Color Spot Nurseries Expands SAP Footprint with Rimini Street

  Color Spot Nurseries Expands SAP Footprint with Rimini Street

 Company Benefits from Significant Savings and More Robust Service Model for
                                SAP Since 2010

Business Wire

LAS VEGAS -- August 22, 2013

Rimini Street, Inc., the leading third-party maintenance and support provider
for enterprise software, including SAP AG’s (NYSE: SAP) Business Suite and
BusinessObjects software and Oracle Corporation’s (NYSE: ORCL) Siebel,
PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, E-Business Suite, Oracle Database and Hyperion
software, today announced that Color Spot Nurseries, a leading wholesale
producer and distributor of specialty horticulture, has continued to
successfully expand its SAP footprint to meet growing and changing business
needs while leveraging Rimini Street Support since 2010. When it switched from
SAP vendor support to Rimini Street Support more than three years ago, Color
Spot greatly improved the level of support it receives for its SAP system, and
at the same time, was able to cut its annual maintenance and support costs by
more than 50 percent. The savings were used to drive strategic initiatives and
to meet the ongoing needs of the business.

Color Spot Benefits from Rimini Street’s Innovative Support Model

Color Spot specializes in the production and distribution of high quality
bedding plants, vegetables, herbs and shrubs to more than 2,000 retail and
commercial customers around the US. Since 2001, the company has relied on its
SAP R/3 4.7C implementation for mission-critical operations, including
finance, human resources and payroll processes. The company also continues to
grow aggressively through acquisitions and expand its SAP instance across all
entities. After an internal audit in late 2009 showed that SAP vendor
maintenance fees consumed over 20 percent of the total IT budget and did not
deliver value commensurate with the support the company received, Color Spot’s
Chief Information Officer, Eric Robinson, made the decision to switch from SAP
to Rimini Street in 2010. Moreover, SAP had announced that it would no longer
provide support for version 4.7C, which would have forced Color Spot to
undergo an expensive, unneeded and disruptive upgrade to ECC 6.0, or else face

Through Rimini Street’s innovative, premium-level support model, Robinson
immediately cut his maintenance budget by 50 percent, gained support for
customizations at no additional cost and received guaranteed support for Color
Spot’s existing SAP R/3 release for at least another decade. The switch to
Rimini Street support for SAP has enabled Color Spot to avoid costly,
disruptive upgrades that would have been performed for the sake of continuing
support. Color Spot also utilizes the Rimini Street Tax Engine for SAP Payroll
and receives regular tax, legal and regulatory updates and that keep the
organization in compliance with changes taking place at the local, state and
federal levels.

Color Spot Expands Use of SAP While Supported by Rimini Street

Color Spot has aggressively managed its business to optimize market
opportunity and streamline internal operations while under Rimini Street
Support for the past three years, including making acquisitions to enter or
consolidate markets. To enable this growth and expansion, Color Spot has
expanded its use of SAP, including the purchase and deployment of new SAP
licenses and has relied on Rimini Street for support of its growing, changing
SAP footprint.

“Three years ago, we made the critical decision to switch from SAP vendor
support to Rimini Street and we couldn’t be happier with the decision and the
results. Their support model works as advertised and we have been able to
achieve great success, including reducing our software maintenance costs from
20 percent to only 9 percent of my overall IT budget, and significantly
improving the level of support we receive,” said Robinson. “Today, Rimini
Street is much more than a vendor – I consider them a valued partner and
extension of my IT team, especially during this important period of growth and

Rimini Street Dedicated to Delivering Industry’s Best Support Service

Since 2005, more than 660 organizations around the world, including 75 of the
Fortune 500 and 16 of the Global 100, have leveraged Rimini Street for their
Oracle and SAP systems to reduce total support costs by up to 90 percent,
while continuing to advance the scope, scale and use of their enterprise
software to achieve critical business objectives. Rimini Street’s more
efficient, personalized support program includes 24X7X365 support, an assigned
Primary Support Engineer (PSE), support for customizations at no additional
fee and support for a minimum of 10 years for existing releases without any
required upgrades.

“Rimini Street set out to provide SAP licensees around the world with a more
relevant and value-driven software maintenance option. Today, we are proud to
be an integral partner to Color Spot and many other SAP licensees,” said Seth
Ravin, CEO, Rimini Street. “Now with more than 660 clients signed, Rimini
Street is the proven leader in third-party support for both Oracle and SAP
licensees, and will continue to dedicate itself to providing all of our
clients with the most innovative, ultra-responsive enterprise software support
in the industry for the long-term.”

About Rimini Street, Inc.

Rimini Street is the leading third-party provider of enterprise software
support services. The company is redefining enterprise support services with
an innovative, award-winning program that enables Oracle and SAP licensees to
save up to 90 percent on total support costs over a decade, including saving
50 percent on annual support fees. Clients can remain on their current
software release without any required upgrades or migrations for at least 10
years. Hundreds of global, Fortune 500, midmarket, and public sector
organizations from virtually all industries have selected Rimini Street as
their trusted, independent support provider. To learn more, please
visitwww.riministreet.comor call within the USA 888-870-9692 or
internationally +1 702-839-9671.

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