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GBS Business Software Acquires Permessa Corp

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

CANTON, Ga., Feb. 10, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GBS Enterprises Inc. (OTCBB:GBSX) has announced that its majority owned subsidiary, (GBS), a leading provider of IBM Lotus software and Cloud services, the acquisition of Permessa Corporation, a worldwide leader in email and Sametime monitoring, security, and corporate and regulatory policy enforcement. Permessa's extensive analytics, reporting and management solutions for email, Sametime and Domino applications perfectly complement GBS's existing solution portfolio, especially its industry-leading email management, security and productivity capabilities.

"By joining forces with GBS, both of our customers will benefit from a broader range of offerings as well as extended support in North America and Europe," says Stefan Mehlhorn, CEO of Permessa, who will be taking an executive position with GBS.  "This also allows us to increase our R&D investment in areas of Cloud Computing and mobility where analytics and enforcement tools have been lacking."

The integration strategy relating to the Permessa product lines is to quickly incorporate their solutions into the GBS portfolio in the first half of the year.  This will include enhancing some of the existing GBS products by incorporating some of the analytics and reporting capabilities offered by Permessa.  Additionally, GBS is actively leveraging many of the new tools available from Permessa to enhance their Transformer and GBS Live products, which allow companies to easily migrate their existing Lotus Notes application to XPages and the web and to create and manage their own private cloud infrastructure.      

GBS and Permessa have been serving the Lotus market for more than 15 years. "I could not find a better positioned and run company in the IBM Lotus IM and analytical space as Permessa," stated Joerg Ott, CEO of GBS.  "They have great products, people and customer base that fit our vision and innovative culture of creating the future for Lotus products and services."

Permessa's products manage today's modern messaging platforms for enterprise and midmarket customers across the globe, including companies like Coca Cola, Colgate, Ernst & Young, HSBC, IBM, Mars, Merck, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Zurich Financial Services

GBS Business Software AG, founded in 1992, is a worldwide leader in building out-of-box self-service software and custom enterprise application solutions on the IBM Lotus Notes Domino platform. Its 200 employees in 12 offices across North America and Europe serve large and medium-sized companies in sectors ranging from manufacturing, financial services, transportation and logistics to banking, pharmaceutical and automotive via distribution and integration partners.

CONTACT: Gary MacDonald EVP and Chief Corporate Development Officer GBS Enterprises, Incorporated 917.477.9509