SSA Global

SSA Global

March 30, 2005 10:10 ET

SSA Global Delivers SSA PLM 8.0 Providing Customers with Enhanced Integration, Regulatory Compliance and Workflow



MARCH 30, 2005 - 10:10 ET

SSA Global Delivers SSA PLM 8.0 Providing Customers
with Enhanced Integration, Regulatory Compliance and

CHICAGO--(CCNMatthews - Mar 30, 2005) -

SSA Global™, a leading global provider of extended enterprise
solutions and services, today announced SSA PLM 8.0, a new product
lifecycle management solution designed to help customers achieve lower
total cost of ownership through integration with other enterprise
systems. The solution also provides the capability to more easily meet
regulatory compliance and accelerate the time to market for new

The new version builds on the core functionality of SSA PLM that
provides manufacturing companies the ability to leverage product
information across the enterprise and throughout the entire product

"In too many manufacturing companies, the high-value product information
is confined to the engineering function," said Cory Eaves, chief
technology officer, SSA Global. "With SSA PLM we've tackled this
business problem directly. SSA PLM allows manufacturers to close the gap
between engineering and other departments so product data is converted
to product information that has enterprise-wide business benefit."

"The enhanced functionality in SSA PLM is playing an instrumental role
in helping us achieve new levels of product customization," said Tony
Williams, director of engineering, Rodgers Instruments, LLC. "The
integration between our PLM product and core enterprise system
significantly enhances the availability of product information across
the enterprise and gives us much more flexibility to quickly respond to
specific customer requests for configure-to-order products."

Key focus areas of the enhancements to SSA PLM are:

Integration: The new SSA PLM solution offers tight integration with SSA
ERP, in addition to seamless integration with various CAD
(Computer-aided design) solutions. This enables manufacturers to manage
design variants and implement mass customization at a lower cost of

Regulatory Compliance: SSA PLM addresses specific requirements
established by the European Commission (EC), U.S. government, and
international standards-setting organizations by enabling manufacturers
to more efficiently implement compliance measures. Among the
requirements specifically addressed by SSA PLM are the EC directives for
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Restriction of the
Use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). SSA PLM also addresses U.S. Federal
Drug Administration 21 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) for ensuring
the authenticity, integrity and security of electronic records

Workflow: With SSA PLM, detailed product information is easily
accessible throughout the enterprise so employees from purchasing to
production can use it for improved decision-making. Automated, paperless
transactions with SSA PLM have reduced internal approval process time at
some companies by as much as 50 percent.

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

SSA Global™ is the new corporate brand for product lines and
subsidiaries of SSA Global Technologies, Inc. SSA Global, SSA Global
Technologies and SSA GT are trademarks of SSA Global Technologies, Inc.
Other products mentioned in this document are registered, trademarked or
service marked by their respective owners.

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