Consona Customers Honored in Managing Automation's Progressive Manufacturing 100 Awards

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High-Technology Companies Recognized for Significant Returns from Ambitious and Innovative Manufacturing Projects

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ATI and Microstrain have put a lot of hard work and dedication into meeting their business goals, and we're honored to have been a partner in their technology initiatives.

Consona Corporation, a worldwide leader in providing customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and services for companies of all sizes, today announced that two of the company's customers--ATI Industrial Automation, Inc. and MicroStrain, Inc.--have been selected for the fifth annual Progressive Manufacturing 100 (PM100) Awards from Managing Automation Media.

The PM100 recognizes 100 projects that have achieved distinction in at least one of the eight core disciplines defined by the organization as critical to business success in the years ahead: Business Model Mastery, Customer Mastery, Supply Network Mastery, Data & Integration Mastery, Innovation Mastery, Training & Education Mastery, Leadership and Operational Excellence.

Each of the Consona customers selected for the award has implemented a Consona ERP solution suited to the company's unique business challenges:

  •     ATI Industrial Automation, Inc. a world-leading engineering-based developer of robotic accessories and robot arm tooling, leveraged the Intuitive ERP solution from Consona to accurately manage its product data in order to meet tight standards of quality and tough delivery deadlines. With Consona's industry-leading technology in place, ATI surpassed its on-time delivery goal of 95 percent and achieved revenue growth of 70 percent within the first two years of implementation.
  •     A leader in design and manufacturer of smart sensors, MicroStrain, Inc. doubled its annual revenue within two years without any increase in administrative staff as a result of the company's Made2Manage ERP implementation from Consona integrated with the Omnify Empower product lifecycle management (PLM) solution. "We are excited with this prestigious award and honored to be among such a prestigious group of winners, "said Steve Arms, president of MicroStrain.

"We're absolutely thrilled to have our customers recognized for their leadership in the manufacturing industry," said Scott Malia, General Manager of Consona ERP. "ATI and Microstrain have put a lot of hard work and dedication into meeting their business goals, and we're honored to have been a partner in their technology initiatives."

"The projects that enabled these companies to become PM100 winners reflect great creativity and inventiveness, a determined willingness to take risk, and an enduring resilience to continually improve every aspect of their business," said David R. Brousell, editor-in-chief of Managing Automation Media.

The PM100 winners will be presented with their awards at the Progressive Manufacturing Awards Gala at the end of the Progressive Manufacturing Summit 2009: Redefining the Business of Manufacturing in Turbulent Economic Times on June 11, 2009 in Sarasota, Fla.

About MicroStrain Inc
MicroStrain is a privately held corporation based in Williston Vermont. MicroStrain produces smart, wireless, microminiature displacement, orientation and strain sensors. Applications include advanced automotive controls, health monitoring of machines and structures, smart medical devices, and navigation/control systems for unmanned vehicles. For further information please visit MicroStrain's website at http://www.microstrain.com or call 802-862-6629.

About ATI Industrial Automation, Inc
ATI Industrial Automation is a privately held corporation based in Apex, North Carolina. ATI is a world-leading developer of Automatic Tool Changers, Multi-Axis Force/Torque Sensing Systems, Robotic Deburring Tools, Robotic Collision Sensors, Rotary Joints and Compliance Devices. Since 1982, ATI's engineers have been developing cost-effective, state-of-the-art products and solutions to improve manufacturing productivity. For further information please visit ATI's website at http://www.ati-ia.com or call 919-772-0115.

About Managing Automation Media
Managing Automation Media, a division of Thomas Publishing Company, LLC, provides a complete set of decision-support informational tools for executives and technology decision-makers at progressive manufacturers -- companies that are using information and automation technologies to transform their businesses and create a sustainable competitive advantage. In North America with Managing Automation, and now also in EMEA with Manufacturing Executive, they deliver access to the most influential decision-makers in manufacturing. Additional information can be found at managingautomationmedia.com.

About Consona Corporation
Consona Corporation (Consona, formerly known as M2M Holdings Inc.) is a worldwide leader in providing customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and services for companies of all sizes. 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(at)consona(dot)com, or call (888) 8 CONSONA.

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Mitch Briggs                    
Consona Corporation
D: (317) 249-1620                
M: (317) 829-4210                

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