ERDAS and Ordina Combine Geo-ICT and Service-Oriented Architecture

Norcross (Georgia, USA) – April 8, 2008 – ERDAS and Ordina have initiated a partnership to develop Geo-Information and Communication Technology (Geo-ICT) solutions based on Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). This technology partnership utilizes the market’s growing demand for integrating geographic information and ICT systems.

Geo-ICT integrates geospatial solutions with conventional ICT environments, making it possible to relate people and objects with a specific location or shape, creating additional business value. For example, with Geo-ICT, online maps incorporating real-time data may be used to track the spread of vaccinated children in the Netherlands, or a transport fleet and their freight.

Ordina, one of the fastest-growing and largest ICT service providers in the Netherlands and Belgium anticipates a growing need for Geo-ICT infrastructure. Incorporating geospatial data into complex business processes is becoming crucial in a number of key domains, including transport and logistics, natural resources management and land occupation planning. To enable fast, accurate and relevant decision-making, organizations and enterprises must include geospatial information in their core business logic.

Based on SOA, ERDAS’ solutions ensure reliable and secure geospatial data, providing a powerful integration basis for Ordina to leverage into complex enterprise systems. Ordina also values ERDAS’ Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) compliance. This standards-based interoperability ensures seamless integration and maintenance of a broad range of enterprise systems.

“Ordina maximizes the power of technology, integrating and developing comprehensive solutions that address specific customer needs,” said Thomas Bayer, Vice President, Europe & CIS, ERDAS. “By developing this strategic partnership, we further strengthen our vertical market offerings, transforming existing geospatial products to end-to-end business solutions.”

“We share ERDAS’ conviction that SOA and open standards are sustainable design principles of enterprise solutions in this ever faster changing world”, said Harco de Jager, Business Unit manager, Ordina Oracle Solutions. “This partnership completes the Ordina Geo-ICT portfolio and therefore enables us to offer effective solutions to complex issues that add value to our clients’ business processes and their success.”

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About Ordina
Ordina is active with about 5500 employees on the Dutch and Belgian markets. Within our core portfolio, focus is on providing consulting services for the improvement of our clients’ business processes, developing and managing packaged and customized applications in support of these improvements, and serving as our clients’ outsourcing partner for the full range of business processes, including ICT. Ordina N.V. was founded in 1973 and its shares are quoted on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange. Ordina advises organizations in the public, transport and industry sectors with their Geo-ICT projects. We support the complete project life cycle: project management, design, build, test, implementation and managed services. We prefer using Oracle (Spatial) as data storage for our Geo-ICT solutions.

ERDAS – The Earth to Business Company – helps organizations harness the information of the changing earth for greater advantage. We create geospatial business systems that transform our earth’s data into business information, enabling individuals, businesses and public agencies to quickly access, manage, process and share that information from anywhere. Using secure geospatial information, ERDAS solutions improves employee, customer and partner visibility to information, enabling them to respond faster and collaborate better. It also means better decision-making, increased productivity and new revenue streams. Welcome to ERDAS: a trusted name, with a new energy, and a new vision. Earth to business starts here.