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Hair Care Manufacturer Gets ERP Makeover to Improve Market Position

Farouk Systems Expands Relationship with Infor; Adds Manufacturing ERP to Complement Existing Distribution Solution

Atlanta, GA, May 10, 2007 --( Infor today announced Farouk Systems, a global manufacturer and distributor of high quality professional hair care and spa products, is groomed for success in the $31 billion global hair care industry with the implementation of Infor’s industry-leading ERP solution for process manufacturers. Deployed throughout its North American manufacturing facilities, Infor ERP Adage will augment Infor ERP SX.enterprise, a robust ERP solution for distributors already deployed at Farouk, providing the company with a holistic view of the entire enterprise for improved customer service and operational efficiency.

“Most software vendors address a single vertical segment of an industry, such as manufacturing or distribution, but very few reputable ERP vendors address both the vertical as well as the horizontal segments of an industry,” said Nabil Ajineh, CIO for Farouk Systems USA. “Infor provides expert-level software and other planning and execution tools, which provide a single integrated suite of solutions across all functional areas of our organization. We believe this creates a partnership for success.”

Adage was selected in part because of the success Farouk has experienced with SX.enterprise, which revolutionized the company’s distribution business. SX.enterprise enables Farouk to manage its three North American facilities, moving inventory between them as needed to satisfy delivery requirements. For the past two years, the company has seen improvement in data and inventory management, order accuracy and customer service levels.

“Infor recognizes that many companies run distribution businesses alongside their manufacturing operations and need these business areas to operate in tandem to optimize business performance and maximize profitability,” said Mike Frichol, vice president of industry and product marketing. “Our business-specific solutions have years of experience built in and can be integrated to provide a company with an end-to-end solution, from concept to consumer.”

With the addition of Adage, Farouk will be able to react quickly to market changes. The solution will enable Farouk to more accurately forecast product demand and make changes to production planning in an effort to maximize throughput and improve market share.

“Businesses today face increasing competitive pressure and they require a holistic view of operations in order to stave off the competition and capitalize on market opportunities,” said Rory Granros, Infor’s director of industry and product marketing for Process Industries. “Infor ERP Adage provides companies with real-time visibility, enabling manufacturers to swiftly, cost-effectively and efficiently respond to market fluctuation.”

Infor ERP SX.enterprise, a feature-rich solution with a intuitive graphical user interface, provides companies with over 40 configurable modules from which to choose including an advanced order processing solution with contact and activity management, an integrated eCommerce storefront and catalog solution, and an extensive data warehouse reporting tool to monitor success. Some of the best known distributors in the world use SX.enterprise to manage complex products, improve inventory accuracy, control forecasting demand and simplify fleet scheduling.

Infor ERP Adage is a robust ERP platform for batch process manufacturers with a particular focus on food and beverage, specialty chemicals, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and consumer packaged goods. Adage supports local regulatory, compliance, language and currency requirements for global businesses with multiple facilities or wholly-owned subsidiaries.

About Farouk
Farouk Systems, Inc. is a Houston-based company that manufactures high quality professional hair care and spa products. Farouk Systems' uniqueness comes from being a company owned and operated by a team of hairdressers that include over 1,500 educators in over 60 countries.

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

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