SOURCE: Xperia

May 18, 2005 15:42 ET

Xperia Meets IBM PartnerWorld Industry Optimized Criteria to Help Small to Mid-Sized Businesses Develop Web-Based Solutions for Improving Critical Business Practices

ALLENTOWN, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 18, 2005 -- Xperia, a leading provider of enterprise software solutions, announced today it has met the industry-optimized criteria in IBM's PartnerWorld Industry Networks. As a result, Xperia can help customers automate their critical business processes, realize application availability and address challenges facing the small to mid-sized businesses (SMB) in the manufacturing and distribution industries.

PartnerWorld Industry Networks has enabled Xperia to service the SMB market by introducing Comprehensiv™. Comprehensiv is Xperia's ERP solution that incorporates all critical business elements of order entry/customer service, warehousing, financials, and production for both the domestic manufacturer as well as the importer or distributor. It provides customers with an integrated solution that is backed by the most reliable and scalable hardware platform -- IBM eServer iSeries -- at a very affordable cost.

Built on IBM DB2 Universal Database and WebSphere Application Server Express, Xperia's ERP solution offers a comprehensive and flexible infrastructure for small and mid-sized companies in the manufacturing and distribution industries. The solution allows real-time interactive access and analysis of information across the enterprise providing insight into key operating information to identify and resolve business problems and leverage opportunities.

Xperia's Comprehensiv™ solution incorporates IBM's open software infrastructure such as DB2 Universal Database Express and WebSphere Application Server Express. IBM middleware is the backbone of Xperia's software and allows it to be easy to use, comprehensive and flexible to support business needs.

"PartnerWorld Industry Networks and the benefits provided within this initiative are fabulous. This is the perfect opportunity for ISVs to really bolster sales and their solutions and praise the most comprehensive and robust platform (iSeries) IBM provides," said Gina Moats, VP Sales and Marketing, Xperia.

"PartnerWorld Industry Networks is mobilizing thousands of ISVs, helping them to develop customized, industry solutions for customers," said Buell Duncan, general manager, ISV & Developer Relations, IBM. "Customers aren't seeking a one-size-fits-all solution -- they want tailored, industry-specific solutions that can help solve their business challenges. Through PartnerWorld Industry Networks, IBM is working closely with Xperia to deliver open and flexible solutions to match our customers' needs."

About Xperia

Xperia provides the firepower of a seamlessly integrated, affordable suite of business solutions for the small to mid-sized company. Xperia solutions properly automate your discrete manufacturing business processes and successfully reduce your costs as well as control your critical functions.

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