SYSPRO

July 06, 2005 05:00 ET

SYSPRO Partners with Business Objects; SYSPRO Selects Business Objects to Deliver Industry-Leading Business Intelligence to Customers Worldwide

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa and COSTA MESA, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Jul 6, 2005) -

SYSPRO, a leading producer of world-class ERP software, and Business Objects, the world's leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, today announced an OEM and reseller agreement to integrate Crystal Reports® XI, the industry-leading enterprise reporting solution, within the SYSPRO product.

The new agreement will give SYSPRO customers access to high-quality reporting and analytical tools out of the box, and the capability to customize any SYSPRO standard report to fit the customer's requirements. Customers will realize lower ongoing reporting costs since they will no longer be required to purchase ODBC seats or expensive reporting tools in order to deliver a modified version of a standard report.

SYSPRO chose Business Objects because it is an industry leader and a name already known to SYSPRO customers. In addition, Crystal Reports XI is one of the few enterprise-class reporting tools that works well with XML, an industry standard data exchange mechanism used extensively throughout the SYSPRO suite of business applications.

"We are delighted to be able to provide such a quality reporting tool to our customers," said Phil Duff, CEO, SYSPRO. "SYSPRO is one of the first companies in the world to be using Crystal Reports with XML as the standard data source, rather than targeting a database directly. Coupled with SYSPRO's component architecture, the XML technology means that any customized report will work unchanged now and into the future. This is a tremendous win for SYSPRO customers as their investment in customized reports remains protected during version upgrades."

"Our partners play a critical role in our overall success and we are delighted to work alongside SYSPRO," said Maurizio Carli, senior vice president and general manager of EMEA at Business Objects. "Crystal Reports XI delivers significant new features that benefit organizations of all sizes. With this partnership, SYSPRO will be one of the first companies in the world to deploy Crystal Reports XI using XML technologies."

Apart from broadly empowering users to customize their own reports, the initiative also means that reports can be delivered to a user's desktop in a variety of formats, including PDF.

Crystal Reports XI will be generally available in SYSPRO 6.0, the company's flagship product, towards the end of 2005 or early 2006.

About SYSPRO

Since its inception in 1978, SYSPRO has been delivering state-of-the-art business solutions to some of the world's leading companies. As a global leader in the production of world-class ERP software, SYSPRO now caters to the specialized needs of 12,000 licensed companies in more than 60 countries worldwide. SYSPRO is marketed globally through regional territory distribution centers in South Africa, the U.S., Canada, Asia Pacific, Australia and the U.K. For more information, go to www.syspro.com.

SYSPRO is a fully integrated business software solution that provides complete control over the planning and management of all facets of business including accounting, manufacturing and distribution operations in a variety of industries.

For more information please see www.syspro.com or e-mail at: info@us.syspro.com . For additional information, please contact Stan Goodrich at 714-437-1000, ext. 248, or e-mail: stanley.goodrich@us.syspro.com.

About Business Objects

Business Objects is the world's leading business intelligence (BI) software company. With more than 30,000 customers worldwide, including over 80 percent of the Fortune 500, Business Objects helps organizations gain better insight into their business, improve decision making, and optimize enterprise performance. The company's business intelligence platform, BusinessObjects™ XI, offers the BI industry's most advanced and complete platform for reporting, query and analysis, performance management, and data integration.

BusinessObjects XI includes Crystal Reports®, the industry standard for enterprise reporting. Business Objects has also built the industry's strongest and most diverse partner community, and the company offers consulting and education services to help customers effectively deploy their business intelligence projects.

Business Objects has dual headquarters in San Jose, Calif., and Paris, France. The company's stock is traded on both the Nasdaq (BOBJ) and Euronext Paris (ISIN: FR0004026250 - BOB) stock exchanges. More information about Business Objects can be found at www.businessobjects.com.

Business Objects and the Business Objects logo, BusinessObjects, and Crystal Reports are trademarks or registered trademarks of Business Objects S.A. or its affiliated companies in the United States and/or other countries. All other names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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