Microsoft and Knowledge Management World Magazine Present Industry Solution Awards for Document Management Systems At Knowledge Management Expo

CHICAGO, Oct. 20, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. and Knowledge Management World Magazine (KM World) today presented the 1997 Industry Solution Awards (ISAs) in Document Management Systems to PC Docs Inc., TMSSequoia, Action Technologies Inc. and Ultimus Inc. The awards were presented by Andy Moore, editor in chief and co-publisher of KM World, and Richard Noffsinger, group marketing manager for document management, imaging and workflow at Microsoft, during a ceremony at the Knowledge Management Expo, which concludes today.

“As the document management industry redefines itself to encompass technologies across a number of industries, Microsoft will play a strong role in providing software developers with tools and support for architecting solutions,” Moore said. “The Industry Solution Awards demonstrate the commitment that Microsoft has for providing a platform that software developers can build upon for the ultimate benefit of their customers.”

The annual ISAs in Document Management Systems recognize the document management, imaging and workflow software vendors that best use Microsoft® technology, specifically the Windows NT® Server operating system and the BackOffice® family of products. Participants were tested on a range of measurable business benefits in managing volumes of information and asked to demonstrate that their application offers the best features and functionality.

“The winning solutions from PC DOCS, TMSSequoia, Action Technologies and Ultimus really showcase the power and flexibility of Microsoft technology,” Noffsinger said. “Software vendors who develop solutions with Windows NT and BackOffice take advantage of a uniquely integrated platform, a clear benefit for their customers who require scalable and interoperable solutions.”

Following are the winners in the four ISA categories specific to Document Management Systems.

Industry Solution Awards for Document Management Systems

Best Document Management System

PC DOCS Inc. ( ) is a leader in enterprise document management solutions, managing information assets throughout their life cycle, across mixed networks, databases, corporate intranets and the Internet. PC DOCS Inc. sells its software through a channel of authorized resellers, integrators and distributors worldwide. PC DOCS’ open architecture enables best-of-breed partners in key technology areas to integrate their products seamlessly with DOCS Open, providing solutions to a variety of industries including manufacturing, finance, government, insurance, legal and other professional services.

“PC DOCS’ customers require full-featured, innovative document management solutions that complement the power and scalability of Microsoft environments,” said Ann Palermo, vice president of worldwide marketing at PC DOCS, Inc. “It is a great honor for PC DOCS to be recognized by Microsoft for the second time this year. Winning in the document management category is a testament to the consistent strength and excellence of our DOCS Open solution.”

Best Imaging System

TMSSequoia ( ) supplies core imaging technology and services to organizations worldwide. The Kaiser Permanente Forms Processing System, built by TMSSequoia, has allowed Kaiser to more than triple its throughput.

“We are extremely pleased to receive this award in recognition of excellence and are very proud of the solution that we provided to Kaiser using TMSSequoia and Microsoft technology,” said Mark Castleberry, general manager, TMSSequoia professional services. “Our relationship with Microsoft has been important in enabling us to deploy truly world-class custom imaging information systems.”

Best Structured Workflow System

Action Technologies Inc. ( ) is a premier provider of workflow and work management software. Action’s award-winning products help companies gain a unique, sustainable competitive advantage by streamlining business processes and enhancing the individual knowledge worker’s capacity to manage work. ActionWorkflow Enterprise Series is a LAN-based workflow software suite used for developing client/server applications.

Best Unstructured Workflow System

Ultimus Inc. ( ) is one of the youngest but fastest-growing companies focused on workflow automation. The Ultimus Workflow Suite is a pioneering solution for complete workflow on the Web out of the box with no programming, scripting or macros. The Ultimus software is tightly integrated with Microsoft technologies such as Windows NT Server, Microsoft SQL Server
, Internet Information Server, Microsoft Office and ActiveX

“Ultimus is honored to be the winner of the Industry Solution Award for workflow,” said Rashid N. Khan, president of Ultimus Inc. “This award is another indication of the tremendous success of the Ultimus Workflow Suite as the easiest-to-use and capable solution for enterprisewide workflow on the Web making use of Microsoft BackOffice and Internet technologies. It further strengthens our commitment to providing robust, scalable solutions for automating essential business processes by rapidly adopting new technologies introduced by Microsoft.”

Award Winners Selection Committee

Three finalists in each of four categories were selected by a preliminary judging panel of industry executives and then demonstrated their solutions at the Knowledge Management Expo. The winners in Document Management, Imaging, Structured Workflow and Unstructured Workflow were chosen after the judges viewed their solutions on site.

The final judging panel included Ray Edwards, Apex Associates Inc.; Tom Dale, CADscan; Jeetu Patel, Doculabs Inc.; Elias Safdie, The Cordis Group; Raimund Wasner, The Rheinner Group; James Watson, Doculabs; Bruce Taylor, Knowledge Asset Media Inc.; and Bill Zoellick, CAPVentures Inc.

Headquartered in Camden, Maine, Knowledge Management World Magazine is a leading business-to-business publication specializing in the information technologies and knowledge management solutions that enterprises use to improve their business performance.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

Microsoft, Windows NT, BackOffice and ActiveX are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

Other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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