SOURCE: Information Builders

October 20, 2008 13:26 ET

City of Houston Police Department and Information Builders Win BeyeNETWORK 2008 Vision Award for Business Impact

Business Intelligence Leader and Its Customer Recognized in Advanced BI Category

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 20, 2008) - Information Builders, the leader in operational business intelligence (BI) solutions, today announced that it won in the "advanced business intelligence (BI)" category of BeyeNETWORK's first annual Vision Award for Business Impact along with its customer, the City of Houston Police Department (HPD). HPD was selected for its Crime Center team's use of Information Builders WebFOCUS BI platform, iWay Software's integration technology, and ESRI's dynamic geographic information system mapping tool to enable a predictive analysis of crime activity in Houston.

"There is only one word to describe the results the City of Houston Police Department achieved with the help of Information Builders BI technology: impressive," said Mary Jo Nott, executive editor, BeyeNETWORK. "Armed with real-time data analysis, not only does the police administration run more efficiently, but police officers on the streets are safer because they have critical location- or suspect-specific information at their fingertips when responding to a call, which allows them to better protect the citizens they are sworn to serve."

In keeping with BeyeNETWORK.com's mission to provide a global vision for BI and beyond, the Vision Award for Business Impact recognizes the efforts of companies that have successfully used BI software and technology to positively impact their organizations. HPD's award submission was selected out of more than 50 entries in five categories, which provided real-world testimony to the impact that software solutions can have on an organization. Expert judges who conducted detailed evaluations of all awards submissions included: Lou Agosta, ACM; Richard Hackathorn, Bolder Technologies; Claudia Imhoff, Intelligent Solutions; David Loshin, Knowledge Integrity; Mark Madsen, Third Nature; William McKnight, Lucidity Consulting Group; John Myers, The Blue Buffalo Group; and Colin White, BI Research.

"The City of Houston Police Department exemplifies how effective applications of BI and analytics improve an organization's operation and boost strategic decision-making to increase morale, efficiency, and make our nation's cities safer," said Gerald D. Cohen, CEO and founder at Information Builders. "We congratulate HPD on its well-deserved award win."

As the nation's fourth largest city, Houston presents its police department with many significant challenges. To better uphold its mission of enhancing the quality of life in the City of Houston, HPD launched a high-tech Crime Center and Law Enforcement Application in February of 2008. Based on WebFOCUS software technology from Information Builders, this application provides real-time data analysis on more than 15 years worth of information and quickly disseminates it to the field. This innovative technology enables the HPD to maximize its human resources, increase morale among personnel, restructure organizational units for maximum efficiency, and predict the likelihood of crime in certain areas, thereby enhancing crime prevention. Combining best practices and the most effective software with HPD's manpower resulted in faster response, better security, and increased safety for all citizens. In the near future, citizens will be able to access Crime Center data via a Web page through which they will be able to obtain the latest crime data for their particular neighborhoods. To read an excerpt from the City of Houston Police Department's winning entry visit www.BeyeNETWORK.com/visionaward.

About BeyeNETWORK

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About Information Builders

As a leading independent business intelligence (BI) company for the past 30 years, Information Builders has provided innovative solutions to more than 12,000 customers, including most of the Fortune 100 and numerous U.S. federal government agencies. The company's flagship WebFOCUS product is the world's most widely used BI platform. Superior architecture and intuitive nature enables WebFOCUS to address the needs of everyone in the extended global enterprise -- executive, analytical, operational, and beyond. It provides the agility to adapt to changing business conditions with the security, scalability, and flexibility to support dozens to millions of users.

Unique to the company is the integration expertise it brings to the BI market. Information Builders iWay Software suite solves complex integration problems with pre-built components that require minimal custom programming. The award-winning combination of WebFOCUS and iWay gives Information Builders customers the ability to embrace the company motto: "Because Everyone Makes Decisions."

Information Builders is committed to customer service excellence with a Professional Services division that specializes in building custom applications using WebFOCUS and iWay Software. Headquartered in New York City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,450 people and has more than 350 business partners. Visit informationbuilders.com.

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