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R.R. Donnelley Deal to Propel DiMS! in U.S. Print Management Software Space

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Strategic deal with R.R. Donnelley underscores DiMS!’ position as a top provider of Print Management Systems Lisle, IL – September 30, 2002 - DiMS! organizing print, creators of DiMS!, the only true end-to-end Management Information Solution for the printing and packaging industry, announced today that it will leverage its printing industry expertise, premier client base, and the strength of its unparalleled MIS/ERP solution to bring DiMS! to American printing and packaging companies. Building upon its unprecedented entreé into the U.S. market — a strategic deal with R.R. Donnelley to integrate and automate their printing and order management processes across all its U.S. plants — DiMS! organizing print will continue to pursue its growth strategy as a proven leader in the enterprise print management software arena. Founded in the mid-eighties in the The Netherlands, DiMS! organizing print developed its software from the ground up and, for more than a decade, has been dedicated to providing solutions solely to the printing and packaging industry. The company now has more than 10,000 users worldwide, having captured a large portion of the European market with customers such as PlantijnCasparie Group, Gestel Printing, Roto Smeets Group and AGI Media Packaging (Sony Music). DiMS!: a truly integrated, end-to-end MIS solution The company’s product, DiMS!, is a single, Web-enabled, multi-lingual, multi-currency software package capable of fully integrating the complete range of business processes — from estimating to planning and scheduling, pre-press to production, supply data to transportation and fulfillment, invoicing to financial reporting. Unlike other packages which link together disparate systems, DiMS! is a truly integrated, end-to-end solution suitable for all existing graphic techniques, including sheet fed, web, and the entire range of finishing processes. While a completely flexible, scalable solution, DiMS! is especially suited to middle- and large-size printing companies (such as magazine, directory, catalog, retail insert, book, label and packaging printers) seeking to streamline and integrate processes across several plants or locations. DiMS! enables an enterprise solution by harnessing all critical information across the supply chain on a centralized, Web-enabled database. Users can access customer profiles, job specifications, estimates, schedules, shop floor data, inventory stock information, etc., anytime, anyplace, anywhere. The end result: increased operational efficiency both internally and across the entire enterprise. R.R. Donnelley chooses DiMS! for use in all its printing facilities Pursuing a strategic initiative to redesign its key business processes and integrate leading-edge technology into its key business requirements, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. selected DiMS! to standardize and automate its order management process at the enterprise-wide level. After a week-long trip abroad to evaluate implementations with several of DiMS!’ European customers, and only three months of pilot testing the software, Donnelley inked the deal in March 2001. The decision was made to implement DiMS!’ MIS solution — including integrating its order entry and scheduling systems with shop floor execution and data collection systems, as well as inventory control systems — in all of Donnelley’s domestic printing facilities. Donnelley established several technology priorities to help achieve operational goals of improved efficiency, speed and flexibility, and found in DiMS! organizing print a strategic partner to help achieve this undertaking, and to help web-enable a significant portion of their print business. Citing DiMS!’ expertise in the printing industry as a compelling reason for their choice, Gary Sutula, Donnelley’s chief information officer, explained: "What is critical to the implementation of an ERP system is domain knowledge … [Instead of] starting off at ground zero and without any particular knowledge of our industry," Donnelley selected a software provider who was acutely aware of the challenges faced by large, enterprise printing companies. "It’s important that software molds to the business and not the other way around," said Sutula. DiMS!: a leader in MIS solutions for the Printing and Packaging industry Targeting continued growth in the U.S. market, DiMS!’ deal with R.R. Donnelley underscores the company’s position as a top print management software provider. "The comprehensive nature of our deal with Donnelley to help them redesign their business processes and achieve a streamlined supply chain across the entire enterprise is a testament to the strength of our solution," said Gerard Marneth, President/CEO, DiMS! organizing print. "We have been serving the printing and graphics industry for more than a decade and have implemented our MIS solution for premier clients throughout the world. We‘re excited to build upon those successes and bring our solution to other companies seeking to integrate their operations and improve efficiencies, both internally and at the enterprise level." By helping to standardize and automate their printing processes, DiMS! enables its clients to reduce ownership and maintenance costs and increase responsiveness to valued customers. DiMS! organizing print to assert presence at Graph Expo (Booth #4842) DiMS! organizing print plans to maximize its exposure at this year’s Graph Expo (Booth #4842), launching the new 6.0 release of DiMS!, which features an enhanced CRM functionality and extremely flexible implementation based on standard business templates built into the system (requiring only minimal customization to suit the customer’s specific needs). In addition, DiMS! will provide consultants on site to conduct demonstrations of their end-to-end MIS solution. To schedule an appointment for a demonstration at Graph Expo, please call Buck LaRusch at 716.627.3078 or e-mail to [email protected] For more information about DiMS!, please call 630.955.3444, e-mail to [email protected], or visit our Web site at www.dims.net.