SOURCE: Information Builders

December 12, 2007 08:48 ET

Information Builders Announces Channels Momentum

Names Software Industry Veteran Tom Rydz Vice President of Channels, North America

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 12, 2007) - 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, including:

--  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 benefit."

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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