Knowledge Management Software grants access to key data.

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Knowledge Management Center v4.0 summarizes sales, inventory, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and open orders; calculates turns; and allows users to set alerts for whenever activity falls outside predetermined range. Executive information data warehouse solution lets executives respond to changes in marketplace in real-time and make forecasts when planning for future, while managers can meet business objectives with access to key performance indicators.

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Prophet 21 Releases Knowledge Management Center Version 4.0

Newest Version of Executive Information Data Warehouse Enhances Ease-of-Use and Administration

YARDLEY, PA, May 19, 2004 - As the president of General Pool and Spa Supply, Phil Gelhaus needs current information about every area of his business - from loading docks to front showroom. "You can't steer the ship without having live data to work with," he said.

Gelhaus relies on Prophet 21 Knowledge Management Center 4.0, the latest version of Prophet 21's executive information data warehouse solution, for the numbers he needs to effectively manage General Pool. Knowledge Management Center version 4.0 includes features that enhance ease-of-use and administration, enabling people like Gelhaus to access and drill into the information they need.

Knowledge Management Center quickly summarizes sales, inventory, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and open orders, calculates turns, and allows you to set alerts whenever an activity falls outside a range you predetermine. Executives can respond to changes in the marketplace in real time and make accurate forecasts when planning for the future. Managers can better meet business objectives with access to key performance indicators.

"The latest release of Knowledge Management Center was developed to help executives leverage technology to bite into the data they need to make good, sound business decisions," said Chuck Boyle, Prophet 21 president and CEO. "We feel that businessmen like Mr. Gelhaus will realize great ROI from its feature set."

Quick and Easy Reporting

According to Joe Ragan, VP and COO at General Pool, the beauty of Knowledge Management Center is that it allows Gelhaus to pull his own reports quickly and easily. "While we may want to see the same data, sometimes we want to see that data in different ways" he said. "So the reports I used to run would only reflect how I wanted to see the data."

Knowledge Management Center allows Gelhaus - who admits he is a far from a computer expert - to drill into vendor, sales, and profit information. It also allows Ragan to focus on proactively managing the company, instead of running reports. "I used to spend about 40 hours per month developing reports," Ragan said. "Now, I spend almost no time at all on that task."

Gelhaus said that he would recommend Knowledge Management Center - paired with Prophet 21 CommerceCenter - to any executive searching for a better way to analyze business data: "I was used to using 35,000-foot views to drive my business with my old system. Now, Prophet 21 lets me fly low over my business - enabling me to make more informed decisions.

Other Features in Knowledge Management Center version 4.0 Include:

o Improved Installation Process: Streamlined process saves time and simplifies the installation of various solution components

o Runs on Windows 2003 Server: Take advantage of the latest technology when analyzing your business data

o Security settings: New system settings enable the administrator to apply security to certain areas and reports, restricting the information certain employees can access

o Enhanced Interface: New and improved Web-based interface offers a new level of ease of use

o And many more

Pricing and Availability

Prophet 21 Knowledge Management Center 4.0 is now available. For pricing and availability, please call 1-800-PROPHET, press 2, e-mail, or visit

About Prophet 21

Since 1967, Prophet 21 has been a leader in providing durable goods distributors with innovative, adaptive solutions essential for running their businesses. With more than 2,600 customers and 84,000 users conducting over $44 billion in highly complex supply chain transactions annually, Prophet 21 is a true business partner, helping companies of all sizes leverage technologies and maintain a competitive advantage. Through its business technology and services, Prophet 21 seeks to streamline customers' business processes and reduce transaction costs to maximize profit and growth.

Prophet 21 offers enterprise software solutions that provide organizations with powerful, highly customizable applications designed to improve customer service and maximize their return on investment. In addition, the company offers an Internet trading network that streamlines the commerce process between distributors, manufacturers/suppliers, and end-users. A complete line of professional services backs all Prophet 21 solutions.

For more information about Prophet 21, please visit, e-mail, or call 1-800-PROPHET, press 1.

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