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London – 02 April 2012

hybris strengthens UK Channel as it forms new partnership with Eclipse Group Solutions Limited

…specialist integrator offers new opportunities in manufacturing, distribution and automotive industries…

hybris, a leading provider of multichannel commerce and communication software has today announced, as part of its UK channel development programme, that it is partnering with Midlands-based Eclipse Group, a specialist in designing, developing and supporting IT systems for a broad range of customers from mid-size through to large multinationals.

The new agreement will bring together Eclipse’s well established systems integration and Java-based software development skills, together with hybris’ proven, agile B2B and B2C multichannel platforms.

Since forming in 1996, Eclipse Group has built a strong team of over 200 IT specialists across their UK and Polish offices. Eclipse has, created its own agile business applications development team, with applications now being used within companies in the logistics, manufacturing, automotive and retail sectors. This strong pedigree is important to hybris’ plans to expand into new vertical markets with experienced partners. In March, the company announced that it is now partnering with 11 of the 12 leading commerce providers named in Forrester Research’s Wave Report on Global Commerce Service Providers.

Frank Schoutissen, Vice President Channel at hybris, said: “Eclipse Group demonstrates the skill and expertise that we are looking for in our partners. The successful implementation of a commerce platform requires a broad knowledge, not just of the technology involved, but also how this technology will be used to deliver a first-class service to customers and integrate with all other systems utilised by the client. This depth of knowledge is evident in the quality of Eclipse’s customers, and the systems it has developed internally, or with partners prior to integration. We are very excited about the opportunities that this affords hybris.”

Eclipse has been appointed as a hybris Silver partner and will focus on UK-based customers. One additional advantage to the new partnership is that Eclipse has an active customer hosting and support service, which hybris’ believes will appeal to customers who prefer a third-party to manage the systems.

Steve Carter, Managing Director, Eclipse Group, said: “Part of our business strategy is to continually look to develop new relationships with leading technology partners and hybris fits our approach perfectly. Our clients have one need in common: to invest in IT solutions which offer flexibility and add value to their businesses. As a leading and innovative player in the eCommerce market, our partnership with hybris will allow us to combine our strengths and empower our clients to make the right business decisions quickly. We are enthused and excited by the prospect of working closely with hybris and we are sure the partnership will be a great success.”