October 10, 2000
OpenAir and Epicor Software Corporation Form Strategic Partnership to Offer
PSA Solution to Platinum for Windows Customers
Epicor's PFW Customers Now Gain Access to an Integrated Suite of Internet Business
Services That Extends Their Existing Accounting Software to the Web
Boston (October 10, 2000) - A new alliance between OpenAir and Epicor Software Corporation will enable Epicor's
Platinum for Windows (PFW) customers to access high-quality, Web-based professional
services automation (PSA) tools. OpenAir is the recognized leader in Web-native
Internet business services including project management, time and expense tracking and
invoicing. Platinum for Windows by Epicor is an award-winning comprehensive financial
applications package, providing small- to medium-sized companies with a flexible,
easy-to-use client/server computing system.
OpenAir is seamlessly integrated with Platinum for Windows through an XML interface
via a "connector" which acts as a data pipe through which information flows between the
two systems, eliminating the need for data rekeying. Platinum for Windows customers
will have remote access to OpenAir through the Internet. Data can also be entered
into OpenAir via the Palm® Computing
platform, a WAP-enabled phone or through the OpenAir thin client, OffLine, and
uploaded into the OpenAir account with one easy mouseclick. These convenient options
eliminate data duplication and should allow PFW users to record data more accurately,
thereby increasing their efficiency and saving them time and money.
As part of the partnership, OpenAir will be distributed via PFW resellers who can
offer the connector and OpenAir monthly subscriptions.
"OpenAir is pleased to be able to offer Epicor customers its Web-native suite of
integrated services," said Bill O'Farrell, CEO and founder of OpenAir. "Together we
can offer our customers a new way to streamline their business processes using the power
of the Web."
"Through this partnership, Epicor customers will have access to the power of the
Internet in managing their data," said David van Toor, vice president and general
manager of Epicor's PFW division. "Giving them access to Web-based services like those
offered by OpenAir provides our customers with an end-to-end solution that allows
them to focus on their core competencies instead of administrative tasks."
OpenAir, founded in 1999 as Timebills.com, is a trusted Web-native platform of
seamlessly integrated services that efficiently and economically streamlines business
processes. These services allow professionals to track and manage projects, build and
submit proposals, analyze employee time, report and approve travel expenses, track and
bill time, create and deliver invoices and outsource payroll and expense reimbursement.
More than 40,000 professionals currently utilize OpenAir to remove the frustration
associated with common business tasks and drive revenue more efficiently.
Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, OpenAir supports all major Internet
browsers and is easily accessed from any Internet-equipped computer. All data is backed
up on state-of-the-art servers, encrypted, password protected and only accessible to the
About Epicor Software Corporation
Epicor (NASDAQ: EPIC) is the largest provider of integrated enterprise and eBusiness
software solutions exclusively for midmarket companies. The company helps businesses
around the world build eBusiness into their entire organization by integrating their
systems and operations with the Internet to focus their entire enterprise on their
customers. By integrating leading edge eBusiness applications with advanced front office
customer relationship management (CRM) applications and proven back office ERP
applications, Epicor provides midmarket companies with the complete solution they need
to compete in the new Internet economy.
Founded in 1984, Epicor is ranked among the industry's ten largest enterprise business
solutions providers by industry analysts, with more than 30,000 customers worldwide.
Epicor is headquartered at 195 Technology Drive, Irvine, California, 92618, and the main
phone is (949) 585-4000. More information about Epicor, its products and services is
available at www.epicor.com.