updated 10/5/2010 8:16:13 AM ET 2010-10-05T12:16:13

Descartes and Microsoft to Demonstrate a Joint Proof-of-Concept at Descartes' Global User Group Conference

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 5, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Descartes Global User Group Conference -- Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX) and Microsoft are collaborating to fuse technology for Descartes' SaaS 3.0 solutions on Descartes' Global Logistics Network (the GLN).

Descartes' Federated Network, the GLN, is being extended using Microsoft's Cloud Services Platform, Windows Azure as its preferred technology.  Microsoft and Descartes are demonstrating a joint Proof-of-Concept at Descartes' Global User Group Conference, which starts today in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Software-as-a-Service delivery models have been at the core of Descartes' long-term technology strategy.  Consistent with this, at the Global User Group Conference, Descartes is also unveiling its new SaaS 3.0 strategy to extend its GLN SaaS technology platform with cloud-computing capabilities designed to meet customer needs for enhanced business agility.

"We're excited to work with Microsoft, one of the leaders in cloud-computing technology, to federate with our Global Logistics Network.  This gives our customers increased enterprise agility by providing component based solutions in the cloud," said Frank Hamerlinck, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Descartes.  "By uniting the GLN services with the Windows Azure Platform, our customers and partners can have robust and reliable solutions that are easily accessible and open for integration.  This model results in an accelerated time-to-value for our customers, ultimately driving improvements in their logistics operations."

"Descartes is moving ahead with a well thought out hybrid approach to cloud computing.  Windows Azure will allow Descartes to quickly extend their Global Logistics Network based on customer demand, while keeping costs low," said Nicole Denil, Director of Americas for the Windows Azure Platform at Microsoft.  "We are excited to see Descartes federate its network with Azure and look forward to our continued strong partnership."

Descartes and Microsoft are scheduled to discuss the details of this relationship and the Descartes Technology Vision and R&D Methodology at its Global User Group Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida from October 5 to October 7.  This session will provide a deeper understanding of Descartes' technological vision on SaaS 3.0, processes, methodologies and the Microsoft technology.

For more information about Descartes User Group Conference visit www.descartes.com/usergroup

About Descartes

Descartes (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX) is the premier provider of Global Trade Compliance, Supply Chain Execution and Mobile Resource Management services.  Descartes' Global Logistics Network (GLN) unites global businesses and trading partners, allowing them to collaborate in a cost effective way and maximize productivity and efficiency.  Trading partners that connect to the GLN join Descartes' Federated Network, the world's most extensive multi-modal business network with over 35,000 trading partners connected, including ground carriers, airlines, ocean carriers, freight forwarders, third-party providers of logistics services customs house brokers, freight payment agencies, manufacturers, retailers, distributors, mobile services providers and regulatory agencies.  Descartes is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and has offices in North America, EMEA and Asia-Pacific.  More information and industry updates are available at http://www.descartes.com and http://blog.descartes.com .

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