Microsoft Exchange Becomes a Leading Messaging Platform For Document Management, Imaging, Workflow Solutions

NEW YORK, April 15, 1997 — Now marking its first anniversary, Microsoft® Exchange Server has quickly become one of the most popular and fastest growing messaging and collaboration solutions on the market, gaining widespread support from both Microsoft Solution Developers and their customers, Microsoft Corp. today announced. These Microsoft Solution Developers will feature their applications in the Microsoft booth (2744) at the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) trade show, being held April 15-17 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York.

“With Microsoft Exchange Server, we have one main goal: to allow people to communicate with anyone, anywhere,” said Rich Noffsinger, industry marketing manager for document management, imaging and workflow at Microsoft. “Microsoft Exchange Server is designed with security, reliability and power in mind. This focus has led Microsoft Solution Developers and their customers to adopt Microsoft Exchange Server as their messaging platform.”

Built on existing Internet, communications and collaboration standards, Microsoft Exchange Server has been widely adopted as a key communications platform by many industries, including companies building applications for imaging, workflow and document management. As a development platform, its open architecture allows ISVs to easily write rich messaging and collaboration solutions for businesses of all sizes, while providing leading security and performance features so that companies can take full advantage of the Internet. The imaging, document management and workflow solution vendors supporting Microsoft Exchange Server include Documentum Inc. Eastman Software Inc., FileNet Corp., FrontOffice Technologies, JetForm Corp., Keyfile Corp., Mosaix Inc., PC DOCS Inc., Reach Software and Staffware Corp.

Eastman Software

Together with Microsoft Exchange Server, Eastman Software’s OPEN/workflow for the Windows NT® operating system automates business processes by streamlining the flow of business throughout the organization, making it easier to share information and support decision-making. “Microsoft Exchange Server is playing a leading role in embracing the Internet and providing a rich messaging and collaborative application solution to the market,” said Bob Weiler, president of Eastman Software. “Eastman Software is firmly committed to taking advantage of this powerful platform.”


On the workflow side, FileNet’s Ensemble enables enterprises operating in Microsoft Exchange-based environments to enhance collaboration and information sharing in work processes, thus improving personal and group productivity. “Microsoft Exchange enables FileNet to give a much larger group of users access to the productivity benefits of workflow software through FileNet Ensemble,” said Jordan Libit, senior vice president of marketing for FileNet. “This easy-to-deploy workflow management capability is an example of the value that customers can expect to receive when they take advantage of the enterprise relationship between FileNet and Microsoft.”


FrontOffice designed and integrated its new enterprise document management system with Microsoft Exchange Server so corporate users could manage information stored not only on their own networks but also on the Internet and on corporate intranets. “We wanted to build FrontOffice’s document management system onto a robust messaging system that could scale across thousands of users,” said Brian Aspland, CEO of FrontOffice. “Microsoft Exchange was the best technology out there that could help us achieve our goal. FrontOffice for Microsoft Exchange provides an enterprisewide document management solution that offers users a nonproprietary interface and the functionality they need within their existing software.”


JetForm is a leader in enterprisewide electronic forms solutions. “The Microsoft Exchange groupware platform with support for Web-based workflow with Active Messaging is an important new option for JetFlow customers,” said Phil Weaver, executive vice president of JetForm. “By extending e-form workflow through the Web with Microsoft’s Active Messaging and Microsoft Exchange Server 5.0, our customers can implement sophisticated business workflow applications that use open Internet standards. Going forward, Active Messaging and the Active Server Pages platform will be key to our technical direction.”


Keyfile’s Keyflow for Microsoft Exchange Server empowers users to automate and streamline cross-organizational business processes, enabling them to achieve higher efficiencies within their organizations. “We are extremely pleased with Keyflow’s flexibility and seamless integration,” said John Lapeyrouse, director of technology for Ruby Tuesday Inc., a Keyfile customer. “This new solution will allow us to take full advantage of our investment in Microsoft Exchange. The addition of integrated workflow will enable our employees to work more effectively and efficiently.”

“Building solutions on Microsoft platforms has provided the ability to market them with Microsoft, which has proven to be a win-win strategy,” said Roger Sullivan, vice president of marketing at Keyfile Corp.


For customers of Mosaix, it is extremely important that the company deliver workflow solutions based on the Windows NT platform and that its products integrate well into a Microsoft-based environment. “Because we are a Microsoft Solution Provider, our customers and prospects know that Mosaix software runs seamlessly with Microsoft Exchange, the Microsoft Windows NT platform and Microsoft SQL Server
,” said Gayle Crowell, senior vice president and general manager at Mosaix.

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