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Scala Partners with Implementation Experts

Added: (Wed Sep 12 2001)

Pressbox (Press Release) - Multi-national skills makes KEY Partners S.A. the right choice for complex international implementations

11 September 2001: Scala Business Solutions and Swiss-based KEY Partners S.A. have partnered to deliver high-level implementation services to multinational corporations with subsidiaries and divisions around the world. KEY Partners will be involved in international projects, installing the full range of Scala products – both the traditional ERP system and the iScala range of Internet software – to customers who require a system that can work in multiple languages and currencies.

Scala continues to focus on targeting the headquarters of multi-national corporations, selling its products for implementation at the local level across the subsidiaries, divisions and suppliers of global organisations. Partnering with global service companies such as KEY Partners helps ensure that Scala can execute more effectively on its strategy, delivering high-quality services together with its full range of software wherever in the world its customers are based.

“We feel KEY Partners has the necessary skills and knowledge of global business to be able to offer our multinational customers the type of services they expect to go alongside world-class software,” said Steve Humble, Scala’s Senior Vice President of Client Support. “We chose to partner with KEY Partners because of their long-term experience with Scala and knowledge of installing large systems with the full range of modules and add-on applications. Partners who deliver international services are key to Scala’s continued success and we are confident that KEY Partners will add considerable value to their global projects.”

“Due to its extensive global reach and software localisation, Scala is rapidly becoming the partner of choice for multinational corporations who want to install a cost-effective business management system on a worldwide basis,” said Bob Smith, Managing Director of KEY Partners. “Because our consultants have high-level experience of business systems and more than 100 man-years of Scala experience worldwide, they can add considerable value to customers who have complex businesses that need to use the full functionality of the Scala system. All our consultants travel extensively, mainly to the subsidiaries of multinationals, and therefore we easily cope with culture changes, localisation and international business issues. We can therefore take on complicated international projects in difficult places and under difficult circumstances, in for example the Balkans, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and South America.”

Humble concluded, “We have made a clear pathway to a market that we really can claim as our own. We go wherever in the world our customers take us, providing a system that can cope with a variety of local legislations. Indeed, by offering our robust Scala ERP system that meets fiscal requirements in over 60 countries, together with our iScala Internet software – together, a truly collaborative ERP system – we are well placed to become the mid-market global standard for blue chips – exactly the kinds of global companies who continue to tell us that our products are a strategic asset. The ‘ERP Solution of the Year’ award we received from Microsoft recently adds further confirmation that we are on the right track with our business and product strategy."

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Notes to Editors

About KEY Partners S.A.

A combination of experienced ERP application implementers and ERP software distributors, based in different countries, founded KEY Partners during 2000. KEY Partners is headquartered in Switzerland and offers professional implementation services for collaborative ERP applications mainly to multinational corporations with divisions, subsidiaries and partners around the world. These services primarily include consulting, project management, business process re-engineering, software configuration, implementation and support, training on all levels, and technical services.

The service providers at KEY Partners are very experienced in business systems and have successfully implemented effective and efficient ERP applications on a worldwide basis for many years. With its in-house multi-lingual and multi-cultural skills KEY Partners is ideally suited to resolve the complexity of implementations in different countries around the world.

About Scala Business Solutions

Scala Business Solutions creates collaborative ERP software – integrating Internet technology and traditional ERP functionality – to make global business simple. With Scala, global companies can fully integrate all their ERP systems anywhere in the world, whether in a subsidiary, division or headquarters, and extending to their partners and suppliers. Scala’s collaborative ERP software makes it possible for global companies to meet the requirements for advanced e-business as well as use a standard ERP product for managing traditional business processes. This enables them to gain measurable benefits from trading electronically, building a private exchange or global portal, or optimising the supply chain.

From offices in Europe, North America and the Far East, and through its network of partners and dealers, Scala delivers software and services that are available in over 30 languages in more than 100 countries.

Scala is listed on the Euronext Amsterdam Stock Exchange (symbol: SCALA). 2000 revenue was USD 71.2 million.

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