Provia In Top 100 Log List

August 15, 2003
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GRAND RAPIDS — MSI, a manufacturing and information technology magazine, recently listed Provia Software as one of the world's Top 100 largest software vendors.

The MSI Top 100 list ranks the world's leading providers of supply chain, enterprise, product lifecycle and plant operations software. The magazine indicated that it selects firms for the list based on 2002 total company revenues, including software license, implementation, and maintenance and support fees.

MSI compiles the list from an industry survey and additional market research.

Provia, which does business globally, describes itself as a leading provider of order-to-delivery supply chain execution software.

Provia's 2002 annual revenues of $22.6 million made it the 83rd largest application vendor in the MSI Top 100 list. The publication attributed Provia's ranking to its strong performance during the previous year, including profitability within an enterprise software market beset by economic challenges and acquisitions.

"One of the reasons Provia has had success this year, and in the past, is because we bring to the marketplace a history of consistent, reputable implementations," said Paul Crist, the firm's vice president of global sales and marketing.

He said two other factors account for Provia's success in hard times: its training methods, which give clients the skills needed to install, use and maintain Provia applications; and its offer of the lowest total cost among supply chain execution vendors.

"The only constant in today's logistics marketplace is change, and we want our customers to be able to react to this change without extra cost," Crist added.

He said Provia's training imparts the knowledge clients need to reconfigure their Provia system as needed without constantly having to come back to Provia.

"This can translate into much lower overall costs for our clients over the life of the partnership," Crist said. "Many of our clients have embraced this approach, including several that have implemented or upgraded our systems without any assistance from Provia."

Provia indicates having more than 500 global installations for such enterprise and third-party logistics clients as Gillette, Menlo Worldwide, Graybar Electric, U.S. Freightways, Spencer Gifts, Lanier Worldwide and Owens Corning.

The firm's software integrates warehousing, transportation, and order and yard management to give clients a real-time, end-to-end supply chain process that it says creates a competitive advantage for clients and their customers.

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