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A selection of recent customer-win announcements from the supply chain community.

April 2, 2003 — Following is a selection of recent customer-win announcements that have come into the iSource Business newsroom. These press releases are, for the most part, presented as received. Datelines have been edited for consistency, and trademark and similar notations, as well as "forward looking statement" and similar notices, have been removed.



DHL Selects Yantra 5x to Manage Order Fulfillment and Inventory for its Global Customer Logistics Division

Leading Global Logistics Provider to Convert Top 100 Customers' Service Parts Businesses

Tewksbury, MA — March 10, 2003 — Yantra Corporation, the leading provider of supply chain solutions for the extended enterprise, today announced that DHL Worldwide Express' Global Customer Logistics division has selected Yantra 5x to manage its order fulfillment and inventory processes related to service parts logistics and the delivery of time-critical parts to its clients and clients' customers. DHL plans to convert their top 100 customers' service parts business to Yantra over the next 18 months.

Yantra was selected because of its ability to provide an integrated solution, the flexibility of its applications and product depth in Order Fulfillment, Reverse Logistics and Supply Chain Event Management. Yantra's solutions will address key processes in the warehouse and throughout the order fulfillment lifecycle, enabling DHL to exceed client expectations, offer new services and grow its business, without increasing staff. With Yantra, DHL will be able to better meet aggressive service level agreements (SLAs) for delivering mission-critical parts to a system in need of repair. Typically the agreements call for same-day delivery and at times within four hours of the initial call center request being placed.

"We selected Yantra as a key component of our long-term commitment to the mission-critical service parts industry, because their solutions will enable us to better service our clients," said Charles Menkhorst, DHL's vice president of Global Logistics. "With Yantra we will be able to integrate our global infrastructure and provide unparalleled service to our clients and their customers."

DHL's Global Customer Logistics division handles service parts management and delivery for companies such as Sun Microsystems, Hewlett Packard, Cisco and Ericsson. Yantra will provide DHL with inventory visibility and management of order fulfillment processes across their global network of 288 Strategic Parts Centers (SPC). Yantra will also integrate DHL with repair depots, client call centers and warranty tracking service providers, as well as client supply chains. The division will leverage Yantra 5x applications: Yantra Distributed Order Management, Yantra Supply Chain Event Management, Yantra Inventory Synchronization, Yantra Warehouse Management System (WMS), and The Yantra Platform, as well as other components of the Yantra 5x product suite.

"This is an extremely strategic win for Yantra. To play a key role in DHL's critical parts service enables us to demonstrate many of our core capabilities in order fulfillment and managing the reverse logistics process," said Devdutt Yellurkar, president and CEO of Yantra. "Companies are recognizing that the service parts industry is not only necessary, but a strategic component that can drive revenue. We're excited to help DHL deliver on its promises to its clients."

About DHL

DHL is the global market leader of the international air express industry.

Following an announcement from parent company Deutsche Post World Net (DPWN) on 31 October 2002, fellow group companies DHL, Danzas and Deutsche Post Euro Express will be consolidated, which will bring their services such as worldwide air and ocean freight as well as overland transport together under the umbrella brand of DHL. This consolidation will serve to achieve DPWN's goal to become the global leader in express and logistics.

Through its international network linking more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL is dedicated to offering customers fast, reliable, responsive and cost effective express delivery, transport and logistics solutions.

DHL is 100% owned by Deutsche Post World Net.

About Yantra

Yantra is the leading provider of supply chain solutions for the extended enterprise. Our solutions enable companies to dramatically improve the execution of order fulfillment, supply collaboration and service parts logistics across the extended enterprise.

Yantra has deep domain expertise in supply chain management and works with some of the world's top businesses including Argos, Best Buy, Eastman Chemical, Motorola, Rockport, ScanSource, School Specialty, Inc. and Target. The company is privately held and headquartered outside Boston, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.yantra.com or call (888) 2-YANTRA.

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Qiva Selected by NVIDIA to Drive Global Trade Compliance

Qiva's Global Logistics Control System to Enable Global Trade Efficiencies and Improve Business Processes

San Francisco — March 11, 2003 — Qiva a leading provider of software solutions for global logistics and trade management, today announced that NVIDIA, Corporation, the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, has selected Qiva for its global trade compliance solution. Qiva's solution allows NVIDIA to simplify export operations and mitigate compliance risks across high order volumes. By streamlining its global trade operations with Qiva's web-based solution, NVIDIA is able to automate compliance screening of potential customers and trading partners, thereby lowering operational costs and administrative burden while ensuring the ability to scale their international business operations without additional staff.

