WAP and Legend Applications enter into capital and technological partnership

Driving world-leading research and development in cloud computing

Works Applications Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director, Chief Executive Officer: Masayuki Makino; hereinafter “WAP”), one of the world's leading technology companies, is focused on cutting-edge research and development in cloud computing and other technologies.

Recently, by entering into a capital and technological agreement with Legend Applications, Inc. (Chairman and CEO: Tsutomu Kubo; Headquarters: Chuo-ku, Tokyo.) in which both companies exchange personnel and technology, WAP will strive to advance its research and development of cutting-edge technologies, starting with the cloud technology it is currently working on.

Proactive personnel exchanges will promote research and development of cutting-edge technologies

WAP defines the primary fields of ERP software as Human Resources, Finance and Accounting, CRM, and SCM, and has already developed and marketed products in each of these areas.

Until now, WAP has made some of the biggest investments into research and development in Japan's software industry in order to develop its COMPANY series of ERP packages for major corporations. As one of the world's leading technology companies, last winter it established a department dedicated to full-time research and development of cutting-edge technologies such as cloud computing.

In addition to expanding the product lineups within each COMPANY series, WAP is looking forward to promoting the research and development of leading-edge technologies such as cloud computing. By doing this, WAP aims to contribute to even greater reduction in ERP project costs for its major corporate users, while also providing shorter delivery times.

Legend Applications is a company formed by a group of engineers that posses world-class technologies specialized in Java and other open-source technology. By building systems with excellent performance and maintainability, Legend Applications provides its corporate users with strong long-term cost benefits.

Through proactive personnel and information exchanges as a part of this partnership, Legend Applications will provide share with WAP the Java technology it has developed over the years, as well as its talented developers with the knowhow to build systems capable of processing massive amounts of transactions. In this way, WAP will be able to strengthen its initiatives regarding the leading-edge technologies it is current developing.

About Legend Applications

Legend Applications was established in 2005 by a group of engineers who had had been involved in system development since the pioneering days of Java. These engineers now serve as the company's current management team. Technologically, the company specializes in Java and other open-source technologies, and the company particularly excels at building mission critical systems that take full advantage of Java. The company has had a wide range of achievements, including having their own open-source framework "Lakeel" selected by a major automotive manufacturer as the new standard for its in-house systems.

In the realm of mobile e-commerce sites in particular, Legend Applications has developed a large number of commerce systems for some of Japan's biggest and most popular e-commerce sites, including some with over 100 million peak monthly page views. Further, they were previously able to construct a system that smoothly links front-in functions (e-commerce site) with back-office functions (mission critical systems) in a short amount of time by basing the system on their unique framework technology.

Looking to leverage Legend Application's Chinese bases

Legend Applications has Chinese bases in Shanghai, Beijing, and Dalian. These local subsidiaries operate primarily as offshore research centers. As WAP is aiming to become Asia's No.1 ERP vendor, it has positioned China as a major strategic center. It is therefore looking at the possibility of leveraging these bases as it expands its business into Asia in the future.

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