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e.Intelligence and Cornerstone Consulting Join Forces to Provide Collaborative Demand Planning Solutions for Retailers and Their Trading Partners

Partnership Combines Domain Knowledge and Predictive Intelligence Software Enabling Retailers to Improve Planning Accuracy and Grow Profit

MINNEAPOLIS, February 26, 2002 - e.Intelligence, Inc., a provider of Predictive Intelligence software, today announced a joint partnership with Cornerstone Consulting, an information technology consulting firm that specializes in the design, development and testing of application integration and data warehousing solutions. Cornerstone Consulting will be able to install and implement the e.Intelligence Suite(TM) as part of its enterprise-wide consulting and data integration services. With Cornerstone Consulting's background in data warehousing and business intelligence, the addition of the e.Intelligence Suite will enable Fortune 1000 retailers to build and deploy a collaborative environment for demand planning with their trading partners resulting in improved planning accuracy. These solutions are built on the retailer's data warehouse, allowing rapid deployment and improved return on the data warehouse investment.

Cornerstone Consulting, based in Minneapolis, MN, provides high-performance, scalable solutions that leverage an organization's existing investments, offer flexibility and enable business process optimization. Some of Cornerstone's clients include industry-leading corporations such as, Allianz, E*TRADE, Ecolab, Cargill, SUPERVALU and GMAC/RFC.

"By combining an existing data warehouse with a Predictive Intelligence solution, companies can gain valuable speed to market, exponential supply efficiencies, and an overall competitive advantage," said David Rowe, founding partner of Cornerstone Consulting. "The e.Intelligence Suite will enable our clients to address this need for demand visibility today."

The e.Intelligence Suite sits on top of the data warehouse to leverage its defined hierarchies, metrics and rules and provides a common demand planning process across the entire organization and beyond. Therefore, e.Intelligence customers, their trading partners and their suppliers have unprecedented demand visibility and can collaboratively plan and develop more accurate demand projections. e.Intelligence provides detailed demand visibility at all levels throughout an organization - product by product, customer by customer. In addition, users can perform "What if" analysis to better project demand and understand the impact of changes in demand drivers such as price, promotion, merchandising, distribution and assortment. Finally, e.Intelligence enables updated demand plans to be added back to the data warehouse, so organizations can now report plan versus actual performance. The results are improved profitability and margins because organizations can more effectively manage variable costs and maximize demand drivers to ensure the right product is in front of the right customer.

"Cornerstone Consulting is a premier firm that understands what it takes to implement world-class data warehousing and business intelligence solutions," said Rick Tanler, chief executive officer and president of e.Intelligence. "Our retail customers are looking for solutions to solve very sophisticated demand planning issues and together we bring the software and domain expertise to ensure their success."

e.Intelligence Suite - Overview
The e.Intelligence Suite was designed to enable all decision-makers to actively participate in the demand planning process. The e.Intelligence Suite delivers Predictive Intelligence, the next-generation of business intelligence, by leveraging an organization's data warehouse as a central information hub to run "What if" analysis in order to better predict future demand. The e.Intelligence server creates a personal cache or a workgroup cache where both external and internal users can update their demand plans and conduct "What if" and "What next" analysis. Original and iterative demand plans can be added back to the data warehouse, giving organizations unprecedented views of plan versus actual performance.

In addition, interactive alerts notify users of any relevant changes and allow users to update information directly to the cache through an email link or by downloading a static HTML page with spreadsheet-like functionality then sending it back to the cache. Key metrics can be locked and changes are dynamically allocated to the appropriate areas. Affected areas are highlighted so users can see the impact of the
changes in their specific area. As all finalized plans are stored in the data warehouse, the information is available to other financial and operational systems.

About Cornerstone Consulting, Inc.
Cornerstone Consulting is an information technology services firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The company is focused on providing business-driven technology solutions that have a high return on the client's investment. Cornerstone delivers solutions in less time through proven methods, practices and reusable capital. The consultants at Cornerstone have years of experience, and have provided "world class" solutions for many corporations. Cornerstone Consulting provides:

  • Enterprise Application Integration (EAI)
  • Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing Solutions
  • Software Quality Assurance & Integration Testing Solutions

For more information, visit www.cornerstoneusa.com.

About e.Intelligence, Inc.
e.Intelligence provides Predictive Intelligence software that enables organizations to improve demand visibility and demand plan accuracy. The e.Intelligence Suite leverages an organizations'../../../index.html">www.ei-inc.com.

e.Intelligence and the e.Intelligence Suite are trademarks of e.Intelligence, Inc. All other mentioned trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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Audra Wendt
e.Intelligence, Inc.
952.920.0478
ext# 132
E-mail: awendt@ei-inc.com

Amanda McNulty
Price PR
626.398.3735
E-mail: amcnulty@pricepr.com


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