ATI Receives APICS 2008 Corporate Award of Excellence

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ATI Industrial Automation and Consona Corporation recognized in the Technology Partnership Category for use of the Intuitive™ERP System to improve efficiency.

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We are pleased to recognize organizations committed to continuous improvement, innovation and excellence

Consona Corporation (Consona), a leading provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) software and services for the enterprise, today announced that its Intuitive ERP software customer, ATI Industrial Automation (ATI), an Apex, N.C.-based manufacturer of robotic end effectors, is a winner of the 2008 APICS Corporate Awards of Excellence that recognize companies for their significant contributions and performance excellence in the field of operations management. Winners were recognized at the 2008 APICS International Conference and Exposition in Kansas City, MO.

“Seeing ATI win this award from APICS with the assistance of our software underscores our commitment to providing ERP software that will help manufacturers achieve increased productivity, lower costs, and happier customers,” said Scott Malia, general manager of the Consona ERP division. “We are proud to have been a part of ATI’s achievements.”

One of ATI’s most significant achievements included adding thousands of new products to its inventory -- at an average of 250 items per month. With the support of Consona’s Intuitive ERP software, ATI was also able to:

  •     Increase revenue by 70 percent within the first two years of using the Intuitive solution.
  •     Reach unprecedented levels of on-time delivery and inventory control.
  •     Significantly improve its ability to track its thousands of serial numbers, thereby improving quality control, inventory accuracy, and customer service.
  •     Help purchasing personnel manage about 2,500 items each, which would not have been possible with the previous system.
  •     Create an ASP.NET intranet that allows employees to find important information quickly.

“We are pleased to recognize organizations committed to continuous improvement, innovation and excellence,” said Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE, and APICS executive director. “The APICS Corporate Awards of Excellence winners set a standard of leadership for the profession.”

The 2008 APICS Corporate Awards for Excellence are divided into three categories: The APICS Technology Partnership Award of Excellence; the Innovation in Sustainability Award of Excellence and the APICS Education Award of Excellence.

Visit the APICS International Conference and Exposition website to learn more about the 2008 APICS Corporate Awards for Excellence recipients: http://www.apicsconference.org.

About APICS: The Association for Operations Management
APICS: The Association for Operations Management is the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in operations management, including production, inventory, supply chain, materials management, purchasing, and logistics. Since 1957, individuals and companies have relied on APICS for its superior training, internationally recognized certifications, comprehensive resources, and worldwide network of accomplished industry professionals. Visit APICS online at http://www.apics.org.

About Consona Corporation:
Consona Corporation (Consona) is a worldwide leader in providing customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and services for the enterprise. Consona is dedicated to becoming a valued business partner by helping each and every customer continuously improve business processes over time. Toward this mission, Consona invests in the people, processes, technology and tools needed to provide its customers with a unique combination of customer care; product fit; a broad range of consulting, IT and business services; and industry expertise. Consona serves more than 4,500 customers worldwide and across a variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, financial services, health care, high tech, and local government. Battery Ventures and Thoma Bravo jointly own Consona. For further information, visit http://www.consona.com, e-mail info @ consona.com, or call (888) 8 CONSONA.

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Consona Corporation
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mitch.briggs @ consona.com

Valerie Harding
Ripple Effect Communications
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vharding @ recommunication.com

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