NOW Solutions Unveils emPath(TM) 6.2; Envisioning the Future, Leading the Way

FORT WORTH, Texas, March 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Building upon 31 years of leadership in the HRMS marketplace, NOW Solutions, LLC, a majority owned subsidiary of Vertical Computer Systems, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: VCSY - News), today announced the release of emPath(TM) 6.2.

emPath(TM), a Web-based HRMS solution, is a clear expression of supreme efficiency and grand performance. Tightly integrating the organization's human resources and payroll functions, emPath(TM) provides comprehensive administrative and workflow capabilities, as well as employee empowerment via employee and manager self-service.

Since emPath(TM) was unveiled for the first time in September 2001, NOW Solutions' product management team has collaborated much feedback from thousands of users about how they are using emPath(TM). "We have always prided ourselves in being very responsive to customer needs when it comes to the development of emPath(TM)," says Kent Orgain, Vice President Development, NOW Solutions. "With more than 70 new features and enhancements, this new version is a reflection of our commitment to being the leader in the HRMS marketplace. Our track record for innovation, reliability and results places us far ahead of the competition."

Our vision for this particular release was to enhance emPath(TM)'s support for the ever-changing and demanding needs of the workplace. emPath(TM) 6.2 includes noteworthy enhancements to workflow processing, employee self-service and manager self-service. emPath(TM)'s workflow functionality allows users the ability to streamline business processes, reducing the amount of time human resources and payroll professionals expend on administrative duties and paperwork. Using a standard Web browser, emPath(TM) Employee Self-Service allows employees the opportunity to view, and where permitted, modify personal work-related information. Additionally, managers and executives have similar capabilities on their desktop. Managers and executives can retrieve and navigate through employee information, create requests and manage approvals for important workplace changes. Additional benefits of emPath(TM) include Web-browser-based access, simplified installation, rapid and easy configuration, streamlined administration, zero-maintenance desktops, and embedded users guides.

With the deployment of emPath(TM), one large manufacturing customer reports, "We have stopped the printing of direct deposit advices for all of our salaried employees since pay stubs are available on emPath(TM) Employee Self-Service (ESS). We estimate this will save us the cost of printing, handling, and mailing 30,000 deposit advices per year for the 2,000 employees we have on ESS. We estimate these savings to be $50,000 per year for postage and forms. We estimate the savings for labor to be an additional $100,000 to $150,000 per year. While saving money for the company, ESS also allows us to improve service to our employees."

"emPath(TM) 6.2 was created in direct response to the demands of the market and will certainly raise the bar in the HRMS marketplace," said Carmelina Uggenti, Vice President Sales & Marketing, NOW Solutions. "As the HRMS environment evolves, our customers and prospects expect more than just another release every few months. They demand useful features, functionality, and technology that adds sustained value in their working environment. True operational efficiency and employee empowerment can now be achieved by placing appropriate information directly in the hands of employees, managers and executives. Furthermore, emPath(TM)'s unique architecture and design favourably responds to the critical challenge in delivering a successful HRMS implementation. Our solution enables organizations of all sizes to adopt and deploy an HRMS solution in a relatively short-timeframe."

Though emPath(TM) 6.2 was just recently launched, customers have already started to observe improved business value. "The Web-based product has enabled us to cut our payroll processing time by 50%. Process changes have also had a positive impact on our entire organization," said Sheilagh Sims, HRIS Administrator for Bethany Care Society.

About NOW Solutions, LLC

NOW Solutions, LLC, a majority owned subsidiary of Vertical Computer Systems, Inc., is a best-of-breed HRMS and payroll software and business solutions provider. A pioneer in HRMS solutions, NOW Solutions provides the capabilities companies need to manage their ever-changing workplace in the face of today's complex requirements. NOW Solutions is a respected business partner serving hundreds of customers throughout the United States and Canada. NOW Solutions' presence can be found in industries including education, for profit services, healthcare, high technology and communications, insurance, manufacturing, natural resources, not for profit, public sector, retail, transportation, and utilities. NOW Solutions has offices in Fort Worth, San Francisco Bay Area, and Toronto to serve its customers. Information on NOW Solutions and its products can be obtained on the World Wide Web at

About Vertical Computer Systems, Inc.

Vertical Computer Systems, Inc. is a multinational provider of Web services, underpinning Web technologies, and administrative software services through its Global Partners System, a worldwide distribution network. Vertical provides Web applications and services targeted at specific market needs in business and government organizations, such as emergency response, news media, procurement, education, ecommerce, and human resources. Vertical also provides underpinning Web and Internet technologies that can be leveraged across all of its target markets. Vertical's software products include the Emily(TM) XML Enabler Agent, ResponseFlash(TM), SiteFlash(TM), UniversityFlash(TM), Newsflash(TM), and the Focal Point Search Engine(TM). For more information on Vertical Computer Systems, visit the company's Web site at

For more information on NOW Solutions, please contact:
Marianne Franklin
President & Chief Executive Officer
NOW Solutions, LLC
(905) 671-9888