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SPSS and e-academy extend rental distribution agreement to all higher education institutions across North America

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February 9, 2001: SPSS Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSS) has agreed to extend its distribution agreement with e-academy to provide electronic delivery of SPSS’ leading statistical analysis software to all North American higher education institutions. The SPSS statistical analysis program is used by more than 250,000 organizations worldwide, both in business and as a teaching tool. A full version of SPSS Base commercially retails for $999 USD. Through e-academy’s unique software rental program, students can lease the software for six months at $39.99, or for one year at $69.99.

Said e-academy CEO Ram Raju, “The initial five-university pilot program, outstandingly successful in the three months it has been operating, has resulted in a flood of requests from other universities to include them as well. This demonstrates to e-academy that rental software for post-secondary students and its availability online is in high demand. Early adopters such as SPSS will clearly benefit from e-academy’s unique distribution model.”

Students who wish to purchase the software will have a choice between obtaining it on a CD or downloading it direct from the e-academy website. e-academy’s secure encryption process protects software publishers 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 and purchase includes an option to renew upon expiration.

SPSS Base, Grad Pack and Grad Pack Business Version are currently available on a 6 and 12-month rental basis. The agreement covers faculty, staff and students of all North American higher education institutions. e-academy’s online fulfillment system has academic eligibility rules built in allowing it to authenticate members of the academic community prior to enabling a purchase via the Internet.

Requests have come in as well from universities interested in delivering site licenses for SPSS. e-academy’s License Management System (ELMS), an online, secure distribution and tracking system for all software used on campus, can handle these requests easily. Universities such as University of Illinois, Northwestern University, City University of New York (CUNY) and York University in Toronto are currently delivering site licensed SPSS products via their ELMS. Other ELMS clients plan to include SPSS site licenses in the near future.

“We view the expansion of our arrangement with e-academy to be very beneficial for promoting and distributing SPSS products to a wider, more direct audience of users”, said Steve Greenberg, SPSS Public Sector Vice President, Strategic Planning. “The use of the electronic method of software distribution, as used by e-academy, may actually be a harbinger of our predominant method of sales in the future.”

The following software is now available through e-academy:

  • SPSS Base: SPSS’ award winning statistical analysis software that features a wide range of analytic techniques and dynamic, interactive graphics and tables.
  • SPSS Grad Pack: includes SPSS Base, SPSS Regression and SPSS Advanced Models

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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