NEW YORK, April 15, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Microsoft® SQL Server
has received the strong support of independent Microsoft Solution Developers building mission-critical imaging, document management and workflow applications. 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.
“We are enjoying success with Microsoft SQL Server similar to that which we have already experienced with Microsoft Windows NT® Server,” said Rich Noffsinger, industry marketing manager for document management, imaging and workflow at Microsoft. “Earlier this year, we were excited to receive confirmation of the success of the Windows NT operating system in the annual electronic imaging report from AIIM, which noted the dramatic shift in the industry toward its use for imaging systems. We are looking forward to seeing similar results with Microsoft SQL Server in the upcoming months.”
Microsoft SQL Server has become the database of choice for many Microsoft Solution Developers and their enterprise customers seeking robust functionality, scalability and a lower cost of ownership. The imaging, document management and workflow vendors supporting Microsoft SQL Server include Action Technologies Inc., Altris, Cardiff Software Inc., Computron Software Inc., Data General, Diamond Head, Documentum Inc., Eastman Software, EZ Power, FileNet Corp., Identitech Information Management Inc., IDI, Imnet, Infodata, InterTech Information Management Inc., JetForm Corp., Lava Systems, Mosaix Inc., Open Text Corp., Optika Imaging Systems Inc., PC DOCS Inc., QMS Inc. and Staffware.
Customers Demanding Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server: “The Database of Choice”
Many vendors are now providing Microsoft SQL Server as the preferred database for their customers. Data General and Infodata today join vendors such as FileNet and PC DOCS that are packaging Microsoft SQL Server with their products.
“For the vast majority of our customers, Microsoft SQL Server is the database of choice because of its performance, scalability, ease of deployment, and robust feature set,” said Ann Palermo, vice president of worldwide marketing at PC DOCS, which offers advanced document management solutions, including capabilities for Web-based and client/server deployments. “Furthermore, Microsoft SQL Server is easier to deploy and simpler to maintain and offers the high level of security that document-intensive organizations mandate.”
Data General has enhanced its AV Image family of imaging and document management products for Windows NT and Microsoft SQL Server. “There is a tremendous demand for products based on Microsoft Windows NT and Microsoft SQL Server today, and we are responding to that demand,” said William Zastrow, vice president of the imaging business unit for Data General. “Customers can now take advantage of our award-wining AV Image products and the robust functionality of Microsoft platforms to build an industry-leading enterprise imaging solution.”
At FileNet, customers benefit from the tight integration between Microsoft SQL Server and FileNet’s suite of products. With Microsoft SQL Server, FileNet’s Watermark software enables customers to organize, manage and exchange scanned images, faxes and other electronic documents. “FileNet’s Greenbar, Watermark and Saros software all feature ‘built-in’ integration with Microsoft BackOffice
environments, including Microsoft SQL Server,” said Martyn Christian, vice president of marketing programs for FileNet. “This open architecture enables customers to easily integrate a variety of FileNet software components into their Microsoft-based enterprise document management systems.”
With the knowledge that document management is a huge component of the successful operation of an HMO, FileNet customer Beacon Health Plans decided to implement a document-imaging solution based on Microsoft SQL Server. Impressed with the results of the Windows NT-based software, Beacon Health Plans has deployed the imaging systems in other departments across its enterprise. “Once we made the decision to implement document imaging, the natural step was to go to Microsoft for advice,” said Frank Young, CFO, Beacon Health Plans. “Through Microsoft, we found out that FileNet’s Watermark document-imaging software is tailor-made for integration with our enterprise environment based on Microsoft Windows NT and Microsoft SQL Server.”
“The fact that the majority of our customers choose Microsoft SQL Server as their database speaks to its value in terms of price and performance, said Gayle Crowell, senior vice president and general manager at Mosaix, which offers the production-class ViewStar workflow system. “The combination of the ViewStar system with the Microsoft BackOffice family allows users to access, integrate and process information from a variety of sources with unparalleled ease. It’s not surprising that our customers are increasingly demanding the results offered by a Mosaix and Microsoft solution to meet their business process automation needs.”
Vendors Optimize for Microsoft SQL Server
Microsoft SQL Server complements Documentum’s Enterprise Document Management Systems and RightSite products, which are client/server and Web-based software applications that allow customers to capture, manage and release information to the enterprise. “Microsoft SQL Server offers our customers a low-cost point to pilot our solutions, yet can also scale to their enterprise deployments,” said Whitney Martin, Documentum product manager for server products. “The Microsoft and Documentum solution includes complete integration with Microsoft BackOffice, MAPI support for Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Mail, ISAPI integration with Microsoft Internet Information Server, and delivery through Microsoft Office applications, Microsoft Internet Explorer or Documentum’s client products on all Microsoft platforms.”
Infodata’s Virtual File Cabinet (VFC) provides a simple and quick out-of-the-box document-sharing solution for the enterprise intranet. “Microsoft SQL Server allows us to optimize our intranet application and offer our customers an out-of-the-box, fully integrated document-sharing solution,” said Richard Tworek, executive vice president of Infodata. “We are very encouraged about the direction that Microsoft has taken with Microsoft SQL Server.”
Along with Microsoft SQL Server, Optika’s FilePower Integrated Product Suite of document imaging, report management and workflow processing software products successfully address the challenges faced by information-intensive industries and their mission-critical applications.
“We are pleased with the acceptance of Microsoft SQL Server as a key database for our customers and Business Solutions Partners in integrated imaging, workflow and COLD implementations,” said Dave Mansen, vice president of marketing at Optika. “Optika’s position
as an enterprise vendor of imaging solutions is strengthened by our compliance with the Microsoft BackOffice products, including Microsoft SQL Server.”
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