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Meridian Systems Launches Proliance Starter Pack to Accelerate Implementations

FOLSOM, Calif., June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Meridian Systems, a provider of enterprise project management software for optimizing capital projects, programs and facilities, announced today the Proliance(R) Starter Pack, a new set of Solution Accelerator technologies designed to improve end user productivity through composite applications, improve executive visibility into programs and projects, and reduce implementation timeframes and costs on new Proliance customer implementations.

FOLSOM, Calif., June 7 /PRNewswire/ — Meridian Systems, a provider of enterprise project management software for optimizing capital projects, programs and facilities, announced today the Proliance(R) Starter Pack, a new set of Solution Accelerator technologies designed to improve end user productivity through composite applications, improve executive visibility into programs and projects, and reduce implementation timeframes and costs on new Proliance customer implementations.

Proliance software delivers Infrastructure Lifecycle Management (ILM) to building owners, real estate, construction organizations who plan, build and operate large complex capital project, programs and facilities. These organizations work with Meridian to implement Proliance in order to completely address their project management business objectives.

"Adopting solution accelerator technologies such as Proliance Office Business Applications as part of our Proliance implementation allows us to deliver a solution tailored to all organizational levels," said Raj Patel, CIO of Forest City Ratner Companies. "It was important to create a user interface with Microsoft Excel that securely connected to Proliance over the internet to allow some of our end users to create and retrieve financial project data. Now we can automate important processes involving expenditure approvals, while keeping all our capital project data in one enterprise system of record for management reporting and tracking, while still providing a familiar user interface with Excel for certain task oriented roles within the company."

The Solution Accelerator strategy is built on the foundation of Proliance's Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). These Solution Accelerators are designed to extend Proliance to the end users desktop with familiar applications like Excel as well as for senior management to have preconfigured dashboards, metrics, and alerts to provide visibility into the entire portfolio of projects. Meridian has uniquely combined its industry knowledge together with these technologies and packaged them in one easy to deploy Proliance Starter Pack.

"The goal behind launching the Starter Pack was to help our customers jump start the configuration process," said John Bodrozic, Meridian Systems president and cofounder. "By productizing our industry experience in these new technology products, we can get customers to a complete solution more quickly."

The Proliance Starter Pack provides value by delivering several preconfigured components that allow customers to instantly leverage the workflow, reporting and business intelligence capabilities of Proliance. Customers who purchase the Proliance Starter Pack will gain access to these Solution Accelerator offerings:

* Standard Dashboards, Metrics and Alerts: A number of dashboards and performance metrics for instantly evaluating the performance of capital projects and programs, designed for both executive management and project managers. * Proliance Office Business Applications: These are 'smart documents' that leverage the familiar interface of Excel. The starter pack includes a number of Excel documents that can be used by Proliance end users locally on their desktop, and then to securely connect in real time over the internet and to save data directly into the Proliance database. * Microsoft Word "Custom Print layouts": Provides users the ability to print detailed documents like project contracts, change orders and meeting minutes with layout and formatting directly into Microsoft Word. * Standard Project Management Configurations: A series of pre-defined workflows and document templates with associated security roles and corresponding look-ups. These pre-defined configurations leverage best practices and industry knowledge from Meridian's experience on other customer implementations. * Integration Utilities: Utilities that allow new project teams to enter vast amounts of initial project data, like project specific lookups. Also includes a Schedule Integration utility that supports integrating Proliance Scheduling data with other market-available scheduling applications.

All of these components are enabled by the Proliance application platform, which is built on a SOA using Web services and XML technologies. This powerful and flexible architecture allows customers to implement Proliance based on their specific organizational needs. The Proliance Starter Pack is designed to jump start this configuration process, and to get Proliance customers more quickly down the road to a complete solution.

Meridian works with our customers to be their trusted advisor in construction project management technologies, and the Proliance Starter Pack allows Meridian to leverage its deep domain experience with all its customers. The Proliance Starter Pack also extends the benefits of a SOA technology platform to organizations that depend on successful capital projects and programs. Both corporate management and project teams benefit from improved corporate visibility, end user productivity, and greater control and audit-ability of workflow processes.

For more information on Proliance and the Proliance Starter Pack, go to www.meridiansystems.com/pr060707 .

About Meridian Systems

Construction project management software from Meridian Systems, a Trimble Company (Nasdaq: TRMB), allows building owners, construction and engineering firms, and government agencies to efficiently manage their capital projects, programs and facilities. Meridian has been ranked the market share leader for project management and collaboration software by Constructech magazine(1), and by the CFMA among general contractors larger than $101 million in revenue(2). For more information, call Meridian Systems at (800) 850 2660, or visit: www.meridiansystems.com/pr060707.

(1) Statistics excerpted from the 2006 National Construction-Technology survey, Constructech Magazine. (2) CFMA's 2006 Information Technology Survey for the Construction Industry, sixth edition with the permission of the Construction Financial Management Association, Princeton, NJ, (609) 452 8000.

SOURCE Meridian Systems

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