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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Press Release -- ESRI Shows SQL Server 2008 Spatial Support at Microsoft Launch

ESRI Shows SQL Server 2008 Spatial Support at Microsoft Launch

ArcGIS 9.3 to Fully Support New Data Types

Redlands, California—ESRI, the leader in geographic information system (GIS) technology, announces its participation in the launch of Microsoft SQL Server 2008, beginning with Microsoft's premier launch event in Los Angeles, California, on February 27. ESRI was the only business partner to demonstrate integration with SQL Server 2008 on stage with Microsoft presenters. This support is the result of a close, multiyear collaboration between ESRI and Microsoft in the development of SQL spatial extensions to SQL Server 2008.

During the Microsoft event, ESRI demonstrated ArcGIS software working in concert with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 to perform business site selection analysis. ESRI will continue to participate in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 launch events throughout the United States.

"ESRI is taking full advantage of SQL Server 2008 to help our government, utilities, and commercial enterprise customers take the geographic approach to improving their business processes," says ESRI president Jack Dangermond. "ESRI and Microsoft together provide the platform to organize and manage geographic information, leading to improved methods for analyzing and using information more effectively to make better decisions."

ESRI offers a complete suite of geospatial software solutions that can operate as clients to SQL Server 2008. The combination of ESRI's extensive geodata management capabilities and SQL Server 2008 will provide customers with the tools they need to seamlessly consume, use, and extend location-based analysis for enterprise-scale computing and Web collaboration.

ESRI's ArcGIS 9.3 software, the next scheduled release of ESRI's ArcGIS suite, will take full advantage of the new spatial technology in the upcoming release of SQL Server 2008. Microsoft will introduce two spatial types: Geography and Geometry.

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Press Release -- ESRI Shows SQL Server 2008 Spatial Support at Microsoft Launch

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