McHENRY, IL - November 12, 1997 - Follett Software Company has entered into a new strategic partnership with Dell Computer Corporation (Nasdaq: DELL). The microcomputer-based library automation software provider joined a select few leading education software publishers and technology providers as a member of the new Dell Education Alliance (DEA). The new partnership will enable Follett Software to provide its customers with both software and hardware for complete automation solutions.
"We sought a hardware partner who was able to provide a dedication to education, quality, and support consistent with our own business philosophy," commented Steve Siegel, Director of Product Management at Follett Software. "Dell was the clear choice to meet this goal. The K-12 library automation marketplace will benefit from this joint relationship by more easily obtaining full solutions comprised of the best software and the best hardware, supported by two leading organizations deeply committed to these educators and their students."
The DEA strives to deliver a full range of curriculum and administrative computing solutions to K-12 schools. Daniela Salvadori, National Accounts Manager at Dell explained, "The Dell Education Alliance goal is to bring together the most respected technology providers to education. We define 'most respected' as quality of product and people and leadership position. Dell selected Follett Software as a DEA partner based on the quality of their products and the diverse mix of educational solutions they bring to the alliance. The Dell relationship with Follett will enable both companies to bring the best library management software solution to schools."
In addition to offering its customers added service, the new alliance with Dell enables Follett to focus on its core competencies, ensuring the best use of resources and expertise. "By joining with another leading K-12 solutions-oriented leader, we can offer our customers the best value and expertise for their investment dollar," said Siegel. "They won't have to deal with the coordination elements of implementing a complete information solution, and we can continue to concentrate our development efforts in our established areas of expertise."
Another DEA advantage to both companies' customers is guaranteed compatibility - all software is pre-tested and validated on Dell systems to ensure compatibility.
Follett's commitment to providing its customers full solutions is further evident in its status as a Tier 1 Microsoft Solutions Provider (MSP). As an MSP, Follett works hand-in-hand with Microsoft to solve our customers' operational and educational challenges. Direct access to Microsoft products, technologies, and technical information enables Follett Software to provide its customers with the best, most current technology, compatible with the Microsoft products they use.
About Follett Software Company
Since 1985, Follett Software Company has provided school, public and special libraries with leading-edge library automation, Internet and curriculum resource software and services. Its Circulation Plus software, with more than 29,000 installations worldwide, is the number one selling library automation system in the K-12 marketplace. Follett Software Company is a division of Follett Corporation, and is headquartered in McHenry, IL. The company was recently ranked among the top ten largest software companies in Chicago. For additional information, call (800) 323-3397 or go to www.fsc.follett.com.