American Software sells business software from sea to shining sea. The company's supply chain management and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is used by manufacturers and distributors to manage back-office operations, including global supply chain, warehouse, and transportation operations. Its Logility subsidiary makes collaborative applications that connect buyers with suppliers and help in planning transportation and logistics. American Software also provides IT staffing and consulting services. The company's customers come from a wide range of industries worldwide and have included The Home Depot, Avery Dennison, Tiffany, and Ingram Micro.
Suffering like the rest of the world during the global recession, American Software took a hit to revenue and cash flow in 2010. The following year showed a 14% increase in revenue on the strength of general economic improvement. Operating income improved 26% based on a strong uptick in IT consulting that offset the loss of a major ERP customer.
Historically American Software has generated nearly all of its revenues from customers in the US but the company is working to change that. In 2011 business came from nearly 75 other countries through international distributors (14% of sales up from 10%). It hopes to expand its international presence by creating additional distributor relationships in South America, Europe, Africa, and the Asia/Pacific region.
American Software operates through three major subsidiaries: Logility, New Generation Computing (supply chain management for retailers), and The Proven Method (IT consulting). Many of its supply chain products fall outside the subsidiary system though.
Co-founders James Edenfield (president and CEO) and Dr. Thomas Newberry (chairman) together control the voting power of the company.
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