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WebFOCUS to Deliver Business Analytics to 700 users across 20 European Countries

London, UK – 18 December 2002 – Information Builders, leader in business intelligence excelling in real-time information delivery over the Web, today announced that Eurodis Electron, the third largest electronic component distributor in Europe, has selected WebFOCUS as its pan European business intelligence reporting tool.

As a major electronic component distributor, Eurodis Electron offers an extensive product range and a variety of technical services to over 25,000 electronic equipment manufacturers and commercial customers in Europe. Eurodis Electron is deploying WebFOCUS to gain accurate and timely information on sales, margin and inventory. WebFOCUS will also be used to identify trends for business analysis and taking the organisation forward.

WebFOCUS will be installed at Eurodis Electron’s UK headquarters in Reigate and then rolled out to 700 users, from purchase and sales managers through to senior management, based in 20 different European countries. The Eurodis Election Group carries approximately €100m of inventory in its Dutch logistics centre, comprising 150,000 distinct component types. Warehouse staff are currently responsible for around a million line shipments per year to customers.

“The main driver for putting in place a business intelligence solution is that each of our Group companies has tended to develop their own reporting and analysis tools, and we urgently require a unified view of our business across Europe in order to maximise efficiencies and economies of scale.” said Philip Harrison, General Manager Group IT at Eurodis Electron. “It was also essential that the chosen solution was highly scalable in order to accommodate our expected significant future growth. We were impressed with WebFOCUS and felt a synergy with the Information Builders team.”

Jim Irving, Information Builders UK Managing Director, “Business intelligence is a valuable company asset, which enables companies to make strategic business decisions based on real-time company wide information. This is even more applicable in an unstable economic environment. Eurodis Electron shows a clear and powerful vision by implementing such a tool. The analytics that WebFOCUS provides will enable the company to assess the performance of its business in its entirety and make adjustments where it is needed.”

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About Eurodis
Eurodis Electron PLC (FTSE:ELH) is Europe's third largest distributor of electronic components and solutions, employing approximately 1000 staff in 20 countries and regularly servicing over 25,000 customers. Headquartered in Surrey UK, Eurodis reported sales to May 2002 of €566 million.

About Information Builders
Information Builders provides its customers with robust business intelligence, specialising in real-time information delivery over the Web. Headquartered in New York, Information Builders helps companies and government organisations improve their mission-critical operations by transforming data into usable information and delivering it to employees, managers, partners, and customers through the Internet. With the award-winning WebFOCUS solution, Information Builders delivers information for more than 11,000 global customer sites, including most of the Fortune 100 and all U.S. federal government agencies. The company employs 1,900 people worldwide and generated revenues exceeding $300 million in 2001. For more information, go to www.informationbuilders.com.

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Magdalen Bush/Sonia Panchal

Citigate Communications

Tel: 020 7535 9955/54

Fax: 020 7535 9998

email:magdalen.bush@citigatec.co.uk/sonia.panchal@citigatec.co.uk

Donna Land

Information Builders

Tel: 020 8982 4700

email:donna_land@ibi.com


Eurodis Contact:

Philip Harrison

Eurodis Information Systems Ltd

Tel: 01737 242464

Fax: 01737 229601

Email info@eurodis.com

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