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Advanced Energy Implements Synactive GuiXT Solution for SAP R/3 Customization and Simplification

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Oct 11, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Synactive, a leading developer of customizing and simplification solutions for SAP R/3(R) (SAP, Trade), today announced that Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (AEIS, Trade) succeeded in their enterprise wide roll out of the GuiXT solution for SAP R/3, providing an intuitive and user-friendly interface for their SAP users.

GuiXT is a bundled solution shipped by SAP and available in the SAPGUI. GuiXT increases productivity and user satisfaction by simplifying the screens and streamlining the R/3 processes. Through GuiXT, companies reduce training costs and eliminate the usability barrier between the users and the SAP business processes. GuiXT can be used with standard R/3, SAP CRM, SAPConsole, RF guns, and even Pocket PC and hand-held CE devices.

Advanced Energy rolled out GuiXT for any and all SAP processes that touch more than 5 people. For some material and service processes, Advanced Energy was able to identify potential data-entry time savings of up to 75%. These customizations took AE just two weeks to develop and implement.

"The users were looking for us to provide a more simplified interface tailored around AE's business process needs. Without GuiXT, the only option available to us was extensive ABAP coding, or to let users go through extensive training and re-training with standard SAP," commented Matt Cook, Director of Global Business Systems, AE. "With GuiXT, we were able to combine screens and transactions which enabled us to roll out processes and complete projects in a faster manner for all of our SAP entities around the world. It has really made our lives easier."

"One process we enabled first was the purchase requisition process. We create approximately 10,000 manual purchase requisition line items every year which is very time-consuming and prone to user error. There are only a few individuals who were able to perform the transactions quickly and with all the correct information. If those individuals were absent or unavailable, the helpdesk would receive calls on creating the requisitions, tying up additional resources and delaying the process. By using GuiXT and Input Assistant, we were able to combine screens / transactions tailored specifically to AE, cutting the purchase requisition creation time in half from 8 minutes to 4 minutes," Matt Cook added.

About Advanced Energy

Advanced Energy (AE) offers a comprehensive suite of focused technologies critical to high-technology manufacturing processes worldwide. AE's suite of products is critical to the production of semiconductors, flat panel displays, data storage products, compact discs, digital video discs, architectural glass, and other advanced product applications.

AE operates in regional centers in North America, Asia and Europe, and offers global sales and support through direct offices, representatives and distributors. Founded in 1981, AE is a publicly-held company traded on NASDAQ National Market under the symbol AEIS.

About Synactive, Inc.

Synactive has been setting the standard for simplifying and customizing SAP R/3 applications from industry solutions like Product Life-Cycle Management (PLM) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM), to standard applications like PM, FI, SD, and MM. As a member of the SAP Complementary Software Program, GuiXT software comes bundled with all SAPGUI installations 4.6b and above.

Through GuiXT, users are able to enhance SAP R/3 screens by changing the terminology and the layout to fit their business needs. Moreover, with the help of Synactive components like Input Assistant and Designer, users can combine any number of R/3 screens & transactions easily and seamlessly, making R/3 economical to customize, simple to understand, and easy to use.

Synactive is a privately held software company headquartered in Foster City, CA, with a sister company based in Germany. Synactive has established key customer alliances with leading corporations in the Automotive, Discrete Manufacturing, Consumer Products, Aerospace, High Tech, Oil & Gas, and Pharmaceutical industries across the world.

Additional information about Synactive is available at www.synactive.net.


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Sandra Perin
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newsroom@guixt.com
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