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February 28, 2005 15:30 ET

SSA Global Wins IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Award for Best Solution with a New Strategic Alliance



FEBRUARY 28, 2005 - 15:30 ET

SSA Global Wins IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Award for Best
Solution with a New Strategic Alliance

LAS VEGAS--(CCNMatthews - Feb 28, 2005) -

SSA Global™, a leading provider of extended enterprise solutions and
services has been named winner in the "Best Solution with a New
Strategic Alliance category" of the annual IBM Beacon Awards
competition. The company will accept the award at the IBM PartnerWorld
Conference in Las Vegas, February 27 - March 2.

SSA Global, an IBM Premier Business Partner, established an alliance
with IBM last year to jointly develop, market and deliver comprehensive,
integrated offerings that combine SSA Global's extended ERP solutions
with IBM eServers, middleware, and database management applications.

The thousands of customers that currently leverage both SSA Global and
IBM solutions can now further reduce total cost of ownership and
time-to-value. For example, Greif, Inc., a worldwide leader in
industrial packaging, integrated SSA Global solutions on new IBM Series*
Power 5* platform to create a consolidated IT infrastructure. As a
result, Greif streamlined its 50-plus North American industrial
packaging plants to a single data center, standardized on SSA ERP and
has already saved more than $1 million in IT costs.

"This ambitious move has enabled Greif to achieve 40 percent
infrastructure cost savings from the hardware consolidation, and become
a more agile business through its use of a single SSA ERP solution and
better management reporting tools," said Donn Atkins, general manager,
IBM Global Business Partners. "SSA Global demonstrates great passion,
determination, and a keen understanding of their clients' needs."

"Earning this IBM Beacon Award, especially in the category of Best
Solution with a New Strategic Alliance, is testament to the strength of
the IBM and SSA Global partnership. It exemplifies how the right
solution and collaboration can create substantial and quantifiable value
for clients," said Graeme Cooksley, executive vice president of SSA
Global. "The SSA Global portfolio of extended enterprise solutions, our
strategic alliance with IBM and our commitment to IBM Websphere Business
Integration ensures customers that we can address their key business
drivers and help them compete in the on demand world."

About IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Awards:

Nearly 600 nominations were judged by a team of leading industry
journalists, analysts, and IBM executives, who selected winner and
finalists in 31 award categories. These IBM Business Partners will be
honored during the IBM PartnerWorld 2005 Conference in Las Vegas,
Nevada, Feb. 27 - March 2. For more information about the IBM
PartnerWorld Beacon Awards please visit

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.

Forward-Looking Statements

These materials may contain "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as
amended. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact
(including without limitation statements to the effect that SSA Global
or its management "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "plans," "looks
forward" and similar expressions) should be considered forward-looking
statements. Any "forward-looking statements" in these materials are
subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual
results to differ materially from those stated. Many important factors
could cause SSA Global's actual results to differ materially from those
expressed in the forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of SSA
Global, including, without limitation, the size and timing of license
transactions, the effect of economic conditions on the spending patterns
of SSA Global's customers, the impact of competitive products and
services, the effect of fluctuations in the economy and local currency,
the ability of SSA Global to accurately forecast revenue, the ability to
maintain adequate cash flow, the ability to maintain a satisfactory
credit facility, the relationship between SSA Global and its affiliates
and suppliers, the ability to manage costs and expenses, the
availability of qualified resources, the ability to develop and enhance
products, and other unknown risks including those as may be detailed in
other SSA Global filings, reports and releases. SSA Global undertakes no
obligation to revise or publicly update these forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information or otherwise.


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