SOURCE: Ektron Inc.

March 14, 2005 08:00 ET

Ektron Complements Content Management Portfolio With New Document Management Functionality

An Integrated System for Managing the Document Lifecycle Helps Organizations Improve Accountability and Increase Efficiencies

AMHERST, NH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 14, 2005 -- Ektron Inc. today announced the release of DMS400, a document management system that supports the requirements of mid-market and enterprise-level organizations by enabling them to bring their information assets under control in a coherent, automated way. With DMS400, knowledge workers can collaborate on projects, as well as rapidly search and access documents, images, multimedia and other information assets, within a process-driven Web-based solution.

"The pressure on organizations to manage documents and digital assets in a centralized, secure environment has never been greater," said Bill Rogers, founder and CEO, Ektron Inc. "The deployment of document management solutions has traditionally required a significant investment of time, budget and IT expertise; however, Ektron DMS400 debuts as a feature-rich, low-cost, quick to deploy solution that addresses mid-market demands. Ektron blazed new trails with our Web CMS and will do the same with our DMS."

Ektron DMS400 enables organizations to streamline processes for creating, editing publishing and sharing documents and other assets while providing organizations with real-time monitoring of information to address accountability and auditing issues associated with managing these files. Because it's tightly integrated with Microsoft technologies, individuals can create and manage Microsoft Office files, and a wide range of additional file types including PDFs, images, and audio and videos files. It also enables users to collaborate on projects and rapidly search and access documents via the Web.

In an attempt to lower document lifecycle management costs and minimize risk by ensuring regulatory compliance, organizations are seeking solutions that automate workflow, foster collaboration among knowledge workers, and improve search of documents and other digital assets. Ektron DMS400 addresses these challenges with features including:

--  Collaboration tools for knowledge workers and managers to share
    information, work together on document and content-related projects,
    publish information to the Web, and foster an environment for improved
    productivity.
--  Automation tools that provide a process-driven framework linking all
    workers and streamlining manual tasks, automating the steps for projects
    from start to finish.
--  Reporting tools to place real-time information about people, process
    and information at the desktop of administrators and managers. Allows
    organizations to make the best use of resources by identifying and
    correcting inefficiencies.
--  Search functionality lets individuals quickly locate and access
    documents and assets based on indexed criteria and full text regardless of
    whether the information is on the public or Intranet site or in DMS400.
--  Industry-specific business process automation allows any organization
    to eliminate previously manual, paper-based business processes and tasks by
    automating them on the Web.
--  Globalization tools support organizations' growing need to reach new
    markets and communicate with multilingual audiences with speed, efficiency
    and accuracy.
    
Ektron DMS400 is built from the ground up on the Microsoft .NET Framework, making it a scalable solution that leverages an organizations' existing expertise and infrastructure investments. The integration of Ektron's document management system and Ektron's content management solutions gives organizations the ability to manage and publish documents and other file types to Web sites, intranets, extranets and portals. Ektron CMS and DMS solutions share a common user interface, workflow model, security model, and provide a Microsoft-centric environment for end users, administrators and developers.

Pricing and Availability

Ektron DMS400 is currently available as an add-on to the Ektron CMS product line. Pricing begins at $11,400 for a 10-seat CMS-DMS bundle and $46,000 for an enterprise bundle (unlimited users). DMS400 will be available as a stand-alone product in May.

About Ektron Inc.

Ektron's software solutions streamline business and publishing processes and help organizations unlock the value of corporate information. At the same time, Ektron's solutions enable organizations to lower content- and document-lifecycle costs, comply with regulatory requirements and unify the efforts of distributed knowledge workers. Ektron has more than 13,000 customer integrations worldwide including Intel, Pfizer, Celestica and Unilever. Headquartered in Amherst, New Hampshire, Ektron has offices throughout Europe. Visit www.ektron.com to find out how Ektron helps organizations manage people, process and information.

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