Vertabase Pro Project Management Software Delivers Significant Value For Commerce Bank's Marketing-Communications Team.

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The internal marketing-communications group at Commerce Bancshares (NASDAQ: CBSH) implemented Vertabase Pro project management software in early 2004. To date, they have saved up to 450 hours per year on approximately 1,300 projects annually serving 70 internal clients.

Vertabase, a leading developer of productivity-enhancing software solutions, announced that the Creative Solutions Group of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBSH) has implemented Vertabase Pro software.

Vertabase Pro organizes people and projects by simplifying, centralizing and accelerating access to critical up-to-date information. Vertabase Pro facilitates management by providing a framework for increased productivity.

The Creative Solutions Group (CSG) is a team of individuals who serve the Commerce Bancshares organization by acting as an internal marketing-communications agency. The CSG provides a wide range of materials and programs, including graphic design, advertising, sales collateral and direct mail. The CSG also operates a full-service print shop.

By late 2003 – with an average of 100 projects open at any given time – the need to maintain rigorous project management efficiency had become critical to the CSG. After a comparative evaluation of several competing software solutions, the CSG selected and implemented Vertabase Pro in early 2004.

“Our team serves about 70 internal clients throughout Commerce Bancshares’ many operating groups and lines of business,” said Scott Robinson, Creative Solutions Group Manager. “And, I’m proud to say, we successfully complete about 1,300 projects per year. Vertabase Pro’s Web-based architecture enables our clients to follow the status of projects and review proofs online. According to my calculations, Vertabase Pro saves our organization up to 450 hours per year. Dividing the total cost of Vertabase Pro by the number of projects completed shows that this solution costs less than $8 per project. When compared to the time savings that it offers, Vertabase Pro clearly delivers an impressive ROI,” Mr. Robinson added.

About Commerce Bancshares, Inc.

Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBSH), is a $13.7 billion regional holding company. For more than 140 years, Commerce has been meeting the financial service needs of individuals and businesses. Commerce provides a diversified line of financial services, including business and personal banking, wealth management and estate planning, and investments through its affiliated companies. Commerce currently operates in approximately 340 locations in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas. Commerce also has operating subsidiaries involved in mortgage banking, credit-related insurance, venture capital and real estate activities.

About Vertabase

Vertabase was founded in 1997. First launched in 1999, Vertabase’s flagship product Vertabase Pro provides advanced resource planning, easy-to-use project management, project tracking and comprehensive document management. Vertabase’s clients include ABN Amro, Bailey Engineering Group, City of Fresno, Commerce Bancshares, Datanet Engineering, Global Electronics, Institute of National Resources of South Africa, Ives Creative, Mercer Insurance Group, Plymouth Rock, Shore Bank, Unifund, Vicor Power and Washington State Department of Health. For more information, please call (818) 505-0222 or visit


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