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Streamlined Workflow and Enhanced Factory Planning to Improve Customer Service and Fuel Plans for Future Growth

FARNBOROUGH, England – February 18, 2008 – Infor today announced that Charente Group, parent company of several major marine service and supply companies, has gone live with Infor ERP SL (formerly SyteLine). Charente will use Infor ERP SL, a comprehensive ERP solution for businesses in discrete manufacturing, to streamline production and distribution across a wide range of products to improve customer service, increase manufacturing efficiency and drive business growth.

Charente Group includes DPM (UK) Ltd, one of the world's leading suppliers of charts and nautical publications, and John Lilley & Gillie Ltd, a long-established nautical chart supplier and navigational equipment manufacturer. Products include chart folios and electronic navigational devices for wind, compass and speed measurement equipment.

Following a short, 10-month implementation, Charente has successfully deployed Infor ERP SL across two sites. The software will deliver improved management information on the manufacturing operations such as efficiency levels, purchase price variances and staff / materials utilisation in the production environment and factory planning and loading. In addition Infor ERP SL will enable Charente to reduce inventory levels. Charente will also benefit from production schedules which are tailored more specifically to customer demand.
“Infor ERP SL was chosen because of the software’s close fit with our requirements and the fact that the team at Infor had clearly taken a great deal of time to research and understand the idiosyncrasies and complexities of our business,” explained Charente’s Chief Operating Officer Chris Taylor. “For example, a typical order will have over 4,000 line items. Different components of these orders are often delivered at different dates mixed in with different orders. Only Infor ERP SL offered the functionality to handle this as we wanted. Specifically, Infor ERP SL enables us to accept entire orders then retrospectively change the details that need alteration instead of having to reject entire orders and re-enter individual line items. Other systems force you to reject the entire order and this would add days, if not weeks onto our processing.

“Infor ERP SL will enable us to achieve far more accuracy across our inventory and supply chain and put a far more comprehensive factory planning system in place. These changes will improve customer service and ensure our growth remains controlled. Infor ERP SL will also integrate the administration behind purchasing, sales, production and invoicing, creating an automated workflow that will save time and money to help fund this growth.

“We contracted Gradient Consulting to undertake the original vendor selection and also manage the integration project with our in-house systems. Gradient Consulting provided a team to support our project management and systems administration.”

About Infor ERP SL

Infor ERP SL (formerly SyteLine), is the next generation software solution for the unique requirements of businesses within discrete manufacturing. Infor ERP SL not only supports design, sell, plan, source, make, deliver, service, and finance, but also provides a path to additional business-specific functionality, such as supplier relationship management and enterprise asset management, through a service-oriented architecture. With expanded multi-site capabilities, an application-wide event modeler, and a role-based user interface, Infor ERP SL improves workflow and collaboration across the entire enterprise, allowing manufacturers to make real-time decisions to improve productivity, order accuracy and inventory management.

For more information on Infor ERP SL, please visit www.infor.co.uk.

About Infor

Infor delivers business-specific software to enterprising organizations. With experience built in, Infor’s solutions enable businesses of all sizes to be more enterprising and adapt to the rapid changes of a global marketplace. With more than 70,000 customers, Infor is changing what businesses expect from an enterprise software provider. For additional information, visit www.infor.com.

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