Now Solutions Prepares for Growth in 2007 - Strengthens Senior Management Team

Fort Worth, TX - December 20, 2006 - Now Solutions Inc. (Now Solutions), a Human Resources Management System (HRMS) provider, today announced that Pete Ashey has joined its senior management team. Pete will be responsible for driving growth to take Now Solutions to the next stage of its expansion. In his career, Mr. Ashey has been is responsible for sales, marketing, R&D, operations and professional services.

Mr. Ashey will assume the responsibilities of Executive Vice President of Business Development for Now Solutions. His key objectives will be to form global business relationships that position Now Solutions as the preferred HRMS provider for the mid-market, and to enable new sales channels from such relationships.

Pete Ashey comes from PlatformOne where he was Managing Director of Global Operations and previously from IBM's HR Business Transformation Outsourcing practice as a Business Development Manager responsible for developing relationships and solutions for IBM clients to improve the overall performance of their businesses.

During his tenure with IBM and PlatformOne, Mr. Ashey gained valuable experience and insights into the complex HR, labor, and business issues many global organizations face today. Over his career, Mr. Ashey has acquired a broad range of technical and functional expertise associated with human capital management.

Pete Ashey has over eighteen years of experience managing HR systems development, web and manager/employee self-service integration projects, and related systems interfaces. He has also successfully managed various HR administrative and business function initiatives, including process improvement, employee surveys and assessment, HR forecasting, staffing, and succession planning.

"Now Solutions will leverage its momentum in the mid-sized company market and Pete's business development skills to take the company to the next level of success," stated Marianne Franklin, CEO and President of Now Solutions. "Pete's years of experience managing complex sales campaigns will bring Now Solutions new perspectives on how best to compete with the leading marketplace providers."

"I'm thrilled to be a part of the Now Solutions team and partner with Marianne to lead this company to the next level of revenue growth and profitability. The HRMS space spans a broad range of administrative and strategic applications. Overall, this is a $3 billion software market — based on licenses and software-as-a-service subscription revenues — is growing at a rate of approximately 7% per year" says Pete Ashey "the growth is particularly strong in the midmarket segment, with increasing in the acceptance of the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, which will become a key delivery model for Now Solutions".

Now Solutions’ emPath® is a Web-based HRMS solution that provides comprehensive administrative and workflow capabilities, as well as employee empowerment via employee and manager self-service, all delivered with zero client administration.

To see a demonstration of emPath® HRMS software suite, Now Solutions will be holding a free Webinar on Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 2:00 pm EST. Interested parties may sign up here. The number of participants to this Webinar is limited, so please register early to ensure a space. Now Solutions will schedule additional Webinars to accommodate any excess demand as necessary.

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. With the exception of historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release involve risk and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.

About NOW Solutions, Inc.

NOW Solutions, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Vertical Computer Systems, Inc., is a Human Resources Management System (HRMS) 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 through its main product, emPath®, which consists of a fully secure web based HRMS suite as well as a hosted solution. Recruiting, position control, benefits, absence and attendance tracking, employee reviews, career planning, payroll, employee/manager self-service and a powerful full featured workflow engine to reduce or eliminate paper, are among the many features of emPath®. NOW Solutions is a respected business partner serving 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, Toronto and Brazil to serve its customers. Information on NOW Solutions and its products can be obtained on the World Wide Web at


Vertical Computer Systems, Inc. (OTCBB: VCSY) is a provider of administrative software, Internet core technologies, and derivative software application products through its distribution network. VCSY's main administrative software product is emPath®, which is developed and distributed by NOW Solutions, Inc., the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary. VCSY's primary Internet core technologies include SiteFlash, ResponseFlash, NewsFlash, and the Emily XML Scripting Language, which can be used to build web services. VCSY also markets three security products that make up its security suite (ImmuneApp, StatePointPlus® and CKM®). Information on VCSY and its products can be obtained on the World Wide Web at

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