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2012

Impress Solution Group signs Golden Falcon Technical Services of Abu Dhabi as Business Partner for the Middle East

December 5th, 2012

Hannover / Germany – Impress Solutions Group, a business division of trinovis GmbH, is a leading provider of packaged integration applications, today announces that it has signed a non-exclusive partner agreement with Golden Falcon Technical Services to augment its commitment to the Middle East market. Golden Falcon Technical Services, a leading technology company with a mission for customer excellence has its head office in Abu Dhabi and resellers located in various Middle East countries. Golden Falcon Technical Services of UAE will have access to Impress leading integration software; Impress for GIS™ which integrates ESRI’s ArcGIS and Miner & Miners ArcFM software with SAP to streamline and enhance spatial Asset Management.

Commenting on the appointment, Friedhelm Kueck, CTO and Managing Director of Impress stated, “the growth of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) across the gulf is very prevalent. Our solution capability with an established integration between SAP and ESRI’s ArcGIS systems offers extended functionality to existing users. Golden Falcon Technical Services undoubted GIS expertise and track record in this area makes our partnership a natural fit”

Golden Falcon Technical Services will be implementing Impress for GIS™, an application which connects SAP Assets with ESRI’s ArcGIS and keeps the asset information in sync between these disparate systems; dramatically reducing the administrative cost, helping organizations to monitor and manage their asset by creating the scope to take informed decisions. This SAP to GIS integration will help field service organization to easily access and manage the SAP asset information and take informed decisions directly from a map. Marc Elmhorst, CEO and Managing Director of trinovis, the company behind Impress Software Products states, “The Middle East is strategically important to Impress and extends our customer footprint while expanding our portfolio of solutions. We look forward to working with Golden Falcon Technical Services in establishing a long term and mutually rewarding relationship”

Commenting on this agreement, Ahmed El Gebaly, General Manager of Golden Falcon Technical Services comments, “Impress is a clear market leader and innovator in this market place and Golden Falcon Technical Services actively looks forward to driving new customer growth throughout the Middle East”

About Impress Software
Impress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with SAP, resulting in streamlined business processes. Impress solutions allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to custom integration solutions. Impress Software customers include global leaders such as BP, Saudi Aramco,  Equate, Borouge, Halliburton, Rockwell Collins, US Army and Valero

Impress Software was acquired 1st September 2008 and operates as a business division of trinovis GmbH, an organization based in Hannover Germany that provides integrated business cost control solutions to Healthcare sector. www.impress.com

About Golden Falcon Technical Services
GFTS is one of UAE’s leading integrated services company.  100% owned locally and headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE, we conduct business with companies in almost all continents. We are engaged in every aspect of the oil and gas industry, including Multi Discipline Trading, Manpower Supply, Geological Survey, Safety Equipment, supplies & Services to Petrochemical Plants, Power Industry, and Major Public & Private Companies in the UAE.

We pride ourselves in offering only certifiable top grade products & services to the companies in the UAE, including Oil & Gas Conglomerates. Our Company’s goal is to be the most reliable and credible source for various products, services and solutions in the United Arab Emirates. We practice the “Customer -First Principle” to create new value through total customer satisfaction in price, quality, service and delivery.

Impress Solutions Group signs Promastar of Saudi Arabia as Business Partner for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Middle East

October 15th, 2012

Hannover, Germany – Impress Solutions Group, a business division of trinovis GmbH, is a leading provider of packaged integration applications, today announces that it has signed a non-exclusive partner agreement with Promastar to augment its commitment to the Saudi market. Promastar, a leading Project Management Implementation company located in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia will have access to Impress leading integration software; Impress for EPM™ which integrates Primavera Project Management software and Microsoft into SAP PM and PS to create ‘operational excellence maintenance’ management for Routine Plant Maintenance and Plant Turnarounds and Shut Downs organisations.

Commenting on the appointment, Mark Lettin Regional Sales Director for ME stated, “this appointment builds on the commitment and investments Impress has towards key market sectors in Saudi and the wider Gulf countries and leverages Promastar’s undoubted skills, track record and existing customers in this area”

Promastar will be implementing Impress for EPM™, a packaged integration application that provides best practices for bridging the data integration gap that exists between SAP PM/PS and Primavera and, or, Microsoft Project in order to streamline complex plant and routine maintenance project processes and to enhance data integrity between these disparate environments. Friedhelm Kueck, CTO and Managing Director of Impress states, “the Middle East Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Engineering and Construction sectors are strategically important to Impress and we look forward to working with Promastar in establishing a long term and mutually rewarding relationship”

Commenting on this agreement, Eng. Fadhel al Saffar, Executive Manager of Promastar comments, “Impress is a clear market leader in this market place and Promastar actively looks forward to driving new customer growth throughout the Middle East”

About Impress Software
Impress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with SAP, resulting in streamlined business processes. Impress solutions allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to custom integration solutions. Impress Software customers include global leaders such as BP, Saudi Aramco, Equate, Borouge, Halliburton, US Army and Valero

Impress Software was acquired 1st September 2008 and operates as a business division of trinovis GmbH, an organization based in Hannover Germany that provides integrated business cost control solutions to Healthcare sector. www.impress.com

About Promastar
Promastar is a professional consulting house specialized in providing project portfolio management services. Our services are aimed to provide an integrated PPM solution including consultation, implementation and training in EMEA and Gulf region. We are dedicated to providing the most effective results-oriented consulting and training services. Our objective is to enable companies to create and sustain competitive advantage that would qualify them to be amongst the best performers in their business areas.

Promastar has a large resource pool of renowned PM consultants, with PMP certification, authorized Primavera trainers, IT consultants with Oracle and Microsoft products certification.

Promastar is an Oracle Platinum Partner, Specialized in EPPM, Certified for Oracle Accelerate Program, for EMEA region with the Primavera solutions focus area. Promastar is also an Approved Education Provider for Oracle University www.promastar-emea.com

2010

Impress for EPM 4.0 released with full 64 bit support

December 17th, 2010

Hannover / Germany – trinovis with its Impress Solutions Group as the leading provider of packaged integration applications, today announced the introduction of Impress for EPM Release 4.0.
Impress for EPM 4.0 is a pre-configured integration application that enables Microsoft Project or Primavera schedulers to immediately download the latest work orders from SAP right to their scheduling tool. Critical information including operations, planned work, work centers, and work center capacity is transferred so work can be quickly prioritized and scheduled. Updated schedules, confirmations and even new operations are uploaded back to SAP, enabling planners to accurately plan for the next week. When unplanned work arises, schedule breakers can be inserted into the master schedule so that assignments and plans can be quickly adjusted. Impress for EPM is available as a pre-configured integration application to integrate the Primavera or Microsoft Project scheduling systems with SAP PS and with SAP PM. Additional add-on modules are available to support certain specific scheduling needs around material management, resource handling and the handling of actuals in SAP and the corresponding scheduling systems. As part of Impress for EPM, a new module around advanced maintenance planning support will be released.
With this new release of Impress for EPM, in addition to a new application module, a number of enhancements compared to previous releases will be shipped.

Examples are:

  • Improved handling of backend connections for improved data transfer speed,
  • Improved memory management for dealing with large volume data transfers,
  • Additional functionalities around handling and logging of errors during the data transfer,
  • Support for Microsoft Project Server 2010,
  • Support for Primavera Version 7,
  • Support for 64 bit Microsoft operating systems

Another major milestone of Impress for EPM 4.0 is the introduction of 64 bit JAVA support. Previous releases of Impress for EPM were tied to 32 bit JAVA environments which caused certain challenges in high volume data transfer environments. Through the introduction of 64 bit JAVA technology, well known memory restrictions will be removed. In addition to this memory advantage Impress experienced remarkable performance gains in fully 64 bit based infrastructure environments where also the Impress for EPM repository and the scheduling systems utilize 64 bit operating systems and database systems.
For more information about Impress for EPM, visit the Impress website at www.impress.com.

About trinovis/Impress

Impress Solutions Group as part of trinovis is a leading technology in configurable integration applications that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with SAP, resulting in streamlined business processes. Rather than having to work through the many technical issues of a data-level custom integration from design to technology, tools, maintenance, future support and upgrades, with a proven, supported and upgradeable process-level integration application, organizations can instead focus on business processes and the benefitsachievable in a fraction of the time and cost.Impress professional services deliver best-practice knowledge and expertise proven in more than 100 complex integrations implemented globally with SAP. Customers include industry leaders such as BP, Halliburton, US Army, Valero, Nebraska Public Power District, AOL, Ericsson, Saudi Aramco, Aquarion and HydroOne. Impress also works with industry leading partners such as Accenture and IBM for complete systems delivery.

All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.

Impress for GIS 3.0 released with full 64 bit support

December 17th,2010

Hannover / Germany – trinovis with its Impress Solutions Group as the leading provider of packaged integration applications, today announced the introduction of Impress for GIS Release 3.0. Impress for GIS 3.0 has built-in support for ESRI version 10 and fully supports 64 bit JAVA environments running on 64 bit Microsoft operating systems.

Impress for GIS 3.0 enables access to its server-based asset and work management processes from either web-based map deployments or ArcGIS desktop based ESRI environments. Out-of-the-box preconfigured processes of Impress for GIS are for example:

  • Out-of-the-box Web Capabilities:
    Extends ESRI web-based maps with SAP-based business processes, including: create work order, create notification, view work order details, view notifications, view asset details, and view CCS details.
  • Represent Work Orders and Notifications as Map Features:
    SAP-based work orders and notifications can be placed directly on the map as individual point or polygon features, enabling work activity to be represented at specific locations on the map. By quickly pinpointing work locations, even along linear assets, maintenance organizations can reduce travel time, and more effectively assess maintenance activity.
  • Enhanced Spatial Analysis:
    Expanded access to customer and consumption information from SAP’s industry business solution for Utilities (IS-U/CCS), and pinpoint placement of work activity enables more effective spatial analysis. For example, leak detection and analysis of linear assets is facilitated, as is the modeling of a water supply.