"We are thrilled to announce NVIDIA as a Qiva customer. By leveraging the Global Logistics Control System via the web, NVIDIA can begin to realize the benefits of our solution immediately," said Joe Broderick, chief executive officer of Qiva, Inc. "Without the need to implement any software, companies can deploy our hosted solution to any corner of the world where there is access to the Internet. This strategy focuses on maximizing global supply chain efficiency, minimizing operational costs, and being compliant with international trade regulations."

Along with a high volume of foreign-to-foreign shipments, NVIDIA has a significantly large number of orders that come in both from their SAP order entry system and via their web portal. Qiva's Global Logistics Control System will process these orders and manage compliance screening without the need for additional staff. The Qiva Global Logistics Control System creates significant value for the global enterprise  including real-time control over global inventory-in-motion, improved management of network of service providers and suppliers, improved cycle times and service levels, and reduced regulatory and security exposure.

About Qiva

Qiva, a leading provider of solutions for global logistics and trade management, delivers enterprise software to maximize the control and performance of complex, global supply chain networks. The Qiva Global Logistics Control System brings a unified management approach to the challenges of engaging in global trade by delivering supply chain visibility and event management, multi-mode logistics execution, import and export management, and trade security all on a single platform. Qiva's comprehensive solution provides the infrastructure for organizations to streamline operations, increase service levels and maximize cost efficiencies across their supply chain network.

Headquartered in San Francisco, with development, sales and support offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific, Qiva's global client base includes such leading companies as Neiman Marcus, Liz Claiborne, Synopsys, PGP Corporation, Memec, and Certicom. For more information on Qiva, visit www.qiva.com.

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QAD Applications Emerge as an Enterprise Software of Choice for China Automotive Sector; Trend Positions QAD for Growth in Region

Shanghai, China — March 11, 2003 — QAD, a leading provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturers, continues to mark healthy sales momentum in Asia, with its flagship MFG/PRO suite becoming a platform of choice for automotive manufacturers in China to automate business operations and collaborate seamlessly and efficiently with partners worldwide. As a result, QAD is well-positioned to capitalize on continued growth in the region.

Since opening offices in Shanghai nearly a decade ago, QAD now serves 300 customers in China including leading automotive, electronics and consumer products manufacturers. Sixteen of the world's top 25 automotive manufacturers depend on QAD's advanced technology to manage their business and operations, and in China 53 automotive joint ventures and customers such as Ford, Daewoo, Lear, TRW, Delphi, Visteon, Hyundai and Eaton have chosen QAD's world-class MFG/PRO suite for mission-critical operations such as manufacturing, financials, and supplier relations. Global electronics producers such as Applica, Lucent, Mitsubishi and Philips, and consumer products manufacturers including Avon, Coca-Cola and Sara Lee rely on the QAD platform for manufacturing enterprise operations as well.

"Manufacturers in China, and especially the automotive sector, have embraced QAD MFG/PRO and find the low total cost of ownership and fast time to implementation most compelling," said Paul Henderson, QAD vice president, Asia Pacific. "Unlike the mega-suite ERP offerings, QAD's vertically focused applications are easier to implement and maintain -- qualities that are highly in-demand in the Chinese market. In fact, QAD has made it possible for many of our customers to automate and streamline enterprise functions in just a few months, and to introduce leading manufacturing practices such as lean manufacturing and kanban."

Platform for Growth

The automotive industry has witnessed explosive growth in China as foreign manufacturers seek to profit from favorable economic conditions and the lower cost of operating there. According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, domestic output of motor vehicles between January and November 2002 jumped 36 percent from production in 2001. The association reported sales of China-made automobiles also rose by more than 36 percent in the same period, due in large part to the increase in new products launched by local manufacturers, especially Sino-foreign joint ventures.

The surge in activity has jump-started competition, too, putting pressure on Chinese manufacturers to upgrade their ERP systems to function on par with their foreign partners and new entrants to the market. Many of these companies are choosing QAD applications to create a foundation for consistent operations and communication across multiple locations, new and old plants, and different manufacturing models.

