SAS, ESRI Offer Solutions for GIS and Business Intelligence Needs

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 20-10-2004 -- ESRI, a leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, and SAS, a leader in business intelligence, have integrated SAS®9 software with ESRI's ArcGIS 9 software to provide more information for decision making.

The recent release of version 2 of SAS Bridge for ESRI enhances the joint capabilities of SAS and ESRI, allowing users to take full advantage of network and computing environments. The new version supports remote processing and features support for distributed SAS server environments, support for raster data and spatial geometry, enhanced performance and both VBA and .Net class properties and components.

The integration of SAS®9 and ArcGIS 9 enables linkage between the two software platforms at the foundation level, allowing seamless exchange of spatial and non-spatial information in a unified environment. This promotes comprehensive understanding of inherently spatial-based questions.

"Spatial information brings a rich view of fast-breaking trends that impact a business. Unfortunately, analytics and GIS have emerged separately and have served different constituencies," said Henry Morris, Group VP for Applications and Information Access at IDC. "The SAS Bridge for ESRI opens a way for SAS' and ESRI's mutual customers to add the valuable dimension of location to business understanding and intelligence."

ArcGIS 9 extends the ArcGIS platform with major new capabilities in the areas of geoprocessing, 3D visualization, cartography and labeling, data interoperability, usability and developer options. Rich Turner, ESRI's ArcGIS group product manager, points out that "ArcGIS is a framework of integrated GIS software products for building a complete GIS. The fundamental architecture of ArcGIS enables users to deploy GIS functionality and business logic wherever it is needed in desktops, servers, over the Web, or in a mobile environment. This architecture, coupled with the broad and deep capabilities of SAS®9, means organizations are now able to deliver on the promise of enterprise-wide, spatial business intelligence. Our relationship with SAS ensures GIS users are empowered to improve their productivity and delivery of location-based decisions, extending the reach and insight gleaned from spatial information."

"An exciting new realm of geospatial intelligence capabilities is available to our customers by combining the power and flexibility of the ArcGIS9 and SAS®9 platforms using the SAS Bridge for ESRI," says Jim Metcalf, SAS Director of Technology Platform Product Management. "With the SAS Bridge for ESRI, functionality and platform interoperability between SAS and ESRI are significantly enhanced and amplified to deliver enterprise-wide geospatial business intelligence."

GIS combines layers of information about a location to provide a better understanding of that place. Which layers of information are combined depends on the purpose -- finding the best location for a new facility, analyzing risk, managing assets, incident tracking and analysis, and so on. SAS and ESRI enable organizations to apply the best technology to solve real-world questions that inherently consider the impact of spatial relationships as part of the intelligence creation process.

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About SAS

SAS is the market leader in providing a new generation of business intelligence software and services that create true enterprise intelligence. SAS solutions are used at more than 40,000 sites -- including 96 of the top 100 of the 2003 Fortune Global 500 -- to develop more profitable relationships with customers and suppliers; to enable better, more accurate and informed decisions; and to drive organizations forward. SAS is the only vendor that completely integrates leading data warehousing, analytics and traditional BI applications to create intelligence from massive amounts of data. For nearly three decades, SAS has been giving customers around the world The Power to Know®. Visit us at

About ESRI

For more than 30 years, ESRI has been the leading developer of GIS software with more than 300,000 clients worldwide. ESRI software is used in all 200 of the largest cities in the United States and in more than 60 percent of counties and municipalities nationwide. Headquartered in California, ESRI has regional offices throughout the United States, international distributors in more than 90 countries, and more than 1,600 business partners. ESRI's goal is to develop comprehensive tools that enable users to efficiently manage, use, and serve geographic information to make a difference in the world around them. ESRI also provides consulting, implementation, and technical support services. ESRI can be found on the Web at

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