Australian Company's Business Management and Reporting Software Being Integrated with ICI's Front Office Functions for Complete E-Commerce Offering

DALLAS, Jul 29, 1999 (BUSINESS WIRE via COMTEX) - Integrated Concepts, Inc. (ICI), a computer systems integration and software company from Dallas, Texas (WWW.INTEGRATEDCONCEPTS.COM), today announced it has partnered with Prophecy International (WWW.PROPHECYOPEN.COM) of Adelaide, South Australia.

ICI will use "Prophecy Open" enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications and Prophecy Open Object Framework as the back office component in ICI's newly launched "Managed Electronic Commerce" product offering. The ICI corporate office resource planning functions, called "eCORP," and its back office functions, called "eBoss," are integrated with its front office functions, called "ePOSS" (electronic point-of-sale) and "eCOMM" (electronic commerce/Web site development and management), to form a complete e-Commerce solution. The first implementation of "eCORP" is being utilized by Liquid, a Web site targeted to golf enthusiasts. Integrated Concepts is a Dallas-based systems integrator and software developer.

Prophecy Open Object Framework is a rapid application assembly environment that provides developers with the tools they need to develop high quality object-oriented applications in minimum time. Prophecy Open is the core product of Prophecy International, a worldwide marketer of ERP software focusing on the middle tier (revenues of $50-500 Million) and large enterprise markets. The company has over 800 customer installations around the world.

Prophecy Open is the fourth generation of financial applications from Prophecy International. It is assembled from the Prophecy Object Framework and associated repositories. Prophecy Open is used by the U.S. Coast Guard to manage ALMIS, its consolidated logistics management system for all Coast Guard aircraft. Information Engineering LLP develops applications for the insurance industry using Prophecy software.

The two companies share similar distributed object software development methodologies. This creates a synergistic development environment and makes the integration of the companies' respective software products seamless and stable.

Dr. Erik Mettala, Chief Technology Officer of ICI, offered the following observations about distributed object technology, "Distributed object technology is undoubtedly the foundation of the future of Internet-based e-Commerce applications. It provides a clear technical basis for managing business processes to achieve process efficiencies and system reliability." Dr. Mettala is a one of the leading computer scientists who served with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the late 1980's and early 1990's`. During his tenure at DARPA, Dr. Mettala's office was responsible for managing the projects that developed MOSAIC, S-HTTP, HTTP-S, Secure Socket Layers (SSL), virtual private networks and CORBA.

ICI's "Managed E-Commerce" suite, which includes the Prophecy Open-based "eCORP" component, is being sold direct to business clients by IICI'ssales force as well being distributed through partners, including Computer Associates (CA).

ABOUT INTEGRATED CONCEPTS, INC. Integrated Concepts (ICI) is an Addison, Texas-based computer systems integrator and software developer, providing a range of products and services from cabling to enterprise management to custom security solutions and beyond. ICI recently announced its new Internet/electronic commerce strategy with the introduction of the prototype version of its "Managed Electronic Commerce" (MEC) suite of e-commerce applications. The company also designs, hosts and manages Internet Web sites for a variety of companies. Since its inception in 1990, ICI has developed a national reputation as a reliable designer and implementer of solutions and systems which allow its customers to add advanced hardware or software without jeopardizing existing investments in the customer's information systems. ICI has distinguished itself for its ability to analyze and manage the requirements associated with complex client systems in multiple sites. The Company's customers are located primarily in the Southwest, and include middle-market to Fortune-1000 companies, large banks, universities, hospitals and professional medical groups. ICI is an award winning, licensed distributor and servicing agent for several leading, independent developers of Enterprise Management software such as Computer Associates International, and Microsoft. The company has additional strategic partnerships with leading vendors such as Candle, Cisco, and Novell. It is an authorized reseller for most major brands of computer hardware and telecommunications router equipment. ICI provides certified technicians for Microsoft, CA-Unicenter, Cheyenne, Citrix, Novell, Cisco, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, and many other support products for mainframe and client/server applications. The company maintains a fully staffed help-desk support team for its clients, and employs trained programmers for Internet wweb siteconstruction.

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