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PUBLISH DATE: August 5, 2002

(SOFTWARE SOURCES) Software Sources Acquires ProNet LAN Systems

HINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Software Sources announced today that it had acquired ProNet LAN Systems, Inc. as a wholly-owned subsidiary. In addition, ProNet's talented staff including its president, Ms. Tracylee Christensen, is also joining Software Sources.

ProNet is a computer support company that has been in business for over seven years. During its existence it had built an excellent track record for providing uptime to its growing list of greater Boston companies. The typical firm ProNet supports is a company ranging from 3 to 50 employees that relies heavily upon computers to perform its business functions, but doesn't have full-time resources to manage these important assets. For such firms ProNet has provided a high level of support ranging from installing/repairing hardware to upgrading operating systems to installing/maintaining networks. In essence, ProNet served as the in-house IT department on demand for approximately 50 firms.

Software Sources is a well-established Massachusetts-based company. They have been successfully implementing client/server systems and peforming application development for companies since 1979. They are a Microsoft Great Plains Solution Provider, and recently became a Microsoft Great Plains Small Business Manager provider, an application geared toward small businesses. The firm's staff is very knowledgeable in the area of Local and Wide Area Networking with both Windows and NetWare product lines.

Frank Buckley, senior principal at Software Sources, stated that "firms familiar with Software Sources will recognize that this acquisition fits our company's profile perfectly, as Software Sources has provided a similar range of support services on a greater scale for more than 20 years." Mr. Buckley also explained that this acquisition remedies a typical problem faced by smaller support companies, i.e., the ability to accommodate peak demand and/or provide full coverage during vacations, holidays, etc. He explained that for firms the size of ProNet, handling peak support loads was particularly challenging because problems in the computer support industry often happen at the same time. The added depth of services and the established support infrastructure of Software Sources will substantially mitigate these inevitable spikes in support demand without increasing the low costs and rates that ProNet clients have enjoyed for years.

Ms. Tracylee Christensen stated that she had deliberated this move for several months as she wanted to insure that the company complementing ProNet's activities would be able to fully handle the needs of ProNet's clients with the level of integrity and thoroughness that they had come to expect over the past several years. She states, "I am not only confident that Software Sources will continue this level of quality support, but I know they will also add important layers of value-added services, e.g., 7x24 availability and the ability to offer and support a variety of software suite offerings geared toward smaller companies."

If you would like additional information about these new services, we invite you to call 800-886-0199, or complete our Request for Information form on our site.

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