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Plexxus to Transform Ontario's Healthcare Support Services With SAP

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 General News J E 4
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TORONTO, Sept. 2 SAP Canada Inc., afast-growing subsidiary of SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), today announced that Plexxus, anot-for-profit healthcare support services provider, will implement SAP(R)Business Suite applications and the SAP(R) for Healthcare solution portfolioto support supply chain, finance, payroll and human resources processes acrossits member healthcare organizations.

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Plexxus was formed as a shared service to maximize non-clinicalefficiencies and improve service levels, enabling its members to gain savingsto be reinvested in direct patient care. To help realize this goal, Plexxuswill leverage SAP Business Suite -- a complete and integrated suite ofbusiness applications that help organizations better run their businesses-- and deploy the SAP(R) ERP, SAP(R) Supply Chain Management and SAP(R)Supplier Relationship Management applications.

"Plexxus is committed to finding innovative solutions that will streamlineand standardize business processes, increase efficiency and reduce costs forour members," said David E. Yundt, president and CEO, Plexxus. "Aftercompleting an extensive public request for proposal process, we chose SAPbecause it delivers the comprehensive functionality our members need in asingle, integrated solution. This technology is a key enabler in helping usdrive continuous business process and service improvement in the future."

Plexxus will also use the SAP for Healthcare set of solutions, a portfolioof state-of-the-art software tailored to meet the unique challenges ofhealthcare organizations. With its SAP implementation, Plexxus will provide ascalable platform for back-office systems for its current member hospitals andposition them for future growth.

"Canadian healthcare providers today are under enormous pressure toimprove their services and business processes due to constrained financialresources, more stringent regulatory requirements and increasing patientexpectations," said Mark Aboud, president and managing director, SAP Canada."It is critical for healthcare providers to embrace technology and seekstrategic partnerships that will provide long-term value, improve theirbusiness processes and help them answer the call for affordable, efficient andquality patient care."

Plexxus will implement SAP solutions using a phased approach. The firstphase will focus on streamlining its supply chain network and is expected tobe completed in 2010. Participating member hospitals include Bloorview KidsRehab, Lakeridge Health Network, Mount Sinai Hospital, North York GeneralHospital, St. Joseph's Health Centre Toronto, Rouge Valley Health System,Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, The Scarborough Hospital, Toronto EastGeneral Hospital, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Networkand Women's College Hospital.

About Plexxus

Plexxus is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing businesssupport functions to healthcare organizations in the areas of supply chainmanagement, transactional finance and human resources, and payroll services.Its focus is on maximizing non-clinical efficiencies and generating savingsfor member hospitals, for reinvestment in patient care. For more information,visit http://www.plexxus.ca.

Plexxus receives financial support from the Ministry of Finance throughthe OntarioBuys Program. OntarioBuys' mandate is to promote the adoption ofleading practices in integrated supply chain management and back officetransformation throughout the broader public sector. For more information,visit: http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/english/ontariobuys.

About SAP Canada Inc.

SAP Canada Inc., based in Toronto, is a fast-growing subsidiary of SAP AG(NYSE: SAP), the world's leading provider of business software*. SAPapplications are helping Canadian enterprises of all sizes improvep
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