MapInfo Introduces Discovery to Deliver the Power of Location Analysis Across the Enterprise
First-of-its-kind Extension to MapInfo Professional Enables Users to Share Interactive
Location Analysis Reports throughout the Organization
TROY, NY, May 13, 2002 - MapInfo Corporation (Nasdaq: MAPS) today announced the debut of MapInfo® Discovery, an enterprise-wide extension to MapInfo Professional®, the
company´s flagship location-intelligence software solution. Discovery enables users to share
interactive location analysis reports and maps for enhanced decision-making across the entire
enterprise. For the first time, thousands of MapInfo Professional users worldwide can use
Discovery to share interactive maps and location-analysis reports via the Internet or intranet,
easily distributing mission-critical information into the hands of key decision-makers.
MapInfo Discovery leverages the power of both MapInfo Professional and the Web, enabling
power users to more efficiently share information across an organization and is a simple,
powerful product that makes location-based information an everyday business tool. MapInfo
Discovery does not require programming or IT skills. It offers ease-of-deployment, which
enables users to quickly install Discovery and begin publishing their work right out-of-the-box.
A non-technical user, such as a sales manager, operations director or a regional executive, will
now be able to easily access through a click on a URL in an email valuable location-based
intelligence with Discovery. MapInfo Discovery is a stepping stone for organizations allowing
them to experience the value of putting location perspective into the hands of many users and
paves the way to the implementation of a powerful enterprise system.
"In most organizations, only a small number of users actually perform critical location analysis
tasks to create reports and maps, which are typically shared throughout the organization via
paper documents," said Michael Hickey, COO, MapInfo. "Discovery helps Professional users
exchange business-critical maps and easy-to-grasp location analysis information across the entire
enterprise, enabling organizations to make faster, more insightful business decisions."
Discovery acts like an online catalog for MapInfo Professional, bringing the power of location
analysis to multiple departments in any organization through interactive maps and reports. For
example, an insurance company can create maps/reports on fraud areas and use the Discovery
catalog to share this information with its adjusters, helping them determine which cases need to
be more heavily investigated. For the same insurance company, Discovery offers the power to
share an entirely different set of maps, such as flood or fire areas, with another group of
employees by putting up-to-date information in their hands.
With Discovery, users can view maps created with Professional via any Web browser with an
html link. Each interactive map includes interactive tools that put additional, relevant
information into the hands of decision-makers. For instance, shared maps include easy-to-use
interactive features such as a sidebar menu where users can add comments that help explain the
map or links to related documents. With the interactive features offered through Discovery, users
can query maps, adjust criteria or data sets, turn layers on or off, and zoom in on specific areas.
These features help different departments, regional offices, business units and executive
management to make customizable adjustments to the reports and recognize hidden trends in the
data. Discovery also offers a number of security features, ensuring that only designated
personnel can interact with the shared reports.
Pricing and Availability
MapInfo Discovery will be available at the end of June 2002 for the price of $5,000 for a single
processor computer. For more technical information, please visit.
About MapInfo´s Seminar Series
MapInfo is hosting a seminar series entitled, "Better Insights, Better Decisions," in 25 cities
across the United States and Canada beginning May 14. Demonstrating solutions for trade area
analysis, product potential analysis, site selection and territory optimization, these seminars will
highlight how organizations are able to use location-intelligence to drive insightful decisions.
Information about the "Better Insights, Better Decisions" seminars can be found here.
MapInfo Corporation is a global software company that integrates software, data and services to
help customers realize greater value from location-based information and drive more insightful
decisions. MapInfo solutions are available in 20 languages through a network of strategic
partners and distribution channels in 60 countries. Headquartered in Troy, NY, MapInfo
Corporation is on the World Wide Web.
MapInfo and its products are registered trademarks of MapInfo Corporation.