In addition to the above, the latest release of Impress for GIS has been enhanced

  • in its ability to configure data mapping and feature class configuration for the data transfer applied between SAP and ESRI,
  • in its ability to publish configured processes as Web Services which can be used/consumed by other SOA based applications,
  • in its ability to support custom frontend applications which make use of configured integrated  processes of Impress for GIS. Coding examples on how to use Impress for GIS Web Services as part of an Adobe FLEX environment are provided.

Another major milestone of Impress for GIS 3.0 is the introduction of 64 bit JAVA support. Previous releases of Impress for GIS were tied to 32 bit JAVA environments which caused certain challenges in high volume data transfer environments. Through the introduction of 64 bit JAVA technology, well known memory restrictions will be removed. In addition to this memory advantage Impress experienced remarkable performance gains in fully 64 bit based infrastructure environments where also the Impress for GIS repository and the ESRI environment utilize 64 bit operating systems and database systems.
For more information about Impress for GIS, visit the Impress website at www.impress.com.

About trinovis/Impress
Impress Solutions Group as part of trinovis is a leading technology in configurable integration applications that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with SAP, resulting in streamlined business processes. Rather than having to work through the many technical issues of a data-level custom integration from design to technology, tools, maintenance, future support and upgrades, with a proven, supported and upgradeable process-level integration application, organizations can instead focus on business processes and the benefits achievable in a fraction of the time and cost.
Impress professional services deliver best-practice knowledge and expertise proven in more than 100 complex integrations implemented globally with SAP. Customers include industry leaders such as BP, Halliburton, US Army, Valero, Nebraska Public Power District, AOL, Ericsson, Saudi Aramco, Aquarion and HydroOne. Impress also works with industry leading partners such as Accenture and IBM for complete systems delivery.

All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.

Advanced Maintenance Planning Application Module released

December 17th, 2010

Hannover / Germany – trinovis with its Impress Solutions Group as the leading provider of packaged integration applications, today announced the introduction of a new module as part of the recently announced Impress for EPM Release 4.0.

Impress for EPM 4.0 is a pre-configured integration application that enables Microsoft Project or Primavera schedulers to immediately download the latest work orders from SAP right to their scheduling tool. Critical information including operations, planned work, work centers, and work center capacity is transferred so work can be quickly prioritized and scheduled. Updated schedules, confirmations and even new operations are uploaded back to SAP, enabling planners to accurately plan for the next week. When unplanned work arises, schedule breakers can be inserted into the master schedule so that assignments and plans can be quickly adjusted. Impress for EPM is available as a pre-configured integration application to integrate the Primavera or Microsoft Project scheduling systems with SAP PS and with SAP PM. Additional add-on modules are available to support certain specific scheduling needs around material management, resource handling and the handling of actuals in SAP and the corresponding scheduling systems. As part of Impress for EPM 4.0, a new module around advanced maintenance planning support will be released.

By default, Impress for EPM synchronizes work orders in SAP with tasks or activities in the corresponding scheduling systems. This approach is currently being used within the Impress global user community to optimize planning and scheduling tasks in routine maintenance or shutdown / turnaround projects. In addition to the above, the new Advanced Maintenance Planning Application Module, available with Impress for EPM 4.0, supports the download of information from maintenance plans and related task lists from SAP into Microsoft Project Server or Primavera scheduling systems.

The additional information coming from maintenance plans in SAP reflects future maintenance work which is not yet identified  in work orders and therefore allows a more accurate forecast of upcoming work and related resource needs. This new application module dramatically improves the user’s ability to forecast work in future months, quarters or even years by making use of the powerful analyzing capabilities of Enterprise Project Management systems while Impress for EPM provides the necessary data from SAP as the master data for these analysis tasks. Once the Impress for EPM scheduling module is configured, this additional module can easily be activated. It makes use of the already existing configuration for the data mapping between SAP and scheduling systems and applies  it to the objects coming from Maintenance Plans in SAP.

The Advanced Maintenance Planning Application module is available to interface SAP ECC 6.0 with Microsoft Project Server 2007, MSP Server 2010 as well as Primavera Version 6 and higher.

For more information about Impress for EPM, visit the Impress website at www.impress.com.

About trinovis/Impress
Impress Solutions Group as part of trinovis is a leading technology in configurable integration applications that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with SAP, resulting in streamlined business processes. Rather than having to work through the many technical issues of a data-level custom integration from design to technology, tools, maintenance, future support and upgrades, with a proven, supported and upgradeable process-level integration application, organizations can instead focus on business processes and the benefits achievable in a fraction of the time and cost.
Impress professional services deliver best-practice knowledge and expertise proven in more than 100 complex integrations implemented globally with SAP. Customers include industry leaders such as BP, Halliburton, US Army, Valero, Nebraska Public Power District, AOL, Ericsson, Saudi Aramco, Aquarion and HydroOne. Impress also works with industry leading partners such as Accenture and IBM for complete systems delivery.

All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.

2009

Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) of Bahrain selects Impress for Projects

January 24, 2009

Hannover, Germany / Bahrain  Impress Software, a business division of trinovis GmbH, is a leading provider of packaged integration applications, today announces that it has been selected by Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) of Bahrain to integrate its Primavera P3e Project Management software for Routine Plant Maintenance and Plant Turnaround projects with SAP (PM). GPIC is implementing Impress for Projects, an EPM packaged integration application that provides best practices for bridging the data integration gap that exists between SAP PM/PS and  Primavera in order to streamline complex plant and routine maintenance project processes and to enhance data integrity between these disparate environments.

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GPIC uses natural gas which is readily available in Bahrain as a feedstock for the production of 1,200 tonnes daily of Ammonia (400,000 tonnes per annum), 1,700 tonnes daily of Urea (600,000 tonnes per annum) and 1,200 tonnes of Methanol (400,000 tonnes per annum). The company has historically used Primavera to plan and schedule routine maintenance and plant turnarounds within its generation facilities. Connecting SAP PM and Primavera with Impress for Projects will provide an integrated picture between resource scheduling and project budgeting and charging.

2008

trinovis takes over impress Software SAP integration solution product developement

September 17, 2008

Hannover, 17th September 2008: trinovis GmbH (hereafter referred to as: trinovis), located in Hannover, is pleased to announce that it has acquired the copyrights of all the software developed, licensed and maintained by Impress Software, the employees of Impress Software and various other assets necessary for ongoing product development and support of it’s leading SAP integration solutions.

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Impress Software GmbH was originally founded in Germany in 1996 and ever since then the majority of its software development and customer support has been carried out from its offices in Hannover, Germany and with close links to SAP. Trinovis concluded it’s agreement to take over the software and assets of Impress Software GmbH on 1st September. On 16th September trinovis signed a partner agreement with Project Management Associates LLC (hereafter referred to as: PMA) to ensure ongoing availability of consulting services and customer support for the Impress customer base in the USA. PMA was founded in May 2008 by Mr. Lou Pereira, the former Vice President of Services of Impress Software USA. The PMA team comprises the majority of former Impress US Services team members who were keen to continue their support relationships with Impress customers. With this acquisition and partner agreement, trinovis provides continuity of support to the Impress high profile global customer base. Furthermore, trinovis plans to continue the development of the Impress technology and Impress related consulting – with the same quality and the same competence as Impress customers have been used to for a number of years.

Explained Mr Marc Elmhorst, CEO of trinovis, “We are delighted to have been successful in securing the software, assets and employees of Impress Software. We were particularly attracted by the Impress global high-profile customer base, the highly professional Impress services and support team, and being able to continue the support and provision of world-class software solutions to these and additional future customers. The existing customer base and support agreements provide a secure future for the business”. He continued, “We also see opportunities for synergies and cross-fertilisation between the Impress business and our existing trinovis business, which goes back to the Impress integration platform. We are excited about moving trinovis to the next level and to a fruitful relationship with all existing and new customers of the Impress for EPM and Impress for GIS products. We will also be looking to further the Impress ongoing relationships with key alliance partners.”

About trinovis
Mr Marc Elmhorst, a founder of Impress Software in 1996, founded trinovis in 2001 as the Managing Director and main partner. At that time trinovis specialized around process consulting in the health care sector, focussing on supporting financial control, as well as supporting and optimizing procurement processes with portals (e-Commerce), on the one hand through consulting with a deep know-how of the line of business, on the other hand by using the latest technologies in these areas. At that time the technology of all the well-known portals in the health care sector (e.g. Pharma Mall, GHX, Medical Columbus) was based on the integration platform of Impress Software. Today trinovis has begun an expansion process, driven by “organic growth”..  So organizations can get up and running quickly without the downstream headaches typically associated with custom integration projects.

About Impress Software
Impress Software is a leading technology in packaged integration applications that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with SAP, resulting in streamlined business processes. Impress solutions allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to custom integration solutions. Impress Software customers include global leaders such as BP, Halliburton,  US Army, Valero, Saudi Aramco, Aquarion and HydroOne.

For more information about Impress for EPM and Impress for GIS integration applications, visit the Impress website at www.impress.com.

All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.

Impress Introduces Turnkey Integration Solution for Plants Running SAP PM

March 3, 2008

Waltham, MA – Impress Software, the leading provider of packaged integration applications, today announced the introduction of Impress Express PM, an affordable, turnkey solution for streamlining routine maintenance and plant turnarounds through the integration of SAP Plant Maintenance (PM) with project scheduling tools such as Microsoft Project and Primavera.

Impress Express PM is a pre-configured integration application that enables Microsoft Project or Primavera schedulers to immediately download the latest work orders from SAP right to their scheduling tool. Critical information including operations, planned work, work centers, and work center capacity is transferred so work can be quickly prioritized and scheduled. Updated schedules, confirmations and even new operations are uploaded back to SAP, enabling planners to accurately plan for the next week. And when unplanned work arises, schedule breakers can be inserted into the master schedule so assignments and plans can be quickly adjusted.

