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+ Business intelligence software provides a detailed view on how an enterprise is performing
and lets management make more profitable decisions

Royston, Hertfordshire UK – October 4, 2004 – For immediate release:

Lilly Software Associates, a leading provider of supply chain management systems for
manufacturers and distributors, and Vanguard Solutions Group, a leading vendor of
performance management systems, has announced that since January this year more than
70 new customers – in Europe and the USA - have purchased the former's VISUAL Business
Intelligence(TM) software module.

"These companies have recognised that business intelligence software offers an effective and
affordable way to retain competitive edge and make themselves more profitable," said Clive
Mattson, Managing Director of Lilly Software's headquarters in Europe. With the pressure on
business today, the software is essential in helping companies stay in control and assisting
them in finding innovative ways to improve their performance."

Fully integrated with Lilly Software's supply chain management product line, VISUAL
Business Intelligence provides fast, easy access to enterprise-wide information and key
performance data. Users are given the ability to better interpret and analyse the data, and the
means to measure, manage, and improve performance.

Based on Vanguard Solutions Group's business intelligence technology known as Graphical
Performance Series(R), VISUAL Business Intelligence from Lilly Software Associates delivers
performance metrics that provide a clear insight into what is happening with revenue or
operating costs and, more importantly, reveals the reasons why. This capability lets managers
make more profitable business decisions by planning and validating their company's strategic
and tactical initiatives.

"The core concept behind Vanguard's solution is that business intelligence must be demand-
driven," said Tony Balio, President & CEO, Vanguard Solutions Group. "The business needs
of the user dictate the technical solution, not the other way around. Because Lilly Software
and Vanguard share this focus on the business needs of the user, our products integrate well.
Both are business-driven solutions designed for mid-market manufacturers, providing a rapid
implementation and requiring minimal investment."

Vanguard's background in manufacturing and ERP, combined with their dedication to provide
the small- to medium-size enterprise (SME) market with tools and technology that enable
customers to exploit their investments in data, make the company a perfect business partner,
claims Lilly Software.

Information about Vanguard Solutions Group, Inc.
Founded in 1993, Vanguard Solutions Group delivers performance management solutions
that help companies intelligently interpret and analyse business data. Vanguard enables
companies to leverage their investments in enterprise systems by transforming operational
data into business insights, providing the information basis for improved decision-making and
enhanced profitability. The company focuses on small and mid-sized manufacturers and has
deep domain expertise in the manufacturing industry. Vanguard is headquartered in Chicago,
with additional offices in the United Kingdom and affiliates around the world. Companies like
Bayer AG, Intertape Polymer Group, Noveon, Parker Hannifin and Valvoline rely on Vanguard
for enterprise reporting and analysis. Vanguard is a valued partner of leading technology firms
including IBM, PeopleSoft, Ciber, Lilly Software Associates, WorkWise, Agilisys and Marcam.
For more information, see

Information about Lilly Software Associates
Lilly Software Associates (LSA) provides a complete line of enterprise and supply chain
management solutions for manufacturers and distributors. With its easy-to-use graphical
nature, the VISUAL(R) suite of products helps companies capture accurate, real-time data
about their business processes using Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Advanced
Planning and Scheduling (APS), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Quality
Management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), E-Business and Warehouse
Management System (WMS) capabilities. Most VISUAL applications run on Windows NT,
UNIX, LINUX, VMS, Novell or OS400. They can use SQLBase, Microsoft SQLServer,
ORACLE or IBM DB2/400 relational databases and are certified for both IBM iSeries and
Netfinity servers.

Lilly Software's European headquarters are based in Royston, Hertfordshire, from where the
company manages a full range of sales and technical support services throughout the United
Kingdom, Ireland and continental Europe. The supplier is a founding member of the ERP
Vendors Forum, a group of leading software vendors that address the needs of the
manufacturing industry in the UK.


More information from:

Richard Hudson
Lilly Software Associates Ltd
Archway House, The Lanterns
Melbourn Street, Royston
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)1763 232222
Facsimile: +44 (0)1763 233333

Issued by:
Mark Mitchell
Pattison Mitchell & Associates

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7924 7700

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