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2010-05-15, 03:09 PM
Pitney Bowes MapInfo Professional v10.5 Enhances Collaboration Across the Enterprise
Leading Location Intelligence Solution Connects to the Cloud to Simplify Map Creation and Sharing, Enabling Successful Operational Decisions and Customer Engagements

MIAMI, May 13, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI) today announced Pitney Bowes MapInfo Professional(R) v10.5, the latest version of the company's flagship application for business and mapping analysis. MapInfo Professional enables organizations to capitalize on location-based data, gaining deeper insights into their customers, resources and overall operations to make better informed decisions.

MapInfo Professional v10.5 provides organizations with new and powerful methods for sharing maps across the enterprise. With MapInfo Professional v10.5, organizations can more fully interact with the cloud, including capabilities to publish maps to the cloud and access data from the cloud. Users can publish maps to the cloud using MapInfo Professional v10.5 in conjunction with MapInfo Stratus, the company's first completely Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based solution for spatial location-based data and services. MapInfo Professional v10.5 also includes integration with Bing Maps and increased support for key industry standards such as the OGC Catalog Services Web interface, streamlining access to data residing in the cloud and additional publishing features.

"PBBI has continued to improve the MapInfo Professional product with the release of v10.5, particularly with regard to its intuitive user interface," said Roger Jones, GIS Manager, Bournemouth Borough Council. "MapInfo Professional v10.5 will make it even easier to share spatial data and enhance Bournemouth's ongoing mission to deliver a single view of the citizen."

"Pitney Bowes Business Insight continues to enhance their customers' ability to derive value from their location-based data," said Dave Sonnen, Senior Consultant, IDC. "The new version of MapInfo Professional adds significant capabilities for sharing and analyzing location-specific information across the enterprise."

"The ability to visualize location-based information helps organizations gain deeper insight into their data, which is critical to engaging customers and performing insightful business analysis," said Chris Sampson, Senior Director, Bing Maps at Microsoft Corp. "By integrating with our mapping platform, Pitney Bowes Business Insight is able to combine our cutting-edge aerial technology with its leading business mapping and analysis solution, providing organizations with a more holistic view of their spatial data."

Benefits of MapInfo Professional v10.5 include:

-- Ability to Visualize Aerial Imagery--Users can integrate satellite imagery from Bing Maps with maps they have created using MapInfo Professional v10.5, providing additional clarity and enhanced detail. Bing Maps includes vivid, photorealistic images and data for geographies across the globe.

-- Link to the Cloud--Organizations can share and leverage maps via the cloud using MapInfo Stratus, providing enterprise-wide access to dynamic maps that users interact with on a daily basis. By directly connecting to the cloud from the MapInfo Professional user interface, organizations are no longer limited to internal data sets, expanding data access beyond the desktop.

-- More Publishing Options--MapInfo Professional v10.5 supports GeoPDF, which allows organizations to publish both coordinate data as well as tabular information to a PDF file, giving users more flexibility when sharing information with their colleagues.

-- Increased Efficiency--MapInfo Professional v10.5 reduces the time needed to create detailed, layered maps with multiple style overrides. Users can now create zoom-dependent layer styles or label values with just a click of the mouse. For example, maps that have required 17-plus layers in the past can now be created with only seven layers, while still retaining the same level of intricacy and interactivity.

-- Streamlined Access to Data--A Metadata Browser enables users to search and open map files by only typing a few keywords, making it easier to find the data they need. With the Metadata Browser, organizations using MapInfo Professional can connect to any publicly hosted data catalog or one that their organization hosts.

-- Supports Key Industry Standards and Regulations--Organizations can utilize the Metadata Browser to search any OGC- or INSPIRE-compliant catalogs, helping improve data access and meet key regulations and standards such as INSPIRE in the European Union.

"The ability to share MapInfo Professional maps as a GeoPDF gives our clients the ability to interact and inspect MapInfo Professional maps without leaving the comfort of a PDF," said Alison Oost, GIS Specialist, Cardno. "That's the experience we and our customers are looking for!"

"A large percentage of an organization's information about its resources, competition and customers is location based. Pitney Bowes Business Insight is committed to providing solutions that enable companies to effectively leverage their existing data to more effectively acquire, serve and grow customer relationships, helping drive bottom line results," said Mike Hickey, President, Pitney Bowes Business Insight. "MapInfo Professional provides instant access to the cloud, streamlining the process of making and sharing maps. This ensures that our customers have access to the tools and information that organizations need to make critical business decisions and build deeper customer relationships."

Availability

Pitney Bowes MapInfo Professional v10.5 will be available in June. For more information, please visit our website at [Only registered and activated users can see links] An online trial evaluation will be available on June 11. To pre-register for the trial version and a chance to win a free iPad, please visit [Only registered and activated users can see links]

About Pitney Bowes Business Insight

Pitney Bowes Business Insight, a division of Pitney Bowes Software Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pitney Bowes Inc., provides leading enterprises with solutions to acquire, serve and grow customer relationships. Our software and services enable organizations to turn data into critical customer insight that provides the competitive advantage required to succeed in today's global markets. With a deeper understanding of its customers, organizations can establish meaningful connections and build more profitable customer relationships. Visit [Only registered and activated users can see links] and [Only registered and activated users can see links] for more information.

SOURCE: Pitney Bowes Business Insight