Press Release Summary:
MAXIMO v5.1 supports leading commercial database technologies, including Microsoft's SQL Server 2000 and Oracle 9i. This allows integrations with SAP R/3, PeopleSoft and Oracle applications. Options include BEA's WebLogic application server platform that enables customers to capitalize on advantages provided by this J2EE standards-based architecture.
Original Press Release:
MRO Software Expands Platform Support and Integration Capabilities to Offer Greater Flexibility
MAXIMO 5.1 Expands Support for Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server Databases; Delivers Support for Commercial Application Servers
CHICAGO, ILL., March 18, 2002 (National Plant Engineering MRO & Management Show, Booth #1818) - MRO Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: MROI), the leading provider of e-Business solutions for asset-intensive industries, today announced expanded support for software platforms and increased integration capabilities with the release of MAXIMO(R) 5.1, its Strategic MRO solution. This expanded platform support is part of MRO Software's continued commitment to providing customers with a range of deployment options and interoperability with the industry's leading enterprise applications.
MAXIMO 5.1 extends customers' ability to closely tie MAXIMO with their choice of enterprise business systems. MRO Software customers can deploy open, standards-based, fully supported and upgradeable integrations with SAP R/3, PeopleSoft and Oracle Applications.
Expanding the breadth of database support allows customers to leverage new or existing database technology investments. MAXIMO 5.1 supports leading commercial database technologies, providing customers' with a variety of deployment options. By supporting commonly used databases including Microsoft's SQL Server 2000 and Oracle 9i, MRO Software is ensuring that customers and prospects can use MAXIMO with their preferred database solution.
MRO Software's design strategy is to support leading commercial application server platforms, providing customers' IT departments with scalable, global, centralized or de- centralized deployment options across multiple organizations, sites, currencies, languages and time zones. MAXIMO 5.1 initially offers the option of BEA's WebLogic application server platform to enable customers to capitalize on the advantages provided by this J2EE standards-based architecture. With BEA WebLogic, customers gain the inherent performance and cost benefits of a commercial application server platform including a unified, standards-based environment with built-in clustering for fail-over, load balancing and scalability.
Many industries, particularly the pharmaceutical, are now required to provide a means to electronically authenticate and audit communications and work flow. MAXIMO 5.1's core functionality supports secure authentication and audit tracking as defined by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's electronic record and signature regulations, called 21 CFR Part 11. (This regulation is also known as the e-signature, e-authentication standard.)
"Today pharmaceutical firms are focused on 21 CFR Part 11 compliance but too many stop at product," said Dan Miklovic, vice president and research director, at Gartner G2 Life Sciences Practice. "It is the entire manufacturing process that must comply as well, including equipment maintenance records, a fact too frequently realized late in the software selection process."
With support for 21 CFR Part 11, MAXIMO customers will be able to meet these regulatory requirements. Moreover, they will have a secure and trusted enterprise-caliber solution that securely communicates within as well as outside the organization with the required audit information.
"This release is the next step in our strategy to leverage MAXIMO's new architecture in ways that support global enterprise deployment," said Jack Young, executive vice president products and technology, MRO Software. "Our customers are using MAXIMO to manage large, asset-intensive enterprises which require a range of integration options to large ERP systems. We've expanded the integration capabilities and have built our solution on commercially available application server support instead of proprietary technology to meet the demand for flexible technology support."
MAXIMO 5.1 will be available at the end of March 2002.
About MRO Software, Inc.
MRO Software the leading provider of e-Business solutions for asset-intensive companies. As a worldwide leader in enterprise asset maintenance, MRO Software has the technology and in-depth understanding of issues confronting capital asset-intensive industries to connect all participants in the industrial value chain. The Company's solutions help make e-Business easy, practical and affordable.
The Company's Strategic MRO, Online Commerce Services, and Enterprise Catalog Management solutions allow customers to streamline their internal processes and compete more efficiently in an increasingly collaborative and electronic market. MAXIMO(R), the Company's flagship Strategic MRO solution, is creating value in more than 8,000 organizations located in 103 countries by extending asset life, decreasing operating costs and enabling efficient supplier collaboration.
MRO Software (Nasdaq: MROI) is a global company based in Bedford, Mass., with more than 1,000 employees. The Company markets its products through a direct sales force in combination with a network of international distributors. MRO Software has sales offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia/Pacific and Latin America. Additional information on MRO Software can be found at www.mro.com.
MAXIMO(R) is a registered trademark, and MRO Software(TM) is a trademark, of MRO Software, Inc.