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BRAINTREE, MASSACHUSETTS, January 26, 2010–- The Planon Group, the global leader in IWMS solutions, today announced the formation of its North American Higher Education practice and the limited-time availability of the Planon Competitive Upgrade Program, a solution for FAMIS Software customers who are facing their second acquisition in just two years.

“Higher Education leaders are facing myriad challenges in 2010. Foremost among them are the capital and operating budget pressure linked to the global recession and the aging of the buildings and facilities on their campus – infrastructure which is critical to attracting the best students, faculty and research funding,” said Pierre Guelen, Founder and CEO of the Planon Group. “Planon is committed to bringing higher education best practices to the U.S. to help universities meet these challenges and be responsible stewards for the future of their institutions.”

The new Higher Education practice will be lead by seasoned IWMS executive Tony Stack, formerly of FAMIS Software. As the North American Higher Education Manager, he will work closely with colleges and universities to make the goal of an integrated end-to-end IWMS solution specifically for the Higher Education market a reality. The new team is tasked with bringing Planon’s global vision, best practices, experience and success in Higher Education to North America.

“We are excited to announce our dedicated Higher Education team who will help deliver the winning combination of deep U.S. higher education experience with global success and best practices in areas like sustainability to our customers here,” said Jim Nauen, Senior Vice President, North America. “Our new Competitive Upgrade Program will add significant value to existing Accruent/FAMIS customers who are looking for a stable, long-term IWMS partner.”

Following last week’s announcement that Accruent/FAMIS was sold to Vista Equity Partners, Planon has created a migration solution for FAMIS customers consisting of a 50% discount on software licenses and a fixed price implementation if purchased by June 30, 2010.

Planon is the largest and most financially stable IWMS company in the world. In 2009 Planon experienced continued growth and profitability, maintaining the trend it has sustained for decades. With over 1,300 customers, Planon has more than 100 college and university customers, including University of Oxford, University of Mainz, Open University (United Kingdom), University of Antwerp and Sheffield University.

The Planon for Higher Education solution has been adding value to our customers since 1985 and offers a completely integrated web-based solution with significant functional breadth and depth. The solution offers a best practice for indirect cost recovery, environmental sustainability, reporting, including OMB Circular A-21 reporting and enables university leaders to manage and optimize physical resources for today’s virtual learning environment.

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