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BigMachines Dramatically Improves Customers' Selling Efficiency with Lean Front-End Release 8.0

Leading on-demand quoting, configurator, and proposal platform delivers breakthrough native reporting module and ease-of-maintenance improvements.

Chicago, IL and Munich, Germany - November 27, 2007 - BigMachines, Inc., the leading provider of on-demand configuration and quoting software, today announced the general availability of BigMachines LFE 8.0. With BigMachines LFE 8.0, customers can deploy in record time and easily maintain best-of-breed configuration and quoting solutions that enable their sales channels to quickly and accurately quote and order products and services.

A new native reporting module - a direct request from BigMachines' growing user base - will help users proactively track quote and order data in real-time. In addition, continued upgrades to the application's technical architecture have significantly enhanced the system performance. "The new features plus the faster performance will make our solution even more powerful for our users, reps, and administrators- we're excited to rollout this latest BigMachines release to start taking advantage of these significant improvements," stated Marty Nelson, Director of Business Systems at Fike Corporation, a current BigMachines customer.

New features include:

  • Native reporting to enable users to easily create, save, and share real-time reports and graphs.
  • Full multi-byte support for Asian language character sets.
  • Ability to automatically upload or download parts, users, and configuration data via Excel or CSV files to greatly simplify maintenance.
  • New BigMachines Extension Language (BML), to help users easily create and manage advanced functions for their most complex configuration scenarios.
  • Ability to automatically synchronize BigMachines and CRM product line items in Siebel CRM On Demand and Salesforce.com.
  • Additional features for system administrators including faster user and group administration, and auto-generated reports to track system usage and user adoption.
  • Optimized page compression and procedure algorithms to speed system response.
  • Significant technical performance improvements, resulting in 30-80% faster processing time for many features over previous system benchmarks.

"The advanced features and performance improvements in this release are truly a milestone for our company and our product. We continue to focus our efforts on driving more requests from our users into our releases, and are delighted to make our product even faster to implement, easier to use, and easier to maintain. We're proud to deliver on these features prioritized by customers at our BigIdeas conference last year- and look forward to delivering even more enhancements in 2008," said Godard Abel, co-founder and CEO of BigMachines.

About BigMachines, Inc. and BigMachines AG
BigMachines, Inc. incorporated in 2000, provides on-demand configurator, quoting, and proposal software that helps leading companies empower their sales teams and channels. BigMachines Lean Front-End (LFE) solution digitizes tribal knowledge and streamlines configuration, pricing, quoting, proposal generation, and order management. BigMachines provides extensive reporting capabilities to analyze sales activities and easily integrates to existing ERP, CAD, and CRM systems including those from Salesforce.com, Siebel CRM On-Demand, Oracle and SAP. BigMachines rapidly growing customer base includes global leaders such as Kodak GCG, Siemens, Ingersoll Rand, NTT Communications, as well as innovative growth companies such as ShoreTel and Aruba Networks. Visit www.bigmachines.com.

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