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More than 70 Enterprise Customers Choose Lilly Software
and Vanguard for Business Intelligence Solutions

Hampton, NH (USA), September 23, 2004 — Lilly Software Associates, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise and supply chain solutions for manufacturers and distributors, and Vanguard Solutions Group, Inc., a premier provider of performance management solutions, today announced that more than 70 new customers have licensed VISUAL Business Intelligence™ since January, 2004.

Manufacturers today are facing tighter production schedules, pressure to reduce inventories, aggressive customer service demands, and rapidly changing business environments. As a result, technology investment has become vital to obtaining a competitive advantage. Companies require a highly functional software solution that promotes fast, easy access to enterprise-wide information and extensive operational control. By integrating VISUAL Business Intelligence (VBI) into their VISUAL Enterprise solution, Lilly Software’s customers have the ability to better interpret and analyze business data, and the power to measure, manage, and improve performance. This highly functional and intuitive system is further evidence of Lilly Software’s dedication to developing solutions that allow manufacturers to more easily, and more effectively, serve their customers.

Powered by Vanguard Solutions Group’s business intelligence technology known as Graphical Performance Series® (GPS), VBI delivers clear business performance metrics that provide insight into what is happening with revenue or operating costs and, more importantly, reveal the reasons why. This allows managers to make more profitable business decisions by planning and validating their company’s strategic and tactical initiatives.

“VISUAL Business Intelligence is a powerful analytical tool. With a simple drag and drop user interface, it allows everyday business users to jump in and begin analyzing business information themselves rather than relying on IT to write custom queries and reports,” said Keith Goldstein, Vice President, Information Technology, Arthur Blank & Co., Inc. “VBI has allowed Arthur Blank & Co. to quickly make sense of the data captured from different sources in VISUAL and drive timely business decisions.”

“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 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 small- and medium-sized customers with tools and technology that leverage their enterprise investment, make them a perfect partner for LSA,” said Gustav Khambatta, Program Manager, Lilly Software. “We look forward to building on the tremendous success we’ve already achieved.”

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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