“Impress Express PM incorporates a decade’s worth of integration experience working with plant operators around the globe in industries such as Oil & Gas, Chemical and Utilities,” said Warren Utt, President and CEO of Impress Software. “With Impress Express PM, similar organizations will be able to reduce operational costs through productivity gains, improve uptime through timely asset maintenance activities, and shrink backlogs though proactive management, better data integrity and visibility.”

Impress Express PM is a fully supported and upgradeable solution that can be deployed in just four weeks.  So organizations can get up and running quickly without the downstream headaches typically associated with custom integration projects.

For more information about Impress Express PM, visit the Impress website at www.impress.com.

About Impress Software
Impress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with SAP, resulting in streamlined business processes. Impress solutions allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to custom integration solutions. Impress Software customers include global leaders such as BP, Halliburton, US Army and Valero. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.

Impress Software Adds Web Capability to Latest Release of Packaged SAP and ESRI

New Release Also Introduces Solution for Small Utilities, Municipalities and Government Agencies January 22, 2008

Waltham, MA – Impress Software, a leading provider of packaged integration applications, today announced the availability of Impress for GIS 2.2, adding several new features to help Utility and other asset-intensive organizations improve productivity, decision-making and service quality while reducing operating costs. Impress for GIS 2.2 enables access to its server-based asset and work management processes from web-based map deployments. This new capability, in addition to the already existing client plug-in for the ArcGIS desktop, provides organizations with broader access to key processes from the map. The new release also provides companies with a small number of assets under management with the ability to map-enable SAP PM processes without first implementing a synchronized asset register. “We continually maintain and enhance Impress for GIS, allowing our customers to achieve greater returns from SAP and GIS while minimizing the total costs of integration,” said Warren Utt, CEO of Impress Software. “Impress for GIS 2.2 adds new capabilities, such as access to SAP processes from web-based maps, to further benefit organizations as they seek operational efficiencies and service differentiation.” Additional features included with Impress for GIS 2.2:

  • Out-of-the-box Web Capabilities: Extends ESRI web-based maps with SAP-based business processes, including: create work order, create notification, view work order details, view notifications, view asset details, and view CCS details.
  • Represent Work Orders and Notifications as Map Features and Polygons: SAP-based work orders and notifications can be placed directly on the map as individual features and polygons, enabling work activity to be represented at specific locations on the map. By quickly pinpointing work locations, even along linear assets, maintenance organizations can reduce windshield time, and more effectively assess maintenance activity.
  • Enhanced Spatial Analysis: Expanded access to customer and consumption information from SAP’s industry business solution for Utilities (IS-U/CCS), and pinpoint placement of work activity enables more effective spatial analysis. For example, leak detection and analysis of linear assets is facilitated, as is the modeling of a water supply.
  • Support for ESRI ArcGIS 9.2 and Miner & Miner ArcFM 9.2: As a packaged integration application, Impress for GIS, is continually updated to support the latest partner releases. By ensuring compatibility with new partner releases, Impress for GIS allows companies to maximize their IT investment while controlling maintenance and support costs.

Impress for GIS 2.2 is available immediately through Impress Software at www.impress.com.

About Impress for GIS
Impress for GIS is a packaged integration application optimized for bridging SAP with ESRI’s ArcGIS and Miner & Miner’s ArcFM. The SAP-certified solution automatically links SAP assets with GIS features and monitors and maintains asset consistency, reducing data administration costs while ensuring data accuracy. Impress for GIS users can create SAP-based work orders and notifications from the map, update status information, and assign orders to features on the map. In addition, users can analyze SAP notification, work order and device consumption information with a “point-and-click” search. This information can be rendered on the map and color coded for spatial analysis and at-a-glance viewing to improve decision-making. Leveraging Impress for GIS, organizations can generate significant operational improvements by combining the strengths of GIS with SAP PM.

About Impress Software
Impress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with ERP, resulting in streamlined business processes. Impress solutions allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to custom integration solutions. Impress Software customers include global leaders such as BP, Saudi Aramco, US Army and Valero. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.

Auckland Regional Council and Auckland Regional Transport Authority Select Impress

Impress for GIS to Integrate SAP and ESRI January 7, 2008

Waltham, MA – Impress Software, a leading provider of packaged integration applications, today announced that it has been selected by the Auckland Regional Council (ARC) and the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) in New Zealand to integrate their SAP and ESRI systems. The ARC and ARTA will implement Impress for GIS, a solution that ensures consistency of asset information between SAP and ESRI and streamlines asset management processes that span both systems.

The ARC is responsible for protecting and sustaining the region’s air, soil and water resources, and ARTA is responsible for managing the growing demands on its transport systems. The ARC and ARTA manage a significant portfolio of assets, including approximately 40,000 hectares of regional parkland, 40 railway stations, rail carriages, 14 ferry wharves, and Mt. Smart Stadium.

Recently, the ARC completed an advanced asset management plan for its regional parks in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002. One of the plan’s top priorities was to improve the current asset management system. The Auckland Regional Council concluded that a solution that would seamlessly integrate SAP PM with their ESRI geographical information system would significantly improve workforce productivity, decision-making and compliance.

“With our asset management strategy centered on SAP and GIS, it was important for the ARC and ARTA to find a way to fully leverage both systems in a timely and cost-effective manner,” said John Holley, Group Manager Information Services from the ARC. “Impress for GIS, as a certified, fully supported and upgradeable solution, gives us confidence that we will complete the integration on time and budget, and peace of mind that our investment will be protected as we face future upgrades to SAP or ESRI.”

The ARC and ARTA expect that Impress for GIS will enable employees to work more effectively in their most familiar environments. The integrated solution will also provide management with accurate and current asset information to facilitate effective decision-making for long-term financial planning and risk management.

“The Auckland Regional Council has embarked on a strategic charter to meet the region’s present and future needs,” explains Warren Utt, CEO, Impress Software. “We’re pleased that Impress was selected to help the ARC simplify and unify its asset management approach, and believe that more and more government agencies will follow the ARC’s lead as a way to more effectively manage resources and prepare for future growth.”

About Impress Software
Impress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with ERP systems, resulting in streamlined business processes. Impress solutions allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to custom integration solutions. Impress Software customers include global leaders such as AOL, BP, Saudi Aramco, US Army and Valero.

2007

Impress Introduces Packaged Integration Application for Peoplesoft ESA & Microsoft

November 27, 2007

Waltham, MA – Impress Software, the leading provider of packaged integration applications, today announced the development of a new product that will deliver integrated project management between Oracle’s Peoplesoft Enterprise Service Automation (ESA) and Microsoft Project and Primavera. Impress is developing the solution in close collaboration with the Peoplesoft ESA and Oracle Fusion middleware teams, as well as with Cardinal Point Solutions, a Peoplesoft ESA implementation partner. “Service- and project-intensive industries recognize the competitive advantages that can be realized by optimizing project life-cycle processes. That’s why so many leading enterprises leverage the program management capabilities of Peoplesoft ESA with the project scheduling capabilities of Microsoft Project and Primavera. Integrating these systems with a reliable, best-practices solution will further improve the operational and financial performance of projects,” said Warren Utt, President and CEO of Impress Software. Impress packaged integration applications are operational in over 75 sites around the globe, providing organizations engaged in enterprise project management and asset management initiatives with a proven, productized integration solution. This new product, which will be an extension of the Impress for EPM product line, will automate cross-system project management processes, enabling companies to:

  • Improve resource utilization
  • Achieve more accurate project tracking and control
  • Make more informed project and portfolio decisions
  • Improve communication throughout the organization
  • Ensure compliance with Sarbanes Oxley and GAAP
  • Maximize cash flow and project profitability

“By leveraging our proven packaged integration approach, PeopleSoft ESA customers will be able to streamline their business processes, while eliminating much of the risk and costs associated with typical custom integration projects,” said Utt. A preview of the new product was provided at Oracle OpenWorld on November 13th. Impress participated with Oracle in a presentation, called “The Best of Both Worlds: Program Management with PeopleSoft Enterprise Service Automation and Project Scheduling with Microsoft Project Server.” For more information or to view the presentation, click here.

About Impress Software
Impress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with leading ERP systems, resulting in streamlined business processes. Impress solutions allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to custom integration solutions. Impress Software solutions are operational in more than 75 customer sites worldwide, including global leaders such as AOL, BP, US Army and Valero.

FirstEnergy Selects Impress Software to Integrate SAP and Primavera

November 27, 2007

Waltham, MA – Impress Software, a leading provider of packaged integration applications, today announced that it has been selected by FirstEnergy Corp. to integrate its Primavera P5 Project Management software for Transmission & Distribution capital projects with SAP. FirstEnergy is implementing Impress for EPM, a packaged integration application that provides best practices for bridging SAP with Primavera in order to streamline capital project processes and enhance data integrity.

FirstEnergy’s seven electric utility operating companies comprise the nation’s fifth largest investor-owned electric system. The company has historically used Primavera to plan and schedule routine maintenance and plant turnarounds within its generation facilities. However, the use of Primavera for Transmission and Distribution capital projects is considered a new approach within the industry. Connecting SAP and Primavera with Impress will provide an integrated picture between resource scheduling and project budgeting and charging.

About Impress Software
Impress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with SAP, resulting in streamlined business processes. Impress solutions allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to custom integration solutions. Impress Software customers include global leaders such as BP, Halliburton, US Army and Valero.

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Czech Refining Company Live With Impress for EPM; Ready for Major Shutdown

August 20, 2007

Waltham, Ma. – Impress Software, a leading provider of packaged integration applications, today announced the completion of the Impress for EPM implementation at the Czech Refining Company (CRC). Impress for EPM will serve as the bridge between SAP?s Plant Maintenance (PM) and Project Systems (PS) modules and Primavera P3e for shutdown and routine maintenance initiatives.

