Engineering Group and Ingres agree to Business Partnership to strengthen Open Source offering in Italy

Date: March 03, 2009

Engineering Signs ISV/Systems Integrator and Value Added Reseller Agreement with Ingres

Redwood City, CA and Rome, March 3rd, 2009 – Engineering Group, Italy's leading IT services company, and Ingres Corporation, a leading provider of open source database management software and support services, announced today a new business partnership designed to strengthen its joint open source database and business intelligence offering in the region.

Engineering Group and Ingres have entered into an agreement whereby Engineering will support Ingres Database, a leading open source database that helps organizations develop and manage business critical applications at an affordable cost. Ingres Database is flexible, simple, secure, reliable, and scalable to cope with even the most complex, multi-language requirements for business intelligence, content management, data warehousing, enterprise resource planning (ERP), and logistics management. In addition, Engineering Group will deliver training services in Ingres Database solutions at its Ingres Certified Training Center in Italy.

Engineering Group is also building a technology bundle to be released later this year that includes Ingres Database and SpagoBI, Engineering's business intelligence free platform for the development of business intelligence solutions at the enterprise level. The bundle will support day-to-day and strategic business, both at the decision-making and operational levels, thanks to its wide offering of analytical tools and to its intuitive user interface. The bundle also broadens the offering of open source solutions in Italy and around the world by enabling anyone to download Ingres Database and SpagoBI with a single click of the mouse. In addition, the bundle provides a single point of contact and a high level of maintenance and support to customers choosing Ingres Database and SpagoBI.

"Thanks to the consolidation of the relationship with Ingres, the offering in commercial qualified business open source solutions in the Italian market is stronger than ever before" said Gabriele Ruffatti, Architectures and Consulting director, Research & Innovation Department, Engineering Group. "This relationship increases the network of main players of the open source market, who offer support services. Engineering Group, since the launch of SpagoWorld, the open source initiative at enterprise level, firmly believes in the creation of this network of services among open source companies. We see open source solutions as a valid and reliable alternative to proprietary software and believe in the reliability of a large stack of solutions, backed by the involvement of all participants to the network."

"We are extremely pleased that Engineering Group, Italy's leading systems integrator, has chosen Ingres Database as its reference product within its open source solutions suite at enterprise level" said Eric Soares, SEMEA director, Ingres Corporation. "We believe that this choice, also supported by investments made by Engineering Group to obtain the certification of its structure as the Ingres Certified Training Center for Italy, represents an important step in the New Economics of IT, characterized by open source companies partnering together to create a greater presence of open source products and solutions at the enterprise level."


About Engineering Group
Engineering Group is the biggest Italian player in IT design, outsourcing, product and consulting services. With more than 6000 people and 40 offices in Italy and other countries including Ireland, Belgium and Latin America, Engineering Group has one of the largest Research & Innovation departments. This relies on 200 researchers with considerable international prestige who are responsible for innovation and the constant transfer of results to business units. Engineering Group is one of the key partners for the EU government in research projects applied to software. The company presides over the Steering Committee of Nessi, the European software and services platform to which the major players of the ICT sector belong. The Business Intelligence and Open Source Competence Center is part of the Research & Innovation Department. www.eng.it


About Ingres Corporation
Ingres Corporation is a leading provider of open source database management software and support services. Ingres powers customer success with the flexibility, cost savings, and innovation that are hallmarks of an open source deployment. Ingres supports its customers with a vibrant community and world class support, globally. Based in Redwood City, California, Ingres has major development, sales, and support centers throughout the world, and more than 10,000 customers in the United States and internationally. For more information, visit www.ingres.com.

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