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REPEAT/PeopleSoft and JustTalk Announce First Speech-Enabled Enterprise Application; Alta Resources Signs On As Customer.

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PLEASANTON, Calif. & ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 17, 2001

PeopleSoft Inc. (Nasdaq:PSFT), a leading provider of eBusiness applications, and JustTalk Inc., the first-to-market provider of speech-interactive enterprise applications, today announced the general availability of its first offering, JustPractical, with PeopleSoft CRM Sales. Alta Resources, an interaction center services provider, has signed on as a customer.

JustPractical provides mobile professionals the ability to manage their personal and enterprise data -- call management, to-do-list, memos, contact information and calendar management from anywhere, at anytime -- through the telephone. Opportunity management functions such as sales call reports and forecasting are being added to JustTalk's product next month. JustPractical combines Nuance's (Nasdaq:NUAN) speech recognition technology with JustTalk's Controlled Natural Language Engine(TM) to deliver the most robust speech-enabled enterprise applications available.

"Speech recognition, but more specifically conversion to text, is a technology we have been carefully watching. We are excited to move from the 'sidelines' to the 'playing field' with this powerful, innovative and extremely relevant technology," said Bill Parry, chief technology officer, Alta Resources. "JustTalk, coupled with our PeopleSoft CRM Sales application, is reliable and easy to use. We anticipate that the opportunity management application will help to improve sales productivity for many of the sales organizations we represent, as well as our own."

"JustTalk is a key component of our broader CRM strategy as it extends our leadership position in bringing the power of CRM to the field, said John Grozier, vice president, PeopleSoft CRM Product Strategy. "The JustTalk interface provides unparalleled mobility to field sales professionals and is unique because it allows quick, intuitive data entry as well as retrieval. We look forward to speech-enabling other PeopleSoft applications with JustTalk."

"PeopleSoft CRM Sales, a top tier sales force automation application, provides an integrated platform for us to launch our product on," said Richard Beedon, JustTalk founder and CEO. "Our beta testing confirmed our belief that accurately capturing and sharing information in the field, in a timely manner, is key in driving productivity improvement for mobile sales professionals and sales managers. We are pleased to be the only company providing conversational applications to the enterprise. We firmly believe these applications will change the way companies do business."

"JustTalk and PeopleSoft are leaders in voice-driven enterprise applications," said Steve Ehrlich, VP Marketing for Nuance. "The JustTalk Controlled Natural Language Engine builds on Nuance's speech recognition technology to allow users to utilize a broad range of speech patterns to access and capture complex information."

The conversational interface is made possible by JustTalk's proprietary speech engine, which can recognize billions of discrete user words and combinations. For example, the JustTalk Calendar Management function today supports 1.7 quintillion words and combinations.

About PeopleSoft

PeopleSoft Inc. is a world leader in providing eBusiness applications that enable people -- customers, suppliers, and employees -- to power the internet. PeopleSoft's pure internet Customer Relationship Management, Supply Chain Management, and Enterprise management solutions provide the industry's most open and flexible e-commerce platform. PeopleSoft employs more than 8,000 people worldwide, including 2,400 eBusiness consultants. More than 4,700 organizations in 107 countries run on PeopleSoft eBusiness applications. For more information, visit us at www.peoplesoft.com.

PeopleSoft and the PeopleSoft logo are registered trademarks. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

About JustTalk, Inc.

JustTalk, Inc. provides speech-interactive enterprise applications to help mobile professionals manage information quickly and intuitively, increasing personal and corporate productivity and revolutionizing the way in which information is captured, stored, retrieved and shared. Call management functions, contact lists, calendars, to-do lists, and much more, can be created and updated simply by speaking to JustTalk's system, and users can view their remotely-captured information on their PCs or PDAs (personal digital assistants) when they synchronize with their enterprise systems. JustTalk is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich. For more information, please visit www.JustTalk.com.

About Alta Resources

Alta Resources, an Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Company, is an outsourcer of customer care, sales and marketing interaction center solutions. The company represents and provides services to Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States and Canada. Industries served include the Consumer Goods, Healthcare, Technology and Entertainment sectors, specializing in business to business applications. Alta Resources is headquartered in Neenah, Wisc., with a branch office in Fullerton, Calif. For more information, please visit www.altaresources.com.
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