PolyOne, the world's largest provider of polymer, elastomer, colorant and additive products and related services, has implemented QAD MFG/PRO applications for manufacturing, financials, and distribution in its Suzhou and Shanghai plants. Serving automotive manufacturers as well as customers in industries as diverse as plastics, cable and cosmetics production, PolyOne has streamlined its manufacturing operations to become a more responsive trading partner. The company completed its first implementation of the QAD platform in 2001, and will deploy it in Singapore and Thailand as well.

"QAD MFG/PRO quickly brought our technical capabilities up-to-date so that we were able to collaborate with partners using complementary software tools," said Mr. Johnson Cheng, IT manager of PolyOne Asia. "Our success using QAD applications has improved our efficiency and boosted our ability to compete."

QAD's applications provide manufacturers in China with a comprehensive solution for automating back-end processes from ERP to supply chain management and e-commerce, with a simple dashboard-style interface for managing and controlling operations. In addition to MFG/PRO, QAD offers applications such as QAD Supply Visualization and QAD eQ that help facilitate activities such as vendor-managed inventory (VMI) and online order and transaction management that enable manufacturers to engage in collaborative commerce with trading partners. QAD offers manufacturers in China cost-effective license and service packages and pricing options that suit their needs as well.

"China presents an extraordinary opportunity for companies to build from the ground up a production infrastructure that takes advantage of the latest technology and standards," said Pamela Lopker, QAD president and chairman of the board. "Having focused on the manufacturing sector for more than two decades, QAD is committed to its growth in China. We are bringing companies the best thinking in manufacturing theory and an understanding of real-world manufacturing conditions, so that they can compete effectively in the global marketplace."

To support customers and continued growth in the region, QAD has established alliances for technology and implementation. QAD is one of IBM's preferred software providers for Japanese customers with manufacturing operations in China, and has been selected by IBM as a key solution provider in the automotive vertical. QAD has partnered with hardware providers HP and Sun in the region as well. Distribution partners include Atos Origin, SCS, Softspeed, eSun, TSnT, and Dalian Hualu. QAD is also expanding its staffing as its customer base grows, to ensure the highest quality direct support for its software.

About QAD

QAD delivers value through collaborative commerce for manufacturers, empowering enterprises to integrate diverse business processes and increase profitability. Manufacturers of automotive, food and beverage, consumer, electronics, industrial and medical products use QAD applications at approximately 5,200 licensed sites in more than 80 countries and in as many as 26 languages. For more information about QAD, telephone +1 805 684 6614, or visit the QAD Web site at: www.qad.com. To receive any of QAD's press releases via facsimile, contact +1 800/356-0747, or outside the U.S. contact +1 213/253-5647.

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BNSF Logistics Selects i2 Transportation and Distribution Management

BNSF Logistics states goal of using i2 solutions to help deliver rapid time-to-value to its customers

Dallas — March 17, 2003 — i2 Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end supply chain management solutions, today announced that third-party logistics provider BNSF Logistics, LLC selected i2 Transportation and Distribution Management solutions in the fourth quarter of 2002 to help establish an operating platform for taking to market its logistics management services.

BNSF Logistics, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation, offers customers a portfolio of logistics products and services, including network analysis, design and optimization, and a variety of execution services, including multi-modal transportation management.

The company selected i2 Transportation and Distribution Management solution with a goal of delivering rapid value to customers in terms of improved service levels and reduced costs. BNSF Logistics intends to leverage implementation best practices and templates in its effort to achieve an internal goal of going live with its first customer on the i2 solution in less than 60 days. BNSF Logistics is deploying the i2 Transportation and Distribution Management solution on a complete IBM platform, including AIX operating system, DB2 database and IBM application and web servers.

"We are committed to reaching deeper into our customers' supply chains and providing them with more efficient logistics solutions," said Eric Wolfe, vice president, BNSF Logistics. "i2 is a proven leader when it comes to technology solutions for transportation and distribution management. We evaluated other providers, but in the end, we knew that i2's leading-edge capabilities and strong commitment to its customers made it the right solutions provider to help us deliver to our customers."

i2 Transportation and Distribution Management solutions are designed to address all logistics related functions across inbound, outbound and inter-facility operations. Decision-making through the i2 solution extends to the strategic (months to years), tactical (days to weeks) and operational (hours to minutes) timeframes. This end-to-end solution is built to create sustainable value by synchronizing all the critical transportation related business processes. Examples of transportation business processes that can be enabled through the use of the i2 solution include:

  • Conducting collaborative bidding and rate negotiations with core carriers

  • Designing and validating an effective transportation network

  • Creating optimal, multi-modal shipment and load plans

  • Managing the entire transportation execution lifecycle efficiently, including load tendering, confirmations, freight financials, freight audit, etc.

