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Categoric and eBECS undertake strategic marketing push to BAAN UK user base

Leatherhead, United Kingdom, 14 February 2001 - Categoric Software, the leader in alerting infrastructure technology, has strengthened its partnership agreement with eBECS, the specialist in e-commerce solutions and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems. eBECS is committed to delivering Categoric's Xalerts software, and is now officially the preferred Categoric partner for addressing the alerting requirements of BAAN UK customers.

Having developed expertise in Xalerts technology over the last half of 2000, eBECS now offers personalized alerts as an integral part of the Baan solution portfolio. Xalerts enables eBECS's customers to better manage all aspects of the business and specifically inventory and logistics issues by delivering mission-critical information to key decision makers in real-time via any multichannel device, so that immediate action can be taken.

Commenting on the partnership, Andrew Rumney, Group Sales Director at eBECS said: "eBECS is delighted to be considered the preferred partner for Categoric to address the BAAN UK community. The strengthening of our relationship validates our role as accredited providers of the full benefits of Categoric Xalerts. Xalerts allows our clients to get the best out of ERP, returning the power of information distribution back to the individual."

Xalerts is delivered as part of eBECS's portfolio of products and complements their market leadership in providing strategic and product-led e-business implementations to enterprise organizations. The integrated alert-driven ERP solution, powered by Categoric Xalerts 5.0, enables organizations to optimize their ERP systems by delivering mission-critical information as it happens.

Xalerts 5.0 is the industry-leading alerts software developed to manage and prioritise the flow of information, through an organization’s existing communications channels (including email, Web, SMS, WAP, pager and fax). Categoric's software solution can be used to support manufacturing processes, logistics and even customer relationship management issues.

As enterprises are moving towards mobile e-business, Xalerts enables customers to extend the benefits of ERP to a new range of devices. Xalerts can be delivered via any wireless or wireline device, enabling eBECS to immediately offer its clients the ability to alert its customers, employees, investors and business partners about mission critical information, at any time in any location.

"ERP helps companies generate all the critical information they need. Xalerts helps companies access that information when they need it. This is why it makes sense for us to work closely with eBECS," said Thorgeir Einarsson, CEO and co-founder of Categoric Software. "What businesses need is access to the right information at the right time, regardless of whether the employee is at his desk, on the shop floor or out at lunch. Information has to be totally mobile, interactive and personalized and delivered in real time via multichannel devices. We look forward to developing our ties with eBECS further and working with them to reach more of the enterprise businesses that need us."



About Categoric Software

Categoric Software is a first mover in alerting infrastructure technology for the multichannel enterprise. Categoric’s component-based development platform and technology-enabling services empower companies to rapidly build, deploy and manage alerting applications vital to competing in today’s time-sensitive world. The highly scaleable technology interacts with multiple data sources across the enterprise to detect critical events and send relevant, personalized alerts to individuals anytime, anywhere and via any communications channel, including e-mail, Web, SMS, WAP, pager or fax. It also enables them to respond to alerts by initiating previously defined actions. At work in over a hundred Global 1000 companies, Categoric’s software helps its clients and partners in financial services, corporate portals and supply chain management to activate business processes and, thus, enhance speed, productivity, collaboration and customer loyalty.
Founded in 1996, Categoric is privately held with investments from Nokia Ventures, T-Ventures (the investment arm of Deutsche Telekom), BancBoston Capital, and Alta Berkeley Ventures. Alliance partners include Logica, Sage, ACT, Armature, Artemis Project Management, Optum, American Software, Qiva, and Tecsys. The company maintains dual headquarters in Sterling, Virginia, and Leatherhead, United Kingdom, and offices worldwide. www.categoric.com

About eBECS

The eBECS group is dedicated to business innovation through electronic trading for the enterprise market. Focusing on Business-to-Business e-commerce and utilising its expertise in strategic analysis, business process re-engineering, requirements and systems analysis, systems development and enterprise integration. eBECS provide a technology and business partnership approach, which at its heart removes the complexity and hype surrounding the e-commerce world. eBECS's experience has been developed through the implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Systems, and participation in a wide range of web based technology projects in the Private Sector and Government. The in-house technical and application team currently works with its partners on the next Generation Enterprise e-commerce tools, using the latest in software development technologies. For additional information about eBECS visit its website at http://www.ebecs.com


call +44 (0) 20 7670 1684 or e-mail enquiries@ebecs.com

Media Contacts

Caroline Ward/Ben Bush

The CroCodilePR

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Sue Liggett

Categoric Software

+44 (0)1372 368800

sliggett@categoric.com


Andrew Rumney

eBECS

+44 0207 670 1684

arumney@ebecs.com

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