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United Pipe & Supply Chooses OutlookSoft CPM

IX Infotech to implement corporate performance management solution for wholesale distribution house.

OutlookSoft CPM has been selected as the corporate performance management (CPM) solution for United Pipe & Supply. IX Infotech staff members are currently on-site implementing the solution at United Pipe’s headquarters in Portland, Oregon. Project completion is slated for March of 2006.

Based in Portland, Oregon, United Pipe & Supply is one of the leading wholesale distribution houses in the Pacific northwest, and has over 350 employees and 29 branches in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. It serves an area ranging from northern California to Canada, Montana and Wyoming.

OutlookSoft CPM is a corporate performance management solution offering a full suite of unified tools to support financial and operational management. They include real-time planning, budgeting, forecasting, consolidation, reporting, ad hoc analysis, scorecarding and predictive analytics.

According to a joint announcement, United Pipe & Supply chose IX Infotech and the OutlookSoft CPM solution after an extensive screening and comparison of several well-known applications. "Thorough customers are our best customers," said Karl Pearson, IX Infotech vice president of sales and marketing. "Thorough customers have a true understanding of their pain and its source. They make me prove how our product can deliver measurable ROI. It takes a little longer to sell to those types of customers, but the result is a much more meaningful and powerful implementation."

Another factor in the selection of IX Infotech was the end-user experience of its sales and technical staff members. "IX Infotech demonstrated a strong comprehension of the challenges faced by our business," said Cheryl Summers, director of finance/controller for United Pipe. "The staff listened to and respected our business needs and goals. Associates not only provided a good mix of resources but also showed an ability to adapt to changing requirements to ensure the job was successful."

IX Infotech is represented by a unique blend of seasoned end-users and technical consultants with real-world experience in finance, accounting, operations, management, information systems, and software engineering. They are focused on the practical application of leading Business Intelligence (BI) and CPM enterprise software systems that can significantly improve operational and financial performance.

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