SSA Global
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SSA Global

August 30, 2005 10:00 ET

SSA Global Launches SSA HCM 2.0 to Help Customers Reduce Costs and Improve Workforce Productivity

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

SSA Global™ (NASDAQ:SSAG), a leading global provider of extended enterprise solutions and services, today announced the general availability of SSA® Human Capital Management (HCM) 2.0, a comprehensive solution that enables companies to reduce costs and improve workforce productivity.

With SSA HCM 2.0, companies are now able to better connect managers and employees in real time through strategic self service and talent management capabilities, in addition to providing enhanced functionality for automating core administrative processes such as benefits and payroll.

The solution is integrated with core SSA Global enterprise resource planning (ERP) and extension solutions such as SSA Corporate Performance Management (CPM), SSA Financial Management, SSA Portal and SSA Workflow. Built on open standards, including J2EE and XML, SSA HCM 2.0 can be deployed on multiple platforms including UNIX®, IBM® and Microsoft® Windows operating systems.

"Workforce-related costs can contribute up to 60% of a company's total expenditures, so executives have a powerful incentive to make their human resources as efficient as possible," said Cory A. Eaves, chief technology officer, SSA Global. "With SSA HCM 2.0, we've combined both transactional and strategic human resources functionality with integration to our flagship enterprise and extensions solutions so our customers can align their human capital management initiatives with their overall business strategy."

SSA Global's capabilities in human capital management have been enhanced by the recent acquisition of Boniva Software, Inc, a provider of e-learning, skills management and performance management applications. By integrating Boniva's talent management portfolio into SSA HCM 2.0, SSA Global will help its customers enhance their processes for learning management, competency and skills assessment, and employee performance management.

Writing in the June 2005 report, "Talent Management Application Suites Can Enhance Workforce Effectiveness," James Holincheck, vice president, research, Gartner, Inc., said, "Most large companies have implemented an integrated set of administrative human capital management applications. Now, these companies are turning their attention to strategic talent management applications to get more value from their investments in people."

About SSA Global

SSA Global™ (NASDAQ:SSAG) 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 www.ssaglobal.com.

SSA Global™ is the corporate brand for product lines and subsidiaries of SSA Global Technologies, Inc. The SSA Global logo, SSA Global and forward faster are trademarks and SSA is a registered trademark of SSA Global Technologies, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are registered, trademarked or service marked by their respective owners.

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