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December 08, 2009 08:30 ET

PRISM Group Soars With Information Builders' WebFOCUS Business Intelligence Technology

Leading Airlines and Global Corporations Use Embedded BI Solution to Manage Travel Programs

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 8, 2009) - Information Builders, an independent leader in business intelligence (BI) solutions, today announced that PRISM Group, Inc. has standardized on the WebFOCUS BI platform for reporting, analysis, and information delivery for 7,800 clients in 161 countries. PRISM Group develops travel information systems for some of the world's largest airlines and corporations.

PRISM Group has integrated more than 300 WebFOCUS reports into its sales server and Avion travel management systems to help airlines negotiate profitable contracts and to help corporations analyze travel expenditures. For example, airlines use the reporting system to track the effectiveness of incentives and to ensure that customers are fulfilling the terms of their contracts. Corporate travel managers use the reporting system to negotiate better deals with airlines. Some clients run hundreds of WebFOCUS reports each month to monitor the performance of their contracts, optimize profitability, and keep an eye on travel costs.

"WebFOCUS easily integrates with our existing information systems, allowing our customers to consolidate data, manage contracts, and perform a variety of decision support functions in a secure global environment," said Laurie Stutzman, manager of the decision support team at PRISM Group. "Authorized users can run reports on demand or receive reports by e-mail. WebFOCUS gives them advanced reporting tools to graph results, drill down into details, and analyze data within their protected domains."

Information Builders Professional Services helped PRISM Group develop and deploy the new reporting system. "We couldn't have been happier with the support we received from Information Builders," added Stutzman. "They were extremely attentive and responded quickly to our questions. They were sincerely committed to our success."

After evaluating several leading BI tools, PRISM Group purchased WebFOCUS because of its thin-client architecture, strong Web services capabilities, and flexible tools for analyzing, displaying, and distributing information. Now PRISM Group maintains a single WebFOCUS reporting server for all customer reporting activities, significantly reducing software licensing and IT infrastructure costs.

"PRISM Group leads the travel industry in providing current, actionable information to its customers," said Gerald Cohen, president and CEO of Information Builders. "At a time when many companies are scrutinizing travel expenses and negotiating better purchasing contracts, PRISM Group's travel management programs have proven to be a valuable asset."

About PRISM Group, Inc.

PRISM Group, Inc., headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, specializes in the development of travel information systems for airlines and global corporations. PRISM was founded in 1987 and was the first consulting firm to specialize in travel distribution, that is, how travel is sold and distributed. As one of the first consulting firms in travel, PRISM provided services to all parties in the distribution channel: travel agencies, companies, and suppliers.

PRISM SalesServer technology drives airline corporate contracting systems, such as those at AirFrance/KLM, American, Continental, Delta, KLM, Lufthansa, Northwest, and United Airlines. The company integrates this same technology into Avion, used by leading companies for the management of their global travel management programs. PRISM works with 5,454 companies in 125 countries.

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' iWay Software suite provides state of the art, multi-purpose, pre-built integration components that address all SOA, application, data and information management requirements. Its integration adapters have been adopted by the leading software platform providers. Information Builders also offers solutions in the performance management, business activity monitoring, and enterprise search markets. The company's comprehensive enterprise product offerings give Information Builders' customers the ability to grow and innovate according to their needs.

Information Builders' customers include most of the Fortune 100 and U.S. federal government agencies. Headquartered in New York City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,450 people and has more than 350 business partners. More information is available at informationbuilders.com.

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