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05/07/2008

Ellery HomeStyles Chooses NGC's PLM and Global Sourcing Solutions

 

 
e-PLM and e-SPSSoftware Will Provide Rapid ROI,
Drive Continued Growth for Leading Home Fashions Supplier

MIAMI - May 6, 2008 - NGC (New Generation Computing) today announced that Ellery HomeStyles, LLC has selected NGC's e-PLM and e-SPS software for Product Lifecycle Management and global sourcing.

Ellery HomeStyles, headquartered in New York City, is one of the industry's largest and most established home fashions suppliers, providing major retailers with private label and branded products. However, the company's rapid growth made it increasingly difficult to manage the product development lifecycle using current methods.  

"Ellery prides itself on using the latest technologies to make our business more efficient, and we could no longer effectively manage our product development," said Budd Goldman, president, Ellery Homestyles. "We realized it was time to find a new solution that could provide visibility into the product lifecycle, improve delivery times, streamline communications with our international offices, and reduce errors."

Ellery initially thought that only a new ERP system could provide the advanced functionality that the company required - but soon discovered that NGC's web-based PLM and global sourcing software provided the right solution, without the expense and prolonged deployment of a large-scale ERP implementation.

Together, e-PLM and e-SPS will enable Ellery to reduce time to market and improve product quality through centralized data, a streamlined workflow, exception management with automated alerts, and enhanced collaboration with remote offices and trading partners. NGC's software provides the end-to-end visibility that Ellery needs - from design concept through production to receipt at the DC - in a seamless, easy-to-use application.  Benefits include:

  • Rapid ROI.e-PLM and e-SPS will provide a rapid return on investment (ROI) by optimizing the product development lifecycle through standardized business processes. This will enable Ellery to greatly shorten the timeframe from design concept to production, reduce errors and chargebacks, and speed deliveries to its customers, which include many of the industry's most successful retailers. 
  • Easy integration, reduced IT expenses. NGC's PLM and Global Sourcing solutions are designed to seamlessly integrate with Ellery's existing systems. "NGC's software fits in perfectly with Ellery's commitment to best-of-breed technologies," said David Reel, CIO, Ellery HomeStyles. "By selecting NGC, Ellery can extend the life of our existing ERP system and get all the advanced functionality that we require."
  • A platform for growth.  The advanced functionality of e-PLM and e-SPS provide a solid foundation for Ellery's continued expansion. "NGC's solutions provide a platform that will help drive future growth for Ellery HomeStyles," Goldman said.  "With PLM and global sourcing, Ellery is making a strategic investment in the continued success of our company."  

"Ellery HomeStyles is one of the best-known and most successful home fashions companies, with a long and distinguished history," said Alan Brooks, president, NGC. "NGC looks forward to helping them quickly reap the benefits of our integrated PLM and global sourcing solution."

About Ellery Homestyles

From private label programs to branded home furnishings, Ellery HomeStyles, LLC, is among the largest and most respected home fashions suppliers to major retailers in the United States, with brands that include Waverly, Kas Australia, Eclipse energy-saving curtains, Dena Designs and Williamsburg at Home. The company specializes in designing and producing window curtains and drapery, bedding, decorative pillows and throws, and seasonal throws. Headquartered in New York City with a distribution center in North Carolina, Ellery also maintains international offices in China, Hong Kong, India and Pakistan. For more information, visit www.elleryhomestyles.com.

About New Generation Computing

NGC is a leading Fashion, Apparel, Footwear and Retail software company.  NGC's SQL Series is a comprehensive suite of "end-to-end" solutions for PLM (e-PLM), Global Sourcing (e-SPS) and ERP (RedHorse). The SQL Series provides real-time visibility to product information, accelerates speed to market, and enables quality control throughout the supply chain to help deliver superior products.  NGC customers include leading brands and retailers such as VF Corporation, A|X Armani Exchange, Carter's, Casual Male Retail Group, Maggy London, Goody's Family Clothing, Hugo Boss, Dick's Sporting Goods, Isda & Co., Tristan & America, Axis, Wilson's Leather, and many others. NGC has offices in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, China, India, Mexico and El Salvador and is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Software Inc. (NASDAQ: AMSWA).  For more information, visit www.ngcsoftware.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties.  There are a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by statements made herein.  These factors include, but are not limited to, changes in general economic conditions, technology and the market for the Company's products and services, including economic conditions within the e-commerce markets; the timely availability and market acceptance of these products and services; the Company's ability to satisfy in a timely manner all SEC required filings and the requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the rules and regulations adopted under that Section; the challenges and risks associated with integration of acquired product lines and companies; the effect of competitive products and pricing; the uncertainty of the viability and effectiveness of strategic alliances; and the irregular pattern of the Company's revenues.  For further information about risks the Company could experience as well as other information, please refer to the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended April 30, 2007 and other reports and documents subsequently filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  For more information, contact:  Vincent C. Klinges, Chief Financial Officer, American Software, Inc., (404) 264-5477 or fax:  (404) 237-8868.

Media Contacts:
Nancy Brooks                                                   Jeff Ketner                                                       
Vice President, Marketing                                  KetnerBarnes Inc. (for NGC)
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(305) 556-9122 x 369                                          (512) 794-8876

TRADEMARKS: e-SPS, NGC and RedHorse are registered trademarks of New Generation Computing, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are properties of their respective companies.

  
 
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