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SSA Global Technologies Announces Extension Strategy for BPCS.

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CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 16, 2002

BPCS Enable provides a new solution for clients

to take advantage of e-commerce applications

SSA Global Technologies Inc.(TM) (SSA GT(TM)), a worldwide provider of enterprise solutions and services, today announced an OEM partnership with TRADEPAQ Corp., a leading provider of e-business infrastructure solutions for global trade. Through this partnership, SSA GT delivers "BPCS Enable powered by TRADEPAQ," a solution that allows clients to leverage their existing enterprise system and gain competitive advantages through SSA GT's e-commerce applications.

As part of SSA GT's extension strategy for BPCS(R) (Business Planning and Control System), companies operating on BPCS CD, CD/Euro (Version 4.05), and Plant Maintenance can broaden their enterprise system with SSA GT's existing solutions for collaborative commerce, inventory and demand planning, eProcurement, business intelligence and sales analysis, customer support and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). BPCS Enable provides clients on early releases of BPCS the advantage of productivity gains, profitability and competitive advantage brought about through e-commerce without a major investment in a new enterprise system.

"Clients wishing to remain competitive must integrate electronic commerce into their business practices," said Mike Greenough, chairman, CEO and president of SSA GT. "BPCS Enable gives our clients the option to make discrete decisions that can be carried forward into future BPCS upgrades. This solution helps our customers protect their investments in BPCS and also realize profitability gains and increased collaboration afforded by e-commerce."

BPCS Enable gives clients access to BPCS over the Web and, at the same time, converts character-based user interface screens into Internet standard-forms. The solution contains a point-and-click tool set for further screen and presentation customization and a scripting language for combining BPCS screens, creating custom workflows and action triggers and linking applications on a common user interface.

BPCS Enable interoperates with BPCS extension products by accommodating an XML document interface. BPCS Enable is available in Java applet, HTML or Wireless Application Protocol (WAP). The solution operates on any iSeries (AS/400) application software. Therefore, changes made in to BPCS CD, CD/E or Plant Maintenance can be carried forward to newer releases of BPCS with minor changes, thus improving productivity through automation and integration.

BPCS Enable is available worldwide for BPCS CD, CD/E, and Plant Maintenance. Clients renewing On-Going Support (OGS) can have BPCS software converted into Java for no cost.

About TRADEPAQ

TRADEPAQ is the leading provider of end-to-end trade chain collaborative commerce solutions. The company offers an innovative framework of web enable and document management solutions designed to enhance existing business applications and BPCS IT investments. With content that includes hundreds of global documents, TRADEPAQ systems provide workflow, web-based document preparation, compliance, digital signatures, financial settlement, XML integration, plus connectors and adapters for the leading ERP, WMS, TMS and CRM systems. These solutions allow enterprises to deliver goods to their destinations on time with lower costs, while improving customer service, reducing inventory levels, shortening the receivables cycle, and enabling entry into new global markets.

TRADEPAQ solutions are used by Global 2000 Enterprises, Logistics Service Providers, Banks, B2B Exchanges, and Health Care Organizations. TRADEPAQ multi-lingual systems serves industries including paper, chemical, food products, metals, pharmaceutical, agricultural commodities, electronics, and automotive products in more than 24 countries worldwide. Headquartered in New York City, TRADEPAQ operates in offices throughout Europe, Pacific/Asia and South America. For more information on TRADEPAQ and its products, visit their Web site at http://www.tradepaq.com.

About SSA Global Technologies

SSA Global Technologies, Inc., is a leading provider of enterprise software and services to the world's industrial sector companies, dedicated to the assessment, design, development, implementation and support of business solutions which improve business processes and increase profitability.

SSA GT's core product, BPCS, is a flexible ERP platform that easily integrates with strategic partner applications to deliver e-commerce, business intelligence, customer relationship (CRM) and supply-chain solutions. Worldwide, SSA GT is focused on addressing the needs of industrial sector companies, more specifically in the automotive supply, consumer goods (incorporating fast moving consumer goods, food beverage and tobacco and consumer electronics), pharmaceutical/chemical and general manufacturing industries.

Headquartered in Chicago, SSA GT operates offices throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia/Pacific/Japan and Latin America. To find out more, visit the SSA GT Web site at www.ssagt.com.

BPCS is a registered trademark; SSA Global Technologies and SSA GT are trademarks of SSA Global Technologies, Inc. Other products mentioned in this document are registered, trademarked or service marked by their respective owners.
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