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e-academy and SPSS Inc. make SPSS software available to students at a dramatically reduced price

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Students and faculty can now download popular statistical analysis package from the Web

October 9, 2000 — e-academy and SPSS Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSS) today announced that SPSS, the leading statistical analysis software, is now available as part of e-academy’s unique digital distribution system. This system enables students and faculty across the U.S. and Canada to lease software and electronic texts for a semester or year rather than paying full retail price.

Said e-academy CEO Ram Raju, “This agreement clearly demonstrates the momentum building among universities and publishers to affirm e-academy’s vision of digital content distribution. It’s another step toward reducing the total cost of technology for academic institutions. SPSS is a very important software publisher for higher education, and e-academy’s user authentication and delivery system ensures that students, faculty and staff are well-served.”

The SPSS statistical analysis program is used by more than 250,000 organizations worldwide, both in business and as a teaching tool. During the pilot phase of distribution, SPSS will be available to students at UCLA, Columbia, Northwestern, California Polytechnic and the University of Illinois. A full version of the SPSS basic package normally retails for $999 USD. Through e-academy’s program, students will be able to obtain the software for six months at $40, or for one year at $75.

Students who wish to purchase the software will have a choice between obtaining it on a CD or downloading it straight from the e-academy website. e-academy’s secure encryption process protects against piracy while allowing students 24-hour access to the software they need. Once installed, all features of the software will be available throughout the rental period.

SPSS’ presence in the e-academy software catalogue places it in a roster of other brand-name titles, including products from Microsoft, Symantec and Macromedia.

“We are pleased to be a part of e-academy’s digital distribution program,” said Arlene S. Garcia, SPSS vice president for public sector. “For many courses where larger data sets are involved, it is crucial that students have access to the full SPSS Base so that they can develop the skills necessary to succeed in the new economy. e-academy’s lower cost, ease-of-use and choice of distribution options meet the unique needs of the academic market and will enable more students and faculty to take advantage of SPSS.”

About SPSS Inc.

SPSS Inc. enables organizations to develop more profitable customer relationships by providing analytical solutions that discover what customers want and predict what they will do. The company delivers analytical solutions at the intersection of customer relationship management and business intelligence. SPSS analytical solutions integrate and analyze market, customer and operational data in key vertical markets worldwide including: telecommunications, health care, banking, finance, insurance, manufacturing, retail, consumer packaged goods, market research and the public sector.

Headquartered in Chicago, SPSS has more than 40 offices, over 900 employees and 1999 revenues of $142 million. The company also has won the following awards: No. 70 on Forbes 1999 list of the “200 best small companies” and as the 22nd most profitable company on the Nasdaq exchange by Equities magazine; 1999 World Class Solution award in business intelligence and named “best decision support system for business intelligence” in the 1999 RealWare award competition; No. 14 in DM Review’s 1999 Data Warehouse Top 100; placed No. 16 on the 2000 Soft*letter 100, a ranking of the top 100 personal computer software companies in the United States; and No. 115 in the 2000 Software 500, a ranking of the world’s largest software vendors by Software Magazine; listed on Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers for 2000. For more information, visit


Adam Januszkiewicz

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