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    JUNE 16, 2005
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Temple receives award for its integration of financial software with e-mail system

Temple recently received a 2005 Geac Customer Excellence award based on the integration of its financial applications software (FMS) with its e-mail system. Temple uses Geac's FMS software for its Accounts Payable, Purchasing, Fixed Assets and General Ledger applications.

The integration of Temple's financial and e-mail systems enables electronic financial report distribution and other forms of data trafficking. Financial reports are now accessed either through the mainframe or through FMS on the Web and routed back to staff members via e-mail. Paul Amrhein, director of accounting information systems in the Controller's Office , was the chief architect of the integration process, with significant collaboration from James Kibelstis of Computer and Information Services, who established the channels through which FMS files pass through the mainframe to the various servers; and Mel Rivera of System & Computer Technology, who played a key role in establishing the protocols and debugging the prototypes.

Each year, Geac, a global software company, gives Customer Excellence awards to companies based on software applications that best optimize their critical business processes. Amrhein accepted the award on behalf of the University at the Geac Alliance User's Conference in Orlando, Fla., in May.

"It is wonderful to have the University's efforts and our systems recognized by the outside world," said Timothy C. O'Rourke, vice president of computer and information services.