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April 20, 2010 08:30 ET

Canadian Beverage Distributor Keeps Information Flowing With iWay Software

Mark Anthony Group Automates Shipping, Receiving, and Warehouse Operations With Integration Technology From iWay Software

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 20, 2010) -  iWay Software, an Information Builders company and an innovator of enterprise integration solutions, today announced that Mark Anthony Group, a privately held manufacturer and distributor of premium wines and alcoholic beverages, has selected integration technology from iWay Software to automate its warehouse operations. The implementation of this technology has eliminated paper-based methods, yielding a substantial boost in productivity. iWay helps manage the order-to-cash cycle for fifteen million cases of alcoholic beverages each year.

"Our orders are processed up to 75 percent faster thanks to iWay," said Ray Cooper, developer and analyst at Mark Anthony Group. "Our information is more accurate as well, since we have eliminated human error and guesswork. The performance of iWay, and its ability to adjust to our needs, is excellent; and the stability of iWay is leaps and bounds ahead of what we were previously using. iWay's ability to communicate with virtually any system makes it a very valuable tool for us."

Cooper and his team use iWay Service Manager to control essential shipping, receiving, and warehousing business processes, such as receiving stock, identifying non-registered products, managing inventory, picking orders, shipping goods to retailers, and invoicing those retailers. They also use iWay to manage EDI transactions with supply chain partners that produce beverages, bottles, labels, and crates. iWay's EDI capabilities are not only faster, they also are more accurate, which has improved data quality for all parties.

Mark Anthony Group evaluated middleware solutions from leading technology providers. iWay emerged as the most flexible and cost-effective solution and could be deployed on virtually any platform. Developers also liked iWay's intuitive graphical interface and developer workbench, which made it easy to create custom integration components and workflows.

"Because Mark Anthony Group functions in a highly regulated industry, there is a great deal of government reporting involved with the flow of inventory in and out of the warehouse," explained Robert Eckley, IT team leader at Mark Anthony Group. "iWay has simplified the process of creating accurate reports to share with the government, handling many of the reports required by the Canadian Liquor Control Board. iWay's reporting capabilities are phenomenal."

About Mark Anthony Group
Based in Vancouver, B.C., Mark Anthony Group is a privately held manufacturer and distributor of premium wines and alcoholic beverages. Its product lines include Mike's Hard Lemonade, which has become the number one brand in its category. The company's primary markets are the United States and Canada. Mark Anthony Group has offices, production and distribution centers across Canada and the U.S., and works with nine distribution centers and eight co-packers to produce, distribute and sell its products.

About iWay Software 
iWay Software's integration methodology is simple: it uses a single, integrated set of graphical design tools to assemble powerful pre-built components for enterprise-class business-to-business (B2B) integration, business process automation (BPA), or enterprise information management (EIM) integration scenarios -- without the use of custom code. Integration configurations can be deployed in a stand-alone manner to any environment supporting a JVM -- or to Web application servers from any vendor. iWay delivers the fastest, most cost-effective, and simplest way to integrate and streamline critical business processes. iWay Software's vendor-, platform-, and protocol-neutral solutions achieve the promise of SOA: true reusability. 

About Information Builders
Information Builders' award-winning combination of business intelligence and enterprise integration software has been providing innovative solutions to more than 12,000 customers for the past 30 years. WebFOCUS is the world's most widely utilized business intelligence platform. It provides the security, scalability, and flexibility needed at every level of global extended enterprises. Its simplicity helps create executive, analytical, and operational applications that reach dozens to millions of users. Information Builders' iWay Software suite provides state of the art, multi-purpose, pre-built integration components that address all SOA, application, data and information management requirements. Its integration adapters have been adopted by the leading software platform providers. Information Builders also offers solutions in the performance management, business activity monitoring, and enterprise search markets. The company's comprehensive enterprise product offerings give Information Builders' customers the ability to grow and innovate according to their needs.

Information Builders' customers include most of the Fortune 100 and U.S. federal government agencies. Headquartered in New York City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,450 people and has more than 350 business partners. 

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