Plexus Systems' Jerry Foster Voted as Finalist in 'Software Idol' Competition

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Plexus Systems Chief Technical Officer Jerry Foster has been named a finalist in the "Software Idol" competion sponsored by the Business of Software 2007 conference taking place October 29-30, 2007 in San Jose. For the IT world, this is much like the "American Idol" of competitions. Jerry is one of five finalists who were selected from over 2,000 votes cast in the "Software Idol" competition.

Plexus Systems, providers of Plexus Online on-demand software for the manufacturing enterprise, today announced that Chief Technical Officer Jerry Foster has been named a finalist in the "Software Idol" competion sponsored by the Business of Software 2007 conference taking place October 29-30, 2007 in San Jose.

Five finalists were selected from over 2,000 votes cast in the "Software Idol" competition sponsored by the Business of Software 2007 conference organizers. Winning videos from the finalists can be viewed at http://www.businessofsoftware.org/softwareidol.aspx.

Foster is one of the founders of Plexus Systems, where he has been the development and technical lead for over 16 years. While at Plexus, Foster has been responsible for maintaining and improving performance of the web-hosted "software as a service," which handles nearly 30,000 transactions per second with 35 billion logical page reads per day.

As a "Software Idol" finalist, Foster will deliver a presentation on development in a web-hosted environment, entitled "Development on the Wild Side." Foster will draw on his experience helping to create the industry-leading Plexus Online on-demand software for manufacturers. The winning "Software Idol" will be selected by conference attendees during the two-day conference later this month.

Business of Software 2007 is an annual gathering of information technology professionals, offering expert presentations, breakout sessions and timely information that drive success in the software business.

Plexus Online is an on-demand solution, building on the "software as a service" model pioneered by Salesforce.com and NetSuite.
Plexus Online offers over 350 functional modules, providing companies instant access to vital information and management functions using a simple web browser. The on-demand solution features enterprise resource planning (ERP) functions such as accounting and finance modules, customer relationship management (CRM) features such as order entry and tracking, manufacturing execution systems (MES) function such as production scheduling and machine integration, and supply chain management (SCM) functions such as supplier quality and traceability.

About Plexus Systems:
Since 1995, Plexus Systems, Inc. (Auburn Hills, Mich.) has maintained a singular vision -- to drive significant cost, quality and productivity improvements for manufacturers, from the shop floor to the top floor. Plexus Onlineā„¢ is an on-demand software for the manufacturing enterprise, delivering a powerful, real-time interface. Plexus Systems originated internally at a manufacturing company, and was designed to resolve quality challenges, including production, distribution and global supply chains management issues. Today, Plexus Online also enables businesses to manage accounting, financials, compliance and human resources and other top priorities. Plexus Systems serves a cross section of manufacturing industries (OEM and suppliers), particularly automotive, defense, medical device and aerospace companies headquartered in the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

Plexus Systems has partnered with Apax Partners (http://www.apax.com), one of the world's leading global private equity groups, to drive global expansion and further strengthen the company's products, services and market position. Apax Partners operates across the US, Europe and Asia and has more than $20 billion in funds under management and advice. In 2006, funds advised by Apax made a strategic investment in Plexus Systems, joining the founding investment group as stakeholders in Plexus. Visit http://www.plex.com for more information.

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