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  • 22 January 2010 09:27

SAI Global Selects Epicor® to Support Its Growing Business Portfolio Worldwide

Comprehensive Global Financial Capabilities Make Epicor the Clear Choice to Support SAI Global in 25 Countries

Epicor Software Corporation (NASDAQ: EPIC), a leading provider of enterprise business software solutions for the midmarket and divisions of Global 1000 companies, has announced that Australian company SAI Global Limited (ASX: SAI) has selected Epicor’s award winning, next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, Epicor 9, to support its growing global network across 25 countries.

SAI Global provides organisations with information services and solutions for managing risk, achieving compliance and driving business improvement. Through its independent assessment, SAI Global audits, certifies and registers a company’s products and systems and provides legal, compliance and risk professionals with a broad range of technology enabled programs that facilitate good corporate governance, and awareness of compliance, ethics and policy issues. The company also provides aggregation services for hundreds of publishers of standards, handbooks, and legislative and property publications, so companies can reference and manage critical business information more easily.

Headquartered in Sydney with approximately 700 employees throughout Australia, SAI Global works with a cross section of large organisations including BHP, Rio Tinto, the Australian Department of Defence, as well as several local Government agencies.

As a company that has enjoyed significant growth through a focused acquisition strategy since listing over 5 years ago, SAI Global required a robust ERP system with the flexibility and strength to provide core financial support to its expanding global network, which boasts offices in 25 countries and more than 1400 employees throughout the world. With approximately eleven disparate ERP systems currently being used throughout the company, SAI Global made the decision to standardize on one centralised ERP platform, which could be used to support multiple business units, including Information Services, Compliance and Assurance.

Following an extensive tender and evaluation process, SAI Global selected Epicor largely due to the configuration capabilities of the solution’s financial modules, which among other core features, boasts multilingual and multicurrency support capabilities. Further, the adaptable business architecture of Epicor 9 satisfies SAI’s need to be able to deploy ERP across its organization, regardless of country, industry or device. This was a particularly strong selling point for SAI Global given they have offices in Canada, the USA, Asia and Europe. In addition, the company was impressed with Epicor’s ability to demonstrate rapid return on investment through a total cost of ownership model over five years.

Commenting on the deal, Brett Lenthall, GCIO, SAI Global said, "As a company with a strong history of growth through acquisition, it is fundamentally important that we have comprehensive business applications, including a robust ERP platform, in place that can support our growing portfolio. Having grown from an AUD$100 million to around AUD$400 million business over the past 5 years, it is imperative we are supported by world class vendors such as Epicor with a strong global footprint and industry expertise.”

Also commenting on the new deal, Craig Charlton, vice president of Epicor’s operations in Australia and New Zealand said, “The nature and scope of work that SAI Global does, not only in Australia but worldwide, highlights the capabilities of Epicor 9, particularly the robust global financials suite. Our selection as the application platform of choice for a rapidly expanding organization like SAI Global continues to demonstrate the value Epicor can provide to any business regardless of their size, scale, or geographic reach. We are confident that the flexibility, global capabilities and comprehensive features of Epicor 9 are unparalleled in the current ERP market and can deliver low TCO and ROI that is second to none.”

SAI Global plans to roll out Epicor as part of a multi-phased strategy with primary focus on the company’s corporate division in addition to a number of its Melbourne-based businesses. Following this, Epicor will be implemented as a global platform and will support several businesses in the UK, Europe, US, Canada, and Asia.

About SAI Global Limited

SAI Global provides organizations around the world with information services and solutions for managing risk, achieving compliance and driving business improvement. SAI Global provides aggregated access services to standards, handbooks, legislative and property publications; and audits, certifies and registers your product, system of supply chain. SAI Global facilitates good governance and awareness of compliance, ethics and policy issues and provides training and improvement solutions to help individuals and organizations succeed.

About Epicor Software Corporation

Epicor Software is a global leader delivering business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality and services industries. With 20,000 customers in over 150 countries, Epicor provides integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM) and enterprise retail software solutions that enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability. Founded in 1984, Epicor celebrates 25 years of technology innovation delivering business solutions that provide the scalability and flexibility businesses need to build competitive advantage. Epicor provides a comprehensive range of services with a single point of accountability that promotes rapid return on investment and low total cost of ownership, whether operating business on a local, regional or global scale. The Company’s worldwide headquarters are located in Irvine, California with offices and affiliates around the world. For more information, visit .

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