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Experio Solutions Picks Shoreline Communications for 16 Site IP Voice Deployment

Reliability, TCO, Flexibility and Scale Cited as Key Purchase Criteria
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SUNNYVALE, CA, May 8, 2001 - Shoreline Communications, the leading provider of enterprise-class IP voice communication systems, today announced that Experio Solutions has chosen Shoreline's award-winning IP voice communications system for a 16 site nationwide deployment.

Experio Solutions, a leading technology consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, is a former Grant Thornton LLP consulting group now majority-owned by Hitachi, Ltd. It has 16 offices nationwide with over 500 professionals. Experio compared multiple legacy PBX, centrex, and IP-PBX product offerings before deciding on Shoreline.

"We were looking for the best solution for our business needs, regardless of technology," commented Michael Shisko, director of information technology at Experio Solutions. "When you can reduce your voice management costs and enjoy a seamless voice network across multiple sites it is easy to understand our decision. Shoreline was the only voice solution of any kind to meet all of our key criteria, from reliability and TCO to flexibility and scale."

"Technology consultants are some of the most scrutinizing buyers, as they know how to cut through the hype and make sound decisions," said John Fazio, president and CEO of Shoreline Communications. "So when they buy their enterprise-wide, business-critical voice system from you, it is a powerful endorsement."

About Shoreline's IP Voice Communications System

At the heart of the Shoreline system is the standards-based Distributed Internet Voice Architecture (DIVA), which uniquely distributes software call control intelligence across multiple local or remote locations, rather than centralizing it at the network core. DIVA gives companies a simple, modular approach to building a distributed, easily scalable IP voice communications system with no single point of failure. DIVA enables a customer to deploy a Shoreline system across virtually any number of sites, yet still manage all distributed resources as a single, integrated IP voice communications system. This greatly simplifies such normally complex configuration and administration tasks as adds, moves, and changes.

About Shoreline Communications

Shoreline Communications Inc. has been making IP voice communications a reality in the enterprise since October 1998, shipping more than 40,000 IP voice ports to enterprise and service provider customers. The award-winning Shoreline IP Voice Communications System is a platform based on Shoreline's Distributed Internet Voice Architecture (DIVA), designed to meet requirements of enterprise and emerging service provider customers for scalability, reliability, and manageability. In addition, the Shoreline system provides both a rich set of integrated voice services as well as standards-based interfaces to 3rd party voice applications that enhance personal and organizational productivity. For more information, visit www.goshoreline.com or call 1-877-80SHORE.

About Experio Solutions

Experio Solutions, formerly the e-Business Consulting Group of Grant Thornton LLP, provides solutions, knowledge and experience to mid-size and Fortune 1000 companies in areas such as e-Business strategies and technologies, customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning and supply chain management. Experio Solutions is a Hitachi company and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas with more than 450 US employees and 15 offices throughout North America. Visit Experio Solutions web site at http://www.experiosolutions.com.