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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Werum’s Increasing Market Share and Capability to Create Customer Value in the Manufacturing Execution Systems Market

Palo Alto, Calif. — March 05, 2007 —Werum Software & Systems is the recipient of the 2007 Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award in the Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) category for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

The company’s continuous investment in customer satisfaction and constant innovation to leverage its current offerings reinforces its status as a trusted partner to the pharmaceutical industry.
 
Customers laud Werum’s superior capability in providing solutions that drive productivity by seamlessly integrating across all levels of automation throughout the entire pharmaceutical production process.

While there has been widespread consolidation in the MES area, Werum has differentiated itself by being one of the very few employee owned vendors to have consistently shown tremendous growth over the years. While the overall pharmaceutical MES market grew at less than 15 percent globally, Werum’s growth rates were significantly higher at more than 25 percent globally.

Werum follows a unique approach whereby the customer site is installed with a standard solution so that the customer can assess the benefits in real-time. Based on individual customer feedback and requirements, Werum adds modules in accordance with their needs.

PAS-X, the company’s flagship product, has a modular architecture that enables customers to choose components based on their immediate requirements and mix and match those components to satisfy their specific needs. The sheer scalability of the PAS-X solution allows for modules to be added at anytime, in any number of sites, during or after the duration of a particular deployment, subject to customers’ requirements.

Werum’s architecture also leverages ISA S95 standards that enable easy integration with the various existing enterprise solutions.

“The inherent flexibility of PAS-X is clearly visible not only during deployments in different companies but within diverse user groups of individual companies as well,” stated Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Sanjeev R Sridharan. “The unique work center concept provides tailored user functionality depending on the specific user group within the company, and in most cases customers can order a complete rollout using their own resources and also maintain those systems without any external help.”

Werum provides a complete array of products and services for solving all pharmaceutical manufacturing business problems. The high ‘value-to-price’ ratio of its complete portfolio has strengthened its market position, while its unmatched expertise in the pharmaceutical domain has enabled it to provide solutions in line with customer’s needs.

The company’s highly effective combination of products and services along with its pre-conceived best practices concept for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology domains has enabled it to consistently outperform the market.

“Werum also has long-standing relationships with large pharmaceutical machine builders, which enables easy and smooth integration with the shop floor,” notes Sridharan. “Its strong functional relationships with select strategic channel partners and system integrators in various regions have also helped Werum to gain a foothold in Asian markets.”


Each year Frost & Sullivan presents this Award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in business development, competitive strategy, and leadership. This company is perceived to exhibit outstanding management, consistent growth, and positive social and economic impact on
local and national communities and customers. The Award recipient has also demonstrated superior market growth skills through significant gains in the market.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.


About Werum Software & Systems

Werum Software & Systems is a leading supplier of Manufacturing Execution Systems for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry worldwide. Twelve of the world's top 20 pharmaceutical companies and leading biotech companies use Werum's product suite PAS-X to run their manufacturing business. Outstanding PAS-X features are the functions ensuring compliance and boosting performance. The modular system suite includes components for Production Planning and Scheduling, Master Batch Record Management, Electronic Batch Recording, Weighing and Dispensing, Material Flow Control and Tracking, Equipment Integration, Warehouse Management, Quality Management, and Performance Management based on KPI Analysis. Werum’s solutions and services range from software consulting, creation of functional specifications, and software development to turn-key delivery of integrated and validated Manufacturing Execution Systems. A global partner network ensures reliable local support services. Founded in 1969, the IT company employs more than 280 people in its headquarters in Lueneburg, Northern Germany, the regional offices in West and Southwest Germany, and the subsidiary in Parsippany, New Jersey, USA. For more information, please visit www.werum.com or www.pas-x.com.


About Frost & Sullivan

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Contact:
Stacie Jones
210.247.2450
Stacie.jones@frost.com

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