  • Proactively monitoring the status of shipments and intelligently managing exceptions.

"We are impressed by BNSF Logistics' commitment to providing its customers with best-in-class logistics solutions," said Sam Nakane, i2 chief operating officer. "i2 is committed to continue delivering sustainable value through our market-leading Transportation and Distribution Management solution."

About BNSF Logistics, LLC

BNSF Logistics, LLC is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation. In 2002, BNSF acquired specified assets of Clicklogistics, Inc., which formed the initial management infrastructure and customer base. The Logistics group is headquartered in Springdale, AR, while BNSF maintains their corporate offices in Fort Worth, TX. BNSF Logistics provides its customers with logistics services expertise and logistics technology through three primary offerings: Transportation Execution Services, Contract Logistics and Consulting Services.

About i2

The leading provider of end-to-end supply chain management solutions, i2 designs and delivers software that helps customers optimize and synchronize activities involved in successfully managing supply and demand. More than 1,000 of the world's leading companies, including seven of the Fortune global top 10, have selected i2 to help solve their most critical supply chain challenges. Founded in 1988 with a commitment to customer success, i2 remains focused on delivering value by implementing solutions designed to provide a rapid return on investment. Learn more at www.i2.com.

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Wolverine World Wide, Inc. Selects SAP for Supply Chain Management and Customer Relationship Management Solutions

Leading Footwear Provider Chooses mySAP Business Suite for Integrated Technology Platform across All Brands

Miami — March 17, 2003 — SAP AG today announced that Wolverine World Wide, Inc., a global marketer of branded footwear, has selected mySAP Business Suite as the information technology platform to centralize and consolidate its operations across all of its brands. Wolverine World Wide, Inc. will deploy solutions of mySAP Business Suite, including mySAP Supply Chain Management (mySAP SCM), mySAP Customer Relationship Management (mySAP CRM), and mySAP Financials to enhance demand planning and forecasting, Internet sales and call center services, and financial reporting and analysis. The solutions will provide Wolverine World Wide with the advantage of real-time, fully integrated information and analysis capabilities in a globally competitive industry driven by consumer preference. The announcement was made at the Material World Miami Beach fabric, sourcing, and technology event, March 17-19, where SAP is the presenting sponsor.

Wolverine World Wide markets a global portfolio of footwear brands to consumers in more than 130 countries. This list of popular brands includes CAT Footwear, Bates, Harley-Davidson Footwear, Hush Puppies, Merrell, Stanley Footgear, and Wolverine. mySAP Business Suite will help Wolverine manage its global marketing, sourcing, and manufacturing network by providing users worldwide access to critical information. Today's announcement highlights an expanded relationship between SAP and Wolverine, which first implemented SAP's market-leading business solution SAP Apparel and Footwear (SAP AFS) in 1998.

"Establishing a common IT platform and adding tightly integrated supply chain management, CRM, and financials capabilities with mySAP Business Suite is expected to allow us to conduct all of our customer transactions, financial reporting, and planning and forecasting over a single system," said Jim Weston, CIO, Wolverine World Wide, Inc. "We anticipate this system will improve the consistency of information across our global operations. Beginning with our initial deployment of SAP AFS, SAP has provided us with the breadth of solutions and the integration capabilities to leverage our IT investments and progressively increase the effectiveness of our entire enterprise, from order to fulfillment. mySAP Business Suite promises to provide a platform to link consumer feedback, supply chain management, and the monitoring of progress toward corporate goals and is expected to be an important part of our management tool kit in the years ahead."

