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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.

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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



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