in BI and Analytics trends and technology.

About Esri
Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS technology, Esri software is used in more than 350,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at

About Information Builders
Information Builders helps organizations transform data into business value. Our software solutions for business intelligence and analytics, integration, and data integrity empower people to make smarter decisions, strengthen customer relationships, and drive growth. Our dedication to customer success is unmatched in the industry. That's why tens of thousands of leading organizations rely on Information Builders to be their trusted partner. Founded in 1975, Information Builders is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices around the world, and remains one of the largest independent, privately held companies in the industry. Visit us at, follow us on Twitter at @infobldrs, like us on Facebook, and visit our LinkedIn page.

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