Engineering Group founder of a new international open source initiative on Location Intelligence

Date: June 10, 2010

GeoBI initiative allows the integration between Geographical Information Systems and Business Intelligence software

Rome, 10th June 2010 – Engineering Group, Italian leading provider of IT services as well as founder and supporter of SpagoBI, the only entirely open source Business Intelligence suite, and Inova, Italian Information Technology enterprise, founder of GeoReport solution and supporter of open source geospatial Business Intelligence solutions, announce GeoBI, a new international Open Source initiative on Location Intelligence, accessible at www.geobi.org.

The term Location Intelligence refers to all those processes, technologies, applications and practices capable to combine spatial data (Geographical Information System) with business data (Business Intelligence), in order to gain critical insights, to better support decision-making processes and to optimize business activities. In other words, Location Intelligence allows to connect various types of information to cartographical data, to locate them and to consequently increase the value of the existing information systems.

The initiative aims to aggregate companies, organizations, project communities and individuals into an open community, aiming to foster the cooperation in the Location Intelligence domain and to support research activities. This allows to convert the results into innovative enterprise applications as well as to enrich and integrate the existing open source GIS and BI solutions, through the adoption of open standards.

Membership is open to anyone who shares the initiative vision and organization. Besides the Italian companies Engineering Group and Inova, the initiative members include the French company Altic, the Canadian company Spatialytics, the Swiss company Camptocamp and the SESAR research lab, Information Technology Department, University of Milan, Italy.

The initiative promotes the creation of a network of support services, according to which the initiative members provide professional support to the developed solutions.

"We are pleased to announce this new initiative, which represents the natural evolution of the activities that Engineering is actually carrying out in the Location Intelligence domain." says Andrea Gioia, Engineering’s GeoBI initiative leader. "Benefiting from the knowledge and expertise of its members, the initiative aims to foster the pervasive adoption of the involved solutions."

"Thanks to its open approach and international involvement, we expect the initiative to provide valuable results in the open source Location Intelligence domain." says Grazia Cazzin, Engineering’s OS BI Competence Center Director and SpagoBI project leader. "This also confirms Engineering’s constant commitment in improving SpagoBI suite towards the development of innovative resources that are able to add new value to the open source ecosystem".


Engineering Group
Engineering Group is the major Italian player in IT design, outsourcing, product and consulting services on all vertical markets, with more than 6,300 people and 40 offices in Italy, Ireland, Belgium and Latin America. Engineering Group has one of the largest Research & Innovation departments, relying on more than 250 researchers and technologists. The Open Source, Business Intelligence and SOA Competence Center is part of the Research & Innovation Department. It manages various open source initiatives, such as the SpagoWorld Initiative, including the open source projects SpagoBI, Spagic, Spago4Q and Spago. www.eng.it www.spagoworld.org

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