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Macola Software to Support Microsoft Windows 2000; Customers to Benefit from Enhanced Internet Capabilities.

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MARION, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 17, 2000

Macola, the company that delivers software that businesses never outgrow, today announced support of Microsoft's Windows 2000 operating system. Support of the system is effective with Macola's next product update, scheduled for later this month.

"Macola's e-business solution, the Progression Series, will support Windows 2000, thus delivering to our customers the ability to extend Progression's flexibility and power by taking complete advantage of the Internet with Windows 2000's built-in Web and applications service," said company President and CEO Bruce A. Hollinger. "This platform is especially attractive to our small to midsize customer organizations because it combines cost-effective performance with reliability and Internet standard security."

Macola customers will find the Windows 2000 system cost effective since the Internet Information Server, Terminal Services and Distributed InterNet Applications Architecture all are bundled together. Additionally, some customers will be able to use Terminal Services as their Wide Area Network solution, which will provide additional cost savings.

Macola's fully integrated e-Business solutions offers financial, distribution and manufacturing applications specifically developed for the small to midsize marketplace. Because Macola's Progression Series applications are Microsoft Windows 2000 compliant, customers are assured that when they purchase Macola and Microsoft Windows 2000 they have a solution that will provide them with superior integration between their Internet business-to-business initiatives and their e-Business back office backbone. Additional business benefits for customers include Microsoft Windows 2000's overall enhanced performance and simplified Management Console.

Macola delivers Microsoft-based technologies to growth-oriented small and midsize companies. Enterprises worldwide operate their businesses using Macola software, relying on it to manage over $100 billion annually. Four new companies commit to Macola Software every day. Since 1990, Macola's corporate growth has continued to average over 30 percent a year. During the last two years, Macola experienced a dramatic expansion of more than 347 percent in international sales, which now represent approximately 15 percent of annual revenues.

Founded in 1971 and headquartered in Marion, Ohio, Macola is a privately owned global company with over 300 employees. Macola provides client/server manufacturing, distribution, and financial solutions in more than 100 countries including Mexico, South Africa, The United Kingdom, The United Arab Emirates, and China through its Business Partner Network.

Macola is a Microsoft Solution Provider Partner, offering a product line that takes full advantage of the Microsoft Windows and BackOffice environments. Macola's signature product, Progression Series 7.5, is a client/server application designed to combine robust functionality with flexibility and scalability that businesses can leverage today and well into the future.

Macola Software's Progression Series is an award-winning product line. Macola was named by start magazine as one of the "Hottest Companies of 1999." Macola was also included in Manufacturing Systems' list of the "Top 100 Manufacturing Software Vendors" for 1999. Accounting Today magazine named Macola's Progression Series Distribution software as one of the "Top 100 Software Products in 1999." For more information, access
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