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Alberto Makali Selects NGC’s Global Enterprise Suite for PLM and ERP

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(MIAMI, FL – June 13, 2012) NGC® Software today announced that Alberto Makali, a contemporary, luxury women’s fashion brand, has selected NGC’s Global Enterprise Suite as an integrated solution for PLM and ERP. New York-based Alberto Makali designs and produces evening wear, sportswear and dresses that are sold by leading retailers such as Saks, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Dillard’s, as well as boutiques and specialty stores around the world.

Alberto Makali has experienced double-digit growth and global expansion in recent years. The fashion brand has grown from one division to six and expanded its product line in all divisions; in addition, the company recently opened offices in Madrid and Dubai.

“Alberto Makali has experienced consistent growth, and our existing software limited us,” said Stefano Derasmo, director of operations, Alberto Makali. “Due to these inefficiencies, our people rely heavily on spreadsheets and manual processes, which left us vulnerable to errors.” The company sought a new software platform that would help standardize its business processes, support rapid growth, and be flexible and easy to use – and ultimately selected NGC.

“You have to trust the systems that you’re using,” said Derasmo. “ERP and PLM are the lifeblood of our business and will channel information to all the vital parts of our company. It was a time-consuming process to find a product that we felt confident in, but after due diligence, we found the right partner in NGC.”

Alberto Makali expects to see a number of key benefits once NGC’s software has been implemented:

Increased efficiency. “Improving efficiency is our number one goal; I can’t stress that enough,” said Derasmo. “We needed a system to streamline our workflow. Our current system created a multi-step process for basic information. Now we will get this information in real time, accelerating the information flow. In addition, time and energy can be focused in other areas.”

For example, Derasmo noted that, “we currently have multiple people running reports for different areas of the company on a weekly, or sometimes, daily basis. The current system can’t automatically generate reports. So if there is a request for a specific report at any given time, that individual must stop what they are doing to run that report. Now these reports will automatically be generated and sent at a specific time,” he said.

“It’s a simple problem, but very time-consuming – and it’s only one of many examples of inefficiency. We need our people to be able to focus their energy within the system, and not have to deviate from it.”

Improved information flow, lower operating costs. Better access to information is essential for helping Alberto Makali streamline its operations and ultimately reduce costs. With the limitations of its current system, information isn’t available on a timely basis and is often inaccurate due to data corruption. NGC’s Global Enterprise Suite will improve information flow and lower costs by providing centralized access to accurate, up-to-date information throughout Alberto Makali’s operations – enabling the fashion designer to improve accuracy, reduce labor costs and improve response time.

Integrated systems, centralized support. NGC’s integrated ERP and PLM software will provide the ease-of-use and scalability that Alberto Makali needs for future growth. Derasmo also noted the benefit of having a single software vendor for its core business solutions. “There’s peace of mind in only dealing with one company,” he said. “We’ll have a single integrated package with the fast, accurate flow of information that we need, and we know we’ll get the attention that we need from NGC.”

“This was a great win for NGC, as Alberto Makali compared solutions from a number of PLM and ERP companies before selecting the Global Enterprise Suite,” said Mark Burstein, president of sales, marketing and R&D, NGC Software. “Alberto Makali is a top fashion brand that sells to some of the industry’s most prestigious retailers, and we’re delighted to work with the company to streamline efficiency and improve operations.”

About NGC
NGC Software is a leading provider of PLM, Supply Chain Management, ERP and Product Testing software and services for brands, retailers and consumer products companies. NGC solutions help increase profitability, reduce costs, improve speed to market and product quality, and manage compliance and testing. NGC has received top rankings by many leading industry analysts and has been recognized as a top 100 supply chain and logistics company by Inbound Logistics, SupplyChainBrain and Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

NGC customers include A|X Armani Exchange, Aeropostale, Billabong, Carter’s, Casual Male, Hugo Boss, Jos. A. Bank, Lakeshore Learning, Lululemon Athletica, Marchon Eyewear, Spanx, Swatfame, VF Corporation, and many others. NGC has offices in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Canada, 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
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Ben Hanson Ben Hanson is one of WhichPLM’s top contributors. Ben has worked for magazines, newspapers, local government agencies, multi-million pound conservation projects, museums and creative publications before his eventual migration to the Retail, Footwear and Apparel industry.Having previously served as WhichPLM’s Editor, Ben knows the WhichPLM style, and has been responsible for many of our on-the-ground reports and interviews over the last few years. With a background in literature, marketing and communications, Ben has more than a decade’s worth of experience, and is now viewed as one of the industry’s best-known writers.