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Date Posted: 3/5/2003

New White Paper Shows Convergence of Innovative Technologies Driving Wireless Manufacturing to the Shop Floor

Proliferation of XML and Web Services Technology Motivate Small and Midsize Manufacturers to Adopt Paperless Manufacturing Techniques

INDIANAPOLIS and CHICAGO, March 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The availability of new Web services, mobile devices, and next-generation wireless technologies will have a dramatic impact on the realization of real-time, paperless manufacturing for the small and midsize manufacturing market, claimed a new white paper issued today at National Manufacturing Week by Made2Manage Systems (Nasdaq: MTMS - News), a leading provider of comprehensive enterprise business systems for small and midsize manufacturers and distributors with revenues of less than $250 million.

Despite the "wireless everywhere" buzz, many managers who run small and midsize manufacturing shop floors throughout North America have never used a PDA, Tablet PC or other wireless device to run inquiry and reporting systems. According to the white paper by Made2Manage Systems, barriers to widespread adoption have historically included cost of investment and cultural resistance.

* Cost of Investment - Small and midsize manufacturers investing large
dollars in first- and second- generation wireless devices risked playing
the role of guinea pig. When faced with the uncertainty of proprietary
solutions that lacked industry standards and the ability to keep pace
with a growing and changing wireless market, small and midsize
manufacturers feared no protection and poor returns on their
* Cultural Resistance - Despite the fact that manufacturers large and
small were among the first to adopt wireless technologies for data
acquisition, including bar coding and radio frequencies, paper has
continued to provide a sense of security for many shop floor personnel
accustomed to clip boards and tangible reports. However, this fear of
technology is diminishing rapidly as the Internet and digital processes
continue to pervade the day-to-day activities of business and life.

According to the Made2Manage Systems white paper, advances in wireless technologies and standards, the increasing sophistication of mobile devices, and the proliferation of XML and Web Services technology have allowed today's small and midsize manufacturers to adopt practical wireless solutions. As customers demand real-time information; collaborative commerce; and electronic ordering, invoicing and payment, wireless technology offers a reasonable, pragmatic solution within an increasingly competitive global market.

According to Made2Manage Systems, small and midsize manufacturers investing in wireless systems today should expect a fast return on investment and many tangible benefits, including:

* Quicker access to critical, real-time shop floor information and, as a
result, improved decision-making and higher customer satisfaction
* Labor, time and resource savings.
* Improved communications and more efficient collaboration within the
enterprise and across the supply chain.
* Higher productivity and throughput across all operations, from quote to

To learn more and obtain a free, downloadable copy of this report, visit Made2Manage Systems online at .

About Made2Manage Systems Inc.

Made2Manage Systems delivers a comprehensive, fully integrated enterprise business system designed specifically for the unique needs of small and midsize manufacturers and distributors. The enterprise solution addresses the most critical business processes facing small and midsize manufacturers and distributors, 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 . Made2Manage Systems can be reached via e-mail at or by calling (800) 626-0220.

Source: Made2Manage Systems Inc.

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