Created in November 2000, Sword is a specialized IT services company with a current headcount of 1 300 staff based in 14 contries. The company provides its clients with high added-value advisory and integration services. Since its establishment, Sword has created a service center specializing in the field of GIS, expanded by the acquisition of an existing business since the early 90s. The center has now more than 65 specialized engineers and consultants in GIS, as well involved in application development as in geographic data management, and has more than 100 active references in achieving large accounts in various economic sectors. The GIS center operates in France, Switzerland and Belgium. Sword is partner of ESRI since the early 2000s and has been elected by ESRI Corp. as "Partner of the Year" in 2004 and 2009. Each year, applications developed by Sword on behalf of its clients (Grand Lyon, RATP, Bouygues Telecom ...) are rewarded by Esri France, two projects (ASP, RATP) have been directly rewarded by ESRI Corp.