ESRI Holdings acquires GeoWise Ltd

06 March 2008, Aylesbury: ESRI Holdings, a group of companies including ESRI (UK), ESRI Ireland and Helyx SIS, has acquired GeoWise Ltd, a leading provider of visualisation software for location-based statistical data, complementing the group’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) capabilities.

GeoWise Ltd’s visualisation software helps information analysts and GIS professionals create and manage interactive web applications that improve the management and visualisation of statistical data, and engage people in more informed geography-based decision-making.

GeoWise will remain an independent company within ESRI Holdings, with its own board of Directors and reporting structure, but the group companies will draw on each other’s strengths, experience and expertise.

InstantAtlas, GeoWise’s visualisation software suite, already integrates with ESRI’s product range, and further integration with ESRI’s ArcGIS platform is planned. InstantAtlas desktop and server software will continue to develop as an independent platform for the benefit of all customers.

Richard Waite, Managing Director, ESRI (UK), said: “The genuine synergy between our respective technologies leads to an enhanced offering. The GeoWise team has a strong blend of skills, extensive public sector experience and very intuitive software with an easy-to use-interface - making the company and its employees a strong addition to our group.

“Our long-standing business partner relationship with GeoWise means the integration into ESRI Holdings will be seamless, with both companies capitalising on a shared vision and expanded suite of geography-based technologies.”

Mike Forester, Managing Director, GeoWise, said: “We are delighted to become part of the ESRI Holdings group of companies. It is a great opportunity to take our technology to a wider audience while continuing to serve our existing customer base.

“ESRI is the clear market leader in GIS and, as a technology that is critical to every part of our lives, we are at the beginning of an exciting journey where our visualisation software will become a key part of enterprise-wide GIS adoption.”

About ESRI (UK)

ESRI (UK) is part of the global ESRI network. With the single, largest pool of GIS expertise in the UK, the company is the technical authority on GIS. ESRI (UK) provides solutions, technology and services including off the shelf applications built on the ArcGIS software suite and an extensive range of consulting and training services.
Its offerings meet a range of business needs in different markets including Business, Local & Central Government, Public Safety, Utilities and Telecommunications, as well as catering for system integrators and application developers through the ESRI Developer Network.

ESRI (UK)’s customers include both public sector clients such as Leeds City Council, Metropolitan Police, DCLG, The Environment Agency and businesses including ScottishPower and Royal & SunAlliance.

ESRI (UK) helps businesses become more profitable and public service more efficient through the better use of geographic information. The ability to understand customers' needs and harness the power of GIS for the long-term benefit of organisations is what we call Visionary Thinking.

About GeoWise Ltd

GeoWise develops and sells InstantAtlas, a powerful software tool for the graphical presentation of location-based statistical data which makes local and regional patterns more easy to see and explore. It allows templates to be used to present spatial and temporal indicators and statistics as eye-catching, interactive area profiles, atlases, dashboards and performance reports.
The GeoWise team has a unique blend of skills in design, software, geography and statistics. GeoWise was formed in 1997 and is based in Edinburgh in the United Kingdom.

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