ESS Unveils Next-Generation Enterprise Sustainability Software for Environmental, Health, Safety and Crisis Management: Essential Suite(TM) 7.1 Utilizes Cutting Edge Technologies to Deliver Powerful Functionality to Reduce Risk, Cost and Complexity

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ESS, the leading provider of Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) and Crisis Management software for Governance, Risk and Compliance, today announced the release of its new enterprise sustainability software platform, Essential Suite(TM) version 7.1. This software solution is scalable from plant level to global deployments and includes a comprehensive, fully integrated set of EH&S and Crisis Management modules. New and expanded functionality along with performance and user experience improvements enable organizations to increase productivity by driving process improvements that generate time and cost savings while improving management decision making. Its integrated design reduces complexity, risks and costs by leveraging critical data, information and best practices processes from a common database across business enterprises.

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We are excited about this new release and its ability to enable both domestic and global organizations to more effectively manage EH&S and Crisis information from both a tactical and strategic level to ensure business sustainability

    Essential Suite version 7.1 delivers on ESS' commitment to offer innovative solutions that address a full spectrum of sustainability challenges, with a focus on five urgent business concerns: greenhouse gases and global climate change, worker health and safety, environmental compliance, emergency planning and response, and Corporate Social Responsibility reporting.

Essential Suite version 7.1 software provides a tangible framework that aligns employees daily work activities and business processes with the organization's strategic objectives and goals for sustainability.

This latest ESS software also provides:

-- Global Usability Enhancements that give users more control and flexibility over their individual interface, and simplify and speed up data entry with more intuitive workflow and access to frequently-used forms and data. The release also incorporates flexible user interface navigation skins and user defined shortcuts.

-- Essential Incident(TM), a new module that makes it easy to collect and manage a wide range of incident information, and to analyze and prioritize workplace health and safety risks including incident lifecycle management;

-- Essential Audit(TM), a new module that simplifies EH&S auditing by enabling users to quickly capture and manage operational data in order to assure compliance with government regulations, global protocols, industry standards and corporate policies;

-- Essential Performance Manager(TM), extensive enhancements to the Business Intelligence solution that enables users at each level of the organization, from the plant floor to the executive suite, to easily create and manage Key Performance Indicators (KPI) related to their specific roles and needs. Users can now drill down into KPI data for analysis and view operational progress using digital dashboards and scorecards;

-- Architectural enhancements that improve speed, scalability, and performance of the software utilizing service oriented architecture, (SOA), Microsoft .NET.3, AJAX, and Web Parts technologies. These technology enhancements also facilitate the new, flexible interface configurations.

"We are excited about this new release and its ability to enable both domestic and global organizations to more effectively manage EH&S and Crisis information from both a tactical and strategic level to ensure business sustainability," said Robert Johnson, ESS President and CEO. "The new functionality and enhancements were developed through close collaboration between industry-leading ESS software users, our ecosystem of world-class partners, and our own product development experts.

ESS has more than 820 combined years of experience creating software solutions for sustainability and this release is another milestone for ESS proving our ability to continue to deliver on our product roadmap."

About ESS

ESS is the leading provider of Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) and Crisis Management software for Governance, Risk and Compliance. The company has provided global and local software solutions for thousands of businesses, government agencies and other organizations worldwide. ESS is headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., with offices in Denver, Washington, Houston, Calgary and Beijing. For more information, visit http://www.ess-home.com.

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