Orion Wine Software Announces Sbargia Family Vineyard as First Customer for Software as a Service (SaaS) Offering

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Orion Wine Software Inc., a leading supplier of application software to the winery industry, announces today that Sbragia Family Vineyard has become the first winery customer to use the Wine Production System (WiPS) in a Software as a Service (SaaS) model.

Orion Wine Software Inc., a leading supplier of application software to the winery industry, announces today that Sbragia Family Vineyard has become the first winery customer to use the Wine Production System (WiPS) in a Software as a Service (SaaS) model.

Sbargia Family Vineyard is First Customer for Software as a Services (SaaS)
The Wine Production System is an enterprise scaled application that has been deployed by the very largest global wine suppliers since 1991. Its relational database design meets the most stringent data integrity and reporting requirements of wine enterprises managing multiple Brands and multi-plant activities in the global wine industry. While scaled to the needs of producers bringing millions of cases to market, WiPS is designed to track information to the detailed level of the smallest winery. In fact, the largest global wine enterprises are often times conglomerations of small, high quality "famous name" wineries.

"Sbragia Family Vineyards is a small, family-owned winery at the head of the Dry Creek Valley making limited, individual lots of wine from grapes grown in select blocks of my favorite vineyards. I've always had one foot in Sonoma and the other in Napa. Both areas mean a lot to me emotionally. I'm more attached to Dry Creek because it's where I raised my kids. But the wines that I've made at Beringer are like children, so Napa is also a very special place for me. Either way, the wines are intensely personal, an expression not only of terroir, but of my family's winemaking heritage. We make around 8000 cases each vintage. I have used WIPS since 1989. I am now using it at Sbragia Family Vineyards and can thoroughly recommend it. It is very versatile and can adapt to multiple locations. With all the separate vineyards I make and bottle I couldn't survive without it". - Ed Sbragia, Owner/President, Sbragia Family Vineyards

About SaaS
According to new research, Software as a Service delivers robust applications more efficiently than convention deployment and licensing models. In a SaaS model customers pay a monthly subscription instead of upfront licensing costs and annual maintenance fees and users simply access their remotely hosted application over a broadband internet connection, eliminating the need for an IT infrastructure (servers, networks, system operators, backups, software upgrades etc.) Applications designed this way are far easier to scale on more robust platforms. WiPS is deployed on IBM's Power 6 System i computer.

"We are excited to bring a new deployment method of WiPS to the wine industry. As a proven wine production system with an 18 year track record, the Software-as-a-Service model allows more wineries to receive the benefit of WiPS with very little IT infrastructure and upfront costs. We are glad to work to continue our long relationship with Ed and Sbragia Family Vineyards and look forward to helping him continue to make great wine."

  • Mark Dalby, General Manger, Orion Wine Software

About Orion Wine Software
Orion Wine Software is the leader in providing software and information services to the wine industry. As the largest provider, Orion Wine Software offers an all-encompassing suite of systems from grape to table with a long-term commitment to the wine industry, through investment in new products, new technologies and continuous improvement in all our product and support offerings. Orion's core products represent some of the most well-established wine solutions available. Now under one roof, Blend, WiPS, WIMS, DarWine and POSR come together to create the most complete wine technology solution. Seamless, easy-to-use products support every part of a winery's operation, from production, to sales management, depletion reporting, retail, and wine club.

About Constellation Software
With a long term focus, Constellation's mission is to acquire, manage and build market-leading software businesses that develop specialized, mission-critical software solutions to address the specific needs of the industries we serve. Constellation Software Inc. was founded in 1995 to assemble a portfolio of vertical market software companies that have the potential to be leaders in their market segments. Since then, Constellation has grown rapidly through a combination of acquisitions and organic growth, and established a strong group of companies with a large, diverse customer base comprised of more than 14,000 customers operating in over 30 countries around the world. Constellation Software Inc. is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. (CSU)

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