CRC is the largest crude oil processing company and the largest producer of refined petroleum products in the Czech Republic. Established in 1995, CRC operates as a joint venture with Unipetrol, ENI, ConocoPhillips, and Shell. Two years ago, the Company embarked on an initiative to improve operating performance and maintenance practices at its two refineries. After a thorough analysis of requirements, the Company embraced Shell’s Global Asset Management Excellence (GAME) initiative. The GAME program was created by Shell to enhance asset integrity and plant availability, and aligned closely with CRC’s goals and expertise. The program leverages a standard set of best practices that provide a more efficient approach to the execution of critical work process using SAP, Primavera and Impress for EPM.

“We used both SAP and Primavera in the past, but not to the extent prescribed by Shell’s GAME initiative, and not in the integrated fashion that Impress for EPM enables,” said Tomas Palma, Best-in-Class Project Manager for CRC. “The fact that Impress for EPM is a certified SAP partner, in conjunction with their participation in Shell’s GAME made our choice for an integration solution very easy.”

CRC is facing its biggest plant shutdown in Company history. The shutdown is expected to consume 39 days, tens of millions of dollars, and more than a 1000-person workforce comprised of both CRC employees and contractors. SAP PM and PS will be used for costing and planning purposes, while Primavera will be used to optimally schedule and manage the initiative. Impress for EPM will keep critical project data consistent between systems enabling more effective planning and scheduling, contractor management, and cost tracking and analysis. In addition, Impress for EPM will help CRC establish a best-practice template in SAP to facilitate the planning of future shutdowns.

“Impress for EPM is relied on by the world’s largest refineries to ensure that SAP and Primavera or Microsoft are in synchronization at all times during major and routine maintenance initiatives,” explains Warren Utt, Impress Software’s CEO. “We continually enhance the Impress for EPM product with best practices and repeatable business processes so that our customers not only realize the lowest total cost of ownership for the integration, but also reach operational excellence through improved workforce productivity and decision-making.”

About Impress Software
Impress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with SAP, resulting in streamlined business processes. Impress solutions allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to custom integration solutions. Impress Software customers include global leaders such as BP, Halliburton, US Army and Valero.

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Impress Adds Web-Based Interface and Support for Microsoft Project 2007 in Impress for EPM 3.2

June 25, 2007

Waltham, Ma. – Impress Software, a leading provider of packaged integration applications, today announced the availability of Impress for EPM 3.2, the newest release of its flagship solution which introduces support for Microsoft Project 2007, a new web-based end-user tool, and packaged processes to support a combined SAP PS/PM integration scenario. Impress for EPM integrates SAP with Microsoft Project and Primavera, eliminating the need to perform costly and time-consuming custom coding while ensuring that project stakeholders using either system are on the same page with accurate and timely information. Version 3.2 provides customers with additional out-of-the-box business processes to further streamline implementations and reduce an integration’s total cost of ownership. “Impress continues to help customers get the most from their software investments by adding new features and support for the most recent applications,” said Warren Utt, CEO of Impress Software. “It’s an honor to be one of the few First-to-Market Partners for Microsoft Project 2007. By remaining in lock-step with our partners, we’re able to quickly deliver integration applications so our customers don?t have to custom-build their own.” With support for Microsoft Project 2007 built into EPM 3.2, Microsoft’s 2007 customers can rest assured that their project management system will continue to work in concert with SAP’s PS and PM modules. Additional features included with Impress for EPM 3.2 include:

  • New browser-based user interface: By adding an intuitive web-based tool that provides end-users, including project managers, project analysts and maintenance schedulers, with a simple interface to synchronize multiple projects and monitor synch results, Impress for EPM 3.2 improves productivity. Accessible from any computer within a company’s network, the tool also provides easy access to synch history and diagnostic information.
  • Support for combined SAP PS and PM business scenarios: Allows companies to plan and budget maintenance projects in SAP PS, define work in SAP PM, and schedule and execute projects using the project management system.

Impress for EPM 3.2 is available immediately through Impress Software at www.impress.com.

About Impress Software
Impress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with SAP, resulting in streamlined business processes. Impress solutions allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to custom integration solutions. Impress Software customers include global leaders such as BP, Halliburton, US Army and Valero. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.

PG&E Chooses Impress to Ensure Accurate Asset Data, Optimize Work Management

Impress for GIS to Integrate SAP with ESRI and Miner & Miner April 9, 2007

Waltham, Ma. – Impress Software today announced that Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has chosen its Impress for GIS packaged integration application as part of a strategic Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) initiative. Impress for GIS was selected to synchronize PG&E’s asset data in SAP with geo-data in its ESRI and Miner & Miner geographic information systems (GIS). Once the implementation is completed, PG&E expects to have approximately 10,000 users leveraging Impress for GIS.

PG&E is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. The company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation, serves approximately 15 million people throughout a 70,000-square-mile service area in northern and central California.

Accenture was an advisor to PG&E in its purchase of Impress for GIS and will lead the implementation.

About Impress for GIS
Impress for GIS is a packaged integration application optimized for bridging SAP with ESRI’s ArcGIS and Miner & Miner’s ArcFM. It automatically links SAP assets with GIS features and maintains asset consistency at all times, dramatically reducing data administration costs while ensuring asset data accuracy. With Impress for GIS, users can create work orders and notifications, update status information, and assign orders to features on a map. In addition, they can analyze SAP work order information with a “point-and-click” search using multiple user-defined criteria. This information can be rendered on the map and color-coded for spatial analysis and at-a-glance viewing to improve decision-making. Leveraging Impress for GIS, organizations like PG&E can generate significant EAM improvements by combining the strengths of GIS and SAP PM.

About Impress Software
Impress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with SAP, resulting in streamlined business processes. Impress solutions allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to custom integration solutions. Impress Software customers include global leaders such as BP, Halliburton, US Army and Valero.

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Impress Software Announces Impress for GIS 2.1 to Enhance SAP and ESRI ArcGIS

March 5, 2007

Waltham, Ma. – Impress Software, a leading provider of packaged integration applications, today announced the availability of Impress for GIS 2.1, adding new features to further streamline and enhance spatial asset management in an SAP environment. Highlighting this release is the support for the Customer Care & Service module of SAP’s industry business solution for Utilities (IS-U/CCS.) “Many of our Utility customers are looking to integrate ArcGIS server technology with their SAP solutions,” said Steve Benner, Director, Strategic Accounts of ESRI, Inc. “Impress for GIS is the only packaged integration solution that provides this integration, and its latest release offers many exciting new capabilities for Utilities, including support for CCS.” Impress for GIS 2.1 introduces new capabilities to provide customer service and maintenance departments with a clear picture of device infrastructure, service consumption and customer status by enabling map-based access to data stored in CCS. For improved decision making and analysis, Impress for GIS 2.1 adds notification and CCS data to its spatial analysis capabilities. Packaged integration applications, like Impress for GIS 2.1, deliver pre-defined industry best practices in application integration to speed development, reduce implementation risk and lower the total cost of ownership. Additional features of Impress for GIS 2.1 include:

  • SAP Technical Object Browser – Enables GIS users to view and manipulate SAP asset structures comprised of both mapped and unmapped locations and equipment. From this map-based browser, users can traverse asset hierarchies, place unmapped objects on the map via drag-and-drop placement, and perform common work management processes.
  • Enhanced Reporting and Analysis – Automatically aggregates and renders statistics for features by map boundaries. For example, users can examine maintenance costs per county or number of incidents per area, and export statistical information to Microsoft Excel for further analysis.
  • New Work Management Processes – Allows GIS users to modify work orders, search and view notifications, and spatially analyze notification statistics.
  • Enhanced Service Oriented Architecture and Partner Support – Provides web services for common Impress business processes that can be consumed by composite applications, and the ability to convert any Impress process into a web service. Impress for GIS 2.1 also supports new partner releases, including MySAP ERP 2005 and MS SQL 2005.

“For the past three years Impress for GIS has provided significant value to companies integrating ESRI’s ArcGIS and SAP, and we continue to enhance that value by delivering powerful new capabilities in this release,” said Warren Utt, CEO of Impress Software. “By utilizing Impress for GIS to integrate key business processes, customers are able to increase productivity, improve customer service and enhance business analytics to make better decisions.?”Impress for GIS 2.1 is available immediately through Impress Software at www.impress.com.About Impress for GISImpress for GIS is a packaged integration application optimized for bridging SAP with ESRI’s ArcGIS and Miner & Miner’s ArcFM. It automatically links SAP assets with GIS features and maintains asset consistency at all times, dramatically reducing data administration costs while ensuring asset data accuracy. With Impress for GIS, users can create work orders and notifications, update status information, and assign orders to features on a map. In addition, they can analyze SAP notification, work order, and device consumption information with a “point-and-click” search. This information can be rendered on the map and color-coded for spatial analysis and at-a-glance viewing to improve decision-making. Leveraging Impress for GIS, organizations can generate significant EAM improvements by combining the strengths of GIS and SAP PM.About Impress SoftwareImpress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with SAP, resulting in streamlined business processes. Impress solutions allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to custom integration solutions. Impress Software customers include global leaders such as BP, Halliburton, US Army and Valero.

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2006

Impress Strengthens Capital Project Management and SOA Capabilities with Latest

October 23, 2006

Waltham, MA –  Impress Software, a leading provider of packaged integration applications, today announced the availability of Impress for EPM 3.1, the newest release of its flagship solution which includes features to improve capital project management, performance, usability and support for service oriented architectures (SOA).

Impress for EPM integrates SAP with Microsoft Project and Primavera, eliminating costly and time-consuming custom coding while ensuring that project stakeholders using either system are on the same page with accurate and up-to-date information. Version 3.1 provides customers with additional out-of-the-box business processes to help streamline implementations and further reduce an integration’s total cost of ownership (TCO).

