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TMCNet:  Global Manufacturer Accelerates Performance and Business Collaboration by Leveraging Ultimate Software's UltiPro

[February 23, 2012]

Global Manufacturer Accelerates Performance and Business Collaboration by Leveraging Ultimate Software's UltiPro

WESTON, Fla. --(Business Wire)--

Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI), a leading cloud provider of people management solutions, announced today Flow International Corporation (Nasdaq: FLOW), the world's leading developer and manufacturer of industrial waterjet machines for cutting and cleaning applications, is using the UltiPro solution to generate companywide business intelligence, redirect tactical activities into strategic initiatives, and elevate its operations into a high-performance culture.

Previously, Flow handled its global HCM operations with more than a dozen systems, including stand-alone payroll, benefits, and performance management. As a result, managers and employees had no visibility into information, HR was reliant on manual efforts, emails, and spreadsheets, and the team frequently struggled with cumbersome data. Flow found it difficult to promote effective collaboration among the global HR team without quick access to one centralized solution for workforce information.

Theresa Signorini Treat, vice president of global human resources at Flow International, concluded that the company needed one solution to help make the transformation into a high-performance organization. The company purchased UltiPro in October 2010; completed a quick deployment of the solution for recruitment, onboarding, benefits management, performance management, and payroll for U.S.- and Canada-based employees in March 2011; and has now rolled out UltiPro's HR and talent management functionality to its international workforce.

"We are getting out of the paper-driven world that is ineffective and costly, we now have the tools to support our managers functioning as business leaders, and we are all taking constructive steps to change the way we do business," said Signorini Treat.

The HR team can use UltiPro's role-based security to instantly deliver reports to executives and managers as well as deliver real-time business intelligence to company leadership for global reporting.

"Our international HR managers are very excited about how UltiPro's analytics are improving their ability to efficiently and strategically manage their teams," said Debbie Straus, HR business analyst at Flow International. "Before we even announced that these new analytics and metrics were available, several managers were already pulling a range of reports - all because UltiPro's navigation is so easy to use and our managers are so eager to have this information. We've been pleasantly surprised at how quickly our HR associates and employees have adopted and embraced the use of Ultimate's technology."

"Previously, when we had a need for global data, we had to send emails to our global managers or facilities to request the information. The data would be stored in password-protected spreadsheets and then we would have to sort through the information," said Signorini Treat. "With UltiPro, we have one secure, centralized solution with one single sign-on that enables configurable reporting. Based on the metrics that UltiPro has delivered, I have identified some immediate organizational changes in HR that are raising the performance of the HR team and positively impacting our global workforce."

Because a significant portion of Flow's workforce is overseas, Signorini Treat sees UltiPro's online access in the Cloud as a catalyst for enhanced collaboration across the overall business.

"Exchanging information and communicating with our global teams in Asia and Europe used to be so difficult. UltiPro now makes this easy, which is a huge advantage for us. Employees are happy to have instant visibility into individual details, managers are in sync, and the execution of our strategies has been strengthened," said Signorini Treat. "Our CEO is very happy with how quickly information can be retrieved and delivered and how Ultimate Software's technology is adding rapid value into all components of the business."

"With one system of record that delivers expanded functionality, global businesses like Flow have the right foundation to take their company to new levels - removing cumbersome processes, eliminating redundant efforts, accelerating the delivery of workforce information, and increasing communication and collaboration," said Greg Swick, chief sales officer at Ultimate Software. "Flow International has a great HR team acting as strategic business partners, and we're very pleased that UltiPro is supporting this type of organizational transformation."

About Ultimate

Ultimate is a leading cloud provider of people management solutions for global businesses. Built on the belief that people are the most important ingredient of any business, Ultimate's award-winning UltiPro delivers HR, payroll, and talent management solutions that seamlessly connect people with the information and resources they need to work more effectively. Founded in 1990, the company is headquartered in Weston, Florida and has more than 1,400 professionals focused on developing the highest quality solutions and services. In 2012, Ultimate was ranked #25 on FORTUNE'S "100 Best Companies to Work For" list. Ultimate has more than 2,300 customers with employees in 115 countries, including Adobe (News - Alert) Systems Incorporated, The Container Store, Culligan International, Major League Baseball, The New York Yankees Baseball Team, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. More information on Ultimate's products and services for people management can be found at www.ultimatesoftware.com.

About Flow

Flow International Corporation is the world's leading developer and manufacturer of industrial waterjet machines for cutting and cleaning applications used in multiple industries including automotive, aerospace, job shop, surface preparation, and more.

UltiPro is a registered trademark of The Ultimate Software Group, Inc. All other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners.

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