SSA Global Enables Customer Responsiveness, Speed and Agility Through Use of Demand Driven Supply Networks

CHICAGO and ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 20, 2005-- Helps customers improve forecasting, order accuracy, inventory management and new product introduction

At its annual Global Client Forum in Orlando, FL, SSA Global(TM) (NASDAQ:SSAG), a leading provider of extended enterprise solutions and services, unveiled its strategy to help customers become demand-driven by improving their critical business processes to increase responsiveness, speed and agility.

"Companies today are under more pressure than ever before to understand and respond to their customers' demands," said Cory A. Eaves, chief technology officer, SSA Global. "SSA Global has developed an integrated portfolio of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and extension solutions that is essential for customers to fully capitalize on the business advantages of Demand-Driven Supply Networks (DDSN) to get a true picture of demand, supply and product."

Among the companies currently working with SSA Global to implement demand-driven solutions that help them address their customers' demands are Greif, Schukra, PaperMart, Leg Avenue, Outdoor Group Limited, ESAB, Hankook Shell Oil, and Averitt Express.

Leg Avenue, a leading apparel wholesaler, is leveraging SSA Global solutions to synchronize demand, supply and product. "As we continue to grow, SSA Global's solutions will help us service more customers in more locations with less inventory," said Mike Tsai, general manager, Leg Avenue. "We believe we can significantly reduce stock out's, on-hand inventory, total lead times, and improve on-time delivery."

SSA Global is delivering a portfolio of world class, integrated solutions including SSA Enterprise Resource Planning (SSA ERP), SSA Supply Chain Management (SSA SCM), SSA Customer Relationship Management (SSA CRM), SSA Financial Management (SSA FM), SSA Supplier Relationship Management (SSA SRM), SSA Product Lifecycle Management (SSA PLM) and SSA Corporate Performance Management (SSA CPM). The company has successfully eliminated the boundaries between its applications, enabling customers to address the following four key enablers of a Demand-Driven Supply Network (DDSN):

Forecast Accuracy. SSA Demand Planning (SSA DP), SSA CRM, SSA PLM, SSA ERP, SSA SRM, SSA Warehouse Management (SSA WM) and SSA Transportation Management (SSA TM) are among the solutions that help customers strengthen their ability to forecast demand. These solutions deliver advanced capabilities in forecasting, selling, engineering, sourcing, procuring, fulfilling, and servicing processes which improves a company's agility and ability to grow.

Order Accuracy. SSA CRM, SSA ERP, SSA DP and SSA SCM enhance customers' order accuracy by delivering capabilities to improve capturing, ordering, fulfilling, shipping and servicing processes that make possible shorter lead times and better customer service.

Inventory Management. SSA Sales and Operations Planning, SSA Supply Chain Planning and Scheduling, SSA Inventory Planning, SSA SRM, SSA WM, SSA TM and SSA FM provide customers with greater ability to reduce inventory by delivering advanced capabilities in collaborating, planning, optimizing, supplying, fulfilling, shipping and servicing processes.

New Product Development and Introduction. SSA CRM, SSA PLM, SSA ERP, SSA WM, SSA TM and SSA Enterprise Service Management enable customers to improve new product development and introduction. These solutions deliver advanced capabilities in designing, engineering, marketing, selling, manufacturing, fulfilling, shipping and servicing processes.

Tony Friscia at AMR Research reinforces the business value to companies that become more demand-driven. According to Friscia, in the May 20, 2004 article, "The Ideal Supply Chain is Within Reach", "Companies that are best at demand forecasting average 15 percent less inventory, 17 percent stronger order fulfillment, and 35 percent shorter cash-to-cash cycle times, while having a tenth of the stock-outs of their peers."

About SSA Global

SSA Global(TM) (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

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