"Wolverine World Wide is highly regarded as a provider of well-known global brands and is an outstanding example of the increasing value that SAP creates as a trusted advisor for our customers," said Bill McDermott, president and CEO, SAP America, Inc. "mySAP Business Suite provides a critical array of business solutions that, combined with the industry-leading apparel and footwear solution, create a powerful and compelling offering for leading global companies like Wolverine World Wide. This announcement is further evidence of SAP's growing momentum as businesses increasingly seek vendors with the solution depth, proven track record, and industry experience to develop lasting IT partnerships."

mySAP SCM provides capabilities to anticipate consumer behavior, including the impact of promotions, and to forecast demand more accurately. Interaction center capabilities of mySAP CRM enable retail customers to conveniently place orders and obtain services by phone, in addition to providing capabilities to facilitate inbound and outbound communications with customers across all remote channels including telephony, Web, chat, and e-mail for more effective sales and service. The strategic enterprise management capabilities of mySAP Financials provides centralized data reporting across all brands and divisions to better manage business performance throughout its entire organization.

About SAP

SAP is the world's leading provider of business software solutions. Through the mySAP Business Suite, people in businesses around the globe are improving relationships with customers and partners, streamlining operations, and achieving significant efficiencies throughout their supply chains. Today, more than 19,300 companies in over 120 countries run more than 60,100 installations of SAP software. With subsidiaries in over 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol "SAP." (Additional information at http://www.sap.com)

About Wolverine World Wide, Inc.

With a commitment to service and product excellence, Wolverine World Wide, Inc, is one of the world's leading marketers of branded casual, active lifestyle, work, outdoor sport and uniform footwear and slippers. Additional information is available at the company's website (http://www.wolverineworldwide.com).

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KeyCorp Locks in Benefits for Its Customers by Using the webMethods Integration Platform

KeyCorp Automates Electronic Payments for Corporate Clients, Purchasing and Content Management for Key.com

Cleveland and Fairfax, VA — March 18, 2003 — webMethods, Inc., the leading independent provider of integration software, today announced that KeyCorp, one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, has deployed the webMethods Integration Platform. webMethods' Web services based solution is helping KeyCorp streamline business processes and increase operational efficiency company- wide.

KeyCorp has adopted an enterprise-wide integration strategy based on industry standards to reduce the high volume of custom development, to lower maintenance costs, to simplify the IT environment and to speed the time to market of its services and offerings. The company is using the webMethods Integration Platform to integrate a variety of packaged and custom enterprise applications, mainframe systems and a variety of servers running on multiple platforms.

"We identified enterprise integration as one of the essential technologies that could give the company greater competitive advantage," said Mike Dunn, vice president of Enterprise Architecture, KeyCorp. "The webMethods Integration Platform has been a strategic tool for enhancing the types of service we provide to our customers and for bringing agility into the organization so that KeyCorp can move quickly to capitalize on new opportunities."

In one of its early successes, KeyCorp switched from custom developed code to XML for integrating with Reuters' news feeds, which are posted to Key.com, KeyCorp's online banking site. In fact, the new XML-based connection allows KeyCorp to enhance the content for Key.com, giving customers access to stock information, market reports, and other financial information in real time.

One of the benefits of enterprise-wide integration has been the simplicity and flexibility that KeyCorp's corporate clients have to initiate automated payment transactions. The webMethods Integration Platform allows KeyCorp to easily integrate with its corporate customers' enterprise resource planning applications, regardless of the vendor or platform. This has become a competitive differentiator that helps KeyCorp retain customer loyalty and long-term satisfaction.

KeyCorp is currently rolling out a new integration project that further automates previously manual business processes. By using the webMethods Integration Platform to integrate KeyCorp's portal application with its mainframe and legacy applications, the company will automate and standardize the process for responding loan origination requests.

KeyCorp will also use the webMethods Workflow product to insert human steps in automated business processes that require special handling.

"To profit from new opportunities and improve operational efficiency, it is imperative that financial services organizations reduce the complexity of their IT environments," said Darren Oberst, vice president and general manager of Industries, webMethods, Inc. "KeyCorp has done that by leveraging the webMethods Integration Platform to simplify its enterprise architecture for optimal efficiency and centralized integration initiatives."

About KeyCorp

Cleveland-based KeyCorp is one of the nation's largest bank- based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $85 billion. Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, retirement, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally. The company's businesses deliver their products and services through KeyCenters and offices; a network of nearly 2,200 ATMs; telephone banking centers (1.800.KEY2YOU); and a Web site, Key.com, that provides account access and financial products 24 hours a day.

About webMethods, Inc.

