ESRI Is a Finalist for Microsoft's Public Sector, Government Partner of the Year

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Recognition Is for ESRI's Collaboration with Microsoft on Fusion Core Solution Technology for Data Fusion Centers

Partners are the key to igniting business innovation through great technology as well as helping customers drive down costs

ESRI, the leader in geographic information system (GIS) technology, was selected as one of two finalists for Microsoft's Public Sector, Government Partner of the Year award. The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) Award recognizes partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions. This new award honors partners that have delivered innovative solutions that address the unique needs of the public sector.

Microsoft and ESRI, a Gold Certified Partner, collaborated to develop a compelling joint offering directed at the growing data fusion center market. The Fusion Core Solution technology architecture incorporates ESRI's sophisticated ArcGIS technology and delivers a standards-based solution tailored to state and local intelligence and fusion center missions and practices and is interoperable with existing technology infrastructures. The Fusion Core Solution technology enables the fusion center team to immediately assess and model emergency situations on a dynamic electronic map. This reduces cycle times and offers decision makers much higher quality and actionable information.

"ESRI is honored to be acknowledged for its efforts in this important venue," says Russ Johnson, ESRI public safety industry manager. "We teamed with Microsoft to develop an integrated software solution to support data fusion centers that merge large volumes of disparate information into actionable intelligence."

Microsoft presents awards in a number of categories, and winners are chosen from a pool of nearly 2,000 entrants worldwide. For this award, Microsoft recognizes the most valuable public-sector partner in delivering Microsoft solutions to its mutual customers during the past year. ESRI is the only GIS vendor to provide a complete suite of geospatial software solutions that can work as clients to the spatial extensions to SQL Server 2008. ESRI's applications, running on more than one million Windows desktops and millions of Web and Windows servers, provide the foundation for mapping and spatial analysis.

"Partners are the key to igniting business innovation through great technology as well as helping customers drive down costs," says Allison L. Watson, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft Corp. "Congratulations to the 2009 WPC Award finalists who have demonstrated a superior level of expertise as well as a focus on delivering customer value. We look forward to seeing these partners fulfill their limitless potential as they continue to provide customers with world-class Microsoft solutions."

About ESRI
Since 1969, ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 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 http://www.esri.com.

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