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Siemens Computer Systems sells 2,000 PCs to schools in Fife
 - Reseller praises Siemens for quality of PCs

Siemens Computer Systems, in partnership with CRS Computer Systems, today
announced that it has won an order to provide Fife Council Education Service
with two thousand PCs for use in primary and secondary schools across the
region. In a deal worth 1 million, 50,000 pupils and staff throughout the
Fife region will benefit from using the new equipment.

The announcement follows a rigorous selection process with Compaq,
Mitsubishi, Tulip and Opus also being considered. Siemens Computer Systems
was chosen for the quality, reliability and competitive pricing of its PCs,
along with the professionalism of the pre- and post sales support teams.

Michael Hinton, chief technician, Fife Education Technology Support, said:
"Our ageing computer systems were becoming really expensive to maintain and
we wanted to replace them with a reliable, hassle free system backed by a
manufacturer's three year warranty.

"A major advantage of the Siemens offering is that all the machines are
identical because unlike other vendors, such as Hewlett Packard and Dell, it
builds its own motherboards. This makes software installations and upgrades
much easier as there is no rework, saving me time and, more importantly,
money," continued Michael Hinton.
CRS is the reseller implementing the PCs on behalf of Siemens Computer
Systems. Colin McAlpine of CRS said: "The success of this project is based
on the combination of CRS's first class networking skills and expertise
which are complemented by the very high quality of Siemens' products.
Siemens' service levels are of an unusually high standard and this
contributed to the overall customer care and satisfaction that CRS has been
able to provide as part of our after care programme."

Each classroom to benefit from the new technology will contain 18 SCENIC Pro
C6 and two SCENIC Pro D6 machines with Microsoft Works 4.5 and Microsoft
Office Pro 97 preinstalled. The equipment will replace Amstrad 1640 computers.

Jane Gould, Scottish Account Manager, Siemens Computer Systems, said: "This
is a major order for us and has helped to establish our foothold in Scottish
local government. We hope it will lead to more business within Scotland's
public sector. Our sales throughout Scotland have increased 500 per cent
during the past 12 months and we are keen to continue this expansion. The
partnership between Siemens Computer Systems, CRS and Fife will ensure a
smooth rollout of the PCs and demonstrates an effective sales channel, happy
customer and growing business."

CRS Computers Ltd is an innovative supplier of information technology with a
customer base throughout the UK and Europe. Now trading for a decade,  this
is an international award winning company which provides complete IT
solutions for both the private and public sector. Recognised as a centre of
excellence in Lotus Notes Development, CRS Computers is also one of
Scotland's largest suppliers of high quality hardware and peripherals. CRS
offers an extensive portfolio of products and services. This includes
leading brand PCs, servers, printers, server software, networks, network
software and peripherals, in addition to off-the-shelf software, customised
applications, e-Business solutions, bespoke application development,
training, business and technical consultancy and project management.

Siemens Computer Systems is the leading European supplier of information
technology, and forms part of the Siemens Information and Communications
Product Group. The company offers the industry's broadest range of computer
systems from a single supplier, ranging from home computers and Net PCs
through to notebooks, desktops, workstations, high-end servers and mainframe
systems. In addition to its comprehensive range of hardware products,
Siemens Computer Systems is focused on delivering platforms for solutions in
key business areas including e-commerce, data warehousing and SAP R/3.

The Siemens Information and Communication Products Group is part of the
major DM50 billion turnover Siemens Information and Communications business.
This new business was formed on 1 October 1998 in response to the growing
requirement for converged IT and communications products and services.

For more information
Please contact: Rebecca Hartley
                Press Relations
                Siemens Computer Systems
                Tel:  01252 555396
                [email protected]

For further information about Siemens Computer Systems, please visit our web
site at www.siemens.co.uk/cs

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