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Date Posted: 10/29/2002

Made2Manage Systems Adds Mobile Manager Wireless Functionality to the Made2Manage Enterprise Business System

 
 
Monday October 28, 9:00 am ET

Mid-Market Manufacturers Benefit from Real-time Access to Critical Shop Floor Information; Customer Service Levels and Warehouse Operations See Vast Improvements

INDIANAPOLIS and NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Made2Manage Systems (Nasdaq: MTMS - News), a leading provider of comprehensive enterprise business systems, announced today at the APICS International Conference & Expo in Nashville, Tenn., the introduction of its new wireless offering, M2M Mobile Manager(TM), showing further proof of Made2Manage Systems' drive to assist mid-market manufacturers. Based on 802.11b standards, Mobile Manager provides mid-market manufacturers with "always on" mobile access to the Made2Manage® Enterprise Business System product suite. The newest .NET offering enables manufacturers to improve customer service and efficiency levels, delivering on-time quality products at the lowest possible cost.

Browser based and hardware independent, Mobile Manager allows mid-market manufacturers to access critical back-office data in real time from anywhere in the warehouse facility using a pocket PC, tablet PC or vehicle-mounted device. To access warehouse management data previously, workers typically had to run paper-based reports at the start of each day, which soon became outdated, or continually log in and out of a land-locked warehouse management system. By moving the office desktop onto the shop floor, manufacturers can retrieve and enter mission-critical information like shop floor schedules, inventory levels, customer information, and job and quote orders from anywhere in the facility at anytime.

"By literally putting the enterprise business system in a worker's back pocket, Made2Manage is bringing the industry one step closer to paperless manufacturing," said Gary Rush, chief technology officer at Made2Manage Systems. "The new offering is especially targeted at helping manufacturers with revenues of less than $250 million compete against growing global competition by improving performance across the enterprise and better communicating with business partners throughout the supply chain."

University Loft Company, one of the nation's premier providers of dormitory furniture to colleges and universities, hotels and military facilities, look to Mobile Manager to improve customer service levels, communicate with suppliers overseas and streamline processes within its warehouse facilities.

"Deploying Mobile Manager will enable us to deliver a higher level of performance and customer satisfaction," said Ken Craft, director of IT at University Loft Company. "Because our sales force will be armed with real- time access to inventory data, customers benefit from having immediate knowledge of what's in stock, when product is available or what orders are already in production. Secondly, we expect our distribution operations to improve substantially due to the automation of inventory tracking at the warehouse level."

Mobile Manager requires the use of any portable data assistant (PDA) that is equipped with a Compact Flash Type II slot to accept the (WiFi) 802.11b network card such as Microsoft's Pocket PC. For the worker who requires a device that is built to withstand rugged factory environments, many industrial handheld units are available from companies such as Intermec, Symbol and Percon. Because the application is browser based and built entirely on the Microsoft .NET platform, Mobile Manager is able to support and develop device- independent capabilities to extend the functionality of the product even further.

"The addition of Mobile Manager to the Made2Manage product family is a powerful way to extend the company's base franchise," said J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D. principal analyst at MobileTrax. "Similar to the early years of the Internet, wireless technologies had promised to revolutionize the way we do business but the adoption of mobile solutions has been slow. The availability of a solution like Mobile Manager to small and mid-market manufacturers illustrates a resurgence of enterprise-class wireless technologies that we are witnessing industry wide."

About Made2Manage Systems Inc.

Made2Manage Systems delivers a comprehensive, fully integrated enterprise business system designed specifically for the unique needs of mid-market businesses. The enterprise solution addresses the most critical business processes facing mid-market manufacturers, creating a system that requires minimal customization and administration. Utilizing Microsoft technology, the end-to-end solution guarantees Made2Manage customers get their businesses online and working efficiently as quickly as possible, helping them to compete effectively against growing global competition. With more than 25,000 licensed users, Made2Manage works with leading suppliers behind some of the nation's biggest brand names. Visit the Made2Manage Systems Web site at www.made2manage.com . Made2Manage Systems can be reached via e-mail at info@made2manage.com or by calling (800) 626-0220.

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