Configure One Continues European Expansion

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Leading Product Configurator Software Vendor Makes Significant Investment to Establish a Presence in the French Market

Configure One™, a leading provider of web-based product configurator and electronic catalog software, today announced that it has expanded its European presence with the addition of a French office, and a new French language web site.

Many software vendors are looking to overseas markets to support future revenue growth. "As part of our ongoing expansion, we have opened an office in Hauts de Seine, a suburb of Paris," said Ron Mouw, Configure One's vice president of business development. "French companies are looking to reduce costs and improve customer satisfaction to compete in the global marketplace. We see plenty of opportunity for Configure One's products in France. That's why we are making the investment in a local office."

Configure One has also made a large investment in French translation, with the introduction of a new French language web site http://www.configureone.fr. "Our web site is content-rich and this investment demonstrates our commitment to the French-speaking markets," said Michael McDonnell, Configure One's vice president, product development. "We recognized that to compete successfully in French-speaking markets we needed not only a local presence, but also to present our software and marketing materials in French.

Earlier this year, Configure One introduced a new component, Concept Multilingual. This new module allows end-users to access Concept in multiple languages. According to McDonnell, Concept administrators can easily translate both static and dynamic text labels on screens, reports, and documents enabling quicker deployment. "Concept Multilingual has removed the language barrier to enter new markets. Our customers can appoint a distributor in a new market immediately, without the traditional delays of translating the software."

Configure One's solid financial position has enabled the company to make the investment without taking on any debt. "For the last seven years, Configure One has been debt-free," said Mouw. "In this current financial climate we felt it was important that we continue to fund our business expansion through revenue, and not by adding debt."

About Configure One
Configure One is a leading provider of web-based product configurator and electronic catalog software. Configure One's Concept Enterprise Product Configurator®, Concept E-Catalog®, and Concept E-Commerce® products are enterprise applications that enable companies to efficiently sell and process orders for configurable, multi-option, and customizable products and services. Configure One's customers are able to increase revenues while reducing costs by automating much of the sales, order entry, and engineering processes. Customers include industry leaders such as ABB, Emerson Electric, British Telecom, Danaher, Dover Corporation, Stryker Medical, Sumitomo, and Thomas & Betts.

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