December 9, 2000

Highlander Technologies, Eloquent Systems sign technology and marketing argreement

Author: JT Smith

ROCKLEDGE, Florida, December 8, 2000 - Highlander Technologies,
Rockledge,
FL and Eloquent Systems, Lamar, AR, announced today that the two
companies
have entered into a strategic agreement under which Highlander will
distribute Eloquent's software for boat manufacturers. The application
is
the first of its kind developed for variations of the Unix operating
system
and has already been deployed on Red Hat Linux. Highlander will
initially
focus on integrating and reselling complete system solutions combining
Eloquent's software and systems running the Red Hat Linux operating
system.
Under the terms of the agreement, Highlander and Eloquent will also
team to
develop future versions of the product incorporating Highlander's
eCommerce
and bar code software components.
"Eloquent Systems is accelerating its time-to-market by engaging
Highlander's existing system integration/VAR infrastructure," said Brian
Richardson,
Founder and CEO of Highlander Technologies. "Boat manufacturers have
needed
a right-sized solution for their business for some time. Eloquent saw
it,
and reacted quickly. This relationship also furthers Highlander's
strategy
of aligning with developers in a variety of industries to offer
complete
business solutions for the Linux market."

The application enables boat manufacturers to automate their operations
by integrating manufacturing functions and general functions such as
accounting, inventory management, and sales management. The product
includes automated sales features supporting "just-in-time"
manufacturing
by coordinating production requirements with sales teams. Current
users
include Kenner Boats (www.kennerboats.com), manufacturers of high
quality port fishing boats.

About Highlander Technologies, Inc.
Highlander Technologies, Inc. provides B2B eCommerce solutions enabling
companies to compete effectively in the digital global economy. In
1999
Highlander released the first Linux-based business solution for Freight
Forwarding companies. Highlander's eCommerce data broker software
product
enables companies to perform standards-based eCommerce transactions
without
modifying existing software applications. Highlander Technologies is a
privately held company based near the Kennedy Space Center in
Rockledge,
Florida with additional offices in Brentwood, NH. Highlander can be
reached
at (321) 637-1126 or at www.highlander-tech.com.

About Eloquent Systems, Inc.
Eloquent Systems, Inc., headquartered in Lamar, Arkansas, has a
comprehensive background in developing solutions for manufacturing
companies
as diverse as boat, industrial roller, graphite electrode, and
aluminum.
Customers include Kenner Boats, manufacturers of high quality sport
fishing
boats. Eloquent can be reached at (321) 433-1653 or at
www.elo-systems.com.

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