NEW CUSTOMERS FOR TRACE DATAWISE'S ISO 15022 SOLUTION Standard Life Investments and Delaware International are latest signings

London & New York, 29 August 2002. Trace Datawise Financial Ltd, a subsidiary of technology and services group Trace Group Plc, announced today that Standard Life Investments and Delaware International are the latest financial institutions to buy Trace Datawise Financial's EasyISO15022 (EasyISO) solution for integration to the S.W.I.F.T. network. In order to improve straight through processing (STP), ISO 15022 becomes mandatory for the transmission of securities messages on the network on November 16 2002.

These companies are among an estimated 52% of buy side organisations who are live or presently testing the new format. Those non-compliant by the deadline are likely to face penalties from custodians who cannot afford the bottlenecks caused by faxing, the only other alternative.

Trace Datawise Financial (Trace Datawise), which has worked with S.W.I.F.T. for the past six years, has developed EasyISO as a package with its own message processing framework (MPF) which is fully quality assured and quick to
implement. It carries a guarantee of support for the introduction of new XML standards for ISO15022, expected next year, and enables organisations to convert seamlessly from the old ISO 7775 message standard.

Standard Life Investments (a leading investment management house) and Delaware International (a leading US owned international institutional investment management company)are testing this month to ensure smooth connectivity to the
new standard..

Says Jo Sethi, managing director of Trace Datawise: "Since being recommended by Deutsche Bank and becoming SWIFT Ready Gold Accredited we have been contacted by a lot of companies who thought they had plenty of time or whose in-house development had stalled. Standard Life Investments and Delaware International have been well advanced in their planning. Others have not even started, and we are urging them to look at their options now so that their organisations are not exposed to the cost and risk attendant on not being compliant with S.W.I.F.T.'s requirements."

Trace Datawise

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