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Hub Cap Annie USA Teams With MERANT to Take Thriving Business Online; Company Partners With MERANT to Reach Customers Worldwide.

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DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 17, 2000

Hub Cap Annie USA, the largest independent distributor of hub caps, today launched a unique Web site for car owners worldwide - www.hubcapannieusa.com. With an inventory of more than 80,000 hub caps, www.hubcapannieusa.com is the first e-commerce site designed to help customers quickly and easily find the perfect hub cap online and make purchases through a simple mouse click.

Jane Withers, founder and president of Hub Cap Annie USA, wanted a site robust enough to meet the needs or her global customer base, as well as be automated with her inventory, sales and billing systems. As a result, she contracted with e-business software solutions company, MERANT (NNM:MRNT; LSE:MRN), to design, develop and implement the site.

"I think the success of my business stems from my fear of mediocrity. If you're failing, you know it. But when you're mediocre, you might think you're doing okay," says Withers. "I have always strived to be the best, just to avoid being mediocre. I have the same attitude with e-business, and that's why I selected MERANT to help extend my business online. I knew they would be able to help me start from scratch and implement all of the detailed necessities for being successful in e-business."

Now live, www.hubcapannieusa.com is designed as an interactive catalog with pictures, descriptions and pricing for hundreds of the most popular hub caps. The site leverages the MERANT Egility(TM) framework to integrate with back-end systems including shipping, receiving, order entry and customer service, ensuring complete customer success.

"From small companies like Hub Cap Annie to well-known names like JD Williams, Nike, Wrangler and Healthtex, companies of all shapes and sizes rely on MERANT to provide a total e-business solution - the applications, design, and enterprise infrastructure needed to compete and grow with the economy," said George La Due, MERANT vice president of E-Solutions. "MERANT's e-business application development expertise and Hub Cap Annie's sheer desire to succeed are a winning combination that will drive the company to be the best in the business."

Through MERANT E-Solutions, MERANT creates comprehensive Internet applications that include business strategy, creative design, application development and legacy integration. MERANT E-Solutions are built upon the MERANT Egility framework - a comprehensive system combining expertise, market-leading technology, best practices and an extensive network of partners - to deliver infrastructure and enterprise-wide solutions to accelerate customers' e-businesses.

About Hub Cap Annie

Over the past 18 years, Jane Withers, president of Hub Cap Annie, has carved a unique profile as one of Denver's most enterprising business and community leaders. As founding president of the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the Governor's Economic Council and as chairperson to an advisory council to former Senator Hand Brown, R-Colorado, Jane Withers is no cookie-cutter success. Based in Denver, Colorado, Hub Cap Annie sells refurbished hub caps at typically half the cost of dealer prices. For more information about Hub Cap Annie, call 1-888-206-5992 or visit www.hubcapannieusa.com.

About MERANT

MERANT is a leading global e-business software solutions company that e-enables its customers. MERANT delivers complete application solutions to accelerate a company's e-business initiatives. Founded in 1976, MERANT is a global organization with over $360 million in annual revenues, 2,000 employees and more than 500 technology partners. More than 5 million professionals use MERANT technology and solutions at 35,000 customer sites, including the entire Fortune 100, the majority of the Global 500 and over 400 leading dotcoms. For additional information, visit http://www.merant.com.

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