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  Online News published in DM Direct Newsletter
November 3, 2000 Issue
  By Rachel Rasmussen

Precise Software Solutions to Acquire Savant Corporation

Precise Software Solutions, a company that focuses on performance management solutions, announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Savant Corporation for $20 million in a combination of $2.5 million in cash with the balance in Precise ordinary shares. Savant Corporation, a privately held company based in Bethesda, Maryland, develops and markets a suite of real- time diagnostic and proactive management solutions. The acquisition will expand Precise's performance solutions allowing its customers to improve business performance.

"Precise and Savant share a common understanding of the key issues and requirements for ensuring optimal performance of e- business infrastructure," said Shimon Alon, president and CEO of Precise Software Solutions. "During the last few years, we have developed a good relationship with Savant, engaging in cooperative selling. Our combined offerings will provide an even more compelling solution for organizations that require 24x7 availability and high performance from their systems."

"Precise's expertise in application performance management coupled with Savant's robust database management solutions provide the essential elements for maximizing IT investments. This acquisition will provide for the high availability and reliability of systems that today's e-business customers require," said William Wynn, president of Savant Corporation.

The acquisition, which is expected to be completed during the fourth calendar quarter of 2000, will be accounted for as a purchase. For more information, please visit and


CorVu and IBS Provide Business Performance Management Solutions for SAP

CorVu Corporation, a provider of e-business intelligence, enterprise performance management and balanced scorecard solutions, announced a reseller agreement with IBS Consulting Services, a SAP Consulting partner. Through this agreement, IBS Consulting Services will integrate CorVu's CorManage and CorBusiness applications into its SAP data warehouse solutions. This combination of IBS' data warehousing expertise and CorVu's strategic enterprise management applications will enable SAP clients to more effectively manage their business performance.

The new application provides SAP customers an easy way to extract operational data into a series of topical data warehouses for analysis of various key business functions including financials, sales and marketing, and supply chain management. To deliver immediate value, the application includes integrated meta data, prebuilt queries, reports, analyses, executive dashboards and industry-standard metrics, from which customers can easily create robust balanced scorecards.

"We are very pleased to partner with IBS. We believe this relationship will allow us to grow our market share by targeting the significant SAP market," said Justin MacIntosh, CEO and president of CorVu Corporation. "It also offers SAP customers a direct gateway to performance management via a balanced scorecard application that is certified by the Balanced Scorecard Collaborative."

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SAS joins forces with Veritect To Provide a Premier Information Security Solution

SAS, a leader in e-intelligence and data warehousing, announced that it has entered into a multimillion-dollar strategic partnership with Veritect, a Veridian company, to offer an information security solution to help organizations protect information resources and manage their network environments. As part of the agreement, both companies will extend their managed service efforts to enhance and build upon each other's respective expertise in intrusion detection.

The array of information security services will be the first of its kind to combat a broad range of cyber attacks. SAS offers more than 24 years of experience in analytics and sophisticated decision-support systems including detection of offline security breaches. Veritect combines 25 years of inherited network management security experience along with one of the most extensive databases of known threats and vulnerabilities in the information security world.

"Our combined security solution will reduce the threat felt by so many organizations today,'' said Andre Boisvert, president and chief operating officer of SAS. "Our partnership enables us to continue providing our customers more value with a strong return on investment ? the highest level of security for information protection with the most powerful data mining tools available.''

Because both groups have independent offerings for the security market, SAS and Veritect will combine tools and services that build upon their individual strengths. The goal is to intercept the sophisticated, expert intruder who uses probing and attack methods designed to circumvent normal security controls and goes undetected. Veritect plans to use SAS' data mining capability for a system that analyzes large amounts of data gathered by the many security and network monitoring devices that reside in a company's information system.

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