Provia Highlights Customer Wins in 2005

Supply chain execution provider went live with 89 new sites last year; projects with new and existing customers

Grand Rapids, MI — February 2, 2006 — Supply chain executive specialist Provia Software is highlighting its 2005 results, pointing to the nearly 90 customer sites that went live last year, including both new and upgraded sites worldwide across a variety of industries.

The sites that went live in 2005 covered projects for customers in third-party logistics (3PL, frozen, cold and dry storage), consumer packaged goods (CPG), wholesale/industrial distribution, food and beverage and high tech/electronics, the solution provider said.

In addition to new sites leveraging Provia's software, a number of the company's existing customers added additional Provia software products to their logistics strategies. Among Provia's current customers, 17 upgraded their solutions.

A total of 35 new and existing Provia customers added new sites or products, or completed upgrades in 2005. In addition, Provia's Latin American distributor, Tecsys Latin America (TLA), had its most successful year ever licensing Provia's products in the region, adding seven new customers, according to Provia.

"Adding new customers, while having existing customers add new sites and license additional products, is a key success factor for Provia," said Ken Lewis, Provia president and CEO. "These partnerships give us a strong balance and reinforce our long term commitment to each customer every time they make a conscious decision to continue working with us."

Service Orientated Architecture Noted

Aside from customer activity, the main highlight of Provia's year was the release of ViaWare WMS 7.0, the latest version of its warehouse management system (WMS) and a core component of the company's ViaWare supply chain execution suite.

ViaWare WMS 7.0 offers an underlying service orientated architecture (SOA), which provides integrated business intelligence and personalization capabilities and allows for extended breadth and depth of the WMS, Provia said. With SOA, ViaWare WMS can be integrated into an existing IT and supply chain solution environment.

"Adding Service Orientated Architecture to ViaWare is a huge leap for the WMS industry, as companies can tailor the WMS to their specific needs instead of waiting for them to come in a new release, yet stay on a standard product upgrade path," said Lewis. "We also added personalization capabilities to ViaWare WMS to provide end user adaptability for the desktop, radio frequency (RF) and mobile devices so users can easily setup and adapt menus, screens, language, reports, mobile device dialogs and field level access to meet changing operational and customer requirements and achieve a faster return-on-investment and subsequently realize measurable, ongoing cost savings."

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