Kewill Extends Partnership with Microsoft Great Plains

Connecting multi-carrier shipping system to Dynamics, Solomon and eEnterprise sales order-processing module

Marlborough, MA  October 5, 2001  Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions will begin distributing an integration module for Kewill's multi-carrier shipping systems that will be activated via the Kewill.Net business portal under an agreement signed this week.

The integration module from Microsoft Great Plains will connect Kewill's multi-carrier shipping system to the Dynamics, Solomon and eEnterprise sales order-processing module. Customers will be able to automate transportation routing and cost calculations for parcel shipments and create bar-coded tracking labels and electronic manifests for multiple carriers.

Additionally, Kewill will develop integration from its JobBOSS shop management application to Dynamics, Solomon and eEnterprise business management solutions. This integration will provide customers with integration to enterprise resource planning (ERP) and shop management applications for specialty contract, make-to-order, discrete and mixed-mode manufacturing in the small and mid-sized enterprise (SME) market.

Kewill.Ship will be deployed through Microsoft Great Plains' extensive reseller network of 2,200 channel partners.

"In today's competitive environment, seamless supply chain execution is essential," said Bob Malley, president and CEO of Kewill. "By partnering with Microsoft Great Plains we are not only extending our combined market reach and creating new revenue streams, but we are also offering customers real value by bridging the gaps that exist today between finance, transportation, planning and enterprise management systems."

Kewill.Ship is a suite of applications designed to manage multi-carrier compliance while expanding visibility among trading partners. JobBOSS is a suite of shop management applications for job shops and make-to-order manufacturers. MAX and Alliance/MFG are ERP product suites tailored for repetitive and mixed-mode manufacturers. MAX, Alliance and JobBOSS meet the needs of small and medium-size enterprises.