Large Manhattan Public Accounting Firm Signs off on CMS OPEN®

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Jobst Elster,Solution 6 US, Inc.

TALLAHASEE, FL- April 6th, 2000 -- Solution 6 Holdings Limited (ASX:SOH), a world leading provider of IT solutions to professional service firms and their clients, announced today that David Berdon & Co. LLP, the 17th largest certified public accounting and consulting firm in the nation, has selected CMS OPEN® as its new time and billing system.

CMS OPEN is the flagship practice management product for CMS/Data Corporation, whose products were acquired by Solution 6 in October 1999.

David Berdon & Co., whose clients range in size from small privately held organizations to large multinational corporations, offers a full range of accounting, tax, financial and consulting services. Headquartered in New York City with an office in Jericho, Long Island, David Berdon has over 300 partners and staff who advise clients on estate and succession planning, shareholder/buyout agreements, operational financing, business management, royalty investigations, business valuations, litigation support, bankruptcy and workouts and information technology.

Comprehensive Software Package Sought
At David Berdon, partners and staff work on multiple aspects of individual clients, requiring a software system that records, tracks, bills and reports time and expense information to several partners and the firm's clients with ease.

CMS OPEN is a highly customizable program, allowing professional services firms to build an efficient and easy to use time and billing system around the company's specific needs, including the ability to produce unlimited types of reports and summaries.

Extensive Product Review Pays Off
David Berdon's careful selection process took over a year to complete. “Our decision was not one based upon cost, but on CMS OPEN's ease of use to the everyday user,” explained Michael Thaler, Administrative Partner at David Berdon, who was on the selection committee. “It became clear to us during the primary presentation that CMS OPEN was easier to use than their competitors. In addition, our Information Technology department felt that CMS OPEN had one of the better implementation processes.”

David Berdon is always looking for acquisitions and consolidation opportunities. “In looking at the higher end products, one of our requirements was that the system had to support growth and possible merger of operations. CMS OPEN's functionality fulfilled that requirement,” commented Mr. Thaler.

“Scalability and functionality, two CMS OPEN strong points, were key purchasing factors for David Berdon,” says Cynthia Sessions, President, CMS/Data Corporation.
“We are glad to see that CMS OPEN has been so successful in the Accounting market. Solution 6's reputation as a leading provider of accounting products and services is now being recognized among US firms as well,” adds Ms. Sessions. “They are an impressive addition to our growing list of Accounting and other professional service clients.”
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CMS OPEN is a Windows-based, client/server, financial and information management system. It works on multiple operating systems, relational databases and hardware platforms including Windows NT, UNIX, Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 and Sybase. CMS OPEN is also compatible with all major software applications such as Microsoft Word, WordPerfect and Excel. The core product consists of general ledger, time accounting, expense accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable and billing modules. The system can easily be enhanced with add-on modules such as OmniCurrency, records management, profitability and CMS ALERT! To date, CMS OPEN has been installed on over 250 Microsoft NT and SQL servers.

About CMS/Data Corporation
CMS/Data Corporation, a Solution 6 (ASX: SOH) Company, has provided software and technical support to the legal industry for more than 20 years. In fact, CMS/Data currently has over 250 client firms in 16 countries ranging in size from 20 to 5,000 professionals. In recent years, CMS/Data has expanded into other service industries with timekeeping needs, such as accounting, engineering and computer consulting. CMS/Data, headquartered in Tallahassee, has offices in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, London, Toronto and Melbourne. For more information, or to set up a CMS OPEN demonstration, call (850) 224-2200 or visit

About Solution 6
Solution 6 is a world leading supplier of IT solutions to professional service firms. The company currently holds the largest market share in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK in the practice management, client accounting and taxation markets and it also has a strong presence in the US and Continental Europe. Solution 6 primarily focuses on time and billing solutions, client accounting, taxation and accounting for business software. Solution 6 is currently leading the market with the development of its new application service provider (ASP) business. Solution 6 was established in 1981, became a publicly listed company in 1987 and currently has approximately 1,500 employees in 13 countries. Additional information on Solution 6 is available at http://www.solution6.comor by sending email to [email protected]

About David Berdon & Co. LLP
David Berdon & Co. LLP, with double-digit growth, is ranked among the 20 largest CPA firms in the nation and 12th in the New York area. Founded in 1917, David Berdon has a significant client base of family/owner-managed businesses, as well as individuals and other organizations involved in a variety of industries. These include advertising, architecture and engineering, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, law, manufacturing, nonprofit, real estate, restaurants, retail, and other service businesses. David Berdon has access to resources and services on a global basis through its membership in Horwath International. This network of independent accounting and management consulting firms — ranked first in the world among associations of accounting firms — maintains 400 offices in 90 nations. For more information, visit our website at


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