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Critigen, Largest Privately Held Geospatial Consultancy Worldwide, Extends Business Partner Agreement with Trimble; Earns Platinum Status with Esri

One Year Following CH2M HILL Divestiture, Critigen Demonstrates Deep Alignment with Geospatial Industry Leaders

DENVER, July 28, 2010–Critigen, a global technology consultancy, announced it has aligned with the leaders in the geospatial industry, becoming a Platinum Tier Partner with Esri and creating an expanded business partner agreement with Trimble, including support of Trimble Utility Field Solutions and initiatives in the utility industry.

“Product interoperability and service delivery are going to be critical to maintaining geospatial’s reach into a number of vertical markets,” said Rand Knight, senior vice president and general manager of spatial information management. “By forming business partner relationships and alliances, Critigen and others in the market will ensure that spatial data is delivered in new and innovative ways in the years ahead. It’s not merely about volume; it is about the degree of integration we can achieve and the impact that integration has on customer adoption of location data and its use across the globe.”

Integrating and Extending Offerings with Trimble
Critigen has expanded its business partner agreement originally established in 2005 between Trimble’s Mapping & GIS division and Critigen’s former parent, CH2MHILL. Now a direct relationship, the companies will continue to work together to create blended solutions that incorporate Trimble's technology with Critigen’s portfolio. Together the two companies’ offerings will include data collection, data conversion, GIS implementation, Web deployment, hosted solutions, business intelligence and consulting services.

Both Critigen and Trimble have a rich heritage in servicing the utilities industry, and this market will be an initial area of emphasis. For example, Critigen will serve as a key implementation partner in the successful delivery of Trimble Utility Field Solutions (TUFS) offerings, which include a number of field-centric solutions for electric and water utilities, including data collection, asset management, outage management, design and fleet management. Critigen’s visualization expertise will be tapped to extend the TUFS offerings so that joint customers have access to richer business intelligence tools and visualization dashboards.

About Trimble
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. For more information, visit: www.trimble.com.

Achieving Esri Platinum Status
The Esri Partner Network is a worldwide community of companies that develop and deliver cutting-edge GIS solutions and services based on Esri technology. It is a global program with benefits designed to reward partners for their commitment to Esri. The Platinum Tier partnership is a selective designation for industry-leading companies with global reach and a multinational customer base.

“Integration with Esri will be an ongoing success factor as Critigen continues to work on geospatial programs with customers – and again – the degree of tight integration required by customers today means we are all working to create greater efficiencies and visibility into our collective work,” said Knight.

Eligibility for becoming an Esri Platinum Tier Partner is based on competencies and the level of engagement with Esri across a range of areas based on customer satisfaction surveys, revenue, defined market offerings, established commitment, engagement, market reach and dedicated resources.

According to Josh Lewis, Director, Esri Partner Network, Critigen is the first official Esri Platinum Tier Partner. “We’ve worked with Critigen for many years as a part of CH2M HILL and believe both companies, and the geospatial community as a whole, will benefit from this designation,” he said.

About Esri
Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, Esri software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world’s mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at www.esri.com/news.

About Critigen
Critigen is a global leader in geospatial technology consulting and IT outsourcing. Critigen leverages layered location data, business intelligence visualization tools and award-winning cloud computing to drive financial results and enterprise collaboration for public and private clients. Learn more about Critigen’s services and solutions at www.critigen.com.

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