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( -- SYSPRO, a provider of visionary ERP software for the manufacturing pragmatist, announced that SYSPRO software customer Chocolate Potpourri has been named a finalist for an Aberdeen Research Supply Chain Management Award. Chocolate Potpourri, a Chicago area manufacturer and distributor of specialty chocolates, is one of three finalist companies named in Aberdeen's "Business Evolution Award -- Aligning Supply Chain Tactics with Business Goals." The winner will be at named at Aberdeen's 2009 Supply Chain Management (SCM) Summit in San Francisco CA, April 2-3, 2009.

Chocolate Potpourri uses SYSPRO's enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions to improve supply chain related business processes tied to inventory, forecasting and data/communications management. It leverages SYSPRO's visionary service-oriented architecture (SOA) platform that is helping more than 14,000 small and medium-sized manufacturers and distributors to stay competitive in a challenging global economy.

"Each of the finalist companies in the Business Evolution Award has demonstrated the ability to manage the flow of information across internal functional practices to achieve demonstrable business growth. These are companies that have incorporated best practices in supply chain to evolve their business to gain significant benefits," said Aberdeen's Nari Viswanathan, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Aberdeen Group.

Award nominees are derived from Aberdeen's research over the past 12 months; the group's Supply Chain Management team of senior analysts will determine the winner. Other categories of excellence being recognized by Aberdeen include: Supply Chain Process Excellence; Innovation in Technology; Performance Excellence; and Supply Chain Process Integration. The award winners will be presented prestigious acknowledgements by Aberdeen's CEO and Chief Research Officer during an award presentation on day one of the conference. For more information on the event, please visit

Joey Benadretti, president, SYSPRO USA, notes, "Chocolate Potpourri is an excellent example of how a relatively small company can utilize sophisticated, cost-effective technology to improve business practices and prosper. In the food industry in particular having lot and serial number traceability on ingredients and end products is no longer a luxury -- it's a business requirement. The SYSPRO solution tracks both lot and serial numbers to provide the best possible technology support in the event of a recall."

The food manufacturing sector is one of four core SYSPRO verticals where SYSPRO boasts industry specific differential functionality, in-depth experience and a large satisfied customer base. Some of the key features of SYSPRO's food vertical solution are: Financials and Out-of-the-Box Metrics; Engineering Change Control; Serial and Lot Traceability; Quotation/Estimating; Projects and Contracts; Activity-Based Costing; Electronic Funds Transfer; EDI Integration; Real-time Alerts to Deviations; Goods in Transit; Quality Tracking; Landed Cost Tracking; Forecasting & Inventory Optimization; Product Configurator; Blanket Sales Orders & Releases; Return Merchandise Authorization; Integrated Bar-Coding; Forecasting with Families and Groupings for Inventory Management; Return to Vendor; Analytics; Customer Relationship Management; and Trade Promotion Management.

SYSPRO's more thoughtful approach to adopting new technology, such as web services and SOA platforms, also reflects the desires of its buyers who are driven by business needs and not by the latest headlines. This exemplifies SYSPRO's ongoing strategy of helping to simplify the success of its customers. SYSPRO calls its buyer landscape "PragmaVision,"(TM) consisting of pragmatic, visionary ERP executives that are driven by a desire for smart, but aggressive market growth. About SYSPRO Since its inception in 1978, SYSPRO has been delivering state-of-the-art business solutions to some of the world's leading companies. As a global leader in the production of world-class ERP software, the company now caters to the specialized needs of 14,000 licensed companies in more than 60 countries worldwide. SYSPRO is marketed globally through regional territory distribution centers and a global reseller network in the US, Canada, Africa, Asia Pacific, Australia and the UK.

SYSPRO is a fully integrated business software solution that provides complete control over the planning and management of all facets of business including accounting, manufacturing and distribution operations in a variety of industries.

For additional information on SYSPRO, call Stanley Goodrich at 714/437-1000 or go to All company names and products mentioned in this release are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.