Northern Colorado water agency maximizes GIS investment with Hummingbird Enterprise™ for ESRI

The Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District has successfully deployed Hummingbird Enterprise™ for ESRI, an integrated solution with ESRI's ArcIMS™ software.

TORONTO, May 19, 2003 -- Hummingbird Ltd., a developer of enterprise information management solutions (EIMS), has announced that the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District (NCWCD), a public agency that provides water for agricultural, municipal, domestic and industrial uses in northeastern Colorado, has successfully deployed Hummingbird Enterprise™ for ESRI, an integrated solution with ESRI's ArcIMS™ software.

The new Hummingbird solution links records and documents to the agency's geographical information system (GIS) allowing employees to link, access and manage geographic data records from a web-based mapping interface, improving service to residents.

The District staff, including Engineers, Right of Way specialists, Records Management, Operations and Maintenance crews and office support, produces and manages a large number of electronic documents, such as legal contracts, financial records, engineering documents and correspondence.

With Hummingbird Enterprise for ESRI, employees can locate records and documents in the document management system concerning a specific facility, for example, engineering documents for a canal project or a right of way agreement for a parcel of land, and then display corresponding maps by clicking on a web-based geographic feature. Documents can be referenced to projects through text-based searches as well as GIS searches.

"Prior to deploying Hummingbird Enterprise for ESRI, the geographic data associated with information in the GIS was manually stored in filing systems. Employees as well as residents and other members of the public found it difficult, if not impossible, to access records that corresponded with information in the GIS," said Tom Friar, head director, electrical & electronic services, NCWCD. "We needed document management software that included imaging, optical character recognition, records management, security and version control, and would integrate with our existing ArcIMS software, our web-based GIS."

NCWCD selected Colorado-based system integration companies, 5280 Solutions and Farragut Systems, Inc., to integrate the new solution, connecting the Hummingbird document management technologies with ESRI's ArcIMS. 5280 Solutions led the system integration effort by implementing the Hummingbird technologies and an enhanced document capture functionality along with providing the training and ongoing support of the delivered solution. Farragut developed the integration software, the core component of the Hummingbird Enterprise for ESRI solution, which ties NCWCD's document management software with their GIS.

"Hummingbird Enterprise for ESRI has simplified how NCWCD manages, publishes and shares information, improving the quality of service they deliver to their residents," said Andrew Pery, chief marketing officer and senior vice president, Hummingbird Ltd. "With Hummingbird Enterprise for ESRI, Hummingbird has delivered a powerful integrated solution with ESRI's ArcIMS software that has increased operating efficiencies and provided bottom-line benefits."

Created in 1937, NCWCD was established to build and operate the Colorado- Big Thompson Project (CBT). Water is transported through a seven-county service area comprising 1.5 million acres in Boulder, Larimer, Weld, Broomfield, Morgan, Logan, Washington and Sedgwick counties. Today, the NCWCD is responsible for developing, conserving and managing water resources in a variety of water projects across northeastern Colorado.

To learn more about Hummingbird Enterprise™ for ESRI, please visit the Hummingbird website at:

About ESRI

For more than 30 years, ESRI has been a developer of GIS software with more than 300,000 clients worldwide. ESRI software is used in all 200 of the largest cities in the United States and in more than 60 percent of counties and municipalities nationwide. Headquartered in California, ESRI has regional offices throughout the United States, international distributors in more than 90 countries, and more than 1,400 business partners. ESRI's goal is to develop comprehensive tools that enable users to efficiently manage, use, and serve geographic information to make a difference in the world around them. ESRI also provides consulting, implementation, and technical support services. ESRI can be found on the Web at

About Farragut

Farragut Systems, Inc., (Farragut) has been providing GIS and System Integration solutions to government agencies and private corporations since 1993. Farragut supports the entire GIS life cycle, from requirements analysis and implementation planning, through database design and implementation, application development and deployment, and user training. For additional information, visit the Farragut website at:

About 5280 Solutions

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, 5280 Solutions, Inc. (5280) is an international Business Services organization. 5280 provides industry leading solutions, consulting, complete systems integration, and application development to manage enterprise content and business processes. 5280 Solutions, Inc. partners with award-winning industry leaders and also develops a complementary software suite to provide a proven approach and return on investment. For more information, please visit:

About Hummingbird Enterprise™

Hummingbird Enterprise™ offers customers a 360 degrees view of their knowledge assets by bringing together Hummingbird's industry leading portal, connectivity, document management, records management, knowledge management, business intelligence, collaboration, and data integration solutions into an integrated enterprise information management system (EIMS). Hummingbird Enterprise offers everything organizations need to manage the entire lifecycle of their business content.

About Hummingbird

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Hummingbird Ltd. is a global enterprise software company employing 1300 people in nearly 40 offices around the world. The revolutionary Hummingbird Enterprise™, an integrated information and knowledge management suite, manages the entire lifecycle of information and knowledge assets. Hummingbird Enterprise creates a 360-degree view of enterprise content with a portfolio of products that are both modular and interoperable. Today, five million users rely on Hummingbird to connect, manage, access, publish and search their enterprise content. For more information, please visit:

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