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PROMIS SOFTWARE PORTING TO SUN PLATFORM

 SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Promis Systems Corporation Ltd. (TSE: PSW) announced today that its is porting its PROMIS software to the SPARC(R)/Solaris(R) platform from Sun Microsystems Computer Corporation (SMCC). PROMIS is one of the two most popular solutions for plant floor/manufacturing execution and previously was only available on VAX systems.
 Promis is migrating to UNIX(R) because of increasing customer demand for open hardware. "Many of our customers are asking for open, UNIX- based solutions," said Elliott Wassarman, president and chief executive officer of Promis Systems. "We expect dramatic sales growth from our Sun-based product." The Gartner Group predicts that the percentage of installed manufacturing applications running on UNIX will increase from 10 percent in 1992 to nearly 50 percent in 1997.
 Promis specifically chose SMCC because of its marketshare leadership in the UNIX area, the quality of its technology and the competitive price/performance of SPARC-based workstations and servers. Promis was also impressed with the ease in which programs can be ported from VMS to SPARC/Solaris.
 All core PROMIS functionality -- including tracking, scheduling, quality, resource management and automation -- will be ported to SPARC, making it the most fully-functional UNIX-based manufacturing execution program. In addition, Promis' Object Based Cell technology, an automation platform which links the plant floor and control software, will be available on Sun hardware.
 "More and more of the requests for manufacturing execution systems include a UNIX base as the architecture," said Julie Fraser, manufacturing executions systems software senior analyst at Advanced Manufacturing Research. "However, manufacturers still require the full functionality of an established plantwide software system. PROMIS software running on the Sun SPARC platform will provide both UNIX and broad functionality."
 PROMIS on SPARC, which runs on the Oracle RDBMS, is targeted at a variety of manufacturing industries including telecommunications, aerospace, electronics, pharmaceuticals and chemicals. Currently, VAX- based versions of PROMIS are installed at such companies as Motorola, Northern Telecom, ITT, AT&T, Raytheon, Rockwell, Texas Instruments, McDonnell Douglas, Hughes Aircraft, General Electric and Marion Merrell Dow.
 "The presence of our client-server technology in the manufacturing area is growing rapidly," said Mario Dal Canto, director of Technical and Industrial Market development for SMCC. "Adding PROMIS to the SPARC/Solaris portfolio further illustrates our momentum in this area." SMCC's revenues from the manufacturing systems market are expected to grow from $150 million in 1991 to $820 million by 1994, according to Advanced Manufacturing Research.
 The first customer shipment of PROMIS on SPARC will be June 1993.
 Since its formation in 1978, Promis Systems Corporation has become a predominant supplier of plant floor management software and manufacturing execution systems. Currently, more than 1000 PROMIS software modules are installed in 17 countries at over 100 leading manufacturing sites. Promis helps businesses solve manufacturing challenges including regulatory compliance, time to market, quality, competitiveness, productivity and customer service. The company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada with sales and marketing headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Promis has sales and support loctions throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Promis is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol PSW).
 Sun Microsystems Computer Corporation (SMCC) is the world's leading supplier of open client server computing solutions. Sun Microsystems, Inc., founded in 1982, has its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. and is a multi-billion dollar corporation doing business worldwide.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: When referring to the company, use Promis Systems Corporation Ltd. or Promis (initial cap only). When referring to the company's product use PROMIS in all caps.
 PROMIS is a registered trademark of Promis Systems Corporation.
 Sun, Sun Microsystems, Sun Logo, Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. and Solaris are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. All SPARC trademarks including the SCD Compliant Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microystems, Inc. Unix is a registered trademark of UNIX Systems Laboratories, Inc./
 /CONTACT: Sue Sweeney of Promis Systems, 408-441-9090 or Robert Manetta of Sun Microsystems Computer, 415-336-0979/
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