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Expert Panels of Professors, Scientists, Industry and IT-Experts, and Journalists, Rank Epicor Enterprise Resource Planning as Top IT and Industry Solution for Medium Sized Companies

Epicor Software Corporation (NASDAQ: EPIC), a leading provider of enterprise business software solutions for the midmarket and divisions of Global 1000 companies, today announced that its next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution has been awarded the INDUSTRIEPREIS 2011 for best industry solution, as well as selected to appear in the “IT-Bestenliste” and “INDUSTRIE-Bestenliste.” The lists were put together by large expert panels who assessed products according to the criteria of innovation, practical relevance, market maturity and suitability for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).

The INDUSTRIEPREIS 2011 is Germany’s award for outstanding innovative industry solutions. Over 500 companies, including industrial enterprises, suppliers and service providers, submitted entries but only those with notably modern and innovative products are selected.

The IT-Bestenliste from the Initiative Mittelstand is the German yearbook for the IT Innovation Awards 2011. It serves as a practical and reliable navigation through the entire spectrum of strategic IT products and solutions for SME. Succeeding the “Mittelstandsliste,” the IT-Bestenliste is now the new standard reference for IT decision makers in Germany, and a valuable guide available in print and online at www.it-bestenliste.de. The list also names the winners, nominees and highly qualified solutions from the annual IT Innovation Awards 2010 (www.innovationspreis-it.de), including Epicor 9 as the ERP category winner.

The panel of experts selected the listed solutions by assessing the suitability of the submitted products for SME, as well as criteria like innovation, practical relevance and marketability. This complex product testing helps decision makers select suitable IT solutions and strategies. The current guide lists more than 300 recommended products from over 30 categories.

The “INDUSTRIE-Bestenliste” from the German publishing house ‘Huber Verlag fuer Neue Medien’ is an annual yearbook for industry decision makers. The online edition can be found at www.industrie-bestenliste.de, and lists the winners, nominees and highly qualified solutions of the INDUSTRIEPREIS (www.industriepreis.de), including Epicor 9 as a winner in the category for IT and software solutions. The assessment for the INDUSTRIE-Bestenliste is as stringent as for the IT-Bestenliste and the current guide includes more than 400 recommended products from over 14 categories.

“The awards confirm our strategy to focus on developing highly innovative and flexible ERP solutions,” explained Patrick Nordling, vice president, sales, Epicor Germany. “This supports not only the growth-oriented strategy of our customers, but also guarantees them low total cost of ownership. The decisive factor for this is not a low purchase price, but a service-oriented architecture (SOA) that allows rapid and immediate adaption and future expansion where they can make business process changes themselves. The awards also demonstrate that our solution successfully meets fundamental performance criteria, giving users cost savings, process improvements and an improved focus on their customers — all ERP key factors for meeting today’s major business objectives of cost reduction and growth.”

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