As the leading independent provider of integration software, webMethods, Inc. delivers the industry's most comprehensive platform for enterprise-wide integration, including complete support for Enterprise Web Services. The webMethods Integration Platform allows customers to achieve quantifiable R.O.I. by linking business processes, enterprise and legacy applications, databases, Web services and workflows both within and across enterprises. Through this seamless flow of information, companies can reduce costs, create new revenue opportunities, strengthen relationships with customers, substantially increase supply chain efficiencies and streamline internal business processes.

Founded in 1996, webMethods is headquartered in Fairfax, Va., with offices throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific. webMethods has more than 900 customers worldwide including Global 2000 leaders such as Bank of America, Citibank, Dell, Eastman Chemical, The Ford Motor Company, Grainger, and Motorola. webMethods' strategic partners include Accenture, AMS, BearingPoint, BMC Software, BroadVision, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, CSC, Deloitte Consulting, EDS, HP, i2 Technologies, J.D. Edwards, SAP AG, Siebel Systems and TCS. More information about the company can be found at http://www.webMethods.com.

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Prophet 21 Introduces Acclaim 14; Rahway Electric Supply Enjoys Streamlined Business Processes and Efficiencies

Yardley, PA — March 20, 2003 — Bob Pileggi, owner of Rahway Electric Supply, likens the features newly available today in Prophet 21 Acclaim 14 to finding a five-dollar bill on the floor: "They just make our lives a little bit better," he said. "It's a great release. There are a lot of great enhancements - many directly a result from our feedback."

Prophet 21 provides distributors with technology solutions that help them increase sales, improve customer service, and reduce operating costs.

"Prophet 21 is pleased to offer customers like Rahway Electric Supply the latest version of its UNIX-based enterprise software solution," said Chuck Boyle, president and CEO of Prophet 21. "Acclaim 14 contains dozens of new features that will continue to help distributors improve efficiencies and maximize growth and profitability."

The Benefits of Acclaim 14

One of the new features Rahway benefits from are Key Business Indicators, located in Acclaim's Management Summary module. Pileggi contends that the indicators help him go a step further in analyzing important business information. "They give you a snapshot of how your company is doing - without using a calculator," he said. "You can see your total sales, sales per employee, average collection days, and outstanding payables - and compare all the figures to information from the same time last year."

Pileggi also enjoys Acclaim 14's Enhanced Ledger Reports - which allow him to choose how he views details in Trial Balance Reports. "I can print only the details I need, which saves me a lot of time drilling down through the data that's not as pertinent," he said.

A Better Perspective

Founded in 1979, Rahway Electric has grown to be one of New Jersey's leading electrical suppliers. Much of that growth occurred after the company migrated from a homegrown legacy system to Prophet 21 Acclaim. "It was like being transported from a fishbowl to the ocean," Pileggi said. "Acclaim really opened our eyes to ways to streamline our business processes."

Pileggi concluded: "Business processes get easier with every version of Acclaim, and 14 is no exception to that rule."

About Acclaim 14

Powered by UNIX and Progress's 4GL technology, Acclaim provides organizations with a powerful tool to help increase sales, improve customer service, and reduce operating expenses.

A few other features available in Acclaim 14 include:

  • EDI Processing Improvements: Allows distributors to begin processing payables prior to the receipt of product. Especially helpful for e-commerce, these improvements let distributors take advantage of discounts by restructuring the payment process.

  • Company-Defined Business Calendar: Allows distributors to define their own holidays, non-business days, and start and end dates for each time period, whether it be a month, quarter or year.

  • Customer/Vendor Return Enhancements: Add to an open vendor return from a customer return. Eliminating the errors associated with making changes by hand, this feature saves the time it takes to adjust inventory levels manually.

  • And much more.

Like all Prophet 21 solutions, Acclaim 14 is backed by a host of professional services designed to help customers maximize their return on investment.

Pricing and Availability

Prophet 21 Acclaim 14 is now available. For additional information and pricing, please visit www.p21.com or call 1-800-PROPHET. Existing customers can contact their Inside Sales Representative directly.

About Prophet 21

Since 1967, Prophet 21 has been a leader in providing durable goods distributors with innovative, adaptive solutions essential for running their businesses.

With more than 2,000 customers and 70,000 users conducting over $35 billion in highly complex supply chain transactions annually, Prophet 21 is a true business partner, helping companies of all sizes leverage technologies and maintain a competitive advantage.

Through its business technology and services, Prophet 21 seeks to streamline customers' business processes and reduce transaction costs to maximize profit and growth.

