SOURCE: ERG

May 02, 2005 13:00 ET

ERG Acquires Burch Consultants

ERG, a Leading Consulting and Professional Services Firm Specializing in Middle-Market Business Management Software, Adds Regional Strength With Its Acquisition of Burch Consultants

DALLAS, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 2, 2005 -- ERG today announced its acquisition of Houston-based Burch Consultants. This acquisition deepens ERG's commitment to provide outstanding client service and application offerings to businesses in the Southwest. Burch Consultant's owners Randy and Peyton Burch will join the ERG executive team.

"We are thrilled that an organization with the reputation and skill set of Burch with be joining ERG," said Greg Boyd, president of ERG. "It is our goal to enhance the choice of technology solutions, talent and value we bring to the market. With the addition of Burch, we are poised to accomplish this."

Increased consulting resources, broader industry expertise, complementary geography and a Best Software® Authorized Training Center are among the competitive advantages Burch brings to the organization. The Burch client base will benefit from ERG's client-facing programs such as communications, an accessible Client Care team and fully staffed help desk.

Both ERG and Burch Consultants are top-producing Best Software business partners. Following the acquisition, the combined sales will place ERG among the top three business partners in North America that represent the following Best Software products: MAS 90®, MAS 200®, MAS 500®, BusinessWorks®, Abra®, ACCPAC™ Pro Series, ACCPAC CRM™, MIP® and FAS®.

"We appreciate the commitment these two organizations have made to Best Software over the last decade," said Ron Verni, Best Software CEO. "Individually they were among our top business partners in terms of generated revenue and recognition. Together they offer an expanded skill set and a broad selection of business management products and services that will benefit the customers they serve."

"Our entire team is on board and sees the benefits for clients," said Peyton Burch, who joins ERG as COO. "ERG now brings additional resources and product options to businesses seeking to improve efficiency and profitability with proven technology and methodologies. We are seeing increased interest from growing businesses in the region looking to improve their business management systems with ERP solutions, particularly Best Software's MAS 500. By associating with ERG we can take better advantage of this economic turnaround and business growth. More importantly, with the additional resources that we now have available to us we can better serve our clients with better technical support and client care offerings."

Burch Consultants will operate under the ERG name and integrate during a 90-day transition period. With the addition of Burch, ERG has 50 employees serving a client base of 700 and is projected to surpass $8 million in revenue for 2005.

About ERG

For nearly two decades, Texas-based ERG recommends and implements award-winning business management solutions from Best Software and SAP. ERG has maintained an annual double-digit growth rate over the last five years. A leading edge company, ERG has been recognized by Best Software for superior commitment to providing outstanding solutions and service to its impressive client base. Most recently, ERG was nationally recognized as a Technology Pacesetter by Accounting Technology magazine and locally as a two-time recipient of the Dallas 100 recognition. ERG is part of Best Software's elite Million Dollar Circle, a recognition only four firms in the country received. ERG's team of professionals has vast business experience in addition to superior product knowledge. ERG is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards and professional growth through their active involvement in ITA, TEC International and Best Leadership Academy and Best Leadership Academy's Alumni Association. For more information, visit us at www.ergnow.com.

About Burch Consultants

Helping companies succeed by implementing business and technology solutions, Burch Consultants is a recognized leader throughout the Southwest with deep roots in the CPA community. Repeatedly recognized by Accounting Technology as a Technology Pacesetter, Burch also is recognized by Best Software for the outstanding commitment to training by awarding Burch with training center quality awards and excellence in training awards. Burch's team of professionals is made up of CPAs, MBAs and MCSEs. Business knowledge coupled with extensive product expertise using proven methodologies ensures their client's success. Burch is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards and professional continuing education through their active involvement in the AICPA and ITA. For more information, please visit www.burchconsultants.com.

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