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IBM and Crestone Help ProAct Technologies Personalize Employee Benefits

Powerful IBM Unix servers will be the foundation of company's expanding e-infrastructure

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ATLANTA - 26 Feb 2001: IBM today announced that ProAct Technologies has selected ultra-powerful IBM UNIX servers to serve as the foundation of an e-Business infrastructure that helps companies automate human resource and employee benefits processes.

IBM business partner Crestone Technologies designed and implemented the solution consisting of IBM 80-class and 70-class UNIX servers, along with IBM storage. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, Crestone also provided the technological expertise and assisted ProAct's transition to the IBM systems, which will be located at ProAct Technologies' facility in Duluth, Georgia.

The IBM servers provide industry-leading performance and will allow ProAct Technologies to offer more scalable, reliable and integrated employee benefits, human resources and life planning solutions to its customers. The company will use three IBM S80 systems for transaction processing and four IBM H70 servers as a test, development and backup recovery platform. ProAct Technologies has also purchased an IBM M80 server as the foundation for its data warehouse, which will track customer activity and lead to the development of personalized HR offerings that meet customers' specific needs. The new servers join six IBM Intel-based Netfinity systems running Linux that currently power the company's Web site. .

"I am confident that the IBM systems will enable us to consistently deliver the performance, scalability, and reliability that our products require and our customers and management demand," said Jerry Lepore, Chief Operating Officer at ProAct Technologies.

ProAct Technologies offers the only integrated Human Capital Management software solutions that improve productivity at all levels of a company's workforce. ProAct's software products include knowledge management to make well-informed personal and professional decisions; employee/manager self-service, which allows employees and managers to interact with the knowledge management software; and value-added benefits that help employees manage their "health and wealth" needs.

"ProAct Technologies needed speed and reliability for their active database and data warehouse," said Wesley Hull, CEO of Crestone Technologies. "We were able to provide ProAct with product knowledge and industry experience, including the design of the right solution to meet their e-infrastructure needs."

"IBM and its business partners help customers build the right infrastructures for e-business," said Mike Kerr, vice president of products, IBM eServer. "The IBM server-based solution at ProAct is the latest example of how a combination of IBM systems designed and deployed by IBM business partners help enable the construction of infrastructures that support and propel e-business."