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Scala Partners with Bull in Eastern Europe

Added: (Wed Jun 06 2001)

Pressbox (Press Release) - Includes partnership with LF Consulting Group to deliver ERP and e-business software and services

London, 6 June 2001: Scala Business Solutions today announced that it has signed a reseller agreement with Bull s.r.o., the Czech Republic subsidiary of Groupe Bull of France and the international LF Consulting Group. The three-way partnership will initially cover the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary. Under the agreement, Bull will resell the complete integrated Scala product line – Scala back-office products and iScala Internet software –and the LF Consulting Group will provide the implementation services.

Bull recently partnered with the LF Consulting Group to offer a complete IT package for medium-sized businesses in Eastern Europe. With extensive knowledge from implementing Scala in the region for more than 10 years, the LF Consulting Group brings solid implementation experience. Jointly, the partnership offer integrated IT solutions consisting of both Scala and iScala products together with consulting and support services, as well as a wide range of other IT products to complete the whole enterprise IT system. The partnership will service a number of different vertical industries such as retail, telecoms and pharmaceuticals as well as offer products for e-commerce integration and collaborative commerce.

“Having implemented and used Scala’s software ourselves in several countries has proved to us that their solutions are solid and dependable,” said Nad’a Mrnousova, Business Director, Bull. s.r.o. “Value added features such as fast regional rollout templates and multi-lingual capabilities are extremely beneficial to companies in this region. We already see businesses starting to move towards integrated e-business processes and we feel confident that our combined partnership will offer such businesses the tools they need to become successful.”

“The LF Consulting Group has a long history with Scala and we are delighted to become the implementation partner to Bull,” said James Burton, Director of the LF Consulting Group. “Our experience of Scala implementations coupled with Bull’s global IT infrastructure skills offer customers a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all their enterprise IT requirements.”

“We are confident that the Bull/LF partnership will continue to provide the high quality services that Scala’s customers worldwide are used to,” said Steve Humble, Scala’s SVP Client Support. “Our ability to deliver the right product mix has been proven as more of our global customers finalise their plans and sign new contracts for our integrated product offerings. It is therefore important that we keep on developing our channel to market and carry on searching for dependable partners that will bring the added value that our customers expect to receive. This will help us achieve our clear overall goal of operational profitability and provide world-class software to make global business simple."

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Notes to Editors

About Bull

Groupe Bull is an international group of IT companies with headquarters in France and branches in more than 100 countries worldwide. In 2000 the group’s revenues amounted to EUR 3.24 billion. Bull’s strategy is directed towards secured Internet infrastructures and services helping clients to transform processes and IT infrastructures in order to conduct business through expanding networks.

For more information please visit www.bull.com

About the LF Consulting Group

The LF Consulting Group is an independent group of consulting companies focused on supplying financial and commercial consulting across geographically diverse regions, predominantly in developing markets. The group has been implementing Scala’s software for more than 10 years and has experience and knowledge relating to the delivery of integrated Scala solutions in many developing and developed markets.

For more information please visit www.lfcgroup.com

About Scala Business Solutions

Scala Business Solutions is a global software provider serving multinational companies. Scala makes global business simple with its world-class software for managing an e-business, combining traditional back office business management systems with software for doing business over the Internet. Scala provides a complete solution for its customers, and also works in combination with other providers to extend the scope its customers may need.

From offices in Europe, North America and the Far East, Scala delivers software that is available in more than 30 languages. The company implements its software through a network of direct offices and partners that together cover more than 100 countries. Local markets are also addressed through a network of dealers.

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

Visit Scala’s website at www.scalaworld.com for press information including press releases, information for investors, and company and product information.

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