Arup Lays Foundations with Extensity(R) Performance Management Solution

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Leading firm of planners, designers, engineers and business consultants

     invests 300,000 pounds in Extensity MPC to improve its forecasting

    ATLANTA, April 10 -Extensity(R) (formerly Geac), the financial performance management company that helps finance leaders leverage the power of trusted and finance-centric data, has signed a 300,000-pound contract with the global firm of planners, designers, engineers and business consultants, Arup. Following an extensive market evaluation, Extensity's MPC performance management software was selected to support Arup's key business requirements for Project Forecasting and Business Planning.

    David Whittleton, Group Commercial Director for Arup, says: "The new Extensity MPC solution will provide us with an improved business forecasting and planning tool to support engineering projects and will help us to model scenarios on a global basis."

    Arup has committed to 1,000 users, with an option to increase license seats over the next 12 months. The contract for MPC will provide Arup with extensive analysis, planning and budgeting capabilities. Arup selected MPC based on its planning functionality and its ability to support Arup's ongoing business needs.

    "Extensity continues to expand its reach in the marketplace, as evidenced by this important win," said Jim McDevitt, SVP and General Manager of Extensity's Performance Management group. "Our customers are turning to Extensity for a comprehensive solution that provides leadership and guidance to executives, operational managers and board members."

    David Whittleton concludes:

    "It was vital that we had confidence in our chosen solution and that it would support our complex business needs. Following a detailed evaluation process, we were impressed with the flexibility and functionality of the solution. We work on a broad range of projects and we wanted to invest in a performance management tool which would offer improved speed and visibility. Using Extensity MPC, we will also be able to manage complex relationships and model scenarios for our business planning."

    Arup employs over 7,000 staff who work in 70 offices across 32 countries. At any one time it can have over 10,000 projects running concurrently. The UK operation comprises 20 offices and notable landmark projects include proposing and securing the route change for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, The Eden Project and the Manchester stadium built for the Commonwealth Games.

    About Arup

    Arup is a global firm of planners, designers, engineers and business consultants providing a diverse range of professional services to clients around the world. The firm is the creative force behind many of the world's most innovative and sustainable buildings, transport and civil engineering projects. Established 60 years ago, the firm exerts a significant influence on the built environment and has more than 7,000 employees, based in 70 offices in 32 countries, working on up to 10,000 projects at any one time. Arup has three global business areas -- buildings, infrastructure and consulting -- and our multi-disciplinary approach means that any given project may involve people from any or all of the sectors or regions in which we operate. Our fundamental aim is to achieve excellence in all we do by bringing together the best professionals in the world to meet our clients' needs.

    For more information on Arup, please contact Sally Quigg at the Arup Group Press Office on 020 7755 2902 or email sally.quigg@arup.com. Alternatively you can visit our website at http://www.arup.com.

    About Extensity

    Extensity is the leading financial performance management company focusing exclusively on the comprehensive needs of finance professionals. With more than 12,500 customers worldwide, including half of the Fortune 100, Extensity enables better financial management and decision-making throughout the enterprise in many of the world's most progressive and successful companies. We leverage the power of trusted, finance-centric data through a comprehensive set of end-to-end solutions from financial applications to performance management. Extensity has over 1,100 employees in 42 offices worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.extensity.com or email info@extensity.com

    Media Contacts:

     Crawford Warnock Greg Wind

     Citigate Dewe Rogerson FitzGerald Communications

     +44 (0)1604 232223 617-585-2240

     crawford.warnock@citigatetedr.co.uk gwind@fitzgerald.com
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