PROGRESS TECHNOLOGY AND ASP PARTNERS RESCUE ADIDAS ECOMMERCE PROJECTS AFTER COLLAPSE OF PANDESIC – SAP’S AND INTEL’S ASP JOINT VENTURE. Thursday 1 March 2001 PDF Print adidas America works with Cutsey Business Systems & Allegrix to launch Progress-based ASP eCommerce sites. SLOUGH, March 1, 2001 — By switching to Progress® technology and Progress ASP ENablement (ASPEN™) partners, sportswear manufacturer adidas America launched its B2B2C eCommerce web sites on time, despite the collapse in July last year, of its original supplier – Pandesic – the ASP joint venture of SAP and Intel. Cutsey Business Systems had just four months to deliver its Progress-based FDM4® integrated retail application suite via an ASP, pay-by-usage model, when it beat larger competitors, including i2 Technologies, to create thestore.adidas.com and the teamsoccer.adidas.com integrated B2B2C eCommerce solutions. The successful launch, under extremely demanding time constraints, was made possible through the combined efforts of Cutsey, using the Progress Company’s e-business development tools and database technology and application infrastructure provider Allegrix, also an ASPEN member, and was driven by Dieter Schoenegger, adidas America's Chief Technology Officer. As late as November 2000, project abandonment was still an option. Schoenegger said: “I was forced to consider disbanding both of the adidas America eCommerce projects because of last summer’s unexpected collapse of our original eCommerce ASP, Pandesic. Ultimately, I decided to migrate to a new platform, although by then, the project deadline was less than five months away.” Schoenegger selected Cutsey’s perhaps less well-known, but “an order of magnitude more competitive”, integrated retail application for several reasons. It provided a better fit for the complexity of maintaining stock keeping units (SKUs) by product, style, size and colourway and for managing multiple warehouse order allocation. Cutsey’s system also integrated seamlessly with the adidas America’s outsourced UPS Logistics Group's warehousing system-distribution centre, which provides automated close to real-time inventory update across all elements of thestore.adidas.com web site. Schoenegger said: “ adidas America is celebrating a successful soft landing after the shock that ensued from the business failures of our original providers. Our integrated B2B2C environment offers more than 25,000 apparel, footwear and accessory SKUs with 25 sports categories, provides our web customers with up-to-the-moment product availability information and fulfilment of their online orders without a hitch.” John Cutsey, President of Cutsey Business Systems said: “Progress’ Rapid Application Development (RAD) tools gave us development speed that none of our competitors could match, along with a low cost of ownership, which also helped to meet Schoenegger’s rigorous specifications. The Progress RDBMS provided proven flexibility, scalability and performance that a world-class customer with a high volume transaction business such as adidas America requires. Finally, the Progress ASPEN Program introduced us to Allegrix, who offered the quality of data centre hosting and professional service support required by a customer of this calibre.” More information about Allegrix Inc: http://www.allegrix.com More information about Cutsey Business Systems: http://www.fdm4.com About the ASPEN Program The Progress Company's ASPEN program provides business planning assistance, strategic partnerships, technology and professional services to assist Progress ISVs in rapidly deploying their applications through the ASP model. The ASPEN Program consists of over 150 members that have deployed over 100 web-enabled applications spanning all vertical markets, and consists of more than 70,000 end-user seats globally. http://www.ASPconnections.com About the Progress Company The Progress Company is a global supplier of software technology and services for developing, deploying, integrating and managing e-business solutions. Products include application development tools, application servers, messaging servers, and the industry's most widely used, lowest-cost-of-ownership embedded database. More than 2000 independent software vendors (ISVs) and application service providers (ASPs) supply over $5 billion in Progress®-based applications and related services annually. Over 30,000 organisations across 100 countries - including 60% of the Fortune 100 - rely on Progress-based applications. http://www.progress.com Progress and ASPEN are registered trademarks or trademarks of Progress Software Corporation in the United States and other countries. Any other trademark and/or service marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners. Press enquiries to: Salli Roskilly, Saffron Communications. 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