Information Builders Enters Worldwide OEM Agreement With ESRI

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Sep 27, 2007 -- 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.

About Information Builders

Information Builders' award-winning combination of business intelligence and enterprise integration software has been providing innovative solutions to more than 12,000 customers for the past 30 years. WebFOCUS is the world's most widely utilized business intelligence platform. It provides the security, scalability, and flexibility needed at every level of global extended enterprises. Its simplicity helps create executive, analytical, and operational applications that reach dozens to millions of users. Information Builders subsidiary iWay Software provides state-of-the-art, multi-purpose integration engines that address all SOA, application, data, and information management requirements. Its integration adapters have been adopted by the leading software platform providers. Together, these products give Information Builders' customers the ability to live up to the company motto: "Your business. No barriers."

Information Builders' customers include most of the Fortune 100 and U.S. federal government agencies. Headquartered in New York City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,600 people and has more than 350 business partners.

About ESRI

Since 1969, ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. As the leader in GIS, ESRI applies innovative technologies to help organizations create, analyze, and visualize information for more informed decisions. Running on more than a million desktops and thousands of servers, ESRI applications are the foundation of the world's mapping and spatial analysis infrastructure. www.esri.com.

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