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Epicor Selected as Endorsed Vendor for Choice Hotels

Epicor Software
Corporation , a leading provider of integrated enterprise software
solutions for the midmarket, and Choice Hotels International, Inc. have
entered into an Endorsed Vendor agreement whereby Epicor will offer to
provide its Scala Hospitality solution, part of the Epicor for Hospitality
and Entertainment offering, to nearly 5,000 potential worldwide property
franchisees of Choice Hotels International. Epicor’s Scala Hospitality solution is a complete enterprise suite for
hospitality organizations developed on Microsoft Windows Small Business
Server 2003 platform. The solution will be offered to the following Choice
brand properties around the world: Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality,
Sleep Inn, Clarion, MainStay Suites, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn.

Designed specifically for hotels like Choice Hotels’ franchised
properties, Epicor’s hospitality solution has been optimized to ensure
that property managers receive daily up-to-date management information
that is guaranteed to provide a lower total cost of operating. Because
Epicor is an endorsed vendor in the Choice Hotels procurement system,
Choice Hotels’ franchisees will have the option to purchase the solution
via the Web site.

“The combination of the Microsoft platform and Epicor’s robust
functionality made choosing the Epicor solution the right decision for
us,” said Daniel Rothfeld, senior vice president, partner services of
Choice Hotels International. “After looking at a variety of proposals, we
ultimately selected Scala Hospitality running on Windows over other
solutions running on Linux. By taking advantage of the power and
simplicity of Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003, Epicor’s Scala
Hospitality will help further lower operating costs, and continue to
leverage our financial commitment to Choice’s property systems technology.”

A fully integrated enterprise solution for financial management, material
management, reporting and budgeting, Epicor’s Scala Hospitality package
available to Choice Hotels’ franchisees includes:

* Comprehensive Scala Hospitality solution * Microsoft Windows Small
Business Server 2003, including Microsoft SQL Server 2000 * Dell PowerEdge
Servers and OptiPlex Desktops * Training and Installation * Integration to
Choice International’s Profit Manager property management system


“The Microsoft platform is focused on helping customers maximize the value
of their technology investments,” said Mark Young, general manager, ISVs,
Developer and Platform Evangelism at Microsoft Corp. “We are excited to
see Epicor build on our platform to deliver solutions, like Scala
Hospitality, that have been tailored to the unique needs of the
hospitality industry.”

Epicor’s Scala Hospitality solution has implementations in over 60
countries and in leading hotel properties around the world. The continuing
relationship with Choice Hotels and the opportunity to address the needs
of its franchise community has allowed Epicor to offer a solid solution to
support and enhance the procurement processes at the property level.

“Epicor is committed to delivering practical solutions to hospitality
companies around the world,” said Mark Duffell, executive vice president
of enterprise solutions and international operations for Epicor. “We’re
offering a world-class package that meets the needs of market-leading
hospitality organizations like Choice Hotels International. Our
hospitality solution can help Choice’s franchisees leverage their existing
property management system through standardization, connectivity,
integration, and advanced e-business foundations that will only pay
further dividends.”