Jones Lang LaSalle Adopts Business Process Management Platform from Meridian Project Systems

Proliance to provide web enabled capabilities to project management clients

FOLSOM, Calif. (July 10, 2003) -- Meridian Project Systems (MPS), a leading software and application service provider of project management solutions, announced today that Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL), the world's leading real estate services and investment management firm, has selected MPS to provide the first web-enabled global business process management platform for the corporate real estate and construction industries. This multi-year agreement to deploy Proliance for Jones Lang LaSalle's Project and Development Services group represents an investment in technology that will enable Jones Lang LaSalle to meet clients' increasingly global needs across the more than 100 markets it serves.

The partnership with Jones Lang LaSalle is a key step for MPS in bringing to market Proliance, a new paradigm for managing projects, programs and process across global organizations. Through its built-in workflow that automates business processes, Jones Lang LaSalle will provide real-time reporting and communication to its clients and delivery team.

"Jones Lang LaSalle has long embraced ongoing investments in technology as an integral part of our client service model and adopting an industry standard solution that supported our future technology needs was key," said Douglas M. Sharp, president of Project and Development Services for Jones Lang LaSalle. "With Proliance, MPS is providing a technology platform that facilitates integration with our other critical business systems and allows us to exceed client expectations with regard to global information sharing and efficient procurement capabilities."

Modular business applications incorporate Proliance's platform services and include features that help companies automate specific areas of their business. Jones Lang LaSalle will roll out specific Proliance capabilities immediately in the U.S. including Vendor Management, Budget Management, Contract Management, Office Management, and Viewing and Redlining. International expansion is expected to follow in Europe and Asia. Jones Lang LaSalle Asia already uses MPS' Prolog project management solution, and sees Proliance as the next technology evolution due to its Multi-Currency Capability and Tax Management abilities for Europe and Asia.

"We are excited to have the support of Jones Lang LaSalle as we bring our next generation business process management (BPM) solution to market," said Jim Olsen, MPS chief executive officer. "As an industry leading real estate services company, adoption by Jones Lang LaSalle is key in gaining momentum behind a new technology paradigm such as Proliance."

Jones Lang LaSalle selected Proliance because it utilizes a platform built on Web Services and XML technology using the Microsoft .NET application framework. Proliance will form an integral part of Jones Lang LaSalle's globally deployed information delivery platform, Delphi - The Place For Knowledge, also based on .Net technologies.

Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) is the world's leading real estate services and investment management firm, operating across more than 100 markets around the globe. The company provides comprehensive integrated expertise, including management services, implementation services and investment management services on a local, regional and global level to owners, occupiers and investors. Jones Lang LaSalle is also the industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 735 million square feet under management worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company's investment management business, is one of the world's largest and most diverse real estate investment management firms, with $20.5 billion of assets under management. For more information visit

Meridian Project Systems (MPS) develops project management software that improves financial performance and reduces risk on large corporate real estate projects and other capital-intensive construction initiatives. Over 7,500 of today's leading business enterprises, government agencies, and AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) firms use MPS products to accurately plan, budget, and track all aspects of the real estate project lifecycle.

MPS is the first provider of enterprise business process management solutions utilizing Web Services in the corporate real estate arena. MPS is also unique in providing both self-hosted software and hosted ASP-based solutions, and ranks as the market share leader in project management software and collaboration software used by construction companies over $250 million in revenue*.

In the Business of Projects since 1993, MPS appeared on Inc Magazine's INC 500 list of fastest growing companies in the United States in both 2000 and 2001. MPS is headquartered in Folsom, Calif., with offices in D�sseldorf, Germany; and Vancouver, British Columbia with additional representation through its global channel partner network in locations around the world.

*Statistics excerpted from CFMA's 2002 Information Technology Survey for the Construction Industry, fourth edition with the permission of the Construction Financial Management Association, Princeton, NJ, 609-452-8000

Sue Watkins
Meridian Project Systems
(916) 294-2136
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Gayle Kantro
Jones Lang LaSalle
(312) 228-2795
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