VÉLIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France, June 15, 2011 – Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) announced today that its subsidiary, Exalead, a global provider of search and information access software for the enterprise and the Web, has renewed its agreement with Altares, a leading provider of information about businesses to support financial, marketing and operational decision-making.
Robust and intuitive tools offer a distinctive advantage for Altares' 20 000 client users
Altares focuses exclusively on adding value to enterprise information so its clients can make the smartest, most well-informed decisions possible. The group relies on continual innovation to meet this objective, and to differentiate itself in the marketplace. It is this commitment to innovation that led Altares to Exalead. Given the volume and heterogeneity of the data to be processed - Altares currently offers comprehensive information on 190 million companies in more than 220 countries - the group knew it had to find a precise and powerful tool for accessing, processing and delivering information.
In 2010, the Altares Group switched from a legacy product to the Exalead CloudView search and information access platform, which now provides the technological foundation for the information services Altares provides to clients and staff.
Altares first launched CloudView to support information search by client subscribers. Considering the success of this implementation, Altares has now decided to extend the use of CloudView by offering two new tools to staff: a marketing scorecard utility, and an information-matching tool to help ensure the accuracy and timeliness of the data in its corporate information databases.
"Our old search platform was no longer adequately meeting the needs of our clients. With Exalead, we were able to significantly improve the usability of the search application and the relevancy of the results. In addition, with CloudView, we gained a flexible tool for making the most of our information assets within a broad range of contexts. And, we’ve found the tools built on the Exalead architecture are very quickly adopted by users because the interface is so intuitive," stated Yann de Pontbriand, Systems and Operations Director, Altares.
"The Altares projects demonstrate that we can successfully combine what is most needed in enterprise search and information access – performance and agility – with the ease of use that comes from our experience in the area of Web search," said Guillaume Mainbourg, Deputy General Manager, Exalead, Dassault Systèmes. "Thanks to Exalead, Altares can now offer its clients and employees applications that meet their expectations and also serve the group's ambitions for the market," he concluded.
As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 130,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes applications provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing - ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, EXALEAD for search-based applications and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com.
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Founded in 2000 by Search engine pioneers, Exalead® is the leading search-based application platform provider to business and government. Exalead's worldwide client base includes leading companies such as PricewaterhouseCooper, ViaMichelin, GEFCO, WorldBank and Sanofi Pasteur, and more than 100 million unique users a month use Exalead's technology for search. Today, Exalead is reshaping the digital content landscape with its platform, Exalead CloudView™, which uses advanced semantic technologies to bring structure, meaning and accessibility to previously unused or under-used data in the new hybrid enterprise and Web information cloud. CloudView collects data from virtually any source, in any format, and transforms it into structured, pervasive, contextualized building blocks of business information that can be directly searched and queried, or used as the foundation for a new breed of lean, innovative information access applications.
Exalead was acquired by Dassault Systèmes in June 2010. Exalead has offices in Paris, San Francisco, Glasgow, London, Amsterdam, Milan and Frankfurt.
Altares is a leading provider of business-to-business (B2B) information services in France. The company offers value-added information solutions to help companies optimize their decision-making processes and grow their business. To support this mission, Altares assists clients in three principal types of activities: structuring and enhancing master reference data, search and prospecting for new commercial partners (clients or suppliers), and financial risk intelligence and management.
Altares clients have unique access to legal, marketing and financial data on more than eight million companies in France and, as an exclusive member of the number one global B2B information network, the D&B Worldwide Network, Altares also offers access to a validated database of 190 million entities in over 220 countries.