BST Global Unveils The BST Freedom Framework™

Industry Leader Introduces First 100% Microsoft .NET-Based Business Solution For Professional Services Organizations

Tampa FL, USA, 08 April 2004 — BST Global, the leading global provider of integrated business software and service solutions for Professional Services Organizations, announced today the beta release of the BST Freedom Framework™, representing the Professional Services Organization industry's first 100% Microsoft .NET-based business solution. This innovative technology bridges the communications gap evidenced in many professional services organizations by enabling new and existing applications to seamlessly connect with software across multiple platforms, applications and programming languages, streamlining key business processes in the project lifecycle.

The BST Freedom Framework ™ is completely based on Microsoft's .NET framework for creating secure and extendible enterprise solutions. .NET enables applications to be easily integrated with each other and with third party sources, giving companies the flexibility and functionality to open their applications and information across the Internet.

"Today's businesses find themselves struggling with issues such as profitability, efficiency, and cash flow. Key information is locked up in disparate systems requiring manual duplication of efforts. The BST Freedom Framework™ enables businesses to solve such issues by seamlessly integrating key business processes with this new and innovative technology architecture," said Javier A. Baldor, Executive Vice President of BST Global.

BST Global turned to .NET and modeled the BST Freedom Framework™ as the foundation in creating the industry's first integrated business solution that will help clients achieve maximum efficiency and profitability. By successfully uniting disparate information systems, bonding dispersed data sources involving projects, clients, employees, and business partners, and increasing the quality and availability of accurate data, key stakeholders are better informed and can proactively manage projects from start to finish.

"A key benefit of the BST Freedom Framework™ is its capability to be molded to fit a client's individual needs. This means that clients can quickly and easily integrate third-party applications such as resource management and customer relationship management as well as their own custom applications seamlessly. We bring the BST functionality directly to the productivity tools that our users know and love," said Clay Borkholm, Chief Technology Officer of BST Global.

Robert Scaer, Chief Information Officer of Gannett Fleming is especially impressed with the customization capabilities of the new solution architecture. "As someone who is responsible for ensuring access to relevant information, I need a solution that is customizable and not a 'one size fits all.' The BST Freedom Framework™ is customizable and flexible, which allows me to focus on my job and not spend valuable time writing applications. We have the flexibility to set up interfaces for different levels of staff with appropriate settings based on their role within the company."

Companies like Thompson Holdings, Inc. have also been receptive to this new and innovative technology and are confident in the benefits the BST Freedom Framework™ will deliver. Jay Morgan, Chief Information Officer of Thompson Holdings, Inc., explains, "We foresee the BST Freedom Framework™ enabling Thompson Holdings, Inc., to better utilize our most valuable asset – our people. By creating more efficient work processes, we believe our employees will be more productive and better able to focus on our clients' needs."

About BST Global
BST Global is the leading global provider of web and portal based enterprise Client Relationship, Project, Resource, Time & Expense and Financial Management software and services solutions for national and international Architectural, Engineering, and Professional Service Organizations. The privately held BST group of companies and alliance partners is a global organization with offices in the Americas, Europe, Australasia, and Africa.

Today, over 75,000 Professional Services Organization users and more than 100 of the top 500 ranked Engineering New Record (ENR) Design firms worldwide rely on BST Global's innovative software and services solutions to manage projects, employee resources, client relationships and financials across 6 continents and 37 countries worldwide.

Founded in 1971, BST Global is headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA. Additional information can be obtained by contacting BST Global at 1-813-886-3300 (international) or 1-800-726-3300, or via the web at


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