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 TORONTO, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Promis Systems Corporation (Toronto Stock Exchange: PSW) announced today that it is porting its PROMIS(R) software to the UNIX(R)-based Hewlett-Packard 9000 Series 800 computer platform. Promis is a leading supplier of plant floor and manufacturing execution software. Hewlett-Packard is the leading vendor of UNIX(R)-based Systems.
 According to Advanced Manufacturing Research (AMR) the manufacturing execution software market is growing at 15 percent - 25 percent, making it one of the fastest growing segments in the manufacturing software marketplace.
 UNIX(R) is becoming the preferred operating system of today's manufacturers. The Gartner Group believes that UNIX(R) related manufacturing applications will represent nearly 70 percent of systems sold in 1997.
 "The port of PROMIS to the Hewlett-Packard 9000 Series 800 platform further strengthens the leading positions of both companies in the MES market," stated Rocky Gunderson, director of Hewlett-Packard's Americas Industry Marketing Center.
 "We believe that a UNIX(R)-based solution utilizing an industry leading application from Promis, coupled with the industry leading Hewlett-Packard PA-RISC architecture, is a solution our customers will enthusiastically embrace. This advance will allow our customers to achieve all the advantages of Open Systems environments, such as lowered cost of hardware and standardized environments," said Elliot Wassarman, president and CEO of Promis Systems.
 As part of the agreement, Hewlett-Packard will jointly market PROMIS and provide technical assistance to Promis Systems for the port of the software to Hewlett-Packard's HP-UX environment. The HP-UX design and architecture of the PROMIS software will support Client/Server and be based on the Oracle database environment.
 The porting will include all PROMIS functionality and will provide a market leading, fully functional UNIX(R)-based manufacturing execution system. Beta software is scheduled for availability in the second calendar quarter of 1994.
 Since its formation in 1978, Promis Systems Corporation has become a predominant supplier of plant floor management software for manufacturing execution systems. Promis Systems recently acquired the business of Palette Systems Inc. of Nashua, New Hampshire, the market leader in Document Management and Quality Assurance software systems for highly regulated industries. Currently, more than 1200 PROMIS and PALETTE software modules are installed in 17 countries at over 180 leading manufacturing sites. Promis helps businesses solve manufacturing challenges including, productivity, time to market, quality, regulatory compliance, competitiveness and customer service. The company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada with Promis sales headquartered in San Jose, Calif. and Palette sales headquartered in Nashua, N.H. On a combined basis, Promis has 20 sales and support locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
 Hewlett-Packard is the third-largest computer supplier in the United States, with computer revenue in the excess of US$12 billion in its 1992 fiscal year.
 Hewlett-Packard is an international manufacturer of measurement and computation products and systems recognized for excellence in quality and support. The company's products and services are used in industry, business, engineering, science, medicine and education in approximately 100 countries. Hewlett-Packard has 94,900 employees and had revenues of US$16.4 billion in its 1992 fiscal year.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: When referring to the companies, please use Promis Systems Corporation or Promis, or Palette Systems Inc or Palette. When referring to the companies' products please use PROMIS or PALETTE in all caps.
 PROMIS and PALETTE are registered trade-marks of Promis Systems Corporation Ltd.
 1. HP-UX is based on and is compatible with USL's UNIX(R)2 operating system. It also complies with X/Open's(TM) 3 XPG4, POSIX 1003.1, 1003.2, 1003.2a, FIPS 151-1 and SVID2 interface specifications.
 2. UNIX is a registered trade-mark of UNIX System Laboratories Inc. in the U.S.A. and other countries.
 3. X/Open is a trade-mark of X/Open Company Limited in the UK and other countries.
 All other trade-marks are the property of their respective owners.
 /CONTACT: Frank Wood or Elliot Wassarman of Promis Canada, 416-960-0960/

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