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MDIS enhances service with new organization.

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 10, 1995--McDonnell Information Systems (MDIS) announced a new organization responsible for its U.S., Canadian and Latin American operations.

The previously separate PRO-IV application development software and Chess manufacturing software operations are now being combined into a single organization, MDIS North America.

The new organization, based in Los Angeles, will be headed by Steve Young, who has been serving as chief operating officer for Chess - U.S. operations. Young will report to Bill Krehbiel, chief executive officer of the Chess Business Unit, who continues to have worldwide responsibility for that organization.

"Combining these two North American operations insures increased customer support capability, reduced time to market for our products and an increase in quality for all of our products and services," stated Young. "We are excited about the opportunity to combine these two fine groups, allowing us to take full advantage of the strengths of both."

The changes do not affect the international operations of either Chess or PRO-IV. For example, the UK Chess and European Chess groups will continue to distribute and support Chess in Europe and the United Kingdom. In addition, the PRO-IV Product Development team, responsible for ongoing development of the highly regarded PRO-IV family of rapid application development tools, will continue to report to the director and general manager of the PRO-IV Business Unit, Pat Endacott.

The Development Team, which is being doubled in size, will be based in Irvine, Calif., completing a shift in focus to the United States.

By combining North American sales, marketing, support and administrative functions, customers will have the benefit of increased access to technical support and other services.

MDIS also expects to be able to better leverage the sales and marketing functions by having both the PRO-IV and Chess sales representatives assist each other on joint opportunities in their respective markets.

PRO-IV is an enterprise Rapid Application Development (RAD) system used by value-added resellers (VARs) throughout the world to create mission-critical applications for a variety of marketplaces, including banking, insurance, distribution, government, library systems, as well as manufacturing.

The scalability and portability of the recently released PRO-IV Version 3 protects the enormous investment in application software already made by the MDIS VAR community. For example, it allows them to simply re-generate their applications with a Microsoft Windows-based presentation while also deploying them across mid-range and mainframe environments.

Chess is a leading ERP (enterprise resource planning) open-manufacturing planning and control system used by discrete and repetitive manufacturers to more effectively use their production resources, reducing costs and time-to-market.

Written in PRO-IV, Chess is known throughout the industry for its extensive features and functionality, high-quality customer support, and its cost-effective and exceptionally fast implementation, typically less than six months.

Listed on the London Stock Exchange, MDIS is a $250 million global supplier of advanced software applications and application development tools.

An independent British information systems company, MDIS produces and distributes open systems software and hardware products around the world as well as providing a variety of industry-specific application packages, facilities management, disaster recovery, and a full range of supporting services to local and central governments, libraries, law enforcement, healthcare organizations, the manufacturing industry, financial institutions and commerce.

The company currently has over 270 package solutions available, with tens of thousands of users worldwide. MDIS currently employs approximately 2,000 people and has operating subsidiaries in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan, as well as the United Kingdom.

CONTACT: MDIS North America, Irvine

John Bridges, 714/724-5600, 310/306-4000 Ext. 2293
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