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Ingres Customer German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources Named ‘InfoWorld 100’ Top IT Solutions for 2008

Ingres Corporation, a leading provider of open source database management software and support services, today congratulates customer German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) on being named an InfoWorld 100 top IT solution for 2008. BGR is recognized for moving its entire infrastructure of seismic monitoring operations to open source, and adapting 100 programs to a new data-collecting and monitoring environment centered on Ingres. IDG's InfoWorld awards honor companies for IT projects that exemplify intelligent, creative uses of technology to meet business and technical objectives.

BGR is the geoscientific center within Germany’s federal government and part of the government’s scientific and technical infrastructure. One of BGR’s primary tasks is to continuously monitor seismic activity which requires careful monitoring to identify long term trends and make forecasts on future earthquakes and accompanying seismic hazards. Because fast access to data and permanent availability are two of the key requirements for successful operation of the institute’s mission, BGR adopted the open source version of the Ingres Database, a highly reliable, stable database crucial to retrieve data from instruments that monitor global seismic activity and store evaluations of seismic waveform data.

In addition, the system also monitors compliance with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), a prohibition of all forms of nuclear testing underground, underwater, and in the atmosphere.

“In our sector, the reliability and availability of data are decisive criteria. Ingres provides an extremely robust database -- its reliability has consistently helped us exceed our required 98% data availability, and its flexibility has allowed us to accelerate our research and analyses considerably,“ said Markus Dohmann, BGR geophysicist. “With Ingres we not only benefit from the lower cost of ownership attributed to the open source business model, but from the strong community surrounding open source as well.”

“We extend big congratulations to BGR. Working with this organization has been an exciting venture from the very beginning,” said Bertram Mandel, managing director CEMEA and vice president of sales & services at Ingres. “For more than two decades, BGR has relied on us to help them manage very interesting sets of data around seismic activities and also use Ingres’ Database to protect the world against illegal nuclear testing – this is no small feat.”

Every year, the InfoWorld 100 Awards celebrate 100 IT organizations that have implemented and integrated technologies in innovative ways in pursuit of concrete business goals. These 100 real-world projects stand as proof that striking a new path in IT can reap deep organizational rewards. Nominations were submitted by InfoWorld readers, technology partners, and end-user companies in late-summer. To be considered, projects must use multiple technologies in innovative ways to serve well-defined business goals. Profiles of winners, along with InfoWorld's editorial analysis and insight, are available at

"Breathing new life into outdated operations, advancing business goals with inventive use of technology -- this year's winners demonstrate, once again, that innovative, business-minded IT is the lifeblood of successful organizations," said Jason Snyder, Senior Editor for InfoWorld.

About Ingres Corporation

Ingres Corporation is a leading provider of open source database management software and support services. Ingres powers customer success with the flexibility, cost savings, and innovation that are hallmarks of an open source deployment. Ingres supports its customers with a vibrant community and world class support, globally. Based in Redwood City, California, Ingres has major development, sales, and support centers throughout the world, and more than 10,000 customers in the United States and internationally. For more information, visit

About the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR)

The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) is the geoscientific centre of excellence within the federal government and is part of its scientific and technical infrastructure. As a Federal Regulatory Authority it is accountable to the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. The BGR provides neutral and independent advice and information on all geoscientific and natural resource issues. In this way it supports the following Federal Government objectives for:

  • stimulating economic development,
  • long-term protection and improvement of the quality of life,
  • enhancing scientific and technical expertise.

These tasks are divided into three main categories: Natural Resources and Georesources, Geosafety and Geoscientific Cross-Sectional Functions. For further information, please visit

About InfoWorld Media Group

InfoWorld Media Group helps Senior IT Decision Makers choose the right technology, within the context of a cohesive strategy, for business impact at their organizations. Rather than merely covering the enterprise technology market, InfoWorld identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add unique value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that provide those solutions. Using an integrated communications approach including online, events, research, and a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide both hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at

About International Data Group

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. IDG also publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers. Media brands are in more than 90 countries and include CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld/TechWorld/TecChannel, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. The company's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers. IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, OpenSource World, E3, DEMO, Storage Networking World, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 1000 IDC analysts in more than 100 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at

Ingres is a registered trademark of Ingres Corporation. All other trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.

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