“Impress Software’s heritage of more than a decade of experience in application integration gives global companies comfort that they are relying on a proven solution to handle business-critical tasks,” said Warren Utt, CEO of Impress Software. “Impress for EPM 3.1 demonstrates our commitment to continually enhancing the product by adding new business processes, keeping pace with standards, working hand-in-hand with partners and constantly improving performance and usability.”

New features released with Impress for EPM 3.1 include:

  • Capital Project Improvements: Customers that use Impress for EPM to better manage capital projects will benefit from new capabilities such as the ability to transfer important budget and cost details to the project management system, aggregate details in the project management system to the level required by SAP project accounting policies, and improved support for project milestones.
  • Performance and Usability Improvements: New performance capabilities synchronize only changed data, significantly reducing the synchronization duration of large projects. In addition, new features have been added to simplify the administration of a large number of projects and project teams. For example, “at-a-glance” status indicators provide a quick overview of all project synchronizations, workspace groups improve control over user access and improved error handling and reporting provides more meaningful, actionable information.
  • Enhanced Service Oriented Architecture and Partner Support: Impress continues to embrace standards to ensure its solutions fit into enterprise architectures by introducing enhanced support for SOA. Impress for EPM 3.1 provides out-of-the-box Web services for common Impress business processes that can be consumed by composite applications, and the ability to convert any Impress process into a Web service. Impress for EPM 3.1 also supports the latest releases from Microsoft, SAP and Primavera. For example, with this release, Impress has included support for Primavera 5.0 SP3 and SAP ECC 6.0 and improved support for the NetWeaver application server.

Impress for EPM 3.1 is available immediately through Impress Software at www.impress.com.

About Impress Software
Impress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with SAP, resulting in streamlined business processes. Impress solutions allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to custom integration solutions. Impress Software customers include global leaders such as Bayer, BP, Halliburton, US Army and Valero.

Aquarion Water Company Selects Impress for GIS to Integrate ESRI and SAP

September 11, 2006

Waltham, MA – Impress Software, a leading provider of packaged integration applications for SAP Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Enterprise Project Management (EPM) customers, today announced that it has been selected by Aquarion Water Company to integrate its SAP and ESRI systems. Aquarion will implement Impress Software’s Impress for GIS, a solution that enables businesses to relate asset information between SAP and ESRI and streamline business processes that span both systems.

Founded in 1857 and headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Aquarion Water Company is one of the ten largest investor-owned water utilities in the U.S., serving more than 219,400 homes and businesses, or approximately 677,000 people, in 53 surrounding communities. As part of a company-wide transformation spearheaded by its executive team, Aquarion looked to increase the sharing of information across the organization. After an extensive competitive review, Aquarion chose SAP as its master system of record and recognized the need for a tight integration with ESRI ArcGIS.

“As a utility, our mapping system is an important part of our business, and with most of our data being stored in SAP, we needed to find a robust and proven integration solution,” said Howard J. Dunn, Vice President of Operations and Technology, Aquarion Water Company. “After evaluating alternatives, we determined that Impress for GIS was the right solution to enable the seamless integration. We expect to recoup our investment in about one year by dramatically lowering operation costs, decreasing service times and increasing overall efficiency.”

Aquarion plans to implement both Impress for GIS modules — Asset Data Management (ADM) and Maintenance and Operations. The ADM module, which relates asset information between systems and continually synchronizes changes, will provide Aquarion with the data accuracy it needs to ensure financial compliance and operational efficiency. To improve productivity of its customer service operation, Aquarion will also implement the Maintenance and Operations module to enable geospatial analysis of work order and asset data and provide access to SAP processes from ESRI’s ArcGIS.

Impress for GIS will enable the use of ESRI’s ArcGIS as a front end to mySAP ERP, and allow ESRI users at Aquarion to create, modify, manage, and analyze asset data and work orders. Through real-time integration with SAP, Impress for GIS will enable the execution of maintenance operations and facility management directly from the ArcGIS maps while ensuring that functional locations, equipment, work orders, and other geographical data elements are consistent across the systems at all times.

“Spatial asset management is an important initiative for utilities, but in order to realize its true value, they must reliably integrate GIS and ERP systems,” said Warren Utt, president and CEO of Impress Software. “We’re proud to offer Impress for GIS, a cost effective solution that will help Aquarion achieve its stated mission of efficiently delivering the highest quality utility services to its customers.”

About Impress Software
Impress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with SAP, resulting in streamlined business processes across multiple enterprise systems. Impress solutions allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to traditional EAI development platforms. Impress Software customers include global leaders such as Bayer, BP, Halliburton, US Army and Valero.

Impress Software Integrates SAP and Microsoft Project for Bombardier Aerospace

June 26, 2006

Waltham, MA – Impress Software, a leading provider of packaged integration applications for SAP Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Enterprise Project Management (EPM) customers, today announced that Bombardier Aerospace has selected Impress to integrate Microsoft Project and SAP to manage maintenance scheduling and visibility across its Aircraft Services centers.

Bombardier Aerospace is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative aviation products and services for the business, regional and amphibious aircraft markets. This legacy of innovation consolidates more than 250 years of aviation history and has developed 18 successful new aircraft since 1989. Aircraft Services is the aircraft maintenance organization within Bombardier Aerospace.

“As part of Bombardier’s Continuous Business Improvement (CBI) initiative, it was clear that capacity and production planning was an area that required enhancing to improve customer satisfaction and revenue opportunities,” said Troy Jonas, Vice President and General Manager, Aircraft Services. “To ensure the success of this re-engineered business concept, improved visibility and scheduling are crucial – and the integration that Impress enables between Microsoft Project and SAP is central in giving us the necessary insight.”

Bombardier Aircraft Services Customer Service Representatives will use Microsoft Project to create the recommended service project plan. Once the Aircraft Services customer has authorized work, the Impress solution will synchronize the Microsoft Project Service Plan and automatically generate SAP Work Orders. Microsoft Project will then be used on the shop floor to record actual work performed, and Completed Work Orders will then trigger customer invoices. This process will enable Schedulers and Customer Service personnel to work with a user-friendly interface, eliminate redundant data entry and to also perform what-if analysis resulting in improved capacity utilization.

“Aircraft Maintenance is inherently complex and requires extensive, error-free record keeping. Impress dramatically reduces redundant data entry and ensures accuracy. The result is increased confidence for Bombardier and its customers,” said Warren Utt, CEO of Impress Software. “Impress’ integration of SAP and Microsoft Project at BASC eliminates the risk inherent in custom integration projects and will enable Bombardier to continuously meet its maintenance and customer service goals.”

About Impress Software
Impress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with SAP, resulting in streamlined business processes across multiple enterprise systems. Impress solutions allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to traditional EAI development platforms. Impress Software customers include global leaders such as Bayer, BP, Halliburton, US Army and Valero.

Impress for GIS 2.0 to Help Enterprises Improve Field Service Operations

May 11, 2006

Waltham, MA – Impress Software, a leading provider of packaged integration applications, today announced the availability of Impress for GIS 2.0, featuring the new Maintenance and Operations Module. With this new release, organizations can more effectively streamline their field service operations through the integration of SAP with ESRI’s ArcGIS or Miner & Miner’s ArcFM.

The new Maintenance and Operations module enables access to SAP asset and work management data and processes from a GIS front end. GIS users can now create work orders and notifications, update status information, and assign orders to features on the map. In addition, they can analyze SAP work order information with a “point-and-click” search using multiple user-defined criteria. This information can be rendered on the map and color-coded for spatial analysis and at-a-glance viewing to improve decision-making.

“Companies are looking for ways to decrease the inefficiencies of their field service organizations,” said Warren Utt, CEO of Impress Software. “By putting asset information and maintenance processes at the fingertips of the GIS user, Impress for GIS 2.0 enables these companies to increase the productivity of field operations while simultaneously improving the service they deliver to their customers.”

The Maintenance and Operations module complements the existing Asset Data Management module, which automatically synchronizes asset-related information to ensure both GIS and SAP systems remain up-to-date and accurate. In addition, the Asset Data Management module allows GIS users to access and manipulate data, including processes to simultaneously update attributes for multiple assets. For example a user at a water utility can easily select multiple assets on a map, such as a series of valves, and simultaneously change attributes without having to modify each valve individually in SAP.

With Impress for GIS 2.0, organizations are able to:

  • Increase productivity by streamlining processes and providing easy access to key information and processes
  • Improve customer service by arming workforces with insight to make better decisions, accelerate time-to-repair, and improve asset performance
  • Enhance business analytics by enabling spatial analysis of SAP information to strengthen decision-making and improve resource planning
  • Lower total cost of ownership by accelerating implementations, lowering maintenance costs, and using a solution fully supported by Impress software

Impress for GIS 2.0 is available immediately through Impress Software at www.impress.com.

About Impress Software
Impress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with SAP, resulting in streamlined business processes. Impress solutions allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to traditional EAI development platforms. Impress Software customers include global leaders such as Bayer, BP, DuPont, Halliburton, US Army and Valero.

Impress Software Releases Impress for EPM 3.0

May 10, 2006

Waltham, Ma. – Impress Software, a leading provider of packaged integration applications, today announced the availability of Impress for EPM 3.0, the newest release of its flagship integration application that includes numerous performance and scalability enhancements. With this new release, organizations can more effectively deploy the integration application for bridging SAP with project management systems on an enterprise-wide basis.

“Since its introduction in 2002, Impress for EPM has been successfully implemented by leading companies around the globe to streamline Plant Turnarounds, Routine Maintenance, Capital Projects and IT Projects.” said Warren Utt, CEO of Impress Software. “An increasing number of these companies want to deploy our solution across their entire enterprise, and the 3.0 release introduces powerful new capabilities to support these strategic initiatives.”

