SOURCE: Accela, Inc.

October 30, 2006 08:00 ET

Accela Expands Partner Program in Response to Rapidly Growing Demand for Government Solutions

Growing Demand for Software Upgrades Opens Estimated $500 Million Market

SAN RAMON, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 30, 2006 -- Accela, Inc., the leading provider of government enterprise management software solutions, today announced an expanded Partner Program to help the company meet the growing demand for e-government software, hardware, services, and installations. As part of its growth plan for fiscal 2007, Accela's Partner Program will create an ecosystem of partners who can collaborate to deliver best-of-breed solutions and services for the public sector and meet growing market demands.

With over 25 years of experience in the public sector, an installed base of more than 500 clients, and a product line that meets demand for self-service options, mobile access, and GIS integration, Accela is one of the foremost beneficiaries of continued growth in government automation markets. A program to upgrade existing clients to the company's flagship Web-based product, Accela Automation®, leads Maury Blackman, Accela's senior vice president of sales and marketing, to predict burgeoning opportunities for Accela and its partners.

"The planned upgrades to Accela Automation in our existing agencies will alone result in more than $500 million in government spending for software, services, hardware, and IT infrastructure," says Blackman. "We're looking for partners who are ready to tap into the opportunity to grow with us and add value to our efforts."

The Accela Partner Program leverages the experience and capabilities of its business partners to supplement its sales force and support implementation services, in exchange for incentives, new business opportunities, and eligibility to participate in key marketing and sales events hosted by Accela each year.

"Accela's partnership has been a key factor in our continued success in the state and local market," says Brad Jens, senior area sales manager, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. "Demonstrating their mobile application, Accela Wireless, on our ruggedized ToughBooks, provides agencies with a complete solution that is easy to deploy and can dramatically improve productivity for field staff."

Accela partner categories include:

--  Software Partners -- These partners offer complementary technology
    to Accela software solutions. Examples of solution partners
    include document management, financial services, reporting,
    business intelligence, geographic information, wireless service
    providers, database systems, etc.
--  Services Partners -- These partners specialize in providing
    various types of implementation services to government agencies
    including systems integration, data migration, education and
    training, and database administration. Services partners can
    also include companies that provide financing services,
    consulting services, or telecommunication services to government
    agencies.
--  Hardware Partners -- Accela's software works in tandem with
    today's leading hardware technologies including application
    servers, desktops,laptops, handhelds, and printers.
--  Reseller Partners -- Reseller partners provide government agencies
    with additional channels to procure Accela solutions.
"Expanding our partner program allows us to deliver end-to-end government solutions to our growing client base of more than 500 agencies," states Blackman. "We look forward to working with new partners to help our clients realize their e-government visions more quickly."

Become an Accela Partner

Companies interested in partnering with Accela should visit www.accela.com/partner and submit the partner application form. To learn more about the Partner Program and see a list of existing partners and solutions, view the Accela Solutions Catalog.

About Accela

Accela develops award-winning enterprise systems for asset management, emergency response, licensing, permitting, planning, public health, and many other processes for government agencies of all sizes. Accela solutions are a key component of the Digital Communities Initiative, a program that brings together a consortium of leading high tech companies to deliver comprehensive mobile government solutions that transform communities. Accela's software solutions manage critical public sector applications for thousands of departments in major metro areas, cities, and counties such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington D.C., Los Angeles County, Miami-Dade County, Atlanta, Kansas City, San Diego County, and many others.

Accela hosts an annual User Conference that offers opportunities for partners to get in front of hundreds of government officials, IT administrators, department heads, and front line staff from local and state government agencies. More information can be found at www.accelauserconference.com.

In addition, the Accela Partner Summit brings partners together with Accela executives and sales and services managers to develop marketing, product, and business strategies. More information can be found at www.accelapartnersummit.com.

Accela is headquartered in San Ramon, Calif. Accela products can be purchased directly from the GSA Schedule Contract # GS-35F-0249R. For more information, please visit www.accela.com.

Contact Information

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    Deborah Papp
    Accela, Inc.
    925-659-3244
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    Sharon Sim-Krause
    Panache Communications
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