Press Release: December 10, 2007

Arsenal Capital Partners Selects HP Neoview for Operational Business Intelligence

PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 10, 2007

HP today announced that Arsenal Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, has purchased the HP Neoview data warehousing platform with HP Services for operational business intelligence.

Working with HP, Arsenal’s portfolio company Sermatech International will be able to automatically align business decisions with business events in real time, as well as share pertinent information to a broader set of knowledge workers across the enterprise. As a result, Sermatech will be able to make better business decisions about resource allocation, profitability and customer responsiveness.

Arsenal is a private equity firm that invests in midmarket companies in the specialty manufacturing and services, specialty chemicals and materials, aerospace and defense, and healthcare industries. HP Neoview will initially be deployed at one of its larger portfolio companies, Sermatech, which is headquartered in Pennsylvania. Sermatech specializes in developing and applying engineered protective coatings for global aerospace companies. The company also serves oil and gas, chemical processing and industrial gas turbine industries.

Arsenal selected HP Neoview after a thorough analysis of HP versus market rivals, and chose HP over the competition based on its operational data warehousing needs. Neoview and HP Services combine to deliver a comprehensive real-time solution, with better overall performance, superior availability and scalability, and appliance-like operation, all at an affordable price.

“HP was the only company that could deliver on the real-time operational requirements needed across Sermatech’s global operations, which is central to our strategic growth plans,” said Bill Stuckey, operating partner of Information Technology, Arsenal. “Neoview will provide the single, powerful business view necessary to realize our ‘One Plan, One Team, One Sermatech’ strategy. Sermatech’s data warehouse has the potential to grow to potentially serve other Arsenal Capital Partners portfolio companies, so Neoview’s ability to scale easily without compromise and disruption to hourly performance was critical to our choice.”

HP Services’ business intelligence professionals were a key factor in Arsenal’s choice. With experience in data analytics, dashboard generation and complicated data models, HP Service professionals are engineering and designing a foundation for Arsenal to create financial and operational applications for compliance and projections in the future.

“HP’s combination of a powerful data warehousing platform with deep BI services expertise and world-class software partners clearly represents the alternative solution the market has been craving,” said Ben Barnes, vice president and general manager, Business Intelligence, Software, HP. “HP Neoview has the features and functionality that help global companies such as Sermatech International drive growth and improve business outcomes.”

Powerful MicroStrategy business intelligence reporting tools are also part of the Sermatech implementation, further enhancing the real-time operational BI capabilities of the HP solution.

The HP Neoview data warehouse platform integrates hardware, software and services to offer customers a comprehensive view of essential business information, such as metrics on product sales, customer trends, or production and operational data, for real-time decision making and historical analysis. HP’s BI services include strategy and planning, information integration, information quality and information delivery.

In related news, HP announced a 50 percent increase in the number of its business intelligence services customers for its fiscal year 2007. Read the news advisory here:

More information about HP’s business intelligence solutions and HP Neoview is available at

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