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GBS attains Esri Gold Partner Status

Geographic Business Solutions Press Release

Geographic Business Solutions (GBS) attains Esri Gold Partner Status

AUCKLAND – 20th August, 2013 – Geographic Business Solutions (GBS) are pleased to announce they have become the first organisation in the Asia Pacific region to become a certified Esri Gold Partner. The Esri Partner Network is a worldwide community of companies that develop and deliver cutting-edge solutions and services based on Esri technology. Esri Gold partners must demonstrate a commitment to Esri’s ArcGIS platform as the cornerstone of their solutions and services, working with Esri and the local Esri distributor to achieve agreed business plan objectives aligned with Esri’s vision, goals and industry focus areas. Harley Prowse, Co-Director of GBS says “We are thrilled to be awarded Gold Partner status. This is an endorsement that our work is of the highest standard. We see this as adding value to our clients, as we have additional access to market intelligence, joint sales and marketing activities with Eagle Technology, and dedicated technical advisory support from Esri.”

GBS made the announcement at the Plenary Session of the New Zealand Esri User Conference (NZEUC) held at SkyCity, 19 – 21 August.

Gary Langford, CEO of Eagle Technology, Esri’s New Zealand Distributor, is delighted, “GBS and Eagle Technology have a business relationship reaching back more than 10 years. GBS has been instrumental in delivering high level GIS solutions to local government, government, forestry and agricultural sectors in New Zealand. GBS has shown an outstanding commitment to Esri’s vision and strategy, attending all major Esri meetings including the Esri Worldwide Business Partner Conference, Esri Developer’s Summit and Esri International User Conference. This achievement cements GBS as a key strategic partner as we continue to grow the Esri presence in New Zealand.”

Esri’s Director of Sales, Chris Cappelli, is in New Zealand for NZEUC. He says that “the Gold Partner status is reserved for a small section of Esri’s business partners, typically those that have high-level engagement with organisations at a national level.”

Harley Prowse and Tony Elson are joint directors of GBS, which they established in 2002. GBS specialises in providing tailored business solutions on top of the Esri platform. The company has a reputation for working closely with clients to design and implement high quality solutions.

About Geographic Business Solutions

Founded in 2002 by independent GIS consultants Harley Prowse and Tony Elson, GBS has grown to become a respected resource of expert GIS consultants, project managers and software developers. GBS works in a broad range of sectors – local and central government, utilities, retailing, forestry, agriculture and transport. GBS are great believers in the power of partnership. The more you involve GBS, the more they can do to build solutions that truly contribute to your competitive advantage and operational efficiency. Insistence on a close relationship comes from experience. GBS forms long term business relationships with clients who repeatedly engage GBS to help them continue to implement enterprise-wide geospatial solutions. GBS knows that a deep understanding of their client’s business leads to the best-possible outcome every time. GBS’ solutions give businesses the power and knowledge to excel, and GBS’ track record demonstrates their ability to get projects over the finish line on time and within budget.

About Eagle Technology Group

Eagle Technology Group is a privately-held New Zealand-owned systems integration and information management company. Eagle has more than 40 years proven experience and a reputation for delivering excellent value to its customers in both government and business sectors throughout New Zealand. Eagle employs 100 staff with offices in Auckland and Wellington.

Eagle Technology has been the official distributor for Esri in New Zealand, the world’s pre-eminent geographic information systems (GIS) for more than 25 years. Eagle provides support, services, training and online solutions for ArcGIS.

Eagle's highly-skilled team includes professionals with expertise in all aspects of ICT and GIS (geographic information systems). Eagle’s Enterprise Solutions team specialise in Service Desk, Disaster Recovery, Managed Services and IT architecture.

Eagle Technology partners with the world’s leading hardware and software providers whilst retaining the independence to be innovative, creative, supportive and responsive to our customers.

About Esri

Esri was founded 1969 as a privately held consulting firm specialising in land use analysis projects. Esri employs more than 2,900 staff, more than 1,500 of whom are based in Redlands, California, at the world headquarters. Esri offers employment opportunities to qualified professionals from around the world and has a richly diverse work force. With more than 75 international distributors and users in more than 200 countries, Esri stands ready to meet the needs of its user community and to set the standards for the GIS industry.

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