The Jean Coutu Group Selects APG for Proactive IT Network Infrastructure Management



    MONTREAL, April 10 /CNW/ -- Watch4Net Solutions, Inc. today announced
that The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. (TSX: PJC.A) has chosen and deployed
APG's performance management suite in conjunction with the EMC SMARTS software
platform to provide a comprehensive historical and real-time view into the
network infrastructure.
    With the strategic goal of maximizing The Jean Coutu Group's IT
investments, the company conducted a rigorous evaluation of available
performance management solutions and selected the APG Suite to manage its
expansive network. APG provides detailed historical data for accurate IT
capacity forecasting, over across 2200 subsidiary divisions in North America.
The product helps The Jean Coutu Group to monitor performance and identifies
trends, providing the intelligence that reports when network behavior deviates
from normal patterns.
    According to Martin Berube, network engineer at The Jean Coutu Group, the
synergies between the APG and EMC SMARTS solutions provide an ideal way to
deliver end-to-end view of the entire network. "On one hand, the APG Suite is
able to provide historical analysis so we can predict future needs and get out
in front of problems. On the other hand, the EMC SMARTS suite analyses data
from multiple sources to pinpoint root cause problems automatically and in
real time".
    The Jean Coutu Group had deployed the APG core module to provide
personalized actionable information to the appropriate audience within the
organization, covering performance trending, capacity planning, SLA reporting
and assets inventory reports. "Based on our success at The Jean Coutu Group
we're confident the APG deployment will continue to grow and consistently
deliver value," said Michel Foix, President & CEO at Watch4Net.

    About The Jean Coutu Group
    The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. is the fourth largest drugstore chain in
North America and the second largest in both the eastern United States and
Canada. The Company and its combined network of 2,186 corporate and franchised
drugstores (under the banners of Brooks and Eckerd Pharmacy, PJC Jean Coutu,
PJC Clinique and PJC Sante Beaute) employ more than 61,000 people.
    The Jean Coutu Group's United States operations employ 46,000 people and
comprise 1,859 corporate owned stores located in 18 states of the
Northeastern, mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States. The Jean Coutu
Group's Canadian operations and franchised drugstores in its network employ
over 15,000 people and comprise 327 PJC Jean Coutu franchised stores in
Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario.

    About Watch4Net APG
    Founded in 2000, Watch4Net is a privately held software and consulting
company based in Montreal, Canada. Watch4Net's flagship product, APG, is a
carrier-class performance reporting application that provides real-time,
historical and projected visibility into the performance of the overall
business. Corporations rely on the APG solution to ensure consistent delivery
of business services, detect and troubleshoot problems quickly, and gain full
visibility on the infrastructure performance and health. For more information,
visit Watch4Net APG' Web site at http://www.watch4net.com/

    Contact:
    Michel Foix
    1-866-842-6767
    sales@watch4net.com





For further information:

For further information: Michel Foix of Watch4Net Solutions, Inc.,
1-866-842-6767, or sales@watch4net.com; Web Site: http://www.watch4net.com

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