Prophet 21 offers enterprise software solutions that provide organizations with powerful, highly customizable applications designed to improve customer service and maximize their return on investment. In addition, the company offers an Internet trading network that streamlines the commerce process between distributors, manufacturers/suppliers, and end-users.

A complete line of professional services backs all Prophet 21 solutions.

For more information about Prophet 21, please visit www.p21.com or call 1-800-PROPHET, ext. 3120.

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Contivo to Streamline Supply Chain across the Memec Group Global Network

Automated Data Integration for B2B Transactions Connects Supply Chain Partners with Disparate Applications Through a Global B2B Gateway

Mountain View, CA — March 24, 2003 — Contivo, Inc., the leading provider of automated data integration, today announced that The Memec Group, a global specialist semiconductor distributor, selected Contivo as the data modeling standard within business-to-business (B2B) projects for Memec's international operations. Contivo provides Memec with a cost-effective, automated product solution for integrating the enterprise's vast network of customers, partners and suppliers.

Memec is comprised of three specialist semiconductor distribution companies, and collaborates with more than 200 developers and manufacturers of advanced semiconductors and intellectual property worldwide. In order to achieve an efficient exchange of vital business information throughout its supply chain, Memec developed a centralized, enterprise-wide approach to integration using Contivo as a vital implementation tool. The Contivo solution enables Memec to share and reuse data definitions across its disparate systems, all of which will interface with webMethods and J.D. Edwards ERP systems now in development. Contivo's semantic modeling approach to integration reduces the time and cost of integrating between standards like RosettaNet and EDI with Memec's enterprise applications.

"Contivo provides a powerful solution that is invaluable to helping Memec manage our supply chain integration processes much more effectively," said Jerry Corvino, chief information officer, The Memec Group. "Managing multiple standards and application systems was not only time-consuming, but point-to-point integration was an inefficient use of our resources. Because Contivo provides semantic-based integration and pre-built RosettaNet, ANSI X12 and EDIFACT content, it enables us to accelerate integration across our B2B transactions."

"With so many customers, partners and suppliers in Memec's supply chain, it is critical that applications are integrated as quickly and efficiently as possible," said Larry Lenhart, president and CEO of Contivo. "Memec's centralized approach to integration allows them to better coordinate IT throughout the enterprise. Contivo's solution is designed to support a centralized enterprise-wide approach to integration with a standard, efficient model of coordinating information across the enterprise."

Contivo helps enterprises integrate data faster and more effectively than traditional hand-coded methods. Comprised of the Contivo Analyst and the Contivo EIM Server, Contivo automates data transformation for application integration across multiple platforms. Contivo's recently expanded capabilities and platform support enable data integration across the enterprise, extending to legacy systems and Web services.

About Memec

The Memec Group encompasses three specialist semiconductor distribution companies, Impact, Insight and Unique. Each company focuses on a finite number of supplier partners, thus enabling superior product knowledge and unparalleled demand creation capabilities. Although Memec companies operate independently, they all rely on Memec United, the global logistics and EMS services division, and Memec Design, the design and engineering division, to offer original equipment manufacturers complete semiconductor solutions. Located throughout 42 countries, The Memec Group companies collectively represent over 200 developers and manufacturers of advanced semiconductors and intellectual property. With recent start-ups and acquisitions in Japan and Eastern Europe, Memec continues to expand its presence to emerging key areas of the global semiconductor market. Go to www.memec.com for more information.

About Contivo

Contivo provides solutions that enable enterprises to quickly and dramatically reduce the implementation and maintenance time, costs and complexity of their integration projects. Contivo's customers have experienced 40% reductions in implementation costs and have seen investment paybacks in less than 90 days. Customers and partners achieve these significant savings by utilizing Contivo's integration metadata modeling tools and repository bringing reuse, automation, and collaboration to a previously hand coded, manual task. Contivo's products work with existing integration and middleware technologies, including emerging Web services technologies, providing our customers and partners with the ideal platform to enable an Integration Competency Center (ICC) or Integration Center of Excellence (COE).

Contivo was founded in 1998 and has enterprise customers, including Agilent Technologies, Hitachi America, HP and Viacore. Contivo's partners include Actional, BEA Systems, Commerce One, Grand Central Communications, TIBCO Software and webMethods. Contivo is privately held and headquartered in Mountain View, CA. More information about the company can be found at http://www.contivo.com/

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