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SYSPRO 6.0 Earns Highest Rating from CPA Software News.

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COSTA MESA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 7, 2002

SYSPRO has announced that the latest release of its enterprise software, SYSPRO 6.0, has earned five stars, the highest possible rating, from The CPA Software News in its annual review of selected manufacturing software solutions.

SYSPRO 6.0 is reviewed in the November 2002 edition of the publication, an industry-leading tabloid that's published for the CPA community by Cygnus Business Media. The review, entitled "SYSPRO Embraces Microsoft .NET Framework," was written by Brent Dirks, CPA, EA, MCSE, based on his scrutiny of a working copy of SYSPRO 6.0 software.

Dirks notes: "The new product (SYSPRO 6.0) continues the company's tradition of high-end accounting, manufacturing and distribution modules using modern technology suitable for companies $5 million to $1 billion annual sales category. With nearly 50 modules, available focusing on ERP, APS, SCM, CRM, SRM, Business Analytics and Collaborative Commerce, it's difficult to imagine a task or configuration that can't be accomplished with this product suite."

He describes the numerous functional and ease of use enhancements in SYSPRO 6.0, noting: "SYSPRO has an impressive array of modules addressing all aspects of the manufacturing process. SYSPRO's manufacturing modules include features for estimating; master scheduling; finite capacity planning; ordering; shop floor control; labor performance; costing; lot, serial and warranty tracking; purchasing/receiving; backflushing; material verification; capacity and material requirements planning; returned goods; approved vendor; blanket sales orders and purchase orders; and supply chain transfers. The software supports both short and long production runs in various manufacturing environments."

Dirks describes the technological foundations of SYSPRO 6.0 and the innovative role SYSPRO has demonstrated in applying this technology in the new release of its software: "SYSPRO 6.0 fully embraces the Microsoft .NET framework, the adoption of XML standards and a COM architecture.

"SYSPRO provides an extensive set of tools to assist third-party developers who wish to develop integrated add-ons that access, analyze and update the program's databases through protected business logic. SYSPRO e.net solutions provides a highly extensible capability for companies using various programming languages together with standardized Microsoft object oriented programming procedures."

Dirks' review concludes: "SYSPRO 6.0 clearly demonstrates the company's ongoing commitment to a product that embraces the latest software technologies. It has a broad range of modules that address nearly every conceivable facet of the manufacturing process."

SYSPRO 6.0 brings to fruition years of development. Based on Microsoft(R) .NET architecture and the XML standard, SYSPRO e.net solutions forms the foundation of SYSPRO 6.0. It is a component-based architecture designed to provide a highly cost-effective way for SYSPRO customers to integrate best-of-breed applications, maximize business-to-business trading and leverage wireless connectivity.

It is also the framework for a new generation of Web-based applications. These new applications developed using Microsoft ASP.NET and Microsoft. NET architecture will be customizable to meet customer requirements.

As well as ushering in a new generation of Web Services, SYSPRO 6.0 offers major new additions such as Business Analytics, Document Flow Management, integrated CRM and more powerful Finite Scheduling forming part of an integrated APS.

Business Analytics enables users to create multi-dimensional views of their financial and operational data. It includes a series of data mining cubes to produce dynamic, general and enterprise specific metrics, ratios and analyses. An administrator toolset allows for the manipulation of the cube(s) to suit customer requirements without any special On-line Analytical Processing (OLAP) knowledge.

The Document Flow Manager allows a company to automate business processes and build communication infrastructures that facilitate seamless collaborative commerce. The Document Flow Manager automates the flow of business transactions as they electronically arrive at a company in a XML document format. Inbound and outbound transactions can be tracked and posted directly and automatically into and from the ERP system.

SYSPRO CRM closes the gap between the front office and the back office by integrating all activities without duplicating input. With SYSPRO CRM sales, marketing and customer support operations work collaboratively to achieve total customer satisfaction. SYSPRO CRM offers powerful synchronization features and Web tools to facilitate remote and off-line access via browser, laptop and Web-enabled portable or handheld PDA devices.

SYSPRO 6.0 APS comprises 4 modules: Finite Capacity Scheduling, Factory Planning, Progress Tracking and Quality Monitoring. SYSPRO APS is aimed at improving lead times, increasing production flexibility, reducing inventory levels and increasing throughput.

SYSPRO 6.0 features enhancements in almost all existing modules. For example, the Quotations Module incorporates the hierarchical requirements for Projects and Contracts. The functionality in the Product Configurator has been extended; the Point of Sale entry has been enhanced with a more efficient means of accepting payment/deposits against normal orders; drill-down capability has been improved in a number of areas with increased security and visibility throughout the product.

SYSPRO is a world leader in providing manufacturing, distribution and financial accounting software solutions with thousands of installations in more than 50 countries. SYSPRO is one of the world's most honored software companies.

Recent milestones include: The K2 Quality Award for "Installation Channel/Methodology" for the SYSPRO STARS Implementation Methodology; Voted Number One in 2002 Middle Market ERP Software Survey Conducted by Accounting Research; Recipient of START Magazine's First Annual Vision Award (2001) and "Hottest Company" designation for three years; Named Finalist for Developer of Year (2002) by Software Council of Southern California; Ranked Among World's Top Software Companies by MSI Magazine, Managing Automation Magazine, Logistics Management Magazine and Software Magazine; and Given Highest Ratings in Accounting and Manufacturing Software Reviews by CPA Software News for ten consecutive years.

SYSPRO software is marketed worldwide through offices in the United States, Canada, Africa, Australia and the United Kingdom.

SYSPRO headquarters for the Americas are located in Costa Mesa, from which the company markets SYSPRO supply chain software to established and emerging companies in the United States, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

For additional information, contact Stan Goodrich at 714/437-1000, Ext. 248, or e-mail: stanley.goodrich@us.syspro.com; http://www.syspro.com or e-mail info@us.syspro.com.
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