News Release

11 April, 1999

Solution to Bug Brings in Business

Trish Dromey of The Cork Examiner reported how concern about the millennium bug is generating a substantial amount of business for EM4 Solutions.

EM4 Solutions was formed in 1996 to develop a millennium solution for the IBM AS/400 system. The company produced MS4, a program using a date shifting encapsulation process. The solution can be installed in five days and is faster and more cost efficient than other systems on the market. In fact, MS4 offers greater efficiency than windowing or expansion techniques (two other date shifting concepts).

In an interview with Manus Bray, The Cork Examiner reported how EM4 Solutions "now boasts a sizable blue chip client base in 45 countries." As shown in client case studies, customers include Ciba Geigy, Proctor and Gamble and Johnson and Johnson. Exports currently account for 98 per cent of sales while Millennium's Irish customers include Murphy's Brewery, Waterford Crystal, Howmedica, and Stafford Miller.

Manus Bray explains how the company is likely to get even busier before the end of 1999 since many organisations have elected to solve their Y2K challenge by upgrading or replacing their existing applications. However, many of these projects are running late and will probably fail to go live on time unless they use MS4.

EM4 Solutions have also developed a euro solution for the AS/400, called EM4. The system also uses encapsulation, it installs in 5 to 15 days, allowing users to move rapidly and cost effectively into the euro.

Millennium have headquarters in Citywest Business Campus just west of Dublin. Other offices include The Hague, Sydney, and Chicago. Its products are also sold around the world by a network of 33 channel partners in Japan, Mexico, Europe, Saudi Arabia, South America and the States. The company has a strategic alliance with SSA, the leading US-based provider of IBM AS/400 application software.

As an IBM Business Partner, EM4 Solutions plan to concentrate on the sale of MS4 throughout 1999, then shift gears to the sale of EM4. The company is also developing a new range of services designed to generate sales of 12M in 1999.

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