Datastream Systems, Inc.

PepsiCo Beverages Italy Selects Datastream 7i to Manage and Track 20,000 Assets

    Greenville, South Carolina (ots/PRNewswire) -

    - PepsiCo Beverages Italy Selects Datastream's Asset Performance Management Solution to Increase Operational Efficiency, Measure KPIs and Track Individual Events Related to its 20,000 Assets

    Datastream Systems, Inc. today announced that PepsiCo Beverages Italy, a division of one of the world's largest food and beverage companies, has selected the Datastream 7i(TM) Asset Performance Management and maintenance management software solution. Datastream 7i will be used to manage equipment (like refrigerators and fountains) that the company provides, under a specific free-loan agreement, to its numerous point of sales in order to leverage the sales of its own beverage products.

    These assets represent for PepsiCo Beverages Italy a valuable property in terms of "economic value" as well as in terms of "product quality" for the final customer. The status of operating and maintaining these assets directly impacts the perception of the final customer and consequently the growth of the market segment.

    The aim of PepsiCo Beverages Italy is to operate in one single environment. Datastream 7i not only supports all asset management processes but also allows the accurate handling of all related operational transactions. In addition, it is possible to analyze the full history of each asset and measure the organization performance.

    Within PepsiCo Beverages Italy, all the activities are managed by a department called Market Equipment Management (MEM) and include the shipment of equipment, inspection of operational status, corrective and preventive maintenance, checking of product quality indicators and disposal of assets. MEM reports to the sales department and therefore is directly involved in the sales process.

    Datastream 7i will be deployed to support part of the sales process, track the transactions managed by MEM and related to each asset, integrate all the players (such as PepsiCo, Technical Support Center, and suppliers) onto one single Web platform, optimize weekly and monthly reporting, and measure the most relevant performance indicators/KPIs. The project is in an advanced progress stage and some modules are already live.

    "Datastream 7i is the ideal solution for us because its advanced features make it not only an operational support but also an integration tool for various players. And, it allows us to accurately analyze and measure our operational and business performance," said Giovanni Guazzoni, IT manager of PepsiCo Beverages Italy. "Lastly, the ability to adapt to business needs, always changing, was a key element in the selection of Datastream 7i."

    "The project, developed together with Datastream Italy, will position us among the most advanced PepsiCo worldwide units and will allow us to measure our performances and compare them with those of the other countries. At the same time, we will have a solution to ensure complete control on all of our equipment," added Roberto Girotto, manager of the MEM department of PepsiCo Beverages Italy.

    Datastream Systems, Inc.

    Datastream provides Asset Performance Management software and services to enterprises worldwide, including more than 60 percent of the Fortune 500. Datastream's solutions combine world-class asset management functionality with advanced analytics to deliver a powerful platform for optimizing enterprise asset performance.

    By using Datastream's solutions, customers can maintain and manage capital assets -- such as manufacturing equipment, vehicle fleets and buildings -- and create analyses and forecasts so they can take action to improve future performance. Datastream's flagship product, Datastream 7i, delivers a complete Asset Performance Management infrastructure by combining an Internet, Web services architecture with broad enterprise asset management functionality, integrated procurement, advanced analytics and multi-site capability.

    Datastream was founded in 1986 and has customers in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit

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    Statements in this release contain forward looking statements that involve uncertainties and risks. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to the risk factors described in detail in our Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2003 and our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ending September 30, 2004. All statements made in this press release are made only as of the date set forth at the beginning of this release. Datastream does not have, and expressly disclaims, any obligation to release publicly any updates or any changes in the Company's expectations or any changes in events, conditions or circumstances on which any forward-looking statement is based.

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