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Lilly Software Launches Special Interest Groups with Industry Forums at ENVISION 2002






08 October 2002, Hampton, NH (USA) — At this year’s annual User Conference, ENVISION 2002, Lilly Software Associates is both celebrating its 10 year anniversary and launching a new initiative to establish and support Special Interest Groups (SIGs) within its customer community. The SIGs will help Lilly Software to better capture the specific business requirements of vertical industries, particularly in the areas of automotive, aerospace and defense, and biomedical. The company has a variety of users within these industries and it is prepared to win more customers through the activities of these groups and the release of several new products.

To facilitate the initiation of the SIGs, Lilly Software will feature Special Industry Forums at the User Conference in Tampa, Florida. These Forums will allow current Lilly customers to participate in discussions on their particular industry needs. This will be the first opportunity for group members to meet and talk about their issues with Lilly Software representatives.

Attendees at this year’s conference will learn about the vertical solutions that Lilly Software has planned and will also have the opportunity to provide valuable input into upcoming application design. After the conference, Lilly Software will offer a mechanism for customers to have continued dialog with the company and other industry users.

Lilly has steadily been building its growth in the vertical markets over the last year. Prior to coordinating the Industry Forums, Lilly released two products that incorporated vertical-specific functionality: VISUAL Enterprise™ version 6.2.8 and VISUAL Enterprise™ Aerospace and Defense.

VISUAL Enterprise version 6.2.8 includes new automotive functionality that allows companies to dynamically manage distribution operations on a customer-by-customer basis. The software includes tools that enable users to verify order details, maintain price matrixes for parts by customer and date, establish shipping information, modify accumulators, and create thermal labels for orders. Lilly also offers a barcode transaction system to help companies simplify shipping procedures, consolidate pack lists, create Advanced Shipping Notices (ASNs), and automatically generate invoices. The automotive capabilities in version 6.2.8 streamline the EDI order entry and fulfillment process and ease the task of managing complex orders.

To help the aerospace and defense industry handle its complex orders and project management requirements, Lilly Software also released VISUAL Enterprise Aerospace and Defense. This solution incorporates standard enterprise functionality such as patented scheduling, inventory control, e-business, financials, and logistics with tools for Project Costing, Work Breakdown Structure, Project Control, and Project Execution. It helps companies control costs, track resources, and manage operations so they can deliver on-time and on-budget.

Lilly Software looks forward to developing other enhanced applications and to receiving feedback from the SIGs and Industry Forums. Lilly is committed to delivering superior customer service and to creating the most complete supply chain software solutions available. The Annual User Conference, ENVISION 2002, takes place at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel, October 9th-12th.

About Lilly Software Associates

Lilly Software Associates, Inc. provides a complete line of enterprise and supply chain solutions for manufacturers and distributors. The VISUAL Enterprise™ suite of products helps companies capture and analyze real-time data about all their business processes using ERP, Project Management, Business Performance Management, Quality Management, Customer Relationship Management, and Warehouse Management System capabilities. From award-winning software to strategies in Lean Manufacturing and TOC, Lilly Software offers companies the tools they need for higher productivity and profitability.

Most VISUAL® applications run on Windows® 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, UNIX®, LINUX, Novell®, using SQLBase®, Microsoft SQL Server®, or ORACLE® relational databases.

Lilly Software has received many industry awards for its products, service, and financial growth since its inception. Most recently, the company has been voted one of the Top 10 Best of Breed solutions for manufacturing by readers of Consumer Goods Technology, listed in Software Magazine's Top 500, selected as a Top 100 Logistics Information Technology Provider in Inbound Logistics, listed in the Top 100 Application Vendors in Supply Chain e-Business, included in MSI's Top 100 for its eighth year, and ranked as one of Start magazine's Hottest Companies.

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