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May 23, 2000


Baltimore, Md. - Cybergroup, Inc., a mobile computing software company located at the UMBC Technology Center, today introduced PortAble, software for mobile professionals that extends e-commerce store information to handheld computers.

PortAble extends the reach of Able Solutions Corporation's AbleCommerce online merchandising system to handheld devices including such products as the Palm connected organizer and Windows PocketPC compatible handheld PCs. Through a wireless Internet connection, order inquiries, inventory status checks, and online ordering can be transacted from mobile professionals' handheld devices from anywhere in the world.

"Cybergroup's PortAble solution provides mobile professionals with access to the critical business information they need, regardless of where they are working," said Greg Bean, CEO of Cybergroup, Inc. "Using PortAble, companies can leverage their existing investment in the AbleCommerce e-commerce software, extending critical data, in a real-time mode, from the desktop to handheld computers."

A mobile sales force or end-customers who use the PortAble solution can have current, essential ordering, sales, and inventory information in their hands at any time. The company's unique software solution automatically and effectively collects, transfers, and renders store data onto handheld computers, providing mobile professionals with access to important e-commerce information through a wireless network connection.

Businesses such as Hopkins Medical Products of Baltimore are benefiting from mobile access to store information. The 55-year-old medical products distributor specializes in a wide variety of products and supplies, from nursing bags to stethoscopes, portable IV kits, and infection control containers. "Now our marketing team can access critical customer and inventory information from anywhere at anytime," said Philip Kenney, CEO of Hopkins Medical Products, Inc. "Checking the status of an order, checking inventory for a particular item, or analyzing sales statistics for the day -- all this can be done from the palm of your hand."

Pricing, Availability, Distribution and Support

PortAble server software is available today for $300 U.S. for a single server, single store, license. System requirements on the server include a copy of Able Solutions Corporation's AbleCommerceBuilder software and Allaire's ColdFusion. To get started on the client side, mobile professionals need a handheld device with a wireless modem and a connection to a wireless Internet Service Provider (ISP).

More information can be found at or call Cybergroup Sales at 410-455-5680. In addition, Cybergroup's professional services organization provides customized education, training, technical support and consulting services to ensure the successful development and deployment of the PortAble solution and related mobile enterprise applications.

About Cybergroup, Inc.

Cybergroup, Inc. is a privately held software company headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. Its software, based on Allaire Corporations ColdFusion, extends enterprise applications and databases to the Web and handheld computers, such as those based on the Palm Computing platform, the IBM WorkPad PC Companion, and Windows PocketPC compatible devices. For more information, please visit the company's Web site at or call 410-455-5680.

Palm Computing and Palm OS are registered trademarks, and Palm III, Palm V, and Palm VII are trademarks of 3Com Corp. or its subsidiaries. Microsoft and Windows are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corp. All other brands and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Posted by dwinds1 at May 23, 2000 12:00 AM