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Swatfame Improves Collaboration, Gains Supply Chain Visibility with NGC’s Extended PLM Software

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(MIAMI, 01 NOVEMBER, 2011) NGC® today announced that Swatfame, a global, multi-brand women’s and girl’s fashion company headquartered in Los Angeles, has gone live on NGC’s Extended PLM software. The rapidly growing, $130-million brand has seen vast improvements in communication and collaboration throughout its global supply chain as a result of NGC’s software – enabling Swatfame to quickly react to changes, reduce lead times for design and production, and dramatically improve overall efficiency.

With high-profile customers that include Nordstrom, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Kohl’s and JCPenney, design excellence and speed to market are essential to Swatfame. However, prior to NGC, Swatfame relied on a combination of homegrown systems and spreadsheets that couldn’t keep pace with the company’s expanding business. The company needed a solution that could help Swatfame take its business to the next level. After comparing software from a number of PLM vendors, Swatfame selected NGC’s Extended PLM, which combines PLM and Supply Chain Management (SCM).

NGC’s integrated PLM and SCM solution was the single biggest factor in Swatfame’s decision. “Most PLM systems that we saw were standalone, but NGC’s software was unique in tying together both production and PLM,” said Jonathan Greenberg, executive vice president, Swatfame. NGC’s software offers a single repository of information that includes history by style, costing, and collaboration and communication history, as well as visibility throughout the company and with suppliers.

Swatfame has seen a number of benefits from implementing NGC’s software, including:

Improved collaboration. The collaboration engine in NGC’s Extended PLM is essential to helping Swatfame manage changes for a complex, fast-changing business. “We are in and out of styles very quickly; we do a large amount of styles per month, and our product needs are always changing,” says Greenberg. “We add and subtract styles constantly, and we need to be able to react to changes quickly. NGC’s collaboration tool allows us to do that by putting everyone on the same page, and it’s been really important for us.”

Better access to information. Access to information has improved dramatically with NGC’s software. Since all information is stored in a web-based system, “our overseas vendors can access information while we’re sleeping, eliminating the need to use email,” Greenberg says. “Anyone can look up information at any time, and know that they have the most up-to-date information. This has drastically reduced the amount of time that’s required to get things done.”

Improved business planning. Extended PLM has helped Swatfame improve its design processes and planning. “We now have greater visibility and awareness of our design and production functions, and because of that, a better ability to plan our business,” according to Greenberg. “Also, by having better access to our design history, we’ve become smarter about design moving forward.”

ERP integration. NGC’s Extended PLM software integrates with Swatfame’s ERP system, allowing the two systems to seamlessly share and update information. “With NGC’s software, our users enter the information once and it filters through all the systems that are used in manufacturing; you don’t have to keep re-entering,” Greenberg says.

“Extending PLM throughout the supply chain is essential for realizing the greatest gains in efficiency and lead time reduction, and Swatfame is an excellent example of that,” said Mark Burstein, president of sales, marketing and R&D, NGC Software. “NGC has developed a close working relationship with Swatfame, and we’re excited to help position them for continued growth and expansion.”

About NGC Software
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, 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 NGC’s (the Company) products and services including economic conditions within the e-commerce markets; the timely availability and market acceptance of these products and services; 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 and American Software could experience as well as other information, please refer to American Software, Inc’s. Form 10-K for the year ended April 30, 2011 and other reports and documents subsequently filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. For more information about risks the Company could face as well as other information, contact Vincent C. Klinges, Chief Financial Officer, American Software, Inc., 470 East Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta, GA 30305, PHONE:  (404) 261-9777. FAX: (404) 264-5206 http://www.amsoftware.com

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.