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Value and Return on Investment Key Customer Themes at Lilly Software Associates' Annual User Conference


Hampton, N.H., April 20, 2004 – Lilly Software Associates, Inc., a provider of enterprise and supply chain solutions for manufacturers and distributors, profiled the success of its new product, VISUAL Easy Lean™, to more than 600 of its worldwide customers at the company’s annual user conference in Orlando, Florida.  The themes of value, performance results and return on investment (ROI) were affirmed by many early adopter customers, including Marena Group, Link Manufacturing, ThermoFab, and Instrument Technology, Inc., to name a few.

“If you are in the situation where you are fed up with your lack of delivery performance, or if you can find better uses for the money you have tied up in inventory, you must realize that change is required.  Significant improvement requires fundamental change, and that is what TOC and Drum-Buffer-Rope (DBR) provide,” said Jeff Carignan, Vice President Manufacturing, Instrument Technology, Inc.  “Since implementing Lilly’s solution, we have experienced an overall inventory reduction of 20 percent, lead times have been reduced 40 percent, on-time shipment performance has increased from 74 percent to 93 percent, and throughput productivity has increased 43 percent.”

VISUAL Easy Lean is an advanced planning/scheduling methodology that is integrated into Lilly’s VISUAL Enterprise™ solution.  VISUAL Easy Lean, also known as a streamlined VISUAL DBR module, supports the principles of Lean Manufacturing and can be implemented in rapid timeframes.  Designed to significantly improve lead-times and on-time delivery, VISUAL Easy Lean helps both make-to-order and make-to-stock companies overcome market constraints and increase sales.

“Most American manufacturers, like us, have survived the onslaught of offshore competition by offering highly specialized items in addition to standard product offerings,” said John Rogelstad, Director of Operations, Marena Group.  “Traditional order processing and work release makes it extremely difficult to prioritize and complete this special work in a timely fashion.  VISUAL DBR makes simultaneous make-to-order and make-to-stock production a straightforward task, to the point that we can manage both with ease.”

“Our solutions are optimized to give our customers a competitive advantage in their respective markets,” said Scott Rich, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Lilly Software Associates.  “By delivering a quality product that squarely addresses industry-wide challenges associated with on-time delivery, production lead times and increased competition, we are enabling our customers to do more with less, while significantly improving their overall business performance.”

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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