Intergraph celebrates 40th Anniversary
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Feb. 24, 2009 – Intergraph Corp., the world’s leading geospatial and enterprise engineering software provider, marks its fortieth anniversary of technological innovation and market leadership this year.
From its roots in the Apollo space program 40 years ago, Intergraph has grown into the world’s leading provider of geospatial technology and engineering software. Today, businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph’s industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data into understandable visual representations and actionable intelligence.
Intergraph’s software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps and protect people and critical infrastructure across the world. Its public safety and security solutions protect one in 12 people in the world and its process engineering and 3D plant and ship design software are ranked number one. Intergraph utilities and communications solutions also make the operation of the Smart Grid more efficient, while other solutions enable the federal government to extend the life and reduce the cost of operating ships and aircraft.
“By any metric--technological innovation, customer satisfaction, market share or financial performance--Intergraph’s 40 years of success in the technology sector have been remarkable,” said Intergraph chairman, president and CEO Halsey Wise. “Although such longevity is unusual in the software industry, the unwavering commitment by the people of Intergraph to innovation and our customers’ success have been instrumental to the Company’s longevity and leadership in the marketplace.”
Founded in 1969 in Huntsville as M&S Computing, Inc., Intergraph’s former IBM engineers assisted NASA and the U.S. Army in developing systems that would apply digital computing to real-time missile guidance. Out of this initial work, M&S Computing was among the forerunners of interactive computer graphics. The company later changed its name to Intergraph in 1980 to reflect this expertise.
Intergraph became a publicly traded company in 1981 under the NASDAQ ticker symbol INGR. In 2006, the company was acquired by an investor group led by Hellman & Friedman LLC and Texas Pacific Group and became a private company.