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MINDFLOW Category-in-a-Box(TM) Bridges Critical Gaps Identified in Recent Benchmark Report by Aberdeen

MINDFLOW Category-in-a-Box(TM) Bridges Critical Gaps Identified in Recent Benchmark Report by Aberdeen

PLANO, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 04/12/05 -- MINDFLOW, the leader in On-Demand Solutions for Inbound Supply Chain Planning & Sourcing Optimization, today announced that Category-in-a-Box(TM) bridges gaps identified in a supply management solutions report by Aberdeen Group. In its Benchmark Report, OnDemand Supply Management: Filling the Gaps in Your Supply Management Infrastructure, Aberdeen examines the OnDemand strategies of 147 global companies and details best practice case studies from early adopter "pioneers" of the OnDemand delivery model. MINDFLOW's on-demand offering is particularly effective because it includes best-in-class decision templates to help companies quickly tackle a wide variety of categories.

"OnDemand entails more solution elements and a fundamentally different business model from its predecessor, ASP (Application Service Provider)," said Richard Waugh, a lead analyst in Aberdeen's Design-to-Procure Practice. "Whereas ASP really just offered a hosting service to client companies that purchased perpetual software licenses, OnDemand users subscribe to software as a service -- with services including applications, content, and specialized services such as category management or spot buying, in addition to application management and hosting."

Category-in-a-Box(TM) is uniquely positioned to meet the requisite content and specialized services elements prescribed by Aberdeen. MINDFLOW successfully captures the proven process of building category-sourcing models to dynamically model and understand sourcing scenarios, business rules and constraints. Using Category-in-a-Box(TM), companies build best practice category sourcing models that deliver immediate savings and establish factual decision support into the future.

According to Mark Grefer, Executive Vice President of MINDFLOW, "Category-in-a-Box(TM) gives sourcing teams the freedom to concentrate more fully on designing and exploring supply chain improvements rather than fighting a 'system' battle. We go-live faster than any other solution, earn higher cross-functional consensus and adoption, complement ERP systems, and have the sourcing content and expertise to help our customers remain focused on their 'art' of sourcing."

MINDFLOW recently reported a number of customer successes attributed to Category-in-a-Box(TM). Released earlier this year, Category-in-a-Box(TM) has already earned a significant following, helping numerous customers generate immediate savings with a zero IT footprint. Many of these customers are now using realized savings and their newly acquired best practices to expand, develop, and fund ongoing sourcing improvements.

To view the Executive Summary and the Benchmark Report, visit www.mindflow.com/_05_news/aberdeen_benchreport.asp

About Aberdeen Group

Founded in 1988, Aberdeen delivers unbiased, primary research that helps enterprises derive tangible business value from technology-enabled solutions. Through continuous benchmarking and analysis of value chain practices, Aberdeen offers a unique mix of research, tools, and services to help Global Business Executives IMPROVE the financial and competitive position of their business now, PRIORITIZE operational improvement areas to drive immediate, tangible value to their business, and LEVERAGE information technology for tangible business value. For more information about Aberdeen Group, visit www.aberdeen.com.

About MINDFLOW Technologies

MINDFLOW helps companies save time, save money and reduce risk with on-demand, zero-footprint solutions and services for comprehensive spend analysis, sourcing negotiation events, dynamic decision modeling and sourcing optimization. With MINDFLOW, large and small companies accelerate inbound supply chain improvements and increase margins with sourcing decision models and category cost models. MINDFLOW® is delivered through Category-in-a-Box(TM), MINDFLOW® EZ and MINDFLOW® OnDemand combined with its library of more than 200 best-in-class decision models. In close partnership with marquee customers, MINDFLOW has sourced billions of dollars in direct and indirect categories and enabled many millions of dollars in cost reductions. With offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia, MINDFLOW helps customers realize their savings goals. For more information, visit www.mindflow.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Diane Murray
(972) 930-9988
diane.murray@mindflow.com

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