Impress for EPM (formally known as Project i.App) integrates SAP with project management systems, including Microsoft Project and Primavera, eliminating costly and time-consuming custom coding. As a result, project managers can plan, schedule and execute enterprise projects, taking into account critical SAP-defined data such as resource and material availability without timely and error-prone manual data entry. Controllers using SAP and project managers using MS Project or Primavera can remain with their tool of choice and rest assured that they are relying on “a single version of the truth” to keep a project on time and on budget.

New features released with Impress for EPM 3.0 include:

  • Improved Performance and Scalability: Enhancements include queue-based load balancing for both real-time and batch processing, and memory optimization, which improves performance of large scale projects.
  • Support for Additional Databases: Impress for EPM 3.0 offers support for two addit Cancel ional databases: MS SQL Server 2000 as well as MaxDB 7.5. Customers can now choose between Oracle, MS SQL Server 2000 or MaxDB7.5.
  • Usability enhancements: Includes the new process modeler, which gives administrators a better graphical view of a project, making workflow manipulation and project management easier tasks.

Impress for EPM is available immediately through Impress Software at www.impress.com.

About Impress Software
Impress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with SAP, resulting in streamlined business processes. Impress solutions allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to traditional EAI development platforms. Impress Software customers include global leaders such as Bayer, BP, DuPont, Halliburton, US Army and Valero.

Framatome ANP Selects Impress Software to Integrate SAP and Primavera

February 27, 2006

WALTHAM, Ma. – Impress Software, a leading provider of packaged integration applications for SAP Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Enterprise Project Management (EPM) customers, today announced that it has been selected by Framatome ANP, Inc. to integrate its SAP and Primavera systems in order to give controllers and schedulers more accurate data and timely visibility.

Framatome ANP, a joint subsidiary of AREVA and Siemens, is the world leader in the design, construction, modernization and maintenance of nuclear power plants and research reactors, and relies heavily on Primavera’s P3e project management system to schedule, coordinate and execute its operations. In the past, Framatome ANP used software from JD Edwards (JDE) to monitor and control financial aspects of its operations. The software was loosely linked with Primavera through custom integration that only allowed data to flow in one direction. Framatome ANP has chosen to migrate from JDE to a system from SAP with a more complex project setup structure that will require a greater level of synchronization.

“I started to see challenges with integrating Primavera and SAP around 1999, when a lot of people were struggling to get their systems to work together and weren?t doing a very good job of it,” said George Broman, Principal Project Manager for SAP at Framatome ANP. “After leaving the industry for a few years, I came back and learned about Impress. The fact that Impress is endorsed by both SAP and Primavera is invaluable and solves a lot of problems.”

By using packaged integration applications, Framatome ANP does not have to burden IT resources that are often spread thin. Instead of allocating resources to deal with time-consuming manual data entry or custom coding, technology will handle the challenge. Framatome ANP estimates that due to the man-hours saved as a result of the new combined solution from SAP and Impress, it will recoup its investment in approximately 5 months. In addition, by working with Impress, Framatome ANP has someplace to turn to with questions or if problems arise.

“What we’ve done is productize the integration of common processes between two systems ? in this case, SAP and Primavera ? which leaves very little custom work or trial-and-error for customers like Framatome ANP,” said Warren Utt, CEO of Impress Software. “There are many companies out there that are in the same boat. We help them get the most value from their investments in enterprise applications, while allowing them to avoid unnecessary integration risks.”

Using a packaged integration application from Impress Software, Framatome ANP will benefit from:

  • Better data integrity – No reconciliation steps between systems or  dual data entry paths are required;
  • Higher productivity – Reduced manual data entry and manpower required to update two systems means decreased handling costs;
  • Lower support costs – Standard process configuration ensures the same data moves between SAP and P3e;
  • A long term, reliable solution – A proven technology via partnerships with SAP and Primavera, in place of custom integration; and
  • Dynamic synchronization to maximize SAP’s functionality – Users have higher confidence to make decisions based on the system?s information. Accurate delivery of consistent data leads to quality improvement in project execution, monitoring and control.

These new advancements in Framatome ANP’s infrastructure, and the benefits they will provide, ideally position the company to take advantage of future market opportunities. “Overall energy prices and environmental concerns such as carbon dioxide emissions are driving a renewed interest in nuclear power,” Broman added. “We’re likely to see new construction in the near-future, and Framatome ANP will need an efficient platform to operate on when this happens. A key part of that platform is integration.”About Impress SoftwareImpress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with SAP, resulting in streamlined business processes across multiple enterprise systems. Impress solutions allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to traditional EAI development platforms. Impress Software customers include global leaders such as Bayer, BP, DuPont, Halliburton and Valero.

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Integrating EAM Systems is a Major Challenge, According to Industry Execs

January 3, 2006

Survey from Impress Software Reports That Half of All Enterprise Asset Management Projects are Completed Late or Over Budget; 68% Concerned about Use of Multiple Systems to Manage Projects

Waltham Ma. – Integration between two Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems is a major challenge that hinders organizations from achieving optimal value from their investments, according to a recent survey conducted by Impress Software. More than 70% of executive respondents claim top business challenges of EAM projects to be financial control, timely visibility into project costs and status, and accuracy of project information – largely driven by the use of multiple information systems.

“The recent survey shows that when executing large projects like construction, plant turnaround, or plant shutdown, information sharing between departments is the key to success,” said Warren Utt, president and chief executive officer of Impress Software. “In order for projects to stay on-time and on-budget, project managers and finance executives must be able to share accurate and timely data. With a high volume of projects taking place at many organizations, fully automating the links between systems is the only way to make sure that happens.”

EAM Projects Are Constantly in Progress
The survey found that EAM projects are constantly in progress, with the most commonly executed activities relating to routine maintenance work (82%), followed by turnaround/shutdown/outage projects (74%) and construction of new facilities (58%). It?s important to note that most organizations execute more than one type of EAM project. In fact, nearly half of the respondents reported completing more than 250 routine maintenance projects per year, and more than half of the respondents complete between 1-10 turnarounds/shutdowns/outage projects each year.

Companies Are Not Integrating EAM Systems Effectively
With more than 80 % of organizations using more than one system to accomplish EAM projects, the integration challenge is wide-spread. Nearly half of the respondents that use multiple systems reported that they either employ a manual process to transfer data between systems, or that their systems share absolutely no data at all.

EAM Projects: Over-budget and Overdue
With the large volume of EAM projects taking place, and with the majority of organizations executing these projects without automated links between their systems, the survey found that 55 % of projects are completed past deadline, and 50 % are completed over budget. Additionally, of those projects that are over-budget, more than 20% are over budget by more than 50%.

About the 2005 EAM Survey
The survey was completed by 92 EAM executives at industry conferences and through online polling to provide their peers with a better understanding of current practices and industry-wide challenges. Executive respondents held responsibilities for business units, single plants or entire companies from a wide range of industries including chemical, energy, utility, engineering & construction, oil & gas, public sector, aerospace & defense and forestry & land management.

2005

US Army Enlists Impress to Integrate SAP and Microsoft Project

November 29, 2005

WALTHAM, Ma. – Impress Software, a leading provider of packaged integration applications for SAP Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Enterprise Project Management (EPM) customers, today announced that it has been selected by the US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) to integrate SAP and Microsoft Project.

With more than 3,000 civilian engineers, scientists and support personnel, ARDEC’s mission is to conduct and manage research, development and engineering for all assigned US Army weapon systems. Currently, its primary mission is research, development and pilot-plant production of weapons system, explosives and propellants. To accomplish this mandate, ARDEC maintains data at its laboratories and special facilities using SAP and Microsoft Project. However, to achieve its goals of increased accuracy and rapid reporting that will help deliver armaments to soldiers exactly when they need them, the two applications must be tightly linked. “Program Managers and Contractors require data to be consistent between ARDEC’s SAP back-office system and Microsoft Project,” said Glen Berg, Competency Director for the Project Integration Office at the Armament Systems Integration Center. “We selected Impress’ packaged integration application to ensure that the data between these two systems are synchronized in an accurate, timely and trusted manner.” “We’re proud to solve the integration challenges of customers like ARDEC,” said Warren Utt, CEO of Impress Software. “In this case, it’s great to know that our technology will address critical ease of use issues and provide Project Managers and Project Accountants with the data and tools they need to support the ultimate customer:  the soldier.” In addition to achieving tight integration between SAP and Microsoft Project, ARDEC will realize added benefits from using packaged integration applications from Impress Software, such as:

  • Increased visibility when project delays and conflicts arise
  • Real-time visibility of obligation plans and supporting schedules
  • Improved financial reporting
  • Standard templates to re-enforce PMI best practices and proper project   management principles
  • Improved project management, which can lead to increased R&D funding

About Impress Software
Impress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications (I.Apps(TM)) that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with SAP resulting in streamlined business processes across multiple enterprise systems. Impress I.Apps allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to traditional EAI development platforms. Impress Software customers include global leaders such as Bayer, BP, DuPont, Halliburton and Valero.

