Redlands, USA, December 05, 2007: ESRI’s ArcGIS 9.3 software, the next scheduled release of ESRI’s ArcGIS suite, will take full advantage of the new spatial technology in the upcoming release of SQL Server 2008. With the November SQL Server 2008 community technology preview (CTP), Microsoft Corporation is extending the use and value of spatial technology by integrating it directly within SQL Server at no additional cost.
This integration of ArcGIS 9.3 with SQL Server 2008 Spatial will benefit ESRI’s government customers who are using spatial technology to improve operational efficiency, data sharing, and public service. It will also benefit business customers who are using spatial technology to improve customer support, decision making, logistics, market analysis, and energy conservation.
“This integration between SQL Server 2008 Spatial and ArcGIS will help provide our joint customers with powerful solutions to allow them to address complex environmental and business problems,” said Kim Saunders, senior director of SQL Server marketing at Microsoft. “ESRI’s support will provide SQL Server 2008 customers with the application tools they need for desktop and Web mapping as well as sophisticated spatial analysis.”
“This support is a result of a close, multiyear collaboration with Microsoft in the development of SQL spatial extensions to SQL Server 2008,” said John Baleja, ESRI product manager. “The combination of the next evolution of ESRI’s full suite of geographic information system applications (ArcGIS 9.3) with SQL Server 2008 Spatial will further enable our customers to build, manage, analyze, visualize, and distribute spatial analysis, advanced geomodeling, and powerful visualization to distribute spatial information and knowledge.”