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Epicor Named Progress Software’s ‘Partner of the Year’ for the Second Consecutive Year

  • 16 February, 2004 11:48

<p>Epicor recognised for strong growth and collaborative efforts in delivering industry-leading midmarket manufacturing solutions applying
Progress OpenEdge technology</p>
<p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sydney – February 16th, 2004</p>
<p>Epicor Software Corporation (NASDAQ: EPIC), a leading provider of integrated enterprise software solutions for midmarket companies, was named 2003 ‘Partner of the Year’ by the Progress Company, an operating unit of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) and a leading supplier of technology for building the world’s best business applications. Progress selects its partner award recipients based on their innovative use of Progress® OpenEdge™ technology, their focus on high-value initiatives and various collaborative efforts that have allowed them to deliver maximum business value in a slow economy.</p>
<p>This is the second year in a row that Epicor® has received the top honour, ‘Partner of the Year’, for demonstrating success in the delivery of a broad range of end-user manufacturing solutions, using a single set of advanced business logic processes based on the Progress OpenEdge platform.</p>
<p>"We’re pleased to recognise application partners like Epicor, that are meeting today’s challenging market conditions head on, developing innovative business solutions that provide real value to customers," said David Ireland, President of the Progress Company. "Epicor continues to successfully deliver a wide range of Progress-based solutions to midmarket manufacturers. And, we are pleased to recognise our partner’s outstanding accomplishments and to demonstrate our commitment to their success."</p>
<p>Epicor’s Manufacturing Solutions Group boasts over 6,500 midmarket manufacturing solutions customers worldwide. Recognising that these customers could realise significant productivity gains by combining the power of the Progress OpenEdge and Microsoft .NET platforms, Epicor rolled out the first phase of its next generation manufacturing strategy ‘Sonoma’ during 2003. The new solutions combine the customer driven functionality that exists in Epicor’s current solutions with the benefits of its service oriented framework and user interface (UI) to offer a new class of solution for midmarket manufacturers. The new Sonoma™ Class manufacturing solutions are being designed to offer customers increased levels of scalability, reliability and flexibility in implementing enterprise solutions with a natural upgrade path.</p>
<p>Phase one incorporated a single application framework across two of Epicor’s existing manufacturing solutions, Vista and Vantage. Both Vista and Vantage now offer support for Microsoft SQL Server and Progress RDBMS (Relational Database Management System), enabling customers to choose the technology that best fits their business. While Vista and Vantage now share a common application framework, their UI and workflow layers are unique to the markets that they serve.</p>
<p>“It is an honour to again be acknowledged by Progress for our accomplishments in delivering innovative solutions to midmarket manufacturers, leveraging Progress OpenEdge technology,” said Rick Borg, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Epicor’s Manufacturing Solutions Group. “The ‘Partner of the Year’ award is further validation of our position in delivering industry leading enterprise solutions to our customers that promote a rapid return on investment and low total cost of ownership, while enabling them to increase efficiency and productivity across their business.”</p>
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<p>Notes for Editors</p>
<p>About the Progress Company
The Progress Company simplifies the development, deployment, integration and management of the world's best business applications. Progress and its 2,000 Application Partners offer more than 5,000 Progress-based business applications that precisely fit customer needs and deliver competitive advantage. Customers purchase more than US$5 billion annually in cost-effective software and services from Progress and its partners.</p>
<p>Progress® OpenEdge™ platform enables its partners to deliver lowest cost-of-ownership applications that are rapidly implemented and easily integrated within and across the extended enterprise. The Progress Company is an operating unit of Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS) headquartered in Bedford, MA and may be reached at www.progress.com or +1-781-280-4000.</p>
<p>About Epicor Software Corporation
For 20 years, Epicor has been a recognised leader dedicated to providing integrated enterprise software to midmarket companies around the world. With over 15,000 customers, Epicor has delivered end-to-end, industry-specific solutions that enable companies to immediately improve business operations and build competitive advantage. Epicor's comprehensive suite of integrated software solutions for Customer Relationship Management, Financials, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Professional Services Management and Collaborative Commerce provide the scalability and flexibility to support long-term growth. Epicor's solutions are complemented by a full range of services, providing single point of accountability to promote rapid return on investment and low total cost of ownership. Epicor's worldwide headquarters is located in Irvine, California with offices and affiliates around the world. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.epicor.com.au</p>
<p>Epicor, Vista and Vantage are registered trademarks of Epicor Software Corporation. Progress and OpenEdge are trademarks or registered trademarks of Progress Software Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners. The product and service offerings depicted in this document are produced by Epicor Software Corporation and/or Progress Software Corporation.</p>
<p>Released on behalf of Epicor Software (Aust) Pty Ltd by Gotley Nix Evans Pty Ltd,
Level 2, 10-18 Cliff Street, Milsons Point NSW 2061, Australia</p>
<p>For further information please contact:</p>
<p>Jason du Preez
Epicor Software Australia and New Zealand
Level 32, 100 Miller Street, North Sydney NSW 2061, Australia
Phone: + 61 (0) 2 9927 6200</p>
<p>Press contact:</p>
<p>Kate Adams
Gotley Nix Evans Pty Ltd
Phone: + 61 (0) 2 9957 5555
Email: pr@gne.com.au</p>

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