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March 3, 2008

Hartmarx Selects NGC’s e-PLM and TPM Software

TPM and e-PLM are core components of the apparel brand’s company-wide focus to “journey upscale” and become a nimbler, faster organization

MIAMI – March 3, 2008 – NGC® (New Generation Computing®) today announced that Hart Schaffner & Marx, a subsidiary of Hartmarx Corporation, a provider of upscale business, casual and golf apparel, is implementing NGC’s e-PLM for Product Lifecycle Management and TPM (The Production Manager) for shop floor control. 

The company’s selection of NGC software is a key part of Hartmarx’s strategy to become a more agile, nimble organization and an even stronger partner with its retail customers. “Hart Schaffner & Marx is focused on helping our retailers bring increased value to their consumers and differentiate themselves in a very tough business climate,” said Shouvik Dutta, Vice President of Information Technology, Hart Schaffner & Marx. “In order to achieve this, we are implementing more flexible, cost-effective and efficient business and IT processes to give us increased visibility and control of the product lifecycle.”

Hartmarx sought a vendor who could provide a best-in-class, apparel-specific PLM solution, as well as shop floor control software for the company’s U.S. factories. NGC’s e-PLM and TPM provided the out-of-the-box functionality and flexibility that Hartmarx required. “We wanted a PLM solution that would transform the product lifecycle and integrate to our enterprise ERP system,” Dutta explained. “At the same time, we needed to gain much tighter control of the factory floor. With NGC, we can do both, enabling us to bring products to market in a much more timely and cost-effective manner.”

Benefits of NGC’s software solutions include:

  • Shorter product lifecycle, faster speed to market. e-PLM and TPM will reduce product development cycle time through end-to-end visibility, improved collaboration and automated processes. As a result, Hartmarx can get products to market faster and more efficiently, providing a new level of service to its retail customers.
  • Easy integration with enterprise solutions. e-PLM and TPM fully integrate to Hartmarx’s SAP® enterprise system – an important factor in Hartmarx’s selection of NGC. This will provide Hartmarx with real-time visibility of data throughout the enterprise and allow the company to leverage the large volume of information in its ERP system. 
  • Streamlined application portfolio. Hartmarx’s selection of NGC software is part of the company’s strategy to gain new efficiencies by replacing manual processes and homegrown software solutions with a core group of industry-leading solutions that are easier to manage and maintain.

“Hartmarx has a proud history of quality, innovation and style, and NGC is pleased to work with Hartmarx to provide strategic software solutions for the company’s ongoing success,” said Alan Brooks, president, NGC. “The implementation is already underway, and we look forward to working with Hartmarx on a successful implementation.”

About Hartmarx
Hartmarx produces and markets business, casual and golf apparel under its own brands, including Hart Schaffner Marx, Hickey Freeman, Palm Beach, Coppley, Monarchy, Manchester Escapes, Society Brand, Racquet Club, Naturalife, Pusser's of the West Indies, Brannoch, Sansabelt, Exclusively Misook, Barrie Pace, Eye, Christopher Blue, Pine IV, Wörn, One Girl Who, Zooey by alice heller and b.chyll. In addition, the Company has certain exclusive rights under licensing agreements to market selected products under a number of premier brands such as Austin Reed, Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry men's tailored clothing, Ted Baker, Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Claiborne, Pierre Cardin, Perry Ellis, Lyle & Scott, Golden Bear, Jag and Starington. The Company's broad range of distribution channels includes fine specialty and leading department stores, value-oriented retailers and direct mail catalogs.

About New Generation Computing
NGC® is a leading Fashion, Apparel, Footwear and Retail software company.  NGC's SQL Series is a comprehensive suite of “end-to-end” solutions for PLM (e-PLM), Global Sourcing (e-SPS®) and ERP (RedHorse®). The SQL Series provides real-time visibility to product information, accelerates speed to market, and enables quality control throughout the supply chain to help deliver superior products. NGC customers include leading brands and retailers such as VF Corporation®, A|X Armani Exchange®, Carter’s®, Casual Male Retail Group®, Maggy London, Goody’s Family Clothing, Hugo Boss®, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Isda & Co., Tristan & America®, Axis®, Wilson’s Leather®, and many others. NGC has offices in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, China, India, Mexico and El Salvador and is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Software Inc. (NASDAQ: AMSWA).  For more information, visit