Decorative Concepts Signs With Klee Associates for Maintenance Support on PeopleSoft World Software

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Klee Associates, publishers of JDEtiPS and SAPtips, announced today that Decorative Concepts, Inc. has signed a letter of intent to use KleeÂ?s maintenance services for their PeopleSoft World implementation.

Bill Means, Vice President of Information Technology at Decorative Concepts Inc., stated that with PeopleSoft’s annual price increases averaging 15% per year for the last three years for basic maintenance, he is turning to Klee Associates for ongoing maintenance and help desk support.

“We have a heavily modified implementation of PeopleSoft World, and we have been live for over six years, with no motivation to do future upgrades,” stated Means. “Why should we continue to pay high prices for PeopleSoft maintenance, when most of that money goes towards future releases?” he continued. “With the Oracle buyout, we are even more certain that we will not see any return on spending over $200,000 a year on maintenance. With Klee/JDEtiPS, we’ll save over 75%.”

Means stated that he evaluated several alternatives, and concluded that Klee was the best fit for Decorative Concepts. “Klee has done an outstanding job providing training and consulting services to us in the past, so we know the quality of their services—it is better than we have received anywhere else, including JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, and Oracle. We already know that maintenance is not bundled with SPC codes—so that means we can get the codes we need to keep running the software without being on the vendor’s maintenance program.”

Andy Klee, President of Klee Associates, states: “Providing third party maintenance and HelpDesk services for our JD Edwards client base is a natural outgrowth of our focus on transferring mastery-level knowledge through the JDEtiPS Journal, consulting, and training. With the expert leadership of our Director of Maintenance and HelpDesk Services, Gabriel Ramos, and over 25 senior consultants averaging 10 years of JDE experience each, we are positioned to serve many Maintenance clients in 2005.”

“By no means do we expect the majority of clients to leave Oracle’s standard maintenance,” Klee continued, “but for those clients near the end of their ERP solution lifecycle, third party maintenance does make sense. For very reasonable fees, we can help clients get another five or ten years of productivity from their EnterpriseOne or World software.”

About Klee Associates, Inc.

Klee Associates publishes the JDEtiPS Journal, read by over 3000 readers from nearly 500 PeopleSoft World and EnterpriseOne client companies. Consulting and training services provided by Klee are focused on knowledge transfer, solving problems, and extending the value received by clients on their investment in ERP.

About Decorative Concepts, Inc.

Decorative Concepts, Inc., a Fenway Partners portfolio company, is the design driven leader in home dÈcor, floral and outdoor decorative products serving over 30,000 accounts including independent and specialty retailers, craft chains, department stores and mass merchants. DCI has three main operating divisions all recognized for their innovative and trend-setting designs and product lines. Aldik Artificial Flowers, the unparalleled fashion leader in high-end permanent botanicals, has provided the floral and home décor industries with distinctive, on trend, high quality products for over 50 years. New Creative Enterprises (NCE) the award winning design leader in decorative outdoor products and decorative home accents, markets it products under two well-recognized brands: New Creative and Square Nest. Teters Floral Products, the design and volume leader in decorative artificial flowers, has served the domestic retail and craft markets since 1957.

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