Microsoft Great Plains Releases
Solomon IV Version 4.50

Significant New Features Provide Customers With Project Management, Inventory and Distribution, and Field Service Capabilities

FARGO, N.D. — July 23, 2001 — Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions today announced the availability of Microsoft Great Plains Solomon IV Release 4.50, a comprehensive suite of business management and e-business applications for midmarket companies.

Tightly integrated financials, supply chain management, project management and field service management applications of Solomon IV Release 4.50 allow customers to operate their businesses from end to end more productively and economically. In addition, Solomon IV provides customers with powerful tools to customize the solution to meet their unique business needs.

“It is essential for all applications to integrate across the entire business, with access from any location via the Internet. Solomon IV Release 4.50 provides businesses with a high level of flexibility and a deeper functionality to address midmarket needs across various industries,” said Brian Clark, senior vice president of the Solomon global products organization at Microsoft Great Plains. “The entire suite of applications ties back to the Solomon IV financial series, giving customers the ability to share and access the same information across their entire business with their partners and customers.”

“Solomon IV Release 4.50 provides midmarket customers with powerful distribution and project management capabilities,” said Amy Levy, industry analyst with Summit Strategies Inc. “By tightly integrating the entire suite and e-business capabilities, Solomon IV Release 4.50 enables businesses to increase their productivity and more effectively collaborate and communicate with their vendors and partners.”

Project Management Enhancements

Solomon IV Release 4.50 provides project managers in the construction, engineering and other service-related fields with the ability to closely track project details for improved profitability. Several new project management modules are available, enhancing review and approval of time sheets and expenses as well as detailed analysis of employee utilization. This offers customers an enhanced interface between projects and chargeable-time employees, all via the Internet.

With the addition of the Solomon IV advanced payroll module, general and specialty contractors with union payroll needs also will be able to utilize Solomon IV for project management.

Supply Chain Management

The Solomon IV Release 4.50 supply chain management series gives customers the ability to automate and manage distribution processes to reduce inventory levels, optimize utilization and increase customer satisfaction. The addition of two new modules, bill of materials and work order, combined with the enhancements to Solomon IV’s order management, inventory and purchasing modules, further eases use and configuration flexibility.

Field Service Management

Enhancements to the Solomon IV field service management series offer customers a comprehensive solution that automates all operations and accounting areas of a service business. The new graphical dispatch board allows organizations with mobile field technicians to easily dispatch technicians through a graphical user interface, with access to each technician’s job schedule, locations and more, ensuring accurate scheduling and enhanced customer service.

Customization Tools

With Release 4.50, Solomon IV delivers a powerful and innovative new object model, providing unparalleled flexibility in automation and integration of third-party applications. The object model makes any Solomon screen available for automation, including standard screens and new screens created by developers with the Solomon Tools for Visual Basic. It also will incorporate any customizations in the object without additional or duplicate work.

In addition, Visual Basic for Applications increases the familiarity and usability of Solomon customization manager. This enables developers to extend, integrate and personalize Solomon IV to meet businesses’ unique needs.

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