6/13/03

PINDAR SYSTEMS RESPONDS TO ONGOING MARKET CONSOLIDATION

Kurt Peters , Executive Editor

Announces competitive cross-grade program to enable businesses to move to Agility

Chicago, June 10, 2003 - Pindar Systems, the leader in content management and delivery for multi-channel commerce, today announced a compelling program that will allow businesses to easily switch to Pindar Systems and Agility™ for their multi-channel marketing efforts. This offer is especially relevant for companies caught in the middle of the on-going consolidation within the catalog production solution environment.

This Competitive Cross-Grade Program is Pindar Systems’ response to inquiries from numerous businesses that are realizing that competitive technology providers have either already discontinued supporting their customers or are tightening the pressure on their customers to invest in additional technology and services.

The Competitive Cross-Grade Program offers a compelling opportunity to switch to a stable and financially sound company that has already won more than a dozen new Agility customers since its initial product release in 2002.

“The Program focuses on developing an effective plan to migrate from existing catalog production systems to the Agility multi-channel commerce platform – all while, of course, mitigating the risk to ongoing business activities,” said Paul O’Sullivan, Pindar Systems CEO. “Taking advantage of this Competitive Cross-Grade will allow participating enterprises to re-assess their multi-channel commerce needs and work with a company that has a positive track-record with its customers. More than 90 [customers] thrive on the knowledge that Pindar Systems understands their business needs, is financially stable and will not abandon them.”

Pindar Systems recently signed Invitrogen, a leading business in the life science, molecular biology and cell culture fields.

As part of the Competitive Cross-Grade Program, Pindar Systems will offer data migration, implementation, and customization services through its internal team of experts, as well as through its network of implementation and service partners.

The Competitive Cross-Grade Program will run through the end of October, 2003.

Agility has won broad acceptance with business-to-consumer and business-to-business companies alike. Agility is built on a three-tier J2EE architecture and supports Windows, UNIX and AIX platforms. It comes with a Java and Web interface and supports Adobe’s fast-growing InDesign™ 2.0 and the popular QuarkXPress™ desktop publishing system. IBM’s Websphere™ and BEA’s WebLogic™ application servers are supported as well as IBM’s DB2, Oracle 9i and MS SQL Server 2000 database products.

Since its launch last spring, Agility already has won deployment commitments from an impressive list of blue chip customers, including global scientific equipment and supplies distributor Fisher Scientific, leading European retailers Littlewoods, Argos, John Lewis Direct and El Corte Ingles and French holiday company Club Med, and U.S. electronics distributor Allied Electronics.

About Pindar Systems

Pindar Systems powers multi-channel commerce, the management and delivery of content through print and electronic media to drive sales. The company’s robust Agility multi-channel server technology enables businesses to focus on effective targeted marketing rather than the mechanics of content management and production. Pindar customers are able to aggregate product and brand content from many sources into a rich content database. Pindar Systems’ software presents a unified view of this information, giving marketers the ability to create targeted offers that are delivered across print, Web and other media with flexibility, precision and speed.

Pindar Systems is the recognized leader in multi-channel commerce. Clients include W.W. Grainger, Office Depot, Spiegel, Rexel, Littlewoods, and Eddie Bauer. Privately held, Pindar Systems operates globally from European headquarters in York, UK, and North American headquarters in Chicago, USA. Further information is available at www.pindarsystems.com.

Business Contact:
Carsten Lau
312-828-0581
carsten.lau@pindarsystems.com

Editorial Contact:
Christine Pietryla
312-440-1608
cpietryla@rcn.com

Topics:

business, Computing, IBM, Online shopping, Pindar

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