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- Corporate Express signs deal with UK supplier to streamline development


Leeds, England – 5th March 2002– Corporate Express, Inc., a Buhrmann company (NYSE: BUH), the world's largest business-to-business supplier of essential office and computer products and services, announced today that it will adopt programme management techniques from The Program Management Group (PMG www.pm-group.co.uk) to reduce development costs for its major IT projects. The company, with revenues of billion in North America in 2001, has grown through acquisition and organic growth, and has around 100 active major IT projects at any time.


Corporate Express has signed the deal with PMG, UK pioneers in multi project management software, to help streamline IT development. The business-to-business office products supplier estimates it can make its 400-strong development team 10 per cent more efficient with PMG's Hydra3 programme management software, providing a return on investment within 10 months.


The deal comes at the end of a two-month pilot of PMG's Hydra3, involving between 10-15 staff. The pilot allowed Corporate Express managers to prioritise personnel resources, monitor development progress and accurately forecast schedules. Rollout to all development staff is expected in March.


"Technology innovation is one of the keys to the success of Corporate Express," said Monty Sooter, Chief Information Officer, Corporate Express. "With our commitment to technology and the recent growth of our company, we are constantly prioritising projects competing for limited resources. Programme management will allow us to work smarter to achieve more of our development objectives."


The company, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dutch company, Buhrmann NV, is constantly developing its eCommerce systems, merging the IT systems of acquired companies and updating its core ISIS order entry and purchasing system.


"We are delighted to have clinched this deal with a major corporate customer," commented Peter Bondar, CEO and Managing Director of PMG. "Corporate Express, like many corporations, is challenged with managing resources and has discovered that traditional project management tools are no longer effective. PMG has developed and proven the concept of programme management, which harnesses scarce resources and delivers them where they are needed."



The Program Management Group (PMG), based in Yorkshire's "Silicon Dale" designs, develops and markets programme management software and services. Founded as Hydra Development Corporation in 1996, the fast-growing company spent over four years developing and refining its revolutionary programme management product - Hydra, and has in less than 3 years established an international customer base of 32 global organisations, with over 5,000 users.


PMG's Hydra product is a complete programme management suite, offering resource-centric, multi-project, multi-site planning capabilities. Its patent, intelligent pre-emptive resource scheduling allows organisations to successfully plan and implement multiple simultaneous projects without the limitations of discrete task-centric project management tools.


For further information please contact:


Catherine Curtin
The Program Management Group
01937 54 71 71
Catherine.curtin@pm-group.co.uk


Peter Linton
Media Link
0118 984 3386
peter@medialink.co.uk


Van Hindes, Vice President Communications,
Corporate Express North America
(303) 664-3989
van.hindes@cexp.com

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