The Nation's Leading CEOs and CPOs Praise the Value of Supply Management in Enterprise Supply Management – Delivering Pure Profit

FOR RELEASE: September 17, 2002

CONTACT: Kristen Kioa
  ISM Media Relations
  800/888-6276 ext. 3015
  kkioa@ism.ws

(Tempe, Arizona) — The Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) today announced the availability of Enterprise Supply Management – Delivering Pure Profit, a 30-minute documentary featuring supply management thought leaders such as Larry Bossidy, Bill Ramsey, Gene Richter, and Dave Nelson. This highly acclaimed program highlights testimonials from these and other supply management leaders. Real-life examples illustrate the critical role supply management plays in the success of any organization, and how it impacts the bottomline. The documentary, available on CD-ROM, originally debuted at the Spring 2002 CAPS Research Roundtable in Phoenix, and is now being made available to more than 25,000 chief executive officers (CEOs), chief financial officers (CFOs), and chief procurement officers (CPOs). The CD was underwritten and made possible by grants from Perfect Commerce and Dun & Bradstreet.

"This program provides critical insight into the strategic impact enterprise supply management has on a company's overall performance," says Paul Novak, CEO, Institute for Supply Management™. "Given the immediate and sustainable results possible, particularly in today's difficult economic climate, it's clear why visionary CEOs have elevated their CPOs to boardroom-level importance."

Those interested in receiving a free CD copy of Enterprise Supply Management – Delivering Pure Profit may contact Perfect Commerce at www.perfect.com, or Dun & Bradstreet at 866/724-5508.

About the Institute for Supply Management™
The Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), established in 1915, is the world's leading educator of supply management professionals and is a valuable resource for decision makers in major markets, companies, and government. ISM provides programs geared for senior executives, and all supply management professionals. ISM is home to the Manufacturing and Non-Manufacturing Report On Business®. These reports are considered by economists worldwide to be the most reliable near-term economic barometers available. For further information, see the ISM Web site at www.ism.ws.

About Perfect Commerce
Perfect Commerce provides Enterprise Supply Management (ESM) software, services and expertise that enable Global 2000 companies such as America West Airlines, Bechtel, Hoover Precision Products, Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU), Smurfit-Stone (Nasdaq: SSCC), Unocal (NYSE: UCL), and others to increase profits and improve product and service quality. Unlike companies offering only software or services, Perfect Commerce provides a complete solution comprised of software systems and the deep expertise and services in strategic sourcing, six-sigma procurement processes, and business process management needed to harness the power of Enterprise Supply Management. Perfect Commerce's offering complements and integrates with leading ERP solutions such as PeopleSoft (Nasdaq: PSFT), SAP (NYSE: SAP), and Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL). Perfect Commerce is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. For further information, visit www.perfect.com or call 1-650-798-3335.

About D&B
D&B (NYSE: DNB) provides the information, tools and expertise to help customers Decide with Confidence. D&B enables customers' quick access to objective, global information whenever and wherever they need it. Customers use D&B Risk Management Solutions to manage credit exposure, D&B Sales & Marketing Solutions to find profitable customers and D&B Supply Management Solutions to manage suppliers efficiently. D&B's E-Commerce Solutions are also used to authenticate and verify potential trading partners online, increasing trust and confidence in e-commerce transactions. Over 90 percent of the Business Week Global 1000 rely on D&B as a trusted partner to make confident business decisions. For more information, please visit www.dnb.com.


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