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IBM SELECTS STATE OF THE ART AS AN AUTHORIZED SOFTWARE SUPPLIER AND STRATEGIC MARKETING PARTNER

 IBM SELECTS STATE OF THE ART AS AN AUTHORIZED SOFTWARE SUPPLIER
 AND STRATEGIC MARKETING PARTNER
 IBM and Dickens Data Systems to Establish
 State Of The Art's Resellers as IR Affiliates
 IRVINE, Calif., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- State Of The Art (NASDAQ: SOTA) has been approved as an authorized software supplier for the IBM RISC System/6000 product line in a new strategic marketing partnership formed with IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Dickens Data Systems. State Of The Art UNIX Resellers will have the opportunity to become an IBM Industry Remarketer Affiliate (IR Affiliate) for the RS/6000. With IR Affiliate status, State Of The Art Resellers will gain access to RS/6000 hardware, peripherals and technical support through IBM and Dickens Data Systems. They will also gain access to IBM's distribution channel. In turn, IBM will increase sales and distribution by teaming up with an award winning accounting software company and its national distribution channel and Dickens Data Systems will also gain access to State Of The Art's resellers and increase their distribution reach in the market.
 "We are honored to be selected by IBM as an authorized software supplier; it's comparable to receiving the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval in the computer industry. State Of The Art is looking forward to working with IBM and Dickens Data Systems in this significant marketing partnership. It will be a dynamic relationship that will genuinely benefit all parties," said David S. Samuels, president and CEO of State Of The Art. "We are pleased to offer this profitable opportunity to our Resellers. On May 8th, State Of The Art will host the first in a series of national seminars with IBM and Dickens Data Systems for our Resellers to introduce them to IBM's distribution network, the RS/6000 technology, Dickens value-added programs and to provide information and training so they can get the maximum advantage from this new partnership. We will also be announcing a new marketing assistance program for our IR Affiliate Resellers to help them communicate this significant relationship in their local markets," Samuels continued.
 Dickens Data Systems is designated as an IBM RISC System/6000 Managing Industry Remarketer. "State Of The Art's M.A.S 90(R) EVOLUTION/2(TM) product line is well received in the UNIX market. It is also easily configured to different markets, providing multiple industry solutions," said Jack Smith, vice president of marketing and technical services for Dickens Data Systems. "Combining State Of The Art's strong applications and national distribution strategies with Dickens value-added programs and the IBM RS/6000 is an exciting opportunity for all -- IBM, State Of The Art, Dickens, and most importantly, the reseller."
 "In seeking partners for the Industry Remarketer program, we selected State Of The Art because they have an outstanding accounting software solution as evidenced by the numerous industry awards both the company and the product have received. In addition, State Of The Art's unique national reseller channel, comprised of over 700 Value Added Resellers (VARs) and 4,500 public accounting firms was a key criteria in our decision. Combining the advantages of both the software solution and the reseller channel with AIX Version 3 and the IBM RS/6000 will be a powerful partnership," said John Bunyan, manager of new business and channel marketing for the wholesale distribution industry, IBM U.S. Marketing and Services. "We are very impressed with State Of The Art as a software developer and the stringent qualification process they have implemented to screen resellers; this coupled with Dickens sphere of influence and packaging of value-added services will provide an excellent solution for end-users.
 "State Of The Art's UNIX Authorized Resellers will have the opportunity to provide their customers with a premiere hardware platform, a multi-user business system solution in the UNIX environment, a broad product line and the price/performance ratio customers are seeking in today's economy," said Bunyan.
 "We are continually seeking new marketing and profit opportunities for our Resellers," said Jennifer Wilson, vice president of sales for State Of The Art. "Not only will they be able to offer their customers the IBM RS/6000, but they will also be able to team up with local IBM offices on joint marketing efforts and implementations."
 Dickens Data Systems provides UNIX products and services as a Value- Added Distributor, manufacturer and systems integrator. The Authorized Dickens Dealer channel includes over 350 resellers who provide industry- specific solutions nationwide. Dickens is based in Norcross, Ga., with four offices throughout the United States and conducts business in over 16 countries worldwide.
 Founded in 1981, State Of The Art develops and markets high-end accounting software for microcomputers. The company's product line, M.A.S 90 EVOLUTION/2, can be integrated into a comprehensive accounting solution for virtually any size or type of business and is available in all three industry standard operating environments: UNIX, DOS network and single-user DOS. The company's Authorized Resellers and Software Consultants, located throughout the United States and Canada, are comprised of more than 700 professional value-added resellers (VARs) and 4,500 public accounting firms. State Of The Art's UNIX Authorized Resellers typically charge between $1,300 and $2,000 for general accounting and vertical market applications in the UNIX environment.
 State Of The Art and the M.A.S 90 EVOLUTION/2 product line have received numerous industry awards. The company was ranked number seven out of "The 200 Best Small Companies in America" by Forbes, and BusinessWeek included it among the publication's "High-Tech Hotshots," a listing of the 25 fastest growing startups in the nation. In addition, PCWeek, placed State Of The Art as the number one business software company in its "Poll of Corporate Satisfaction" and the company also achieved the highest overall rating of all business-oriented software products polled.
 M.A.S 90 EVOLUTION/2 has been rated as the number one general ledger accounting package priced between $500 and $1,000 by PCWeek. Other M.A.S 90 EVOLUTION/2 awards include receiving the highest overall score in the VARBUSINESS "1991 Accounting Software Report Card;" a readers' software survey in Computers In Accounting named the product line the most popular high-end solution with end-users; achieving a four star rating in Software Digest's "Ratings Report;" and earning the "All Star Software Award" from CPA micro report.
 State Of The Art completed an initial public offering of 3,450,000 shares of its common stock on May 31, 1991. The stock is traded on NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol SOTA.
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