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Impress Closes $10 Million In Funding to Drive Adoption of Packaged Integration

Series C Funding Led by Key Venture Partners with Participation from Existing Investors September 12, 2005 Waltham, Ma. – Impress Software, a leading provider of packaged integration applications for SAP Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Enterprise Project Management (EPM) customers, today announced that it has closed $10 Million in Series C funding.  The latest round was led by Waltham, MA-based Key Venture Partners, and included participation from existing investors General Catalyst Partners, Carmel Ventures, Star Ventures and Techno Venture Management (TVM).  The funding will enable Impress Software to expand sales and marketing initiatives worldwide to take advantage of the growing interest in the company’s packaged integration applications. In addition, Ted Mocarski, managing director at Key Venture Partners, will join the company’s board of directors. “Since I’ve joined the organization, I’ve been delighted at the significant interest in Impress I.Apps from major companies around the world.  This latest round of funding will enable us to expand sales and marketing efforts, better serve our existing customers as well as enter new markets,” said Warren Utt, Impress CEO.  “We are pleased to attract another strong partner in Key Venture Partners and look forward to working with them as we expand our operations and continue to address companies? complex integration challenges by providing packaged integration applications that solve these problems at a fraction of the time and cost compared to traditional EAI development platforms and custom services.” The new funding enables Impress Software to expand its sales and marketing efforts across a broad range of vertical markets such as chemical, energy, utility, engineering and construction, oil and gas, public sector, aerospace and defense, forestry and land management.  Building upon its solid install base, the funding will also enable Impress to enhance its presence worldwide to penetrate new markets that could benefit from the value that Impress I.Apps deliver. “Impress Software is a very promising company that is already generating substantial revenues by enabling large companies to solve their integration problems and maximize their existing IT investments,” said Ted Mocarski, managing director at Key Venture Partners. ?With an established management team, industry proven and certified technology and a robust customer pipeline, we’re looking forward to helping the company achieve continued success.” About Carmel Ventures Founded in 2000 by pioneers and leaders of the Israeli high tech industry, Carmel Ventures is one of Israel?s leading Information Technology focused funds with $372 million under management.  Led by former entrepreneurs and executives of the software, communications and investment industries, Carmel provides active, hands-on support to its Israeli, European and US portfolio companies. Carmel is located in Herzliya, Israel and has a worldwide network of industry, strategic and investment resources. Carmel provides significant capital and support throughout the growth cycle of its portfolio companies and is recognized as a true company building fund in Israel. For more information, please visit www.carmelventures.com About General Catalyst Partners General Catalyst Partners is a private equity firm that invests in exceptional entrepreneurs and technical founders who are building the software solution and technology platform companies that will lead innovation and transform industries. Founded in 2000, General Catalyst Partners leverages its principals? extensive operational, business development and technological expertise to provide portfolio companies with a catalyst for success through business-building and partnership development assistance. General Catalyst is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass.  For more information, please visit: www.generalcatalyst.com . About Key Venture Partners Key Venture Partners is a Waltham, MA-based venture capital firm that invests in expansion stage companies with capital-efficient business models. They are committed to help young, venture stage companies as well as older, well-established companies realize the full potential of their growth opportunities in the software, communications and information technology (IT)-enabled services sectors. With over 50 combined years of operating and investing experience, Key Venture Partners understands the unique challenges of expansion stage growth in these sectors. For more information, please visit www.keyvp.com . About Star Ventures Star Ventures (STAR) is an international venture capital group that invests in early-stage, high-tech companies in Israel, the United States and Germany. STAR has a truly global approach and focuses on deep-technology companies that are already active internationally or are preparing to expand globally. Since its inception in 1992, STAR was involved as an early investor in successful companies such as Ciena, Alvarion, Precise, EFI, Creo, and Orckit. To date, STAR has close to US$ 1B under management over 15 funds. The portfolio comprises more than 180 companies, with 59 exits through IPO?s (mainly NASDAQ) or trade sales to date. Typical areas of interest are information technology, especially software and equipment for the communications and enterprise markets, as well as semiconductors and to a smaller extent medical device and biotech companies. Star Ventures is headquartered in Munich, Germany, with offices in Herzelia, Israel, and Dallas, Texas, USA.  For more information about STAR please visit www.star-ventures.com About TVM Techno Venture Management (TVM), founded in 1983, is one of the first venture capital funds formed in Germany and a leader in transatlantic operations. The German-U.S. venture capital company has offices in Munich and Boston. For many years, TVM has focused on information and communications technology and life sciences, high growth sectors where innovation, effective management and sound financial backing have an enormous impact on a company?s ability to prosper and generate value. TVM funds have made investments in over 220 technology companies in Europe and the United States. Many of these enterprises went public on U.S. or European stock exchanges or were sold to strategic acquirers. For more information please visit www.tvmvc.com . About Impress Software Impress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications (I.Apps’) that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems with SAP resulting in streamlined business processes across multiple enterprise systems. Impress I.Apps allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to traditional EAI development platforms. Impress Software customers include global leaders such as Bayer, DuPont, Halliburton, Nebraska Public Power District, New Brunswick Power, British Petroleum, Ontario Power Generation, Valero, Total, and many others. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.

Miner & Miner's ArcFM and SAP Integration Streamlined with Impress's Geo I.App

July 27, 2005

Fort Collins, Colo. and Waltham, Ma. – Impress Software, working with Miner & Miner, a Telvent company, has developed Geo I.App, a packaged integration application which links Miner & Miner’s ArcFM software to SAP.  This application will eliminate redundant data entry by providing all the essential functionality to manage assets and maintenance activities directly from the GIS through a live integration with SAP.  The initial integration will be featured at the ESRI Users Conference in San Diego, CA, July 24 through 31, 2005.

Geo I.App is specifically designed for SAP and ESRI ArcGIS/ArcFM users and allows for the synchronization of spatial objects in both the SAP’s PLM and EAM modules and GIS environment.  The application leverages ESRI:s ArcGIS Server architecture and ensures that geographical data, functional locations, and equipment, are consistent across the enterprise, and eliminates the risk of discrepancies in location and resources.

“The integration of enterprise resource planning (ERP) back office systems with spatial technology has long been a goal of many utilities.  But a number of variables have made integration difficult to achieve and expensive to maintain.  The work by Impress to bring together ArcFM and SAP offers utilities and other enterprises a great head start towards an affordable and sustainable solution,” said Jeff Meyers, president of Miner & Miner.

“We’re pleased to be working with Miner & Miner to deliver a best of breed packaged integration application for the utilities market,” said Warren Utt, Impress CEO. “By bridging ArcFM and SAP, Geo I.App enables organizations to more efficiently manage geographically distributed assets and maintenance activities.”

Miner & Miner (M&M), a Telvent company, is a world leader in the development and implementation of GIS software for utilities. M&M’s ArcFM Solution and its extended services assist electric, gas, water, and wastewater utilities in increasing productivity, lowering costs, and improving services by allowing them to effectively manage spatial information. Founded in 1946 as a full-service electrical engineering firm, M&M has been a business partner of ESRI since 1987. This partnership has enabled M&M to become the world’s leading developer of ArcGIS applications for the utility industry. M&M services include implementation and customization of software to fit the needs of individual utilities. For more information, please visit www.miner.com .

Impress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications (I.Apps’) that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems resulting in streamlined business processes across multiple enterprise systems.  Impress I.Apps allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to traditional EAI development platforms.  Impress Software customers include global leaders such as Bayer, DuPont, Halliburton, Nebraska Public Power District, New Brunswick Power, British Petroleum, Ontario Power Generation, Valero, Total, and many others.

Telvent (Nasdaq: TLVT), the Global RealTime IT Company, specializes in high value-added solutions for four specific industrial sectors (Energy, Traffic, Transport and Environment) in Europe, North America, Latin America and China. ( www.telvent.com ) solutions, custom development, and integration services in the Land Management, Asset Management, Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) tracking, and Web-GIS industries.

ArcFM Solution, ArcFM, ArcFM Viewer, Designer, Responder, Conduit Manager, and Network Adapter are trademarks of Miner and Miner, Consulting Engineers, Inc. Other companies and products mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective trademark owners.

Impress Project I.App and Geo I.App Applications Achieve ||Powered By SAP Netweaver||

May 16, 2005

Leading Packaged Enterprise Integration Applications Now Provides Stronger Integration with SAP’ Solutions

Waltham Ma. – Impress Software, the packaged integration applications company for SAP enterprise asset management (EAM) and product lifecycle management (PLM) customers, today announced at SAPPHIRE ’05 that its Project I.App (PSCW) 2.5 and Geo I.App 1.0 applications have received “Powered by SAP NetWeaver” certification.  Impress has also become a Powered by SAP NetWeaver Partner, furthering its ongoing commitment and support for SAP? solutions.  These applications from Impress are powered by the SAP NetWeaver open integration and application platform that helps customers achieve a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

Project I.App and Geo I.App, each Powered by SAP NetWeaver, complement xRPM, SAP Plant Maintenance (PM), and SAP Project Systems (PS).  The Impress applications connect SAP solutions to applications such as Microsoft Project, Primavera and ESRI.  Impress Project I.App and Geo I.App products support and can now run on the SAP Web Application Server (SAP Web AS), and can be easily and securely distributed to thousands of users through the SAP Enterprise Portal.

“Impress is pleased to announce that it has reached a major milestone in our continued cooperation with SAP, by achieving Powered by SAP NetWeaver certification for our I.Apps, and joining the SAP NetWeaver Partner Program,” said Warren Utt, president and CEO of Impress Software.  “Our applications certified by SAP for integration with SAP NetWeaver help customers further extend and increase the use of SAP solutions while reducing TCO.”

About Impress Software
Impress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications (I.Apps’) that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems resulting in streamlined business processes across multiple enterprise systems. Impress I.Apps allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to traditional EAI development platforms. Impress Software customers include global leaders such as Bayer, DuPont, Halliburton, Nebraska Public Power District, New Brunswick Power, British Petroleum, Ontario Power Generation, Valero, Total, and many others.

SAP, SAP NetWeaver, SAPPHIRE, mySAP and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries all over the world.

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Impress Software Signs Major Oil and Gas Industry Customer to $1.2m Deal for Project I.App

May 9, 2005

Waltham, Ma. – Impress Software, the packaged integration applications company for SAP EAM and PLM customers, today announced a deal with one of the world’s top oil and gas companies, which selected Project I.App to integrate enterprise project data into mySAP Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) applications.  Total revenues for this first phase of global implementation exceed $1.2M, with several joint ventures and affiliates in the pipeline for further roll-outs in the second half of 2005.

