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RICOH SIGNS WITH SAGE SOFTWARE BMD AS EXCLUSIVE ENDORSED DEVELOPMENT PARTNER FOR MULTIFUNCTION DEVICES


West Caldwell, NJ, January 24, 2008 - Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment, today announced the selection as the exclusive Endorsed Development Partner for multifunction office products for Sage Software’s Business Management Division (BMD). This new partnership is a first of its kind in the office products industry. As an integral part of the Sage Software development partner family, Ricoh multi-function devices and solutions will be recommended and aggressively promoted across Sage Software’s vast customer base and business partner community. Through co-marketing activity, Ricoh and Sage Software will provide their extensive customer and partner bases new opportunities to learn about and procure industry solutions for business process improvement and optimization incorporating Ricoh’s industry-leading suite of trusted office products including award-winning color and black & white digital imaging systems, facsimile products, printers, scanners, digital duplicators, production printing products and wide-format engineering systems offered under the brands Ricoh, Lanier and Savin.

“With Ricoh as an Endorsed Development Partner for Sage Software’s Business Management Division, we are looking forward to incorporating office products with our software offerings, and in turn providing a more robust solution set to our customers and business partners,” said Alan Bryant, Sage Software Vice President ISV Programs and Developer Relations. “We are delighted that Ricoh has agreed to partner with Sage as we jointly expand the choices we offer to our customers and business partners.”

Ricoh multifunction devices are no longer stand-alone devices sitting in an office hallway. Many customers realize Ricoh multi-function devices are an important part of their overall computing infrastructure. The industry trend is to integrate these devices on the business network to improve document-centric business processes. Many of these business processes are centered on line-of-business workflow managed through the use of industry-leading business applications such as Sage Software’s ERP and CRM solutions. The result is improved document workflow efficiencies, decreased processing costs, and measurable savings while adhering to IT requirements for security, authentication, and compliance governance.

“Like Sage Software, we understand our customer’s business needs and challenges and consider quality and customer service to be the foundation of our company,” said Hede Nonaka, senior vice president, Document Solutions and Services Division, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “We are proud to be the exclusive Endorsed Development Partner for multi-function office products in Sage Software’s BMD and look forward to providing Ricoh’s market-leading products and solutions into Sage’s extensive customer and business partner base.”

About Sage Software’s BMD Development Partner Program
The BMD (Business Management Division) Development Partner Program is designed to help ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) successfully develop, test and market applications that enhance and extend the functionality of Sage Software’s BMD solutions. The program provides extensive development resources, technical services, strategic product and marketing benefits that help maximize Development Partner revenue opportunities. Endorsed Development Partners, the highest achievable designation in the program, receive the greatest benefits by meeting rigorous strategic, technology and integration criteria. Sage Software supports the needs, challenges and dreams of nearly 2.8 million small and mid-sized business customers in North America through easy-to-use, scalable and customizable business management solutions. For more information on the Sage Software BMD Partner Development Program, please visit http://sagesoftware.com/partners/development_program/index.cfm





About Ricoh Americas Corporation

Ricoh Americas Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., the 72-year old leading supplier of office automation equipment and electronics.

Ricoh’s fully integrated hardware and software products help businesses share information efficiently and effectively by enabling customers to control the input, management and output of documents. Ricoh’s line of document management devices include: color and black & white digital imaging systems, facsimile products, printers, scanners, digital duplicators, production printing products and wide format engineering systems. Additionally, Ricoh offers a wide variety of document and printing solutions directly and through strategic alliances enhancing office productivity and document workflow. Ricoh’s hardware and software enhances workgroup collaboration and offers secure storage, retrieval and sharing of critical information.

Ricoh Americas Corporation directly or through its network of authorized independent dealers markets and distributes products in North, Central and South America.


Information about Ricoh's complete range of products and services can be accessed on the World Wide Web at www.ricoh-usa.com.


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Contacts:Linda MontefuscoMelissa Einfrank
Ricoh Americas Corporation
973-882-2172212-931-6171
linda.montefusco@ricoh-usa.commeinfrank@peppercom.com
 

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