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Empress Software Inc develops and supports the Empress Embedded Database. EMPRESS Embedded Database is one of the most reliable, powerful and cost-effective development databases available for scientific and engineering organizations using Linux, UNIX, Windows,  VxWorks or real-time environments. EMPRESS Embedded Database is capable of managing text and multimedia data in the most demanding applications such as weather forecasting, space exploration, flight simulation and geographical information systems.

Embedded systems applications include image and voice management, telecommunications, medical systems and network management.

Empress Software Inc markets directly to end-users and through original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), value-added resellers (VARs), and distributors worldwide.

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Founded in 1979, Empress Software is a privately held company that serves a growing global community from offices in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Beltsville, Maryland. International sales and support are directed from Markham Ontario, Canada, and carried out through well-established distributor channels.

Empress account and technical representatives, support programs and user groups provide a valuable, two-way channel of information between company and customer.

The input and experiences of users and developers are reflected in the ongoing enhancement of Empress products at the company's Research and Development Center in Markham.

Our goal at Empress is to foster long-term business partnerships through which we can grow together with our customers. It's how we both ensure a powerful future.

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Empress Embedded Database was designed by
John Kornatowski and Ivor Ladd.

Empress founder - John Kornatowski

Founder of Empress Software, Mr. Kornatowski is directly responsible for the strategic and long-range planning of the company's product development, sales and marketing efforts. He created and developed the commercial implementation for the advanced Empress relational database technology, phasing in a high profile marketing strategy. A recognized authority in the field, he has authored and co-authored over 30 papers on relational databases and other computer topics. Mr. Kornatowski earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, where he also conducted graduate work in computer science and electrical engineering. He completed his studies in Business Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

John Kornatowski
Chairman and CEO


Empress founder - Ivor Ladd

Co-founder of Empress Software, Mr. Ladd is responsible for all new product development. He has translated the company's database management expertise into office information systems and sophisticated technical applications such as CAD/CAM, voice messaging, photogrammetry, mapping and image processing. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia and a graduate degree from the University of Toronto. He has completed his studies in Business Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Business. Mr. Ladd has authored a number of articles on relational database technology and is an often-requested speaker for professional conferences.

Ivor Ladd
Chief Technology Officer



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