IBSS Wins Procurement Bid for State of Oregon's Publishing and Distribution; IBSS Enters Multi-Billion-Dollar Market With New Synapse for Printing(TM)

Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Integrated Business Systems & Services, Inc.

    COLUMBIA, S.C., April 4 /PRNewswire/ --
     Integrated Business Systems & Services, Inc. ("IBSS") (Nasdaq-NM: IBSS)
 announced today that the Company has won a government procurement bid for the
 State of Oregon's printing company, Publishing & Distribution.  The
 announcement coincided with today's official release by IBSS of "Synapse for
 Printing(TM)," a fully integrated software system designed specifically for
 the printing industry, which includes robust, flexible capabilities in the
 automation of shop floor processes.
     "We selected IBSS' 'Synapse for Printing' because it offers a full turn-
 key approach for our publishing and distribution processes including interface
 capabilities with any high volume printing equipment, legacy application
 software, and other equipment and software systems we have in place," said
 Russ Bass, Project Manager at Publishing & Distribution.  "IBSS' approach to
 shop floor management and web front-end ordering for the publishing arena is
 very unique.  IBSS' system can be expanded with any hardware and software
 changes over time.  It also provides a very user-friendly environment and
 solves many complex technical issues for us."
     According to the National Association for Printing Leadership
 (http://www.napl.org), the printing industry (including commercial printing,
 newspaper and magazine printing, and book publishing) is the largest
 manufacturing business segment in the U.S., generating $142 billion in annual
 sales.  IBSS' "Synapse for Printing" is designed specifically for printing
 companies producing more than $10 million in sales.
 
     Benefits for Printers
     Synapse for Printing is built on the robust online transaction processing
 technology developed by IBSS.  Synapse for Printing provides extensive job-
 tracking capabilities as well as comprehensive shop floor execution, providing
 printers with information on scheduling, tracking, delivery and billing of
 every print job.  Once an order is received, either online or via telephone,
 Synapse for Printing's shop floor execution capabilities can track every step
 from pre-press -- to on-press production -- to out-the-door delivery
 confirmation.
 
     Benefits for Customers
      With Synapse for Printing, customers can check on their orders via the
 Internet, in real-time.  Specific benefits include:
 
     * Obtain accurate quotes for off-the-shelf or custom printing jobs without
       the hassle of going through a customer service representative
     * Enter job specs and place orders online at the printer's website
     * Check real-time status of any job at any time of day or night
     * Allows accurate, secure online communication between printers and their
       customers for order entry and real-time job status tracking
 
     "Many of IBSS' customers have dynamic complex environments such as
 apparel, automotive, furniture, and other types of make-to-order
 manufacturing," said Harry Langley, president and CEO of IBSS.  "Printing is
 another example of these difficult-to-automate businesses, where real-time
 information from the manufacturing processes must be provided to the supply
 chain in order to be successful.  Our product's underlying integration
 capability and ability to customize an application to the customer's exact
 needs quickly, is the reason why manufacturing companies in industries with
 complex shop floor environments are selecting our technology."
 
     About IBSS
     IBSS provides value added business software products and services to
 organizations globally that require the use of transaction processing
 technology and connectivity solutions.  Through the licensing, installation
 and servicing of IBSS Synapse based technology; the company brings a new
 paradigm to the integrated systems market.  The Synapse architecture provides
 the framework that allows traditional businesses to easily and rapidly
 transition from the current way they do business to the new e-business
 paradigm.  IBSS provides a line of Synapse-based products that include Synapse
 Manufacturing(TM) for manufacturing plant automation; Synapse EAI+(TM) for
 enterprise modeling and application integration; and Synapse B2B(TM) for ASP
 enablement and for integrating a company's applications with its supply chain.
 IBSS has offices in Columbia and Detroit. For more information about IBSS'
 technology and services, call 800-553-1038 or visit www.ibss.net.
 
     Except for the historical information herein, the matters discussed in
 this news release include forward-looking statements that may involve a number
 of risks and uncertainties.  Actual results may vary significantly based on a
 number of factors, including, but not limited to, risks in product and
 technology development and integration, market acceptance of new products and
 continuing product demand, the impact of competitive products and pricing,
 changing economic conditions and other risk factors detailed in the Company's
 most recent annual report and other filings with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission.
 
