Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions Introduces Application Server For Solomon IV Customers

FARGO, N.D., May 7, 2001 — Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions today announced the availability of Application Server for Solomon IV, which gives customers the ability to run key processes and reports effectively and efficiently, ultimately allowing increased productivity.

Application Server offloads the execution of CPU-intensive reports, processes or transaction imports to other network machines. This enables greater control over where reports, processes and imports are executed, whether centralized on the database server, on separate application servers distributed throughout the network, over a WAN, or over the Internet. Users can also choose to schedule reports and processes such as aging, posting and closing at any time so that they recur automatically, letting businesses focus on other tasks. The flexibility of scheduling reduces network traffic and maximizes computing resources, enabling better system performance and employee productivity.

“Running reports is a simple and easy task with Solomon IV’s Application Server,”
said Steve Wierenga, vice president of MIS at Ajacs Die Sales Corp., an industrial distributor based in Grand Rapids, Mich.
“We’ve set up Application Server to run our reports automatically during off-hours. For example, the anticipated delivery report is printed Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. A sales analysis report is automatically run on the first day of every month at 2 a.m. Having a computer handle these tasks gets them done faster and ultimately makes us more efficient and profitable.”

In addition, unlike most other process servers, Application Server can distribute reports via e-mail to those who need them, and users can request reports or the execution of specific processes via e-mail. These e-mail capabilities also make it easier for multisite organizations and remote locations to contribute and collect more timely information for use in decision-making across the company.

“Application Server is different from other process servers because of its integration to Microsoft® mail services, which gives users the ability to fulfill requests and distribute reports via e-mail,”
said Brian Clark, senior vice president of the Solomon Global Products Organization at Microsoft Great Plains.
“Application Server also provides a full set of programming (COM) objects for advanced integration with custom applications. This allows customers to make Application Server work for their unique business needs.”

Pricing and Availability

Application Server is available immediately for all Solomon IV customers. Pricing starts at $3,000 for Select edition users, and $5,000 for Premier edition users.

About Solomon IV

The award-winning Solomon IV product family for small and midsize organizations includes business applications for financials, project accounting, distribution and service management. Solomon IV applications are optimized exclusively for small and midsize businesses leveraging Microsoft technologies and platforms, including the Microsoft Windows® 2000 operating system, Microsoft SQL Server™ and Visual Basic® development system.

About Great Plains Business Solutions

Microsoft Great Plains provides business applications that help small and midmarket companies become more agile in today’s interconnected economy by extending specific information and procedures to employees, customers, vendors and partners. The business applications automate end-to-end business processes across financials, distribution, project accounting, electronic commerce, human resources and payroll, manufacturing, supply chain management, business analytics, sales and marketing management, and customer service and support. More information about the solutions offered by Microsoft Great Plains can be found at or at .

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