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DMR Implements New IT for Sanofi Pharmaceuticals; DMR's Pharmaceutical IT Practice provides Sanofi With New, Complete, Business-Critical Information Systems.

EDISON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 21, 1998--DMR Consulting Group Inc. (DMR) today announced completion of a major information systems implementation project with Sanofi Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The project, begun in September 1997, involved the implementation, modification and integration of a Contracts Management and Rebate System using the CARS(R)/IS (Contract Administration and Reporting System/Integrated System) package from Systems Consulting Company, Inc. (SCC). The companies worked together to achieve the business goals of Sanofi.

"Sanofi was looking to find a way to enhance, streamline and improve our contracting capabilities to better serve our customers," said Kevin O'Rourke, chief information officer, Sanofi Pharmaceuticals, Inc. "We wanted a flexible approach to conduct contracting activities, but we also wanted a system that put more capabilities into the hands of the contracting personnel and would reside on a client/server architecture.

"We sought the help of DMR after reviewing several proposals from competitors. We wanted an experienced team to partner with so that we could quickly implement a re-engineered and improved contracting process. We also partnered with DMR to deliver the project quickly and, at the same time, transfer the skills from DMR to Sanofi so that we could support the new system on a going-forward basis."

Sanofi chose CARS/IS, a Windows NT(R)-based, PowerBuilder(R) suite of software applications and modules designed for healthcare manufacturers. It is Oracle-based with interfaces to other systems and, in the DMR/Sanofi implementation, it is run on a UNIX platform.

"DMR's experience with previous CARS/IS implementations, and having an IT practice focusing specifically on the pharmaceutical industry positioned us well for this project," said Janet Rotchford, vice president, Pharmaceutical/Commercial Branch, DMR Consulting Group. "We began with a conference room pilot last September that served as a system test and a proof-of-concept. We then moved to full implementation involving data conversion from the mainframe to the CARS/IS environment through a series of data mapping exercises, file transfers and load transfers to the Oracle database."

"The project went well," said Sanofi CIO O'Rourke. "We were on-time and within budget. We have a good approach in terms of partnering with the outside vendor, DMR, and our internal customers in contracting. Like any project, there were challenges technology, time, money - but the team worked hard to respect the deadlines and serve up a meaningful solution which helps the business."

Founded in 1973, Sanofi is a global healthcare company with more than 27,000 employees in some 100 countries. With world headquarters in Paris, France, Sanofi's primary area of business is ethical pharmaceuticals. Other areas of business include diagnostics, animal health, and perfumes and beauty products. Sanofi Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is Sanofi's U.S. pharmaceutical subsidiary. It has 1,600 employees, which includes members of the sales force and those based at Sanofi locations in Des Plaines, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri, Malvern, Pennsylvania - the U.S. site for Sanofi Research - and New York City, the site of operational headquarters.

DMR Consulting Group Inc., Amdahl Corporation's professional services company, is a leading international provider of information technology services to business and public enterprises, employing 8,000 professionals in the United States, Canada, Asia-Pacific and Europe. Its U.S. headquarters are located in Edison, New Jersey, with its Year 2000 practice based in Jersey City. The company's services include IT strategy, re-engineering, benefits realization, systems development and integration, as well as outsourcing and Year 2000 conversion services.

CONTACT: DMR Consulting Group, Inc.

Kristen Cirillo

Communications Manager

Tel: (732) 744-8087

E-mail: kcirillo@dmr.com

or

Sanofi

Terry Kelley

Corporate Communications

Tel.: (212) 551-4007

E-mail: terry.kelley@us.sanofi.com

or

LVA Communications

Marthee M. Synodi

Tel.: (860) 739-5598

E-mail: marthee@lva.com

or

Web site: http://www.dmr.com
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