SOURCE: eCopy, Inc.

April 05, 2005 08:30 ET

Ricoh Participates in the eCopy Ready Manufacturers Program

Alliance Establishes Ricoh Digital Copiers as Paper Capture Devices for More Than 20 Enterprise Software Applications

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, and Ricoh Corporation, the leading provider of digital office equipment, today announced that Ricoh is participating in the eCopy Ready Manufacturers Program. As a result of the program, Ricoh digital copier users can more easily incorporate paper documents into the more than 20 enterprise software applications that are integrated with eCopy's Open Platform Architecture.

eCopy and Ricoh also announced today that eCopy has joined the Ricoh Developer Program as a Premier Plus Member. The Premier Plus Membership is designed to meet the needs of application developers. The membership also provides the highest level of tools, support, and training needed to easily integrate eCopy's applications with Ricoh hardware.

"eCopy and their partners provide robust integration from our digital copiers to ISVs' enterprise software applications," said Wayne Mize, vice president, Solutions Marketing at Ricoh Corporation. "Experts agree that the most efficient, error-free method of incorporating paper based information into business processes is to capture it as it enters the organization. Our customers take full advantage of our products' scanning capabilities so that any office worker can easily add paper-based information into their business-critical applications."

According to Edward Schmid, president and CEO of eCopy, "By joining the eCopy Ready program, Ricoh expands its market opportunities by enabling their products to serve as paper on-ramps to virtually any business application. This strengthens Ricoh's position as a provider of essential IT infrastructure components for managing the complete document lifecycle."

Today, eCopy is demonstrating eCopy ScanStation OP v3.0 working with a Ricoh digital copier at the eCopy Paper Connection Forum, a global summit for independent software vendors (ISVs), digital copier and scanner manufacturers, dealers, VARs and system integrators being held in Miami, Fla. For more information on ScanStation OP v3.0, please see today's press release at http://www.ecopy.com/news/040505_ssopv3.htm.

The eCopy Ready Manufacturers Program is one of four components in the eCopy Paper Connection initiative, which seeks to expand the use of document scanning to millions of office workers. The other three components include the eCopy Open Platform Architecture, eCopy Connections Alliance Program, and the eCopy Solution Provider Network. For more information on the four components of the eCopy Paper Connection, see http://www.ecopy.com/news/020705_paperconnection.htm.

About Ricoh Corporation

Ricoh Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., the 69-year-old leading supplier of office automation equipment and electronics, with fiscal year 2003 sales in excess of $17.1 billion.

Ricoh Corporation is a leading provider of document solutions. Ricoh's fully integrated hardware and software products help businesses share information efficiently and effectively by enabling customers to control the input, management and output of documents. Ricoh's line of document management devices include, color and black & white digital imaging systems, facsimile products, printers, scanners, digital duplicators and wide format engineering systems. Additionally, Ricoh offers a wide variety of document and printing solutions directly and through strategic alliances enhancing office productivity and document workflow. Ricoh's document management software enhances workgroup collaboration and offers secure storage, retrieval and sharing of critical information.

Ricoh Corporation directly or through its subsidiaries markets and distributes products in North, Central and South America. For fiscal year 2003, Ricoh Corporation sales exceeded $2.8 billion.

Information about Ricoh's complete range of products and services can be accessed on the World Wide Web at www.ricoh-usa.com.

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 http://www.ecopy.com.

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