Press Release

September 25, 2001

OpenAir Receives "Excellent" Overall Rating from SPEX
Research firm praises the OpenAir PSA solution for usability and breadth of functionality

Boston, MA (September 25, 2001) — OpenAir announced today that SPEX, a division of META Group, Inc., that focuses on providing comprehensive product evaluations has rated the OpenAir Complete professional services automation solution "Excellent" overall. The SPEX evaluation assessed OpenAir on its breadth of functionality, usability, overall technology, and market strength.

OpenAir received its strongest marks for usability and functionality. SPEX described OpenAir as "an extremely intuitive and easy-to-use solution from both an administrative and user perspective," adding that it "offers good breadth of functionality." SPEX also pointed to the power and flexibility of the reporting capabilities within OpenAir, describing "Intelligent reports, which are fully customizable to ensure that they present any data desired (e.g. utilization, staffing, project status)." Based on these strengths, SPEX described OpenAir as "best-positioned for mid-market organizations (50-2000 employees)."

The SPEX report goes on to reference the OpenAir rapid release cycle that has enabled it to evolve quickly into a robust solution, concluding "OpenAir has quickly emerged as a solid solution for PSA." OpenAir CEO Morris Panner commented, "I view this excellent review from SPEX as a tribute to the talents and hard work of our engineering and product management teams. I am extremely proud of what they have been able to accomplish in a short time period and look forward to continuing to rapidly improve our solution in the coming months."

About OpenAir
OpenAir is the Web-native professional services automation solution that helps organizations improve operational efficiencies and gain insights into key management metrics. OpenAir customers increase profits by capturing additional billable hours, increasing employee utilization, streamlining project management, accelerating revenue, enhancing collaboration, and by sharing knowledge and best practices throughout the organization. OpenAir has helped over 55,000 professionals in over 500 companies across six continents increase profits through its subscription-based solution. For additional information, visit

About SPEX
SPEX is the leading Internet authority for enterprise and Web-based software technology evaluations. A division of META Group (Nasdaq: METG), SPEX provides comprehensive enterprise software evaluations via the Internet to help global companies quickly select critical business applications and IT solutions. Additional information about SPEX and samples of SPEX evaluations can be found at SPEX also delivers the premier portal for enterprise software selection and year round focused online conferences and exhibitions,, which can be found at

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