SOURCE: eCopy, Inc.

April 05, 2005 08:30 ET

Merrill Corporation Selects eCopy to Add Paper-Based Information to Litigation Discovery Repository

Merrill Leverages eCopy Open Platform Products to Provide Document Imaging and Distribution Software Standard Across Multiple Digital Copier Brands

MIAMI, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 5, 2005 -- ECOPY PAPER CONNECTION FORUM -- eCopy, Inc., a leading provider of solutions that integrate paper documents into enterprise software applications, today announced Merrill Corporation, a leading global supplier of diversified communications and document services, has selected eCopy to provide document imaging and distribution services for its legal discovery system. eCopy Open Platform software will help Merrill clients improve discovery processes by easily adding paper-based information into their electronic repositories, ensuring a complete case record throughout the litigation cycle.

"eCopy's Open Platform Architecture enables us to support digital copiers from multiple vendors," said Brad Smuland, vice president of information technology for Merrill's Document Management Services business. "Merrill is committed to delivering the best technology available, and eCopy enables us to offer the optimum digital copier for the client's specific situation, while also providing a document imaging and distribution standard that works across a range of platforms."

Merrill has developed an application connector that integrates eCopy ShareScan OP v3.0 software with the Merrill Discovery Navigator®, a Web-based information management system that represents Merrill's next generation in software and services for the legal industry. The Merrill software and service repository provides the ability to search, sort, organize and analyze a discovery database anytime and anywhere. With eCopy, attorneys, legal assistants, and administrative staff can quickly and easily add paper-based information to the repository without requiring specialized, central scanning services.

"A critical component of Merrill's success is our ability to understand and tailor solutions to individual firms, but also different practice areas," said Smuland. "eCopy software provides the flexibility we need to support this strategy without requiring costly programming or customization.

"For example, eCopy supports the leading cost recovery software applications, enabling us to easily incorporate these solutions into our overall solution when the client requires these capabilities. Also, eCopy already works with all the major document management systems, allowing law firms to add paper-based information to their existing case management tools," said Smuland.

Merrill has deployed eCopy software internally to support its own sourcing operations, pulling together vendor and product information, contracts, and price quotes into comprehensive electronic documents that are shared with the field sales force and suppliers. Merrill leverages eCopy's extensive annotation capabilities to highlight information for special emphasis and uses optical character recognition (OCR) to convert paper-based contracts into electronic documents without retyping the document.

"Previously, we would need to e-mail sales documents to the field with up to 20 different attachments, making it a difficult document to manage and read," said Smuland. "eCopy Desktop software allows us to merge paper-based and electronic information into one comprehensive PDF document, making it easier to communicate with the field."

"Merrill's adoption of eCopy software for client solutions and internal use demonstrates the fundamental change taking place in the market -- companies are looking for one document imaging and distribution application that can be applied as a standard across all digital copier and scanner platforms and integrated with any business application," said Tim Corkery, vice president of worldwide sales at eCopy.

Based on eCopy's Open Platform Architecture, eCopy ShareScan OP v3.0 and ScanStation OP v3.0 empower all workers to incorporate paper-based information into any business application using a common interface across scanner and digital copier platforms. eCopy products complement organizations' growing emphasis on information lifecycle management (ILM) and address the challenge of distributing, managing, accessing, and protecting paper-based information. For more information on ShareScan OP software or ScanStation OP, please see today's announcement at www.ecopy.com/news/040505_ssopv3.htm.

About eCopy, Inc.

eCopy, Inc. is an innovative provider of open and flexible solutions that rapidly integrate paper-based information into existing business processes and applications. Numerous industries, including legal, healthcare, and financial services use eCopy to easily access, modify, distribute, and share information to add value to their business. eCopy customers include General Motors, Clifford Chance, Siemens, Cisco Systems, SAAB, and Sony Corporation. eCopy, Inc. is a global company headquartered in the United States, with a subsidiary in Japan, offices in England, Germany, France, Scandinavia, and Australia as well as sales operations in Mexico, Canada, Latin America, Singapore, and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.ecopy.com.

About Merrill Corporation

Founded in 1968, Merrill Corporation (www.merrillcorp.com) is a leading global provider of technology-enabled service solutions for the financial, legal, real estate and other corporate markets. Merrill combines deep industry expertise with superior service and infrastructure to deliver world-class document, brand marketing, print, fulfillment, language and e-business solutions. With more than 4,400 people in 60 locations, Merrill empowers the communications of the world's leading companies.

Merrill Corporation's Document Management Services business (www.merrillcorp.com/law) is a leading provider of single-source document and information management solutions for legal and other professional services firms. Merrill's litigation support services, including electronic discovery and Web-based data repositories, delivers sophisticated technology solutions to enhance speed, efficiency and accuracy of the litigation process. Large-scale litigation copying and document imaging and coding are provided on a transactional basis. Professionally staffed and equipped Document Service Centers provide clients with comprehensive, on-site services tailored to their specifications, from basic copying, mailroom management and equipment leading to complex, technology-based document services such as desktop publishing and electronic scanning.

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