ECi Acquires Bowen & Groves, Developer of M1 Software for Manufacturers

FORT WORTH, Texas ā€“ May 12, 2009

Software Solutions, a leader in industry-specific information
technology solutions, has entered the manufacturing software industry
with the acquisition of software companies Bowen & Groves Pty Ltd.
and Bowen & Groves Inc. Bowen & Groves (B&G) is the
developer of the "M1 by B&Gā„¢" ERP management software used by small
to medium-sized manufacturing businesses around the world. B&G is
based in Mulgrave, Australia and also has sales and support facilities
in the United States.

"I'm excited that B&G is joining
the ECi family of companies," said ECi President Ron Books. "This
acquisition marks an important milestone in our growth, allowing us to
expand our breadth of solutions into the vast industry of
manufacturing. B&G is a recognized leader in this area with a solid
reputation for quality software and unparalleled customer service.
These are all attributes that fit well in the ECi family. We plan to
make additional investments to help them drive market growth."

"As part of ECi, Bowen & Groves
will be even stronger and will benefit by having access to
significantly greater resources than we had as an independent entity,"
said B&G CEO Geoff Groves. "Like B&G, ECi is extremely
customer-focused. And it has a proven record of investing in the
companies it acquires and continuing to enhance and support their
software platforms. They are clearly the right partner to entrust with
our employees, our customers, and the continued development of the M1

ECi will continue to market, support
and enhance the M1 ERP software. Sales, support and development of the
product will continue to be handled by B&G's current staff from the
company's existing offices in Australia and the United States.

Manufacturers interested in learning more about the M1 ERP system can contact B&G at or 1300 130 241 in Australia, 0800 441 186 in New Zealand, 866-617-6389
in the US, 416-646-2885 in Canada, or +44 (0) 1623 600845 in the UK.

About ECi

ECi Software Solutions is a leading provider of
'best-in-industry' vertically oriented business management and
e-commerce systems software for growing and mid-size companies. A
member of the Inc. 5000, ECi has specialized in growth-empowering
software solutions for global, micro niche vertical businesses for more
than 30 years. ECi's solutions are known for a combination of
technological innovation, top-ranked customer support and business
consultancy. The company's software fuels the expansion and efficiency
of manufacturing operations throughout the world as well as dealers and
distributors in industries such as office supplies, contact office
furniture, business equipment, lumber and building materials, hardware
and jan/san supplies. ECi is privately-held and based in Fort Worth,
TX. For more information, email, go to, or call 800-959-3367.