Pitney Bowes MapInfo Announces Support of Microsoft(R) SQL Server(R) 2008 for Improved Location and Business Data Management
TROY, N.Y., March 24, 2008 - Pitney Bowes MapInfo, the leading global provider of location intelligence, today announced that its flagship MapInfo Professional® application for business mapping and analysis will utilize the spatial enhancements in Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 to provide customers with enhanced geographic and business data management. SQL Server 2008 customers will be able to directly access, visualize and analyze data from SQL Server 2008 with the sophisticated, user-friendly geographic and analytical capabilities of MapInfo Professional, providing an enterprise-wide information access and analysis tool for making more informed decisions.
“Pitney Bowes MapInfo’s spatial enhancement support will provide our joint customers the ability to combine the location intelligent decision-making power of MapInfo Professional with the comprehensive data management capabilities of Microsoft SQL Server 2008,” said Kim Saunders, senior director of SQL Server marketing at Microsoft. “With solutions like this, organizations of any size or budget can now better take advantage of enterprise and customer data—their most strategic asset in effective decision-making.”
“We are excited about our growing strategic alliance with Pitney Bowes, Pitney Bowes MapInfo and Pitney Bowes Group 1,” said Eddie Amos, general manager for Worldwide Partner Evangelism for Microsoft Corp. “Our collaborative efforts spanning across a broader platform strategy, which include the .NET Framework and Virtual Earth, ensure that Microsoft and Pitney Bowes share a common vision of delivering innovative, value-added solutions to meet the unique needs of different businesses and customers around the world.”
The compatibility of MapInfo Professional with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 will help Pitney Bowes MapInfo customers access and manage increasing volumes of geographic and business data critical to a wide-range of business applications and projects. Microsoft customers considering SQL Server 2008 as their business and spatial data storage solution will have access to the rich mapping and geographic querying capabilities of MapInfo Professional, helping them maximize the value of their corporate data through improved analysis and more comprehensive reports.
“Pitney Bowes MapInfo and Microsoft have worked together for many years to deliver solutions that enable customers to easily access and visualize location-based information and more efficiently build and manage spatial analysis projects,” said Moshe Binyamin, global product manager, Pitney Bowes MapInfo. “We are excited to support Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and provide a comprehensive data management and analysis platform that will enable our customers to add location intelligence analysis to business applications across the enterprise and drive more insightful decisions.”
Pitney Bowes MapInfo will support Microsoft SQL Server 2008 starting with the release of MapInfo Professional v9.5 in the summer of 2008. Pitney Bowes MapInfo currently offers a related product, SpatialWare for SQL Server, which will continue to be supported after the release of SQL Server 2008.
About Pitney Bowes MapInfo
Pitney Bowes MapInfo, part of Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI), is the leading global provider of location intelligence solutions, integrating software, data and services to provide greater value from location-based information and drive more insightful decisions for businesses and government organizations around the world. The company’s solutions are available in multiple languages through a network of strategic partners and distribution channels in 60 countries. Visit www.mapinfo.com and www.pb.com for more information.
Microsoft and SQL Server are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. MapInfo is a registered trademark of Pitney Bowes MapInfo Corporation.
This press release contains forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties. Any statement not a statement of historical fact is a forward-looking statement, including without limitation statements concerning demand for and benefits of Pitney Bowes MapInfo products and integration of its products with existing solutions. Actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied in forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including those factors contained in the Company’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the heading “Risk Factors.” Pitney Bowes MapInfo takes no responsibility to update any forward-looking statements.