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Fast Installation and Easy Networking Result from the Combination of VISUAL Jobshop and the Toshiba Magnia® SG20 Wireless Server


14 May 2003, Hampton, NH (USA) — Lilly Software Associates is offering wireless networking at an affordable price for its VISUAL Jobshop® customers. Following its recent announcement about wireless possibilities for VISUAL Enterprise™ users through the integrated VISUAL Mobile™ solution, Lilly Software is now bundling its popular software solution for small manufacturers, VISUAL Jobshop, with the Toshiba Magnia® SG20 Wireless Mobility Server. Jobshop customers can choose to install their systems and connect their businesses faster than ever before with the Magnia SG20’s simple Web-based set-up and network configuration tools.

The Magnia SG20 Server offers a variety of benefits including storage for centrally located files, built-in configurable firewall, file/print sharing, Internet and printer gateway, Web caching, content filtering, backup capabilities, convenient access to local e-mail and to the Web, remote IT administration features, and 80GB of storage capacity. The Magnia SG20 also offers users access to data from any remote location via the Internet through its built-in Virtual Private Network (VPN) feature. This complete networking solution improves the delivery of critical operations data to employees, encourages collaboration, and includes security features that work to protect information from unauthorized access or intrusion. The Toshiba server integrates with a company’s existing infrastructure or acts as a stand alone intranet solution.

“The Magnia SG20 preloaded with our VISUAL Jobshop software offers customers an out-of-the-box solution with reliable, powerful, secure networking capabilities at minimal cost,” says Sam Pollard, Manager of Lilly Software’s Small Manufacturing Division. “This solution is perfect for small manufacturers who do not currently operate networked computers or want the advantages of mobile wireless capabilities. These businesses can now install a competitive solution in minutes, download their data into a single integrated system, network their offices, and start seeing benefits without the need for on-site network expertise. Toshiba specifically designed its system so that the average computer user can perform network set-up without specialized and expensive IT assistance.”

VISUAL Jobshop is a software solution specifically designed for growing manufacturers. It combines quoting, order entry, material and service purchasing, inventory control, production, labor data collection, shipping, and invoicing capabilities. VISUAL Jobshop includes functionality that rivals more complex ERP systems, but offers do-it-yourself implementation with easy-to-learn Windowsâ features. The application provides extensive managerial reports and an “actual costing only” design.

With the wireless connectivity of VISUAL Jobshop on the Magnia SG20, companies no longer have to use cables to link computers, which significantly reduces installation and on-going maintenance costs. This works excellently in dynamic manufacturing environments; without cables, companies can easily rearrange computer stations when they modify the set-up of the plant floor to accommodate new products or improve efficiency. This solution is also completely mobile, allowing users to instantly move the network by unplugging the server from the plant and reconnecting at their home or at a customer location.

“With the tools in Jobshop, our latest QuickBooksâ enhancements, and the bundled Toshiba server offer, customers can easily implement a comprehensive small manufacturing solution and immediately start gaining control over their inventory and shop floor. Uncomplicated installation, proven functionality, and a great price are three compelling reasons companies should stop delaying and make the move to invest in a new system,” says Pollard.

VISUAL Jobshop, pre-loaded on the Toshiba Magnia SG20 Wireless Mobility Server, is available now from Lilly Software Associates.

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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