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LBMS and Software Productivity Research announce strategic partnership; Market leading process management toolset integrated with knowledge based estimation capabilities.

HOUSTON and BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 2, 1997--LBMS Inc. (NASDAQ: LBMSY), a leading provider of process management products and Software Productivity Research, Inc. (SPR), a leading software estimation and management firm, today announced a strategic alliance. Under the terms of the alliance:

--LBMS will resell SPR KnowledgePLAN, SPR knowledge-based software estimation tool, to LBMS Process Engineer users.

--SPR and LBMS will integrate SPR KnowledgePLAN and LBMS's Process Engineer to provide knowledge-based estimating capabilities to Process Engineer users.

--SPR will provide metrics, measurement and benchmarking services to Process Engineer users.

"The combination of SPR KnowledgePLAN and Process Engineer provides a unique solution to organizations wishing to improve the quality, productivity and economics of the applications development process," said Rich Gazoorian, vice president of strategic sales and marketing for SPR. "It also provides a significant competitive advantage to LBMS as no other process management vendor provides a knowledge-based estimating capability with such powerful facilities." SPR KnowledgePLAN brings the strength of high-end, knowledge-based estimation software to the desktop. It is a fundamentally new tool for software estimation that is based on experience captured from more than 6,700 application development projects. This knowledge base has been gathered over the years from many different types of application hardware, software and organizational environments and is continually updated by SPR.

Process Engineer (PE), the industry's leading process management environment, automates and drives the application development process. PE fosters the establishment of best practices throughout the development organization and reduces development costs and cycle times while increasing application quality. PE holds the leading position in the process management marketplace with an installed base of more than 1,000 implementations worldwide.

"We are extremely excited to partner with SPR," said Rick Pleczko, senior vice president of product marketing and development at LBMS. "SPR's experience in measurement and metrics is unrivaled in the industry and the combination of Process Engineer and SPR KnowledgePLAN provides a unique and powerful solution for organizations aggressively pursuing software process improvement programs."

Together, KnowledgePLAN and Process Engineer provide users with a rich set of functionality including the ability to:

--Develop estimates for projects by profiling their activities against similar projects in the SPR KnowledgePLAN knowledge base. This is especially useful in project selection and project portfolio management.

--Calibrate estimates developed using Process Engineer's estimating engine and best practice processes against the industry experience contained in the KnowledgePLAN knowledge base.

--Use the SPR KnowledgePLAN knowledge base and SPR benchmarking services to provide quantitative analysis of improvements gained using the Process Engineer toolset, and comparative analysis against industry norms for application development productivity.

Software Productivity Research is a worldwide provider of software tools and consulting services that enable organizations to compete more effectively through predictable, on-time delivery of high-quality software. Founded in 1984 by industry authority, Capers Jones, SPR has amassed one of the most comprehensive knowledge bases on the major factors influencing software development and maintenance. Software Productivity Research clients include Amdahl, AT&T, British Air, Credit Suisse, Dun & Bradstreet, DuPont, Fidelity Investments, Ford Motor Co., IBM, McDonald's, Motorola, and the U.S. Treasury Department, among many others. SPR is headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, with satellite offices in Sacramento, Washington, DC, Chicago and the United Kingdom. For additional information, call SPR at 617/273-0140 or visit SPR Web site at

Based in Houston, Texas, LBMS Inc. is the leading provider of process management products to Fortune 1000 organizations. LBMS's integrated line of process management products provide organizations with a library of best practices for all areas of applications development, and a comprehensive set of tools for process -0-

SPR KnowledgePLAN is a registered trademark of Software Productivity Research. Process Engineer is a registered trademark of LBMS Inc.

CONTACT: LBMS Inc., Houston

Susan Williams, 713/625-9321


Miller/Shandwick Technologies (For LBMS)

Doug Black/Stacia Anson, 617/536-0470


Collaborative Communications (For SPR)

Alison Buckholtz/Jocelyne Fauerbach, 617/547-5445
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