Speedware Joins Midrange Alliance Program

    Company Specializes in Legacy Modernization Services for AS/400 Customers

    MONTREAL, May 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Speedware Ltd., a leading provider of IT
modernization solutions, today announced its membership in the Midrange
Alliance Program (MAP), a community of software vendors, service providers and
hardware manufacturers working together to bridge the gap between midrange
computer systems and the Microsoft Windows and .NET platforms.
    For over a decade, Speedware has been dedicated to helping companies
modernize their business applications, while offering a variety of automated
migration tools designed to reduce the risk and effort involved in migration.
Legacy modernization projects are performed to resolve the current challenges
facing organizations operating critical business functions on legacy
platforms. For the midrange market, these challenges include the increasing
cost for maintenance, licenses and support of legacy systems, the complexity
in integrating applications with other platforms and the increasing shortage
and high cost of resources experienced in legacy applications. By moving to
open computing platforms, enterprises are able to increase their business
performance, agility and competitiveness while reducing ongoing operating
    "Companies running their businesses on HP e3000 and AS/400 midrange
servers have had to deal with issues such as end-of-life hardware and software
support, difficulties in integration as well as the maintainability of their
systems. With our extensive experience in migrating midrange systems,
Speedware and MAP are a natural fit to provide modernization options that
remove the risks associated with these challenges," said Christine McDowell,
Manager of Strategic Migration Alliances at Speedware. "By joining MAP we show
our customers that we are committed to helping them leverage the value of
their mission-critical legacy applications while transitioning them to Windows
platforms quickly and helping them reduce the IT risk to their business."
    "We are pleased to welcome Speedware as the latest MAP partner," said
Scott Rosenbloom, director, Mainframe Alliance Program at Microsoft. "With
their extensive modernization experience, integration services and automated
tools, Speedware provides added value to existing MAP members and customers
interested in moving from legacy systems to the more agile and cost-effective
Microsoft platform."

    About Speedware

    Speedware Ltd. is a leading provider of enterprise software solutions and
offers a complete suite of legacy modernization, migration and application
portfolio management solutions, business intelligence tools and application
development solutions. Speedware has been dedicated to helping companies
modernize their business applications for over 30 years. With a customer base
spanning the globe, Speedware offers market leaders the end-to-end solutions
that allow them to react quickly to the needs of a changing business.
    Speedware Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activant Solutions Inc., a
leading US-based technology provider of business management solutions serving
distributors and specialty retailers since 1972.
    For more information, visit Speedware at www.speedware.com.

    About the Midrange Alliance Program

    The Midrange Alliance is an ecosystem of independent software vendors
(ISV) and system integrators that bridge the gap between midrange systems and
the Windows platform. The Midrange Alliance Program (MAP) partners use a
variety of legacy modernization approaches and technologies with a focus and
understanding that comes from years of supporting midrange systems. Additional
information about the alliance can be found at: www.MidrangeAlliance.org.

    This announcement relating to Activant and Speedware (together the
"Company") may contain statements that are forward looking within the meaning
of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, such as
statements concerning trends, future revenues, technology, products, services
or contractual relationships, or the Company's execution. These statements are
based on current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties which
could materially affect the Company's results, including, without limitation,
market demand for products and technology, the Company's ability to
successfully execute, meet contractual obligations, and satisfy customer
requirements or expectations, the integration and utilization of the Company's
technology and products with technology and products supplied by others,
customer acceptance of the Company's products or services, and the retention
and deployment of skilled service providers. Except to the extent required by
applicable securities laws, we undertake no obligation to update or publicly
revise any of the forward-looking statements. Please refer to Activant's
Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2008 and
Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2008, which have
been filed with the Securities Exchange Commission and can be found through
the Activant investor relations website at www.activant.com/company/investors
for a full discussion of the risks and other factors.

    Note: Activant and the stylized Activant logo design are registered
trademarks of Activant Solutions Inc. and Speedware is a registered trademark
of Speedware Ltd. All other trademarks are the property of their respective

For further information:

For further information: Dani Knezevic, Speedware Ltd., (514) 747-7007,
ext. 8404, dani.knezevic@speedware.com

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