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Information Builders Announces Channels Momentum

Information Builders Announces Channels Momentum

Information Builders, the independent leader in

production business intelligence ( BI ) systems and

innovator of enterprise

integration solutions, today announced significant growth of its

partner program in 2007 and the appointment of software industry veteran

Tom Rydz as vice president of channels, North America. The move represents

the company’s renewed commitment in leveraging partnerships to continue

expanding its market share in the rapidly growing business intelligence and

enterprise integration sectors.

“With the continued consolidation in the market, we are seeing a surge of

inquiries from potential partners as they reassess their competitive

interests,” said Gerald Cohen, CEO and Founder of Information Builders.

“Information Builders is pleased to welcome a dedicated expert to lead and

grow our channels team as the partner program will play a key role in

augmenting direct sales and fueling our growth in 2008 and beyond. Tom is

well-suited to lead our experienced team in bringing on new partners and

expanding existing relationships, with a constant eye on meeting customer

needs and delivering unmatched service.”

In 2007, Information Builders focused heavily on strengthening key

partnerships and increasing revenue generated through these partners,


— IBM – A worldwide OEM agreement for using WebFOCUS in a special

edition of the IBM DB2 Web Query for System i has been finalized. System i

is the premier platform for small and medium-sized businesses.

— SPSS – The companies provide powerful analytical and management

solutions for many state and local law enforcement organizations. The City

of Richmond Police Department successfully used the joint solution to

enhance crime prevention and received industry accolades from Gartner

Research and The Data Warehouse Institute.

— BEA – Information Builders iWay adapters were deployed to provide a

wider range of data and application solutions for joint customers, enabling

them to deploy BEA technologies more quickly and efficiently than ever


— Lombardi Software – Together, the companies offer sophisticated

business process management capabilities that can access applications, ERP

systems, and databases so customers know what is occurring in their

business process by using a graphical and Web-based interface.

— ESRI – Embedding ArcGIS with both Information Builders analytics and

data access platforms enables customers, including City of Houston Police

Department, Hillman Group, and Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission,

to integrate their production systems with mapping and spatial


Additionally, Information Builders closed partnership agreements and joint

customers this year with CH Mack, Hewlett-Packard, Integral Systems, Sirius

Computer Systems, and Vitria.

Tom Rydz Named Vice President of Channels, North America

With 25 years of experience in the software industry, Tom Rydz joins

Information Builders with a wealth of expertise in sales, as well as

establishing and managing reseller programs. Rydz built SI programs at

Sybase Inc. and Vitria Technology and has completed SI, ISV, and OEM

programs and agreements for other BI companies, including an OEM agreement

with IBM. At Vitria, Rydz built the worldwide SI alliance program and

managed a team responsible for generating revenue through companies like

BearingPoint and CapGemini. Based in the Information Builders Chicago

office, Rydz will oversee North American channels programs.

“For decades, Information Builders has introduced higher-valued solutions

to the market, while continuing to deliver innovative production-level

solutions to customers,” said Rydz. “I’m looking forward to playing a part

in expanding the company’s global reach and seeking out partners who also

share the distinct vision of improving their business for the customer’s


About Information Builders

Information Builders’ award-winning combination of business intelligence

and enterprise integration software has been providing innovative solutions

to more than 12,000 customers for the past 30 years. WebFOCUS is the

world’s most widely utilized business intelligence platform. It provides the

security, scalability, and flexibility needed at every level of global

extended enterprises. Its simplicity helps create executive, analytical,

and operational applications that reach dozens to millions of users.

Information Builders subsidiary, iWay Software, provides state-of-the-art,

multi-purpose integration engines that address all SOA , application, data, and information management

requirements. Its integration adapters have been adopted by the leading

software platform providers. Together, these products give Information

Builders’ customers the ability to live up to the company motto: Your

business. No barriers.

Information Builders’ award-winning technology has successfully provided

quality software and superior services to customers, including most of the

Fortune 100 and U.S. federal government agencies. Headquartered in New York

City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,400 people and has

more than 350 business partners. For more information, visit .

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Kathleen Moran

Information Builders

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