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Melissa Data and CoSort Announce Product Integration

Now Data Accuracy Can Be Checked Simultaneously with Data Transformation, Encryption and Reporting

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (May 1, 2007) – Melissa Data (, a provider of data quality software and services, today announced that its Data Quality Tools, including Address Object, can run directly with CoSort (, the flagship data manipulation and management software from Innovative Routines International Inc. (IRI).

"Each year, inaccurate or invalid customer information costs companies billions of dollars," said Ray Melissa, president of Melissa Data. "Since poor data quality can have a ripple effect across a company's systems, ensuring data accuracy at the field level is critical to any company that depends on large volumes of data."

"Through this integration, companies can plug Melissa Data's data quality libraries into CoSort data transformation, reporting and security jobs, and run everything together in the same input/output stream," explained David Friedland, vice president of IRI. "This represents an affordable and high-performance alternative to separate ETL (Extract, Transform & Load) and data quality processing."

The need for clean data is greater now than ever - it can play a pivotal role in a company's success. Bud Walker, product manager at Melissa Data explains "that's why we've developed standard interfaces for our Data Quality Tools and multi-platform software applications. Being able to easily integrate our data accuracy APIs with complimentary tools such as CoSort is exactly what companies expect and demand in today's competitive marketplace."

About CoSort/IRI Inc.

Innovative Routines International (IRI) Inc., The CoSort Company, was founded in 1978. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, IRI is represented in more than 30 international locations. A pioneer in open systems software, IRI has grown steadily since its inception by helping IT professionals perform or accelerate: legacy migrations, data warehouse ETL, DB reorgs, privacy compliance, and new software applications. Visit or call 1-800-333-SORT for information.

About Melissa Data

Melissa Data, based in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. provides data quality solutions with emphasis on address and phone verification, postal encoding, and data enhancements. The company is a leading provider of easy-to-use and cost-effective solutions for achieving the highest level of data quality for lifetime value. A powerful line of software, databases, components and services afford our customers the flexibility to achieve quality U.S., Canadian and international contact information using almost any language, platform, and media for point-of-entry or batch applications. Free trial software is available by visiting or by calling 1-800-800-6245.

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Betsy Scherzer, 949-433-6772
Jason Kirshner, 949-429-1172