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Follett Acquires Athena, Winnebago August 4, 2006

Posted by editor in Company, General, Library Automation.
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Acquisition Enhances Follett Software Company’s Market Leadership

In a simultaneous press release last July 26, 2006, Follett Software Company and Sagebrush Technologies announced that Follett Software Company has acquired Sagebrush’s library automation business, including Athena, Spectrum (formerly Winnebago), Accent and Infocenter.

The following long quote from the press release gives some details of the merger –

“Sagebrush has been a highly respected name in library automation for more than two decades and we are committed to continuing to provide Sagebrush customers with outstanding service and innovative software solutions,” said Tom Schenck, President of Follett Software Company. “Delivering outstanding support to our new customers is of utmost importance to us and we plan to continue supporting Sagebrush products for the foreseeable future,” added Schenck.

“Follett and Sagebrush share a strong commitment to customers and innovation and we are pleased that, in this manner, Follett will be meeting the future needs of our library automation customers,” said Jim Zicarelli, former CEO of Sagebrush Corporation. “Sagebrush Books and Sagebrush Library Services will continue as a new separate company,” added Zicarelli.

The Sagebrush library automation business will initially operate under the Sagebrush name as a subsidiary of Follett Software Company and over time will be integrated into Follett Software Company.

“Our highest priorities are to ensure that the transition from Sagebrush to Follett is seamless and simple and to keep our new customers involved and informed throughout the integration process. Consequently, as we make any future changes to the Sagebrush product line, we will work closely with our new Sagebrush customers to make the timing of upgrades to new technology as easy and seamless as possible,” added Schenck.

Follett Software Company provides library automation and educational asset management software to educational institutions and districts. Follett software is used in about 38,000 schools worldwide.

Follett Software Company is a subsidiary of Follett Corporation — a $2.2 billion, privately-held company that provides products, services and solutions to the educational marketplace. Follett Corporation was founded in 1873 and has its headquarters in River Grove, Illinois.

Follett Software Company is represented in the Philippines by Electronic Information Solutions Inc (http://www.eisi.com.ph, tel 8436571).

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