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SSA Executes Partnership with Taylor Manufacturing Systems.

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 11, 1996--System Software Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSAX) and Taylor Manufacturing Systems have entered into a joint marketing partnership to extend the production scheduling and execution capabilities of SSA's BPCS Client/Server. Taylor Manufacturing Systems (TMS) is a leading producer of manufacturing execution software. The resulting integrated functionality will improve schedule generation, reduce inventory carrying and production costs, and lessen downtimes at batch, discrete, and multi-mode manufacturing environments.

In this partnership, TMS will offer TESS (Taylor Execution Scheduling System) as a shop floor extension to BPCS Client/Server, integrating with the Just-In-Time and Shop Floor Control products. TMS and SSA will utilize DOCA, SSA's Distributed Object Computing Architecture, to integrate the TESS product with BPCS Client/Server. TMS will continue to market and support the TESS product.

"By partnering with TMS, we can bring their focused, best-of-market scheduling solution to our clients," said Roger Covey, SSA CEO and Chairman. "The integration with TESS complements the functionality of BPCS Client/Server, providing a comprehensive scheduling planning system that will enable our clients to reduce their production costs and better manage resource availability constraints."

The TESS product augments the current capabilities of BPCS Client/Server. The integration will allow production planning information to be downloaded directly from BPCS Client/Server to the PC-based TESS product. This will allow TESS to schedule based on finite, real-time shop floor constraints. Users may either schedule automatically or manually. Designed to produce a high level of performance, an algorithmic feature in TESS generates "what if" scenarios to analyze scheduling options. All TESS operations are offered in a graphical user interface with drag and drop capabilities.

Ursula Hess, Strategic Business Unit Manager for Taylor Manufacturing Systems, said, "Now, we can combine our expertise in real-time shop floor scheduling with the superb capabilities of BPCS Client/Server. Together with BPCS, the TESS scheduling system will provide users with better control over customer service levels and it will improve throughput by prioritizing and sequencing production planning orders to shop floor realities, such as the availability of components, people, machines, tools, and materials."

TESS Execution Scheduling Functionality:

-- Infinite production plans (as generated after an MRP run) will be optimized based upon finite shop floor constraints and customer specific scheduling rules.

-- Resource availability (e.g. machines, tools, personnel, and others) and production progress tracking, including adjustments and deviations to existing schedules.

-- Additional MES (Manufacturing Execution Scheduling) linking components in the execution layer to scheduling and supervisory control.

Located in Norcross, Georgia, Taylor Manufacturing Systems is a major business unit of Taylor Industrial Software. Taylor Industrial Software develops multiple PC based software products for industrial automation and manufacturing execution worldwide. Taylor Industrial Software recently merged with Total Control Products, which offers hardware terminals for the shop floor. The merger allows Taylor Industrial Software to offer integrated software and hardware solutions, linking the "Shop Floor to the Top Floor."

SSA leverages the best of market technology of key partners, such as Taylor Manufacturing Systems, to deliver the most comprehensive and cost-effective enterprise information solution to the industrial sector world-wide. As the leader in providing the business value of distributed object technology for the industrial sector, SSA's product line, BPCS Client/Server, offers business process re-engineering and integration of all operations, including multi-mode manufacturing processes, configurable supply chain management, and global financial solutions. The distributed object computing architecture (DOCA) of BPCS Client/Server provides the benefits of next generation technology in conformance with industry standards. SSA and its partners provide full implementation support for BPCS Client/Server over 8000 customers in 71 countries worldwide. Visit SSA's home page at http://ssax.com

Note: BPCS is a registered trademark of SSA. BPCS Client/Server and DOCA are trademarks of SSA.

CONTACT: SSA:

Lee Copeland

Tel: 312/258-6098

Fax: 312/474-7500

Lee_Copeland@notegate.notes.ssax.com

or

Taylor Manufacturing Systems:

Ursula Hess

Strategic Business Unit

Tel: 770/368-4999

Fax: 770/368-4998
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