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AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 22, 2009 — Plex Systems, Inc., provider of the No. 1 rated ERP software for manufacturers, today announced it has added features that enable its users to more fully engage their suppliers in achieving continuous improvements and operational efficiencies.

The Plex Online integrated ERP system delivered as a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution now includes a feature that allows anyone in a manufacturer’s supply chain limited access to the Engineering Change Request system so they can submit change requests to help improve quality and reduce costs, and share the resulting savings, by changing specifications and processes.

This enhancement enables the manufacturer to eliminate costly adjustments later in the product development cycle while informally extending its suggestion program, contributing to increased efficiencies and innovation.

Other recent enhancements to Plex Online’s supplier management functionality include the launch of new supplier scorecards (ACRs), which include improved drill-down capabilities; the ability to calculate scores for “parent” and “child” suppliers and for individual business units; and the ability to define multiple formulas per metric and target ranges for each metric group. The new scorecards have also adopted a more streamlined format, and users can now apply color coding to groupings for improved readability. These enhancements make it easier for manufacturers to use the system and to gather critical operational data from across the entire supplier network, contributing to a more streamlined, efficient supply chain management process.

Mark Symonds, CEO and president, Plex Systems, said, “With increased pressures to save costs and perform at the highest levels, no manufacturer can operate as an island today. It is critical that manufacturers reach across their entire supply chain for ideas and efficiencies, and we’re pleased to provide them with tools to do exactly that.”

These new enhancements are available immediately to all new and existing users. “Instant access to new features is one of the unsung benefits of the software as a service model,” said Symonds.

About Plex Systems, Inc.

Plex Systems, Inc. is the developer of Plex Online, a software as a service (SaaS) solution for the manufacturing enterprise and the only solution to achieve the prestigious Champion ranking in Aberdeen Group’s 2009 “ERP in Manufacturing” AXIS report. Plex Online offers industry-leading features for virtually every department within a manufacturer, including Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) and Quality Management Systems (QMS) for the shop floor, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) for sales and marketing, Supply Chain Management (SCM) for procurement, and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for finance and management. Plex Online’s fully-integrated model delivers a “shop floor to top floor” view of a manufacturer’s operations, enabling management to run their business at maximum efficiency. Founded in 1995, Plex Systems is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, with customers around the globe. More information is online at

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