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February 26, 2007
Fair Isaac's industry-leading Blaze Advisor™ for .NET will enhance the Microsoft business process technology platform (including BizTalk Server and Windows Workflow Foundation) and deliver additional value to customers by providing an integrated solution for developing, deploying and maintaining rules-based business applications for increased enterprise agility and operational control.
Blaze Advisor for .NET software is the leading Microsoft .NET-based rules management technology for managing and automating business decision processes. Enterprise ecosystems demand greater flexibility in integrating agile, rules-based decisioning services, customizing business processes or modernizing legacy systems. The Blaze Advisor suite offers deployment capabilities for those strategies in a wide range of platforms.
The Microsoft BPM platform provides end-to-end process enablement, combiningBizTalk Server 2006, Office SharePoint Server 2007, the 2007 Microsoft Office system, the .NET Framework 3.0 and Windows Workflow Foundation to empower organizations to rapidly and efficiently build adaptive, mission-critical BPM solutions and connect people, process and performance.
As part of the Business Process Alliance, Fair Isaac is announcing plans for more tightly integrating its Blaze Advisor for .NET software with BizTalk Server to enable a wider range of rules-driven, connected business processes. This will allow end-to-end business process orchestrations automated by BizTalk Server to easily invoke the sophisticated rules capabilities of Blaze Advisor for .NET. Blaze Advisor rules will also be able to access the BizTalk Server Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) platform, and can make optimal use of the powerful service integration and composition capabilities of BizTalk Server to integrate/wrap line of business applications, legacy platforms, or custom systems. Blaze Advisor can take advantage of the comprehensive integration adapter suite and web services tools in BizTalk Server to abstract back-end system information out of the business processes.
Fair Isaac also announced its use of BizTalk Server as a strategic platform component of its upcoming ScoreNet® network hosted service. Using BizTalk Server as the central service oriented architecture and business process coordinator enables a richer set of services to be easily exposed to Fair Isaac's customers, differentiating its ScoreNet offering in the marketplace.
"Fair Isaac has demonstrated an ability to simplify complex business processes and deliver outstanding value to customers," said Steven Martin, Director of the Connected Systems Product Management at Microsoft Corp. "Blaze Advisor for .NET on the Microsoft platform helps our customers develop complex applications faster, respond quickly to changing business factors, and reduce the cost of day-to-day operations."
Blaze Advisor for .NET gives business managers and analysts a powerful tool to create and manage their business strategies, and ensure governance across critical information systems, using straightforward business terms. By increasing their control of the business logic embedded in their IT systems, Blaze Advisor for .NET allows users to maintain and improve application performance without IT assistance. Rules can be modified quickly and easily, increasing business agility. Blaze Advisor for .NET deploys rule services that interoperate with Microsoft BizTalk Server, .NET languages such as C#, Visual Basic .NET, and Visual J#, as well as XML, messaging, databases, and Web Services, offering a powerful combination of enterprise decision management coupled with actionable business processes and workflows.
"We are pleased to enter this new strategic relationship with Microsoft, which combines the premier platform for process enablement with one of today's fastest and most flexible rules management solutions," said Mark Layden, vice president of Enterprise Decision Management technologies at Fair Isaac. "Blaze Advisor for .NET provides IT leaders with unmatched integration options, enhanced performance and resources that allow them to take full advantage of their existing investments in the Microsoft platform."
Blaze Advisor is a key component of Fair Isaac's software and solutions for Enterprise Decision Management (EDM), which combines data analytics, modeling and policy-level control to allow companies to define and manage their automated business systems for improved efficiency and greater profitability. Blaze Advisor 6.1 for .NET incorporates Rete III, Fair Isaac's exclusive rules execution technology. Rete III is optimized for large data sets and rules-intensive problems and processes, and executes complex, high-volume business rules faster and more efficiently than any other rules management system.
For more information about the Microsoft Business Process Alliance, please visit www.microsoft.com/bpm.
About Fair IsaacFair Isaac Corporation (NYSE:FIC) makes decisions smarter. The company's solutions and technologies for Enterprise Decision Management give businesses the power to automate more processes, and apply more intelligence to every customer interaction. Through increasing the precision, consistency and agility of their decisions, Fair Isaac clients worldwide increase sales, build customer value, cut fraud losses, manage credit risk, reduce operational costs, meet changing compliance demands and enter new markets more profitably. Founded in 1956, Fair Isaac powers hundreds of billions of decisions per year in financial services, insurance, telecommunications, retail, consumer branded goods, healthcare and the public sector.
Fair Isaac Statement Concerning Forward-Looking InformationExcept for historical information contained herein, the statements contained in this press release that relate to Fair Isaac, including statements regarding its Fair Isaac Blaze Advisor for .NET and ScoreNet network offerings, and the relationship described herein, and the benefits to be derived from the offerings, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including the success of the Company's Enterprise Decision Management strategy, any unforseen technical difficulties related to the implementation, use and functionality of the offerings, the risks that customers will not perceive material benefits from the offering, failure of the products to deliver the expected results, the possibility of errors or defects in the offerings, regulatory changes applicable to the use of consumer credit and other data, and other risks described from time to time in Fair Isaac's SEC reports, including its Annual Report for the year ended September 30, 2006, and quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended December 31, 2006. Forward-looking statements should be considered with caution. If any of these risks or uncertainties materializes or any of these assumptions proves incorrect, Fair Isaac's results could differ materially from Fair Isaac's expectations in these statements. Fair Isaac disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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