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Chairman and CEO William M. Stuek Outlines Plans for Company Growth

Chicago, IL, September 24, 1998 - System Software Associates (NASDAQ: SSAX), a global provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and services, today outlined its plans for 15% revenue growth and a return to profitability in 1999 and beyond.

"We believe that the actions we are taking will invigorate SSA's growth, and restore the company to profitability," said William M. Stuek, Chairman and CEO of SSA.

The company said its growth expectations are supported by forthcoming new releases of the company's Business Planning and Control System (BPCS) software and strengthened partnership with hardware vendors International Business Machines and Hewlett Packard. Other growth drivers cited by the company include new product and services partnerships and alliances, increased software and services revenues, and continuing overall improvements in software quality and client satisfaction.

In his remarks, Stuek announced a new business partnership with i2 Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of intelligent planning and scheduling software for global supply chain management. The partnership will result in seamless interoperability between i2's RHYTHM® family of products and SSA's BPCS by early 1999. Calling it the first of several product partnerships soon to be announced, Stuek noted that "through this joint marketing and sales relationship we expect to sell Rhythm into our installed base and new business opportunities around the world." SSA plans to form other partnerships involving sales force automation, system management, and the Internet in the near future.

About SSA

System Software Associates is a worldwide ERP software and services provider, with fiscal-year 1997 revenue of $430 million. Its principal product, BPCS Client/Server Version 6.0, is primarily sold to the industrial sector including, automotive, chemicals, consumer goods, electronics, general manufacturing, food and beverage, forest products and pharmaceuticals.

Safe Harbor Provision

The statements contained in this release regarding SSA's future operating results and performance and business prospects are "forward-looking statements" subject to the safe harbor created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Where possible, the words "expect," "outlook" and similar expressions, as they relate to SSA or its management, have been used to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements reflect SSA's current beliefs and specific assumptions with respect to future business decisions and are based on information currently available to SSA. Accordingly, the statements are subject to significant risks, uncertainties, and contingencies which could cause SSA's actual operating results, performance or business prospects to differ from those expressed in, or implied by, these statements.


System Software Associates Contact
Charles Spofford
(508) 893-7100

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