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September 20, 1995

SYSTEM SOFTWARE SAYS UNIX MANUFACTURING SUITE HUGE SUCCESS

By CBR Staff Writer

Chicago-based mid-range corporate applications developer System Software Associates Inc, attributes its highest ever quarterly earnings for the fiscal third quarter ending on July 31 to the rapid acceptance of our new BPCS Unix client-server product line saying that within six months it has become one of the largest suppliers of Unix Enterprise Resource Planning on the marketplace. Last year, long-retired System Software Associates founderRoger Covey rejoined the company as chief executive in an effort to sort out the long delay in the release of Unix versions of the BPCS manufacturing and financial suite. System Software Associates has recently begun touting its Common Object Request Broker Architecture-based Distributed Object Computing Architecture – DOCA – as the basis for BPCS Financials, and said BPCS Supply Chain Management will be using the new architecture by the end of the year. DOCA-based applications will also appear on IBM Corp’s Advanced Series AS/400. The shift will be done on a demand-driven basis, said System Software Associates, which insists that many users are still happy with their dumb terminals. The company’s net profit for the third quarter was $11.2m, up 107% from the same period in 1994, and turnover went up to $105m from $86.2m. Revenues for fiscal 1994 as a whole were $334m.

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