Microsoft Business Solutions Announces Availability Of Professional Services Automation Solution

FARGO, N.D., Dec. 9, 2002 — Microsoft Business Solutions today announced the availability in North America of Microsoft®
Business Solutions Professional Services Automation (PSA). A Microsoft .NET-connected solution, Microsoft Business Solutions PSA provides new ways for a project-driven organization to improve its project efficiency and profitability and adapt quickly to changing conditions.

Representing the combined power of Microsoft Business Solutions Project Accounting Solomon®
and Microsoft Project 2002, Microsoft Business Solutions PSA combines best-of-breed functionality with tremendous flexibility, allowing project-driven organizations to serve their customers better. Project and financial managers now can efficiently plan projects and control budgets at the same time to maximize profitability. Microsoft Business Solutions PSA brings resource management, project management, knowledge management, time and expense, project accounting, financials, and reporting and analytics together in one tightly integrated solution.

“We are very excited about the efficiency Microsoft Business Solutions PSA offers our customers,”
said Joe Baird, CEO of CBH Consultants Inc., a Microsoft Business Solutions reselling partner that has worked with professional services firms for the past 10 years.
“The combination of the project accounting functionality of Microsoft Business Solutions–Solomon and the project management capabilities of Microsoft Project enables a strong end-to-end solution for small and midsize professional services firms.”

The solution is available immediately through Microsoft Business Solutions reselling partners. Pricing begins at $15,000 (U.S.).

About Microsoft Business Solutions

Microsoft Business Solutions offers a wide range of business applications designed to help small, midmarket and corporate businesses become more connected with customers, employees, partners and suppliers. Microsoft Business Solutions’ applications automate end-to-end business processes across financials, distribution, project accounting, electronic commerce, human resources and payroll, manufacturing, supply chain management, business intelligence, sales and marketing management, and customer service and support. More information about Microsoft Business Solutions can be found at .

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.

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