“Companies today must have accurate, credible and actionable information to make global decisions about the usage of their assets that positively impact revenues and improve the bottom line,” said Warren Utt, president and CEO of Impress Software.  “Our Project I.App solution ensures seamless visibility of project schedule, resource and asset status for companies reliant on SAP.  This visibility is a critical component for any company moving towards enterprise project and asset management, as evident by the rapid adoption of Project I.App by global leaders in the oil and gas industry, among other industries where projects are directly linked to performance.”

With this latest selection, four out of the world’s six largest oil and gas producers, and six out of the top fifteen companies, have now standardized on Impress Project I.App.  Impress Software?s additional oil and gas customers include: Total (formerly TotalFinaElf), a leading multinational energy company; Valero Energy Corporation, a Fortune 500 company; and Caltex, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ChevronTexaco, a leader in the global integrated energy business and active in more than 180 countries, as well as suppliers and contractors such as Cameron Cooper and Halliburton.

The new oil and gas customer will use Impress Project I.App as part of its SAP Blueprint providing a global process for turnaround management and routine maintenance in refineries and chemical plants across the globe.  Project I.App helps establish, manage and monitor fast and reliable synchronization of project data between SAP systems and scheduling systems such as Primavera and Microsoft Project.  Project I.App will enable a seamless process of Enterprise Project Management combining the strength of mySAP ERP Plant Maintenance module with the Primavera scheduling and reporting capabilities.

To empower customers to make more effective project management decisions, Project I.App helps customer generate:

  • Credible Information: Delivering information on time enables all parties to trust the output both operationally and financially, in either systems
  • Accurate Information: Keeping mishaps under control in both financial and operational systems prevent reliability, regulatory, and other compliance issues that can easily result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in manual work, penalty fines and re-work
  • Actionable Information: Receiving information in the proper format in a timely manner can enable companies to make smart business decisions and intelligent change management that help projects meet their expectations within budget and on-time

About Project I.AppProject I.App is a pre-packaged, out-of-the-box integration application that links SAP with major project scheduling and management products, such as Primavera and Microsoft Project.  Project I.App was jointly developed with, and is certified by SAP. Support for the solution is obtained through SAP OSS.  The product integrates the business processes of project planning and ERP that would otherwise run independently of each other.  Ensuring project data is consistent across all systems at all times, Project I.App eliminates the need for duplicate data entry and the risk of mismatched schedules and resources.  Accessible via a standard web interface, Project I.App includes a set-up wizard that is easy to use and administer and requires no programming knowledge. About Impress SoftwareImpress Software is a leading provider of packaged integration applications (I.Apps’) that enable quick and cost-effective integration of project management and geographical information systems to SAP resulting in streamlined business processes across multiple enterprise systems. Impress I.Apps allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to traditional EAI development platforms. Impress Software customers include global leaders such as Bayer, DuPont, Halliburton, Nebraska Public Power District, New Brunswick Power, British Petroleum, Ontario Power Generation, Valero, Total, and many others.

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2004

Implementation of Impress Project I.App' completed in record time to integrate Primavera® Project Management software with SAP® PLM Application. (November 19, 2004)
Impress Software raises $8 Million and appoints Warren Utt Chief Executive Officer

November 15, 2004

Waltham, Ma. – Impress Software, a leading provider of packaged enterprise integration applications for SAP customers, today announced that it has closed $8.0 Million in Series B funding.  The latest round was led by General Catalyst Partners, and included participation from existing investors Carmel Ventures and Techno Venture Management (TVM).  David Orfao, managing director at General Catalyst Partners, has been appointed Chairman of the Company’s board of directors, with Avi Zeevi, general partner and founder of Carmel Ventures, and Friedrich Bornikoel, managing partner of TVM, also joining the Company’s board.

In addition to the funding, the Company also announced today that it has appointed Warren Utt as its CEO. The Company has also incorporated as a US-based corporation, and has officially moved its corporate headquarters from Hannover, Germany to Waltham, Mass. in the United States. The latest funding will be used to expand Impress Software’s US operations and develop additional Impress Software packaged integration applications, called I.Apps(TM), to further enable quick and cost-effective deployment of business processes across multiple enterprise systems.

Enterprises today still find themselves with the challenge of maximizing their existing technology investments to stay competitive while simultaneously needing to justify the total cost of ownership for each new initiative they embark on. Integrating key enterprise systems remains the answer for companies seeking to standardize business processes and gain operational efficiencies. However, the existing solution to this problem includes rigidly integrating applications through custom-built interfaces that ultimately prevent IT from being able to change quickly for competitive advantage.

“Countless companies spent millions of dollars cobbling together their key systems through custom interfaces and now are painfully realizing their costly integration work has made it prohibitive to upgrade their systems. Our unique ‘packaged application’ approach to solving this problem helps companies leverage industry best practices and standardize their key business processes across disparate systems using prebuilt, easily-upgradeable integration applications,” said Warren Utt, IMPRESS SOFTWARE’s new CEO. “This approach is clearly emerging as a natural solution to these challenges that also minimizes total cost of ownership, and I’m looking forward to helping IMPRESS SOFTWARE capitalize on the opportunity to solve this crucial business problem with our customers.”

With more than 24 years of industry experience, Warren is recognized as an innovative senior executive with a track record for successfully identifying and capitalizing on emerging market opportunities and building programs to capture global and national accounts within the public and private sectors. Most recently, Warren held the role of Senior Vice President of the Worldwide Field Organization for Broadvision in Redwood City, California. Prior to Broadvision, he held the position of CEO and President of Contentra, where he led the Company from its founding to its acquisition by North American Media Engines. Warren also served as CEO of Continuum Software, where he successfully led two rounds of financing and redirected the company’s strategy. Earlier in his career he held key sales, marketing and alliance management positions with Deloitte Consulting, EDS, Interleaf, InterOPS and Wang.

“Warren brings to Impress Software the unique combination of extensive experience in the packaged application marketplace with a deep knowledge and understanding of the SAP ecosystem. With the Company relocating its headquarters to the United States, I look forward to working closely with Warren and the strong Impress Software team to further deliver on its vision of reducing many of the barriers associated with effectively and efficiently running SAP with other business critical enterprise systems, regardless of vendor,” said David Orfao. “Major organizations, including Bayer, Dupont and Halliburton already are benefiting from Impress Software’s packaged software approach to integrating disparate enterprise systems with SAP – helping these organizations standardize business processes and ensure data integrity across the extended enterprise in a matter of days, not the typical months and years. Impress Software’s established traction and success in the marketplace makes this a very attractive investment opportunity.”

Certified by SAP, Impress I.Apps help companies to integrate specific third party software products, such as project management and GIS systems, into the SAP ecosystem in a manner that is quick to implement, cost-effective, leverages industry best practices and that is upgradeable for future versions of SAP and the connected systems. Existing I.App’s include:

Project I.App(TM), a pre-packaged, out-of-the-box Integration Application that links SAP(R) with major project scheduling and management products, such as Primavera and Microsoft Project. Project I.App integrates the business processes of project and maintenance planning and enterprise resource planning (ERP) that would otherwise run independently of each other. Ensuring data is consistent across all systems at all times, Project I.App eliminates the need for duplicate data entry and the risk of mismatched schedules and resources.

Geo I.App(TM) is a pre-packaged application for synchronization of location-related data between SAP and ESRI’s ArcGIS. The application provides all the functionality needed to easily establish, manage, and monitor the data synchronization process. Ensuring geographical data is consistent across all systems at all times, Geo I.App eliminates the need for duplicate data entry and the risk of mismatched locations and resources.

About Carmel Ventures
Carmel Ventures is Israel’s largest software-focused fund. Led by former entrepreneurs and executives of the software, communications and investment industries, Carmel provides active, hands-on support to its Israeli, European and US portfolio companies. Carmel has offices in Herzliya, Israel and London, and a worldwide network of industry, strategic and investment resources. With $171 million in commitments from a strong investor base that includes Citigroup, GroveStreet, Siemens, The Partners Group, VCM and other leading worldwide investors, Carmel provides significant capital and support throughout the growth cycle of its portfolio companies. For more information, please visit www.carmelventures.com

About General Catalyst Partners
General Catalyst Partners is a private equity firm that invests in exceptional entrepreneurs and technical founders who are building the software solution and technology platform companies that will lead innovation and transform industries. Founded in 2000, General Catalyst Partners leverages its principals’ extensive operational, business development and technological expertise to provide portfolio companies with a catalyst for success through business building and partnership development assistance. General Catalyst is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass. For more information, please visit www.generalcatalyst.com

About TVM
Techno Venture Management (TVM), founded in 1983, is one of the first venture capital funds formed in Germany and a leader in transatlantic operations. The German-U.S. venture capital company has offices in Munich and Boston. For many years, TVM has focused on information and communications technology and life sciences, high growth sectors where innovation, effective management and sound financial backing have an enormous impact on a company’s ability to prosper and generate value. TVM funds have made investments in over 220 technology companies in Europe and the United States. Many of these enterprises went public on U.S. or European stock exchanges or were sold to strategic acquirers. For more information, please visit www.tvmvc.com

About Impress Software
Headquartered in Waltham, Mass., Impress Software provides packaged enterprise integration applications for SAP customers. Called I.Apps(TM), these applications enable quick and cost-effective deployment of streamlined business processes across multiple enterprise systems. Impress I.Apps are ready-made combinations of pre-defined integration elements. Coupled with tools that enable flexible implementation of custom and specific integration scenarios, Impress I.Apps allow integration to be completed at a fraction of the time and cost compared to traditional EAI development platforms. Impress customers include global leaders such as Bayer, Dupont, Halliburton, Nebraska Public Power District, Ontario Power Generation, Valero, and Total. I.App is a registered trademark of Impress Software. Primavera is a registered trademark of Primavera Systems, Inc. SAP, mySAP, and all other SAP product and service names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and several other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.