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TACO BELL NAMES STATE OF THE ART INC.'S M.A.S 90(R) EVOLUTION/2(TM) ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE AS THE RECOMMENDED SOLUTION FOR ITS FRANCHISEES

TACO BELL NAMES STATE OF THE ART INC.'S M.A.S 90(R) EVOLUTION/2(TM)

ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE AS THE RECOMMENDED SOLUTION FOR ITS FRANCHISEES
 IRVINE, Calif., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- After an in-depth review process, State Of The Art Inc.'s (NASDAQ: SOTA) M.A.S 90(R) EVOLUTION/2(TM) will be the recommended accounting software solution for more than 300 Taco Bell Corp. franchisees, according to David S. Samuels, president and chief executive officer of State Of The Art. State Of The Art is presenting the M.A.S 90 product line at Taco Bell's 30th anniversary franchise meeting in Maui this week. "We are pleased to have been recommended as the accounting software solution for Taco Bell's national franchise network and honored to be participating at this forum," Samuels said. "This is a significant accomplishment for State Of The Art and it serves to reinforce our long-standing commitment to developing superior products and our emphasis on superior quality customer service."
 "We look forward to working with Taco Bell to assist with the development of the comprehensive automated accounting management program for its franchise owners. By combining M.A.S 90 EVOLUTION/2 with Taco Bell's TACO (Total Automation of Company Operations) sales and inventory management system, franchise owners can have key management information to make crucial decisions in today's increasingly competitive fast food market," said Jennifer Wilson, State Of The Art's vice president of sales.
 "This opportunity with Taco Bell enables State Of The Art to develop a high level of expertise in the corporate franchise industry and leverage our knowledge to serve other franchisees in the future," Wilson added.
 To ensure the smooth installation of M.A.S 90 EVOLUTION/2, State Of The Art has selected on of its national consulting partners, the Big Six accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand, to handle M.A.S 90 EVOLUTION/2 implementations at franchise locations across the country. "Coopers & Lybrand was the eminent choice to handle Taco Bell implementations because of their large base of highly qualified M.A.S 90 EVOLUTION/2 software consultants," said Wilson. "In addition to installing our products, Coopers & Lybrand will also provide training for franchisees participating in this program."
 According to Lynn Edelson, west region partner in charge of Information Technology Audit Services (ITAS) at Coopers & Lybrand, "We were delighted to have been selected as the firm to handle the installations. Our ability to provide national support for M.A.S 90 EVOLUTION/2 installations was a primary advantage when State Of The Art approached us with the Taco Bell opportunity. And, of course, because of the number and locations of our microcomputer advisory specialists, we will be there after the installations to provide ongoing support for franchise owners."
 In choosing an accounting software solution to recommend to its franchisees, Taco Bell conducted a rigorous review process. The primary criteria considered during the review included: product strength and flexibility, ease of learning and use, accommodation and tracking of select non-financial data, a strong distribution and support network and competitive pricing. The product's versatility was also an important issue as Taco Bell was seeking an automated accounting software solution that offered the ability to handle small and large franchise organizations, to grow with individual businesses and to function in a variety of hardware and operating environments.
 Once the field was narrowed to a few select packages, the software companies provided Taco Bell and a franchise task force with product demonstrations. "Based on feedback from these demonstrations, as well as on comparative literature, we recommended M.A.S 90 EVOLUTION/2 from State Of The Art to our franchise community," said Andrea Eichhorn, manager of franchise marketing and franchise sales for Taco Bell. "The State Of The Art product line best meets all of the criteria considered in our evolution process."
 Founded in 1981, State Of The Art develops and markets high-end accounting software for microcomputers. The company's product line, M.A.S 90 EVOLUTION/2 can be integrated into a comprehensive accounting solution for virtually any size or type of business and is available in three standard operating environments: single-user DOS, DOS network and UNIX. The company's Authorized Resellers and Software Consultants, located throughout the U.S. and Canada, are comprised of more than 4,500 public accounting firms and 700 professional value-added resellers (VARs). End-user list prices for most of the company's general accounting and vertical market applications begin at $799 to $999.
 State Of The Art and the M.A.S 90 EVOLUTION/2 product line have received numerous industry awards. The company was ranked No. 7 out of the "200 Best Small Companies in America" by Forbes, and BusinessWeek included it among the publication's "High-Tech Hotshots," a listing of the 25 fastest growing startups in the nation. In addition, PCWeek placed State Of The Art as the No. 1 business software company in its "Poll of Corporate Satisfaction" and the company also achieved the highest overall rating of all business-oriented software products polled.
 M.A.S 90 EVOLUTION/2 has been rated as the No. 1 general ledger accounting package priced between $500 and $1,000 by PCWeek. Other M.A.S 90 EVOLUTION/2 awards include receiving the highest overall score in the VARBUSINESS "1991 Accounting Software Report Card;" rating first among high-end accounting software package in Computers In Accounting's "Software Survey;" achieving the top overall evaluation in Software Digest's "Ratings Report;" and earning the "All Star Software Award" from CPA micro report.
 State Of The Art completed an initial public offering of 3,450,000 shares of its common stock on May 31, 1991. The stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol SOTA.
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 /CONTACT: Geri Schanz of Galusha & Associates, 714-476-1009, for State Of The Art/
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