NOW Solutions Wins Betty Ford Center Contract -- Partnership Strengthens NOW Solutions' Commitment to Healthcare

FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept 18, 2002 -- NOW Solutions, LLC, a majority owned subsidiary of Vertical Computer Systems, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: VCSY - News), today announced the licensing of emPath(TM) to Betty Ford Center, a well respected alcohol and drug dependence treatment facility.

emPath(TM), a web-based HRIS solution, tightly integrates the organization's human resources and payroll functions. Users have all the information they need at their fingertips to track employee salary and pay details, benefits, skills, absences, performance reviews, as well as fully comprehensive web self-service features.

emPath's capabilities will allow Betty Ford Center to efficiently manage their day-to-day human resources and payroll requirements.

"We are extremely pleased to have Betty Ford Center as a customer," said Carmelina Uggenti, Vice President Sales & Marketing, NOW Solutions. "The healthcare industry is one of the most complex industries in the workplace. We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship with the well respected Betty Ford Center. NOW Solutions takes pride in supporting their initiatives."

About Betty Ford Center

Recognized as the premier treatment center in its field, the Betty Ford Center is committed to providing effective alcohol and other drug dependence treatment services to women and men 18 years and older. Founded in 1982, the Center is a licensed 100-bed recovery hospital that has treated more than 50,000 patients and family members from all over the United States and throughout the world. All aspects of drug and alcohol dependency are addressed in residential, outpatient, family and children's programs so that patients' physical, spiritual and psychological needs can be met. For additional information, visit Betty Ford Center's Web site at

About NOW Solutions, LLC

NOW Solutions, LLC, a majority owned subsidiary of Vertical Computer Systems, Inc., is a best-of-breed HRIS and payroll software and business solutions provider. A pioneer in HRIS 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, please contact:
Marianne Franklin
President & Chief Executive Officer
NOW Solutions, LLC
(905) 671-9888