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Archdiocese of San Antonio Parish and Schools Select Micro Information Products' Nonprofit Series Fund Accounting Software.

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 1, 1999--

Ztech Consulting To Implement Nonprofit Accounting Software and Data Communications Strategy for Archdiocese-wide Financial Reporting

Micro Information Products, Inc. (MIP), maker of fund accounting software for nonprofits and government agencies, and Ztech, a technology consultancy for nonprofit organizations, today announced their collaborative implementation of MIP's NonProfit Series(R) for Windows (NPS) at the Parish and School Accounting Office (PAS) of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas. The software installation is scheduled to be completed during the fall of 1999 and will enable PAS to perform detailed local and diocese-wide combined financial reporting.

The PAS Accounting Office is responsible for the financial management of 170 parishes and 40 parish schools. The organization sought a more efficient way to analyze detailed accounting records for each of the schools and parishes and combine the financial data for improved overall financial management. The PAS financial managers wanted to eliminate the many days of manual effort required to complete the monthly and annual financial reports generated by a legacy mainframe system.

The PAS financial management team worked with Ztech to find a software system that would meet their accounting needs. They selected MIP's NPS on a new Windows NT server.

The NPS-Windows system offers PAS an affordable, scalable, modular fund accounting technology that will simplify and improve financial reporting across the diocese. NPS lets parish and school level financial managers track funds across programs and projects, giving them a real-time understanding of their current financial position so that adjustments in programs can be implemented quickly. At the central accounting office, NPS enables PAS financial executives to easily combine data, quickly produce reliable reports, post real-time adjustments to the General Ledger and meet Y2K compliance goals.

"PAS will also be looking to Z-tech to help design a communications methodology that matches different communications technologies with the needs and capabilities of each parish and school," said Tim Ziegner, president of Z-tech Software, Inc., a software and service consulting firm focused on nonprofit organizations. "NPS' native database structure makes it possible to communicate in a number of formats and still eliminate manual data entry."

Over the coming months, selected Diocese schools and parishes will implement NPS and begin electronically sending local accounting information to PAS' central accounting office. "This is really one of the key aspects of our strategy. The ability for each school or parish to perform their own accounting, using a system that is suited to their needs and electronically send their data to PAS, allows us to accomplish two very important goals: reduce manual data entry and provide quality accounting information," said Rose Rodriguez.

MIP's NPS fund accounting software is a Windows-based, Y2K compliant system for a nonprofit organization's financial management, check-writing and reporting processes. NPS features a customizable chart of accounts that allows users to design a single system that tracks multiple funds through multiple programs and years. The system posts transactions to the general ledger in batch mode or real time. Created specifically for nonprofits, the software includes an automated report-writer that generates FASB and GASB compliant financial accounting reports required by funding sources and auditors.

"Providing the highest quality software and services to our customers is at the core of MIP's mission," said Kent Hollrah, president and CEO of MIP. "Tim Zeigner and Z-tech's staff have worked with great dedication to help the Archdiocese develop its long-term fund accounting system definition and implementation strategy. Moving forward, the PAS staff and financial representatives at each of the Archdiocese's parishes and schools will be able to trust Z-tech to offer top-notch training and ongoing support."

The Archdiocese of San Antonio serves thousands of people daily in all aspects of life. The mission of the diocese is to live and proclaim the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. The organization continually reaches out to the community in social, pastoral and educational ministries. Additional information about the Archdiocese can be found on the Web at http://www.archdiosa.org.

Z-tech is a leading provider of software products and services to the non-profit and governmental community. The company specializes in MIP Non-profit Accounting Software, offering products, training, software implementation, and tailoring assistance to nonprofit organizations and agencies worldwide. Z-tech, founded in 1994, is located in Austin, Texas.

Founded in 1982, MIP is one of the largest providers of fund accounting systems for nonprofits and government agencies. The MIP NonProfit Series for Windows and the MIP Fund Accounting for DOS packages are used by more than 4,500 customers worldwide. Customers include the American Lung Association, the American Red Cross, Easter Seals, Goodwill Industries, the Salvation Army and the United Way. MIP's Web site is at http://www.mip.com.

NonProfit Series is a registered trademark of Micro Information Products. Other brand and product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders.
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