 

SOURCE Integrated Business Systems & Services, Inc.
    COLUMBIA, S.C., April 4 /PRNewswire/ --
     Integrated Business Systems & Services, Inc. ("IBSS") (Nasdaq-NM: IBSS)
 announced today that the Company has won a government procurement bid for the
 State of Oregon's printing company, Publishing & Distribution.  The
 announcement coincided with today's official release by IBSS of "Synapse for
 Printing(TM)," a fully integrated software system designed specifically for
 the printing industry, which includes robust, flexible capabilities in the
 automation of shop floor processes.
     "We selected IBSS' 'Synapse for Printing' because it offers a full turn-
 key approach for our publishing and distribution processes including interface
 capabilities with any high volume printing equipment, legacy application
 software, and other equipment and software systems we have in place," said
 Russ Bass, Project Manager at Publishing & Distribution.  "IBSS' approach to
 shop floor management and web front-end ordering for the publishing arena is
 very unique.  IBSS' system can be expanded with any hardware and software
 changes over time.  It also provides a very user-friendly environment and
 solves many complex technical issues for us."
     According to the National Association for Printing Leadership
 (http://www.napl.org), the printing industry (including commercial printing,
 newspaper and magazine printing, and book publishing) is the largest
 manufacturing business segment in the U.S., generating $142 billion in annual
 sales.  IBSS' "Synapse for Printing" is designed specifically for printing
 companies producing more than $10 million in sales.
 
     Benefits for Printers
     Synapse for Printing is built on the robust online transaction processing
 technology developed by IBSS.  Synapse for Printing provides extensive job-
 tracking capabilities as well as comprehensive shop floor execution, providing
 printers with information on scheduling, tracking, delivery and billing of
 every print job.  Once an order is received, either online or via telephone,
 Synapse for Printing's shop floor execution capabilities can track every step
 from pre-press -- to on-press production -- to out-the-door delivery
 confirmation.
 
     Benefits for Customers
      With Synapse for Printing, customers can check on their orders via the
 Internet, in real-time.  Specific benefits include:
 
     * Obtain accurate quotes for off-the-shelf or custom printing jobs without
       the hassle of going through a customer service representative
     * Enter job specs and place orders online at the printer's website
     * Check real-time status of any job at any time of day or night
     * Allows accurate, secure online communication between printers and their
       customers for order entry and real-time job status tracking
 
     "Many of IBSS' customers have dynamic complex environments such as
 apparel, automotive, furniture, and other types of make-to-order
 manufacturing," said Harry Langley, president and CEO of IBSS.  "Printing is
 another example of these difficult-to-automate businesses, where real-time
 information from the manufacturing processes must be provided to the supply
 chain in order to be successful.  Our product's underlying integration
 capability and ability to customize an application to the customer's exact
 needs quickly, is the reason why manufacturing companies in industries with
 complex shop floor environments are selecting our technology."
 
     About IBSS
     IBSS provides value added business software products and services to
 organizations globally that require the use of transaction processing
 technology and connectivity solutions.  Through the licensing, installation
 and servicing of IBSS Synapse based technology; the company brings a new
 paradigm to the integrated systems market.  The Synapse architecture provides
 the framework that allows traditional businesses to easily and rapidly
 transition from the current way they do business to the new e-business
 paradigm.  IBSS provides a line of Synapse-based products that include Synapse
 Manufacturing(TM) for manufacturing plant automation; Synapse EAI+(TM) for
 enterprise modeling and application integration; and Synapse B2B(TM) for ASP
 enablement and for integrating a company's applications with its supply chain.
 IBSS has offices in Columbia and Detroit. For more information about IBSS'
 technology and services, call 800-553-1038 or visit www.ibss.net.
 
     Except for the historical information herein, the matters discussed in
 this news release include forward-looking statements that may involve a number
 of risks and uncertainties.  Actual results may vary significantly based on a
 number of factors, including, but not limited to, risks in product and
 technology development and integration, market acceptance of new products and
 continuing product demand, the impact of competitive products and pricing,
 changing economic conditions and other risk factors detailed in the Company's
 most recent annual report and other filings with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission.
 
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