SOURCE: Universal Mind

November 17, 2008 09:00 ET

Universal Mind Joins Intuit Partner Platform

Helping Developers Create Rich Internet Applications for Small Businesses

GOLDEN, CO--(Marketwire - November 17, 2008) - Universal Mind, Inc., a leading solutions provider for Rich Internet Applications (RIA), today announced it has joined the Intuit Partner Platform to deliver workplace applications with dynamic rich Internet features to Intuit's user community of more than four million small businesses. As part of the Partner Platform, Universal Mind will not only create its own applications, but will also be poised to help other platform participants augment their applications with its rich Internet development expertise.

The Intuit Partner Platform enables developers to rapidly design, deploy and market rich Internet applications that work with QuickBooks® and utilize Intuit's proven on-demand infrastructure. By taking the complexity out of managing infrastructure, hosting, user management, integration and billing, the Intuit Partner Platform helps developers focus on creating innovative on-demand software solutions that solve unique business problems. With these new, enhanced applications, customers will gain unprecedented access to their data within a cost-effective, distributed and reliable online platform.

"Having Universal Mind join the Intuit Partner Platform is very exciting. As one of the top Flex developers worldwide, Universal Mind brings deep development skills that can transform ordinary applications into highly usable applications that help people expose and visualize their data in compelling and informative ways," said Alex Chriss, business leader for the Intuit Partner Platform. "We value the expertise Universal Mind can provide to our network of partners and customers and look forward to the high quality and high value applications they will be delivering to our customer base on Intuit Workplace."

"While many participating ISVs and developers have promising applications, they often lack the deep RIA expertise to make them user friendly and accessible for the SMB market," said Brett Cortese, president, Universal Mind. "We are eager for the opportunity to help Intuit's Developer Network enhance their applications with rich media functionality that will help boost adoption and user experience and give customers the tools they need to solve critical business problems."

Customer Explorer from SpatialKey to Demo at Adobe MAX

Universal Mind's first application for the Intuit Partner Platform, Customer Explorer from SpatialKey, powered by SpatialKey, a web-based reporting, analysis and mapping solution. The application allows customers to quickly see geographic and temporal trends in their QuickBooks customer data. Users can view interactive heat maps of their balances and filter by time, job status or job type and drill down to specific customer and job details. Street and satellite imagery in the application is provided by MapQuest®. Users can also view thematic demographic data provided by *Placebase's Pushpin® data and mapping service, which includes median household income, in context with their own customer data.

"Customer Explorer from SpatialKey underscores the value of Intuit's new Partner Platform," said Tom Link, CTO of Universal Mind. "QuickBooks customers gain access to sophisticated geo-visualization of their data that would ordinarily require sophisticated software, expertise and integration. Universal Mind can easily extend its reach to Intuit's customer base by providing a version of its SpatialKey technology on the platform."

Universal Mind will showcase its beta applications, including Customer Explorer from SpatialKey, at Adobe MAX in San Francisco, November 16-19 at booth #209. The preview release of Customer Explorer from SpatialKey is now available free at the Intuit Workplace, http://workplace.intuit.com.

*Pushpin is a registered trademark of Placebase.

About Intuit Inc.

Intuit Inc. is a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses; financial institutions, including banks and credit unions; consumers and accounting professionals. Its flagship products and services, including QuickBooks®, Quicken® and TurboTax® software, simplify small business management and payroll processing, personal finance, and tax preparation and filing. ProSeries® and Lacerte® are Intuit's leading tax preparation software suites for professional accountants. The company's financial institutions division, anchored by Digital Insight, provides on-demand banking services to help banks and credit unions serve businesses and consumers with innovative solutions.

Founded in 1983, Intuit had annual revenue of $3.1 billion in its fiscal year 2008. The company has approximately 8,000 employees with major offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and other locations. More information can be found at www.intuit.com.

About Universal Mind

Universal Mind is an enterprise Rich Internet Application (RIA) development firm that provides optimized web solutions to create engaging user interfaces, enhance information delivery and solve critical business problems. The Universal Mind team, together the largest collection of RIA experts in the world with experience in Flex, AIR and SilverLight, has completed hundreds of successful implementations for highly satisfied enterprise customers across vertical industries and geographies. Featured on Inc. Magazine's 500 Fastest Growing Companies in 2008 and 2007, Universal Mind was founded in 2003 and has offices in Golden, Colorado and Westfield, Massachusetts with resources and customers around the world. For more information please visit: http://www.universalmind.com.

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