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Ingres Announces New Release of Icebreaker BI Appliance Integrated with Salesforce CRM

04/27/2009

Ingres Corporation, the open source database management company and pioneer of The New Economics of IT, announced today the latest release of the Ingres Icebreaker Business Intelligence (BI) Appliance powered by Jaspersoft.



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The updated version, another solution for the New Economics of IT, makes it the first business intelligence appliance on the market to be integrated with Salesforce CRM for simple and less expensive access to sales data. It also takes advantage of the latest BI features found in the Jaspersoft Business Intelligence Suite and the recently released Ingres Database. To download the latest version, please go to http://esd.ingres.com. The Ingres Icebreaker BI Appliance will also be listed on the Force.com AppExchange at: http://www.salesforce.com/appexchange.

"We no longer live in a world where companies can afford to guess about the performance of their business. All companies benefit from some form of business intelligence today and most proprietary solutions are just too expensive," said Deb Woods, vice president of product management, Ingres. "The Ingres Icebreaker BI Appliance brings together the best of Jaspersoft and Ingres open source technologies with Salesforce CRM to provide business and sales insights at a remarkably low price point."

"The Ingres Icebreaker BI Appliance allows customers to get started with the latest functionality much faster and with the benefits of open source at a much lower cost," said Jose Morales, vice president of business development, Jaspersoft. "Updated reporting and analysis capabilities also allow customers to be more responsive to the ever changing demands of today’s business climate. We are pleased that our long-standing partnership with Ingres has resulted in a product with features that so many of our customers are demanding – enhanced visibility into their day-to-day business for improved decision making."

Integration with Salesforce CRM Cloud Computing Application Integration with Salesforce CRM lets any customer using the Ingres Icebreaker BI Appliance to interface with data in their Salesforce CRM deployment. This allows users to run queries and reports locally with features including easy-to-read dashboards, ad hoc queries, and trend-analysis reporting. Thanks to this simple plug-in, a broader spectrum of employees will now be able to access their data in Salesforce CRM at no extra charge, allowing companies to cut costs and remain compliant, while giving sales professionals more in-depth insights into products, territories, and commissions.

"In times like these, companies are looking to Salesforce CRM for the powerful benefits of cloud computing," said Kendall Collins, chief marketing officer, salesforce.com. "It has never been more important to closely understand the needs of your customers and the impact that has on your business. Companies can integrate Salesforce CRM with the new Ingres Icebreaker BI Appliance to make it easier for employees to see and act on data to make better business decisions."

Customer Support of Ingres Icebreaker BI Appliance Ingres customer Peerless Foods is the largest privately owned manufacturer and marketer of edible oils, fats, and margarines in Australia. Peerless Foods operates a fully integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, from accounts and warehouse management to manufacturing systems, which are completely integrated with Citec.

"We had the choice of either writing code to enhance our existing planning modules or to utilize a BI appliance to facilitate a faster and more flexible option," said Adrian Hamilton, CIO, Peerless Foods. "We are excited about how the Ingres Icebreaker BI Appliance will further compliment business planning as we look to enhance visibility of timely information and provide richer ERP functionality."

Ingres Icebreaker BI Appliance Using the Ingres Icebreaker BI Appliance, C-level executives, finance and sales teams can get 24X7 access to critical data and create instant reports (sales and financial reports, charts, dashboards) that reveal what they need to know to make business decisions in every moment. Ad-hoc queries can be created to allow companies to stay in-the-know about sales and transaction trends inside their organizations and the appliance can create pixel-perfect production reports. The Ingres Icebreaker BI Appliance seamlessly integrates the operating system, the database, the BI technology, and is installed as a unit, managed as a unit, and maintained as a unit. The appliance is easy to install, use, maintain, and is fully supported by the Ingres world-class 24X7 support team.

The Ingres Icebreaker BI Appliance includes the complete Jaspersoft BI suite, a full-featured, scalable business intelligence solution that offers advanced reporting, analysis, and dashboarding, and the highest levels of data integration. In addition, Jaspersoft technology runs on data marts and data warehouses which allow businesses to create superior reports and access to data anytime it is needed. Running on Ingres Database, the Ingres Icebreaker BI Appliance takes advantage of the advanced BI features that Ingres provides such as database partitioning, parallel query execution, and advanced query optimization techniques.

The Ingres Icebreaker BI Appliance also offers customers a comprehensive solution that can address costs of ownership, integration, and maintenance schedules. It also helps businesses be compliant with Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, and Europe’s harmonizing laws.

For more information on the Ingres Icebreaker BI Appliance please click here. To register for an upcoming webcast entitled "Open Source Business Intelligence - Making Cents When Every Penny Counts" and featuring Doug Harr, CIO of Ingres, please click here.

About the Force.com Platform and AppExchange Force.com is the only proven enterprise platform for building and running business applications in the cloud. The Force.com platform powers the Salesforce CRM applications, more than 800 ISV partner applications like those from CODA and Fujitsu, and more than 100,000 custom applications used by salesforce.com’s 55,400 customers such as Japan Post, Kaiser Permanente, KONE and Sprint Nextel.

Applications built on the Force.com platform can be easily distributed to the entire cloud computing community through the Force.com AppExchange marketplace at http://www.salesforce.com/appexchange/.

About Ingres Corporation Ingres is a leading open source database management company. We are one of the largest open source companies in the world and the pioneer of the New Economics of IT, providing open source solutions at a dramatically reduced cost compared with proprietary software vendors. As a leader in the New Economics of IT, Ingres delivers low cost and accelerated innovation to more than 10,000 customers worldwide.

Ingres is a registered trademark of Ingres Corporation. All other trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.

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