SSA Global

SSA Global

September 13, 2005 10:05 ET

ABB Expands Relationship with SSA Global and Moves To Increase Implementation of SSA ERP LN

CHICAGO--(CCNMatthews - Sep 13, 2005) -

Agreement is part of ABB strategy to streamline manufacturing operations and support growth initiative in services

SSA Global™ (NASDAQ:SSAG), a leading global provider of extended enterprise solutions and services, today announced that ABB, a world leader in power and automation technologies, will implement a worldwide agreement with SSA Global. Under the contract that was finalized in April 2005 and valued at $3.5 million, ABB will increase the number of its employees using SSA Global solutions by nearly 25% to more than 5,500.

SSA Global is currently supporting ABB at its operations in 16 countries on three continents. SSA Global solutions are of particular importance to ABB's High Voltage and Transformers business units within ABB's Power Technologies Division.

"For our Business Unit, SSA Global is a strategic partner to ABB. Their software helps us achieve our competitive position. From SSA Global we see great executive commitment, which makes them easier to do business with," said Tarek ElHadidi, group vice president Information Technology BU Transformers. "The program to implement SSA ERP LN is just the latest example of how SSA Global is working with us to improve our global competitiveness."

SSA Global is supporting the Business Unit's after-sales service initiative by delivering the functionality to reduce spare parts inventory, track and manage the ABB installed base, schedule and plan spare parts and field management and enhance project management capabilities.

The Business Unit will host SSA ERP LN on an IBM eServer pSeries. ABB has outsourced its IT infrastructure to IBM as part of a 10-year strategic agreement.

"The combination of SSA ERP LN and the IBM pSeries servers illustrates the flexibility of the SSA ERP platform and the strength of our relationships with ABB and IBM," said Rick Gonzales, president, Global Accounts, SSA Global. "The ABB agreement is further evidence of SSA Global's position as a leading enterprise software provider for both large and mid-market manufacturers."

About SSA Global

SSA Global™ is a leading provider of extended ERP solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, services and public organizations worldwide. In addition to core ERP applications, SSA Global offers a full range of integrated extension solutions including corporate performance management, customer relationship management, product lifecycle management, supply chain management and supplier relationship management. Headquartered in Chicago, SSA Global has 63 locations worldwide and its product offerings are used by approximately 13,000 active customers in over 90 countries. For additional information, visit the SSA Global web site at

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