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Impress Software Announces Impress for GIS 2.1 to Enhance SAP and ESRI ArcGIS

March 5, 2007

Waltham, Ma. - Impress Software, a leading provider of packaged integration applications, today announced the availability of Impress for GIS 2.1, adding new features to further streamline and enhance spatial asset management in an SAP environment. Highlighting this release is the support for the Customer Care & Service module of SAP's industry business solution for Utilities (IS-U/CCS.)

"Many of our Utility customers are looking to integrate ArcGIS server technology with their SAP solutions," said Steve Benner, Director, Strategic Accounts of ESRI, Inc. "Impress for GIS is the only packaged integration solution that provides this integration, and its latest release offers many exciting new capabilities for Utilities, including support for CCS."

Impress for GIS 2.1 introduces new capabilities to provide customer service and maintenance departments with a clear picture of device infrastructure, service consumption and customer status by enabling map-based access to data stored in CCS. For improved decision making and analysis, Impress for GIS 2.1 adds notification and CCS data to its spatial analysis capabilities.

Packaged integration applications, like Impress for GIS 2.1, deliver pre-defined industry best practices in application integration to speed development, reduce implementation risk and lower the total cost of ownership. Additional features of Impress for GIS 2.1 include:

  • SAP Technical Object Browser - Enables GIS users to view and manipulate SAP asset structures comprised of both mapped and unmapped locations and equipment. From this map-based browser, users can traverse asset hierarchies, place unmapped objects on the map via drag-and-drop placement, and perform common work management processes.
  • Enhanced Reporting and Analysis - Automatically aggregates and renders statistics for features by map boundaries. For example, users can examine maintenance costs per county or number of incidents per area, and export statistical information to Microsoft Excel for further analysis.
  • New Work Management Processes - Allows GIS users to modify work orders, search and view notifications, and spatially analyze notification statistics.
  • Enhanced Service Oriented Architecture and Partner Support - Provides web services for common Impress business processes that can be consumed by composite applications, and the ability to convert any Impress process into a web service. Impress for GIS 2.1 also supports new partner releases, including MySAP ERP 2005 and MS SQL 2005.

"For the past three years Impress for GIS has provided significant value to companies integrating ESRI's ArcGIS and SAP, and we continue to enhance that value by delivering powerful new capabilities in this release," said Warren Utt, CEO of Impress Software. "By utilizing Impress for GIS to integrate key business processes, customers are able to increase productivity, improve customer service and enhance business analytics to make better decisions.?"Impress for GIS 2.1 is available immediately through Impress Software at www.impress.com.About Impress for GISImpress for GIS is a packaged integration application optimized for bridging SAP with ESRI's ArcGIS and Miner & Miner's ArcFM. It automatically links SAP assets with GIS features and maintains asset consistency at all times, dramatically reducing data administration costs while ensuring asset data accuracy. With Impress for GIS, users can create work orders and notifications, update status information, and assign orders to features on a map. In addition, they can analyze SAP notification, work order, and device consumption information with a "point-and-click" search. This information can be rendered on the map and color-coded for spatial analysis and at-a-glance viewing to improve decision-making. Leveraging Impress for GIS, organizations can generate significant EAM improvements by combining the strengths of GIS and SAP PM.About Impress SoftwareImpress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with SAP, resulting in streamlined business processes. Impress solutions allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to custom integration solutions. Impress Software customers include global leaders such as BP, Halliburton, US Army and Valero.



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