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LIVERMORE, Calif., December 2, 2010 – Activant Solutions Inc., a leading provider of retail and distribution business management solutions, today announced that RIS News named it the number one Software Vendor for Mid-Size Retailers and number four overall in the Software LeaderBoard Top 20. The RIS Software LeaderBoard compares software companies serving the retail industry in a head-to-head ranking based on multiple criteria, including the criteria that matters most – customer satisfaction.

Now in its tenth year, the RIS Software LeaderBoard is designed to help CIOs plan their next retail technology purchase. RIS News evaluated 84 vendors this year. The report rates retail software vendors based on customer satisfaction, retail concentration and revenue factor. The customer satisfaction score is based on the result of actual customer surveys, and is the most heavily weighted datapoint.

Activant was ranked as the Top Vendor for Mid-Size Retailers. RIS News defines Mid-Size Retailers as those that have less than $1 billion in annual revenue. The top five companies listed for this Top Vendors for Mid-Size Retailers ranking were:

  1. Activant Solutions
  2. Oracle
  3. Micros-Retail
  4. IBM
  5. Celerant Technology

Activant also excelled across all LeaderBoard categories and received a number 4 ranking on the prestigious Software LeaderBoard Top 20 – the master list compiled from all information collected by RIS News for the rankings. The top five companies listed in the RIS Software LeaderBoard Top 20 were:

  1. Oracle
  2. SAP
  3. Micros-Retail
  4. Activant Solutions
  5. Celerant Technology
  6. IBM

“To place so high in so many key categories on the RIS LeaderBoard is an impressive accomplishment for Activant,” said Joe Skorupa, group editor-in-chief of RIS News. “The RIS Software LeaderBoard is a best-of-the-best ranking, and Activant’s software received high marks for innovation, customer satisfaction, ROI, product reliability and quality of service and support. With numbers like these in customer satisfaction it is clear Activant has emerged as one of the top software vendors for Mid-Size Retailers.”

“Activant has provided proven retail solutions for over 30 years, and has pioneered many of the concepts that retailers need to succeed in today’s highly competitive market,” said Paul Salsgiver, executive vice president for Activant. “The RIS Software LeaderBoard is further proof that Activant provides innovative and reliable retail technology solutions, and we invite retailers to discover why Activant was named the Top Vendor for Mid-Size Retailers.”

About Activant Solutions

Activant Solutions Inc. is a leading technology provider of business management solutions serving distributors and SMB retailers. Activant provides customers with industry-specific software, professional services, content, supply chain connectivity, and analytics.

Over 30,000 customer locations use Activant to manage their day-to-day operations. Activant’s systems are designed to help customers increase sales, boost productivity, operate more cost-efficiently, improve inventory turns and enhance trading partner relationships. Activant has operations in Texas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit


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