credativ, LLC and Forest Informatics, Inc. Announce Partnership, Training for Open Source Geospatial Database Analytics, Potential for Massive Cost Savings

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credativ, a global open source consulting, service, and support company, announced today a partnership with Forest Informatics, Inc., a provider of turnkey and custom solutions for forest resource management. Together, they will offer introductory and advanced training on geospatial analytics, initially in San Diego, California.

A pure open source technology stack can replace an extremely expensive commercial geospatial offering, often with better performance and more extensive functionality when tailored to the specific needs of the organization.

credativ, a global open source consulting, service, and support company, announced today a partnership with Forest Informatics, Inc., a provider of turnkey and custom solutions for forest resource management.

Together, credativ and Forest Informatics will offer introductory and advanced training on geospatial analytics using open source technology such as PostgreSQL, PostGIS, R, and PL/R. The companies also plan to bundle support hours with the short courses and provide comprehensive combined support contracts to those desiring enterprise-grade support with service level agreements.

The first course of “Open Geospatial University”TM is a three day introductory short course titled "Intro to PostgreSQL with Spatial Analysis Extensions". This offering will teach students the fundamentals of databases using PostgreSQL, geospatial database management using the PostGIS extensions to PostgreSQL, and basic data processing techniques using the PL/R extension which allows stored procedures to be written using R, a popular statistical computing language. Graduates will also receive bundled “Bootstrap Support”TM, to help accelerate them through the initial learning curve when they leave the class.

The course will be offered in San Diego, California in September, 2010. Advanced classes focusing on more complex analytical techniques, optimizing queries, server performance, security issues, and other extensions will be offered in the future.

“credativ is uniquely positioned as a global, independent provider of deep technical expertise in a wide variety of open source technologies,” said Joe Conway, president of credativ USA. “Our partnership with Forest Informatics will allow us to assist organizations seeking to leverage open source in the highly specialized and complex field of geospatial analytics, thus enabling them to enjoy huge savings compared to more traditional commercial offerings in this area.”

“A pure open source technology stack can replace an extremely expensive commercial geospatial offering, often with better performance and more extensive functionality when tailored to the specific needs of the organization. Our goal is to help organizations reap the benefits of cost savings, reduce risk, and do it without losing performance, reliability, or professional support” said Jeff Hamann, CEO of Forest Informatics.

About credativ
Founded in 1999, credativ is an independent consulting and services company which operates from Germany, the U.K., Canada, and the U.S. With a large team of experts in open source software, credativ offers a vast knowledge base that can be tapped into by its clients. The company focuses on the service and support of open source software with a comprehensive range of services, including open source consulting, architectural and technical advice, open source software development, open source training, and personalized support. credativ is “Your One-Stop Shop for Open Source Support” TM. For more information see http://www.credativ.com.

About Forest Informatics
Forest Informatics provides decision support and optimization software and specialized training to forestland owners, managers, and investors. The company uses open source software to deliver cost effective ready-to-use geospatial analysis, planning, and optimization software to land managers, owners, and investors in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. For more information see http://www.forestinformatics.com.

For inquiries please contact:

Joe Conway
619.270.8787
joe(dot)conway(at)credativ(dot)com
http://www.credativ.us
-or-
Jeff Hamann
541.754.2457
jeff(dot)hamann(at)forestinformatics(dot)com
http://www.forestinformatics.com

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