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Turnkey Appliance Connects ScheduALL Systems at Multiple Sites to Enable Significant Improvements in Overall Productivity and Profitability

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — April 20, 2009 — ScheduALL today announced the release of a turnkey appliance that enables users of ScheduALL enterprise resource management (ERM) software to realize even greater resource utilization across all facilities within the enterprise. The new ERM appliance connects multiple ScheduALL systems at multiple sites to provide immediate visibility into resources throughout the business. With this powerful tool for enterprise-wide collaboration and connectivity, users can view, book, and manage projects more effectively, allocating the optimal combination of personnel, facilities, and equipment, to the right project for the right margin in real time.

"Our new ERM appliance represents a sea change in the way organizations with disparate databases share and allocate resources to boost efficiencies and realize improved ROI across the enterprise," said Joel Ledlow, ScheduALL CEO. "Every facility will continue to run its own P&L operation with its existing resource pool, but now each will have access to additional resources in sister companies within the corporate network to drive the utilization of assets and improve profitability. This real-time reallocation of resources is based on availability, capacity, skill set, and resource cost, all of which impact margin and the time it takes to deliver a project. We see this capability as a better way to streamline an operation and enable geographically disperse organizations to move their business to a 24x7 or 'follow the sun' model, improving time to market and overall client satisfaction."

Conventional scheduling across a corporate network is constrained by regionally limited visibility of resource allocation and utilization, as well as a lack of flexibility in how those resources can be leveraged to deliver a project. By enabling each facility to publish available resources to ScheduALL systems across the enterprise network without relinquishing ownership and control of those resources, the ERM appliance enables a higher level of cooperation in product quality and delivery in a timely manner.

If, for example, one facility is at maximum capacity, managers can look to other enterprise business units with complementary skill sets or value-adds to accelerate deliverables or maximize profits on any given project. While making it easy to put idle resources to work in areas where they may be currently underutilized, the ScheduALL appliance also provides a means of crafting spheres of expertise, based upon job function or task, to leverage the best ROI by location and project.

This solution further enhances profitability by enabling centralized billing and comprehensive financial reporting, thereby reducing overhead costs, and streamlining the coordination and execution of tasks within a project. With cost accounting tied to each project and resource, managers can determine real and potential project costs independently, building quotes or creating invoices without wasting time checking in with other managers or schedulers. Rather than rely on email exchanges, follow-up phone calls, and spreadsheets, ScheduALL ERM users — regardless of their location — can review, assign, track, and report on resources in real time. One-time project creation eliminates redundant data entry and enables use of a single work order enterprise-wide to manage and direct completion of the project.

"The ScheduALL ERM appliance frees businesses from geographic limitations and the constraints of differing time zones, providing continuous visibility into the current status of projects and availability of resources anywhere within the enterprise," added Ledlow. "The system installs easily, bringing immediate benefits through sharing and scaling of resources according to cost and utilization data. With this collaborative technology, businesses can take an aggressive approach to maintaining profitability even in a tough economic climate."

More information about ScheduALL and its robust solutions is available online at www.scheduall.com.

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About ScheduALL

ScheduALL is the leading provider of enterprise resource management (ERM) software for the broadcast and media industry. With almost 20 years of experience and 1,200+ worldwide clients within broadcast, satellite, and production facilities, ScheduALL is clearly recognized as the partner of choice for operational management software solutions.

ScheduALL's software offers comprehensive workflow and resource management capabilities that enable clients to optimize personnel, resources, and bandwidth utilization in a way that directly translates into increased productivity and ROI. ScheduALL's modular approach and scalable product-sets provide a collaborative platform for users in the broadcast, production, post-production, satellite/network transmission, and newsroom environments. ScheduALL clients include ABC Australia, BBC, CBC, FOX News Network, The Associated Press, IntelSat, Turner Studios, Mediaset, RTL, and SES New Skies. More information is available at www.scheduall.com.

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