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FourthShift Edition PPS Certified as SAP Business One Add-On

Add-on for SAP Business One is Designed Specifically for Custom and Make-to-Order Manufacturers

MINNEAPOLIS, April 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FourthShift Edition PPS, SoftBrands' ERP system designed specifically for small and midsize make-to- order manufacturers, is now an official SAP-certified add-on for SAP Business One. SoftBrands, Inc. , a global supplier of enterprise application software, is a global ISV partner of SAP.

FourthShift Edition PPS is SAP-certified as an add-on for SAP Business One 2005, the newest version of that business management system. Certification from SAP verifies that the add-on software is properly integrated with SAP Business One, sharing data appropriately and efficiently. The add-on software must also exactly replicate the look and feel of SAP's original software, ensuring ease of use and familiarity for users.

"Certification is a strong stamp of approval from our colleagues at SAP. The first thing manufacturers ask about software like this is, 'Is it certified?'" said Ralf Suerken, senior vice president and general manager of manufacturing for SoftBrands. "This certification adds a new level of trust to our relationships with SAP and with the manufacturing community, and it's another step toward our goal of being SAP's primary partner for the SMB manufacturing market. We are the only truly global manufacturing add-on to SAP Business One."

FourthShift Edition PPS supports the make-to-order manufacturing market, where effectively managing capacity planning, scheduling and shop-floor resources is critical, and where labor and machine costs form a large percentage of a product's cost. SAP Business One combined with FourthShift Edition PPS is an affordable solution for small and midsized manufacturing companies with 2 to 250 employees, helping them reduce process complexity and increase production efficiency.

"FourthShift Edition PPS is another example of SoftBrands' commitment to small and midsize manufacturers," said Carsten Halfmann, general manager of manufacturing for SoftBrands EMEA. "FourthShift Edition PPS is a big piece of our strategy to dominate the custom manufacturing ERP space."

About SoftBrands

SoftBrands, Inc. is a leader in providing software solutions for businesses in the manufacturing and hospitality industries worldwide. The company has established a global infrastructure for distribution, development and support of enterprise software, and has approximately 5,000 customers in more than 100 countries actively using its manufacturing and hospitality products. SoftBrands, which has nearly 900 employees, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., with branch offices in Europe, India, Asia, Australia and Africa. Additional information can be found at and .

Contact: Mark Palony +1 612-851-1500 Marketing manager, Americas [email protected] Siobhan Robinson +44 (0) 118 935 8890 Marketing manager, EMEA [email protected]

SoftBrands, Inc.

CONTACT: Mark Palony, Marketing manager, Americas, +1-612-851-1500,
[email protected] , or Siobhan Robinson, Marketing manager, EMEA,
+44 (0) 118 935 8890, [email protected] , both of SoftBrands,

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