e-Spirit and TopForce seal partnership in Benelux

CMS provider opens new markets through expanded partnership network

Dortmund, 23 September 2009 - e-Spirit AG is expanding its international partner network: with TopForce B.V., the High-End Content Management System (CMS) vendor FirstSpirit™ welcomes the first Dutch company into its partner program. After extensive training of its CMS experts by e- Spirit, the Netherlands-based TopForce team will be an officially recognized FirstSpirit "Trained Partner".

Founded in Rotterdam in 1999, TopForce is an official SAP Services Partner. The company, a systems integrator and portal specialist, focuses on markets in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg and also has ongoing projects in Scandinavia and Great Britain. "With its many years of portal expertise, especially in the SAP environment, TopForce is an ideal partner for e-Spirit. For ten years TopForce has implemented the high-performance workplace concept, whereby different systems are integrated into a stringent overall solution in a user-friendly way – for us as a provider of a high-end CMS, this is just the right combination of general technical know-how and an optimal target group orientation for our system," says Robert Bredlau, Director International Business Development at e-Spirit AG, in anticipation of the collaboration.

For TopForce Director Coen Dijkstra, Content Management represents an important growth area, one which will continue to evolve into a central business focus for decision-makers rather than simply a narrow IT concern. "e-Spirit provides a leading CMS solution which offers superb integration with SAP environments, such as the NetWeaver portal, and rounds out our portfolio of solutions in the high-end area. Because of the enormous potential for process optimization with FirstSpirit we can now offer our customers a system that meets the most exacting demands in terms of performance capability and efficiency in a CMS," says Dijkstra.

FirstSpirit is a solution with a modular design which, in addition to offering many out-of-the-box functionalities, offers various upgrade options to meet customer requirements. The module "SAP Business Package for FirstSpirit" for example can be used directly from inside the CMS to access content from SAP portals quickly, easily, and reliably, which can then be processed and published through any channel of choice without requiring any specific SAP expertise of online editors. FirstSpirit was originally envisioned by its developer, e-Spirit, as an international product with multilingual capability. That means that any type of content, such as text, graphics, and multimedia, can be managed in as many languages as needed. Editors are also provided with extensive tools for use in editing, such as translation aids and change tracking for content in different language versions.

e-Spirit's expert partner network plays an important role in the implementation and continuing development of the FirstSpirit product, as this allows customers to benefit from the specialized know-how of certified technology and integration partners. The e-Spirit partner program now includes partners in the Benelux countries in addition to German, Austrian, Swiss, British, and American companies.

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