Intergraph Selects Microsoft Internet Explorer As Standard Browser for Worldwide Intranet and Internet Solution

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 15, 1997 — Intergraph, the world’s largest supplier of interactive computer graphics systems, is the latest firm to join the increasing number of major corporations turning to Microsoft® Internet Explorer 3.0 as the Web browser solution for their global intranets. Intergraph switched to Microsoft Internet Explorer for three key reasons:

  • Greater end-user ease of use

  • More consistent interface and more stable performance across Intergraph’s mix of Windows NT® , Windows® 95 and Windows 3.1 operating system platforms

  • More cost-effective solution

Intergraph has already deployed Microsoft Internet Explorer on 5,000 desktops and plans to extend that coverage to all of its 8,000 employees in 30 countries.

“Intergraph believes that Microsoft Internet Explorer is the best-of-breed browser for our worldwide corporate intranet, as well as our best choice for Internet access,”
said Allen Lacy, executive director of corporate information systems at Intergraph.
“Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 enables us to streamline business processes throughout the company. Employees gain global access to information, and more – they’re able to work together from any of our offices around the world.”

The Fortune 1,000 company also cited Microsoft Internet Explorer’s superior integration with the Microsoft Office family of desktop applications in use at Intergraph. The flexibility to use Microsoft Internet Explorer with Intergraph’s choice of Web technologies and tools, including frames, ActiveX
Controls and Java
Applets was also key in its decision.

Intergraph’s goal to create a paperless work environment was also facilitated by Microsoft Internet Explorer’s inclusion in the company’s worldwide intranet. Microsoft Internet Explorer allows employees, for example, to view and manage the investment of their 401(k) retirement funds online in real time. It also allows employees to access a broad range of corporate services, including the downloading and installing of new software from Intergraph servers via an office automation page on the intranet. This process has allowed Intergraph to cut the costs of software distribution, tracking and licensing.

Intergraph’s corporate travel department used Microsoft Internet Explorer to move from hard-copy forms to Web-based forms, cutting processing time by more than 33 percent. Employee travel requirements and preferences can be stored in a database accessible to the intranet and used automatically both to book travel and, later, to create employee expense reports. The company plans to integrate this system with the reservations system of its preferred airline carrier, boosting productivity even further.

“Intergraph’s reputation is based on providing the world’s most innovative and productive technology solutions to its customers around the world,”
said Yusuf Mehdi, group product manager in the Internet client and collaboration division at Microsoft.
“For its own internal technology solutions, Intergraph is equally demanding – which is why we’re pleased it’s chosen Microsoft Internet Explorer.”

In standardizing on Microsoft Internet Explorer, the company joins a rapidly growing number of prestigious companies using the browser, including Arthur Andersen, Compaq Computer Corp., Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P. and Sprint PCS.

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