ESRI, a leader in geographic information system (GIS) technology, and Information Builders, a market leader in enterprise business intelligence (BI) and real-time Web reporting, announce the next step in their relationship by integrating ESRI's ArcIMS Internet mapping software solution for distributing GIS data and applications on the Internet with WebFOCUS 5, Information Builders' new flagship enterprise BI solution. WebFOCUS 5 is a real-time information platform with enhanced features for reporting, end-user query and analysis, information delivery and management, portal integration and extraction, transformation and loading (ETL) capabilities.

WebFOCUS has three scalability features – the ability to access more then data sources simultaneously, distribute hundreds of possible reports and support hundreds of thousands of users These capabilities are made possible through WebFOCUS' scalable JavaTM architecture. ESRI's ArcIMS fits into this Java architecture offering the same levels of scalability and usability. Both products provide unique opportunities to leverage data from within the organization and to integrate data from additional data sources.

ESRI and Information Builders now offer the strengths of WebFOCUS 5 and ArcIMS together through a new bridge technology that integrates the two solutions and provides "intelligent mapping" to enterprise accounts. The technology would allow an insurer, for example, to easily estimate risk on insured households in the path of a hurricane by visually outlining the storm's path and analyzing the data for possible insurance claims.

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