SOURCE: Tidal Software

March 30, 2006 06:00 ET

Mediagrif's e-Business Networks Keep Pace Using Tidal Enterprise Scheduler

Global e-Business Solutions Leader Gains Efficiency and Cost Savings Using Job Scheduler for High-Volume Data Processing

PALO ALTO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 30, 2006 -- Tidal Software, a leading provider of application scheduling and performance management software, today announced that Mediagrif Interactive Technologies Inc. (TSX: MDF), a world-leading developer of e-business networks and provider of complete e-business solutions, operates Tidal Enterprise Scheduler to simplify and accelerate high-volume data processing. Long-time Tidal customer Mediagrif has gained tremendous processing efficiency by centralizing the scheduling and monitoring of all batch jobs using Tidal's job scheduler.

Mediagrif's e-business networks allow buyers and sellers within specific industries to source, purchase or sell products and exchange documents efficiently using the Internet. Demand has been growing and Mediagrif has been expanding to meet customer needs, while keeping reliable, rapid response, service and accessibility in focus. The company always strives to put budgets and resources to optimal use, so it responded by centralizing and automating job scheduling, which eliminated delays, sped up recovery and reduced errors, resulting in increased operational and business productivity.

"Investing in an enterprise job scheduler has supported Mediagrif's business objectives because job scheduling optimization has led to greater systems efficiency and reliability as well as staff efficiency," said Stéphane Anglaret, Senior Director, Technical Support at Mediagrif.

"Here is an example. For one type of job we run a thousand (1,000) times a day we have reduced to seconds the 10 minutes it used to take to launch each job. Half of these jobs were executed manually which means we eliminated about 80 hours of manual effort daily. If you extrapolate from that and consider that we process a wide variety of jobs 24x7x365 on more than 100 servers, you can clearly see the efficiency that was gained by applying a powerful enterprise job scheduler," explained Anglaret.

Mediagrif's heterogeneous environment processes a wide range of data and contains UNIX, LINUX and Windows systems. "Our data processing supports a wide range of business requirements," said Anglaret. "By using Tidal Enterprise Scheduler, we centrally manage data movement across a system, which has improved the productivity of our systems, technical staff and our business."

Stéphane Anglaret and his team required an easy-to-use scheduler that could operate seamlessly in a heterogeneous environment, easily passing information between systems and monitoring the status across systems. The team also required a wide range of features such as the ability to handle dependencies through nested-schedules. After evaluating several products, Mediagrif selected Tidal Enterprise Scheduler citing ease-of-use, ability to simplify highly complex scheduling 24x7, robust functionality, and overall company vision. Tidal Enterprise Scheduler was implemented at Mediagrif within a few weeks and according to Anglaret, "The process was simple and we learned to use it quickly."

"Mediagrif's implementation is a model for how IT organizations can improve the productivity of their resources and the business by simply adding a robust, easy-to-use enterprise scheduler," said Rod Butters, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Tidal Software. "Mediagrif and its IT team deserve kudos for seeking elegant, simple ways to minimize the effort expended on routine IT activities."

About Mediagrif Interactive Technologies Inc.

Mediagrif Interactive Technologies Inc. (TSX: MDF) is a world-leading operator of e-business networks and provider of complete e-business solutions. Mediagrif's e-business networks allow buyers and sellers within specific industries to source, purchase or sell products and to exchange documents more efficiently using the Internet. Mediagrif operates 13 networks, including industry leaders The Broker Forum (www.brokerforum.com) Power Source On-Line (www.powersourceonline.com), Telecom Finders (www.telecomfinders.com), Global Wine & Spirits (www.globalwinespirits.com) and Polygon (www.polygon.net) in the jewelry industry. The company also owns MERX (www.merx.com), the exclusive provider of e-tendering services to the federal government of Canada, and is a leading provider of government bid aggregation services and e-procurement services in the U.S. Headquartered in Montreal, Mediagrif through its subsidiaries has various offices in Canada and the United States. For more information on Mediagrif please visit us at www.mediagrif.com or call 1 (877) 677-9088.

About Tidal Software

Tidal Software is a leading provider of application scheduling and performance management solutions. Tidal provides products that make applications, such as SAP®, PeopleSoft®, and Oracle E-business Suite™, more efficient, productive, reliable, and secure, enabling them to return the business value that companies need to be successful. Tidal's software is used by many of the world's most advanced datacenters, including General Mills, HP, Microsoft, T-Mobile, and Warner Brothers. The privately held company is venture-funded by JPMorgan Partners, Novus Ventures and VantagePoint Venture Partners. For more information, contact Tidal Software at (650) 475-4600 or visit the company's web site at www.tidalsoftware.com.

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