SOURCE: Knova

January 23, 2007 08:00 ET

Siemens Medical Solutions Selects KNOVA 7 for Global Deployment of Knowledge-Enabled Customer Service

KNOVA's Intelligent Customer Experience Applications to Enrich Siemens' Support Capabilities With Guided Search, Personalization and In-Depth Analytics

CUPERTINO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 23, 2007 -- KNOVA Software (OTCBB: KNVS), a leading provider of Intelligent Customer Experience applications, today announced that Siemens Medical Solutions has chosen KNOVA 7 to deploy knowledge- enabled customer service to its healthcare customers worldwide. Siemens will implement KNOVA Self-Service and KNOVA Contact Center to deliver a personalized and adaptive customer support experience across channels.

Upgrading Siemens' existing knowledge self-service tools with state-of-the-art technology to increase efficiency and reduce the time necessary to find answers to questions was a driving factor in pursuing new knowledge management tools. "Today's customers demand issue resolution that maximizes the value of every call center interaction. In turn, a great customer experience translates to higher levels of customer satisfaction and repeat customers," said Mike Long, Senior Vice President Global Services, Siemens Medical Solutions. "We pursued the most respected offerings from the top service resolution management vendors in the market and found that with its self-learning search, business process support and personalization capabilities, KNOVA is the best partner for Siemens' needs."

"Siemens' industry leadership rests in part on its ability to provide critical support when it is most needed," said Bruce Armstrong, president and CEO of KNOVA, Inc. "Instead of relying on disparate knowledge sources and siloed search tools, KNOVA 7 will help Siemens create and integrate an intelligent knowledge management system throughout its customer support organization, improving consistency and accuracy. By implementing a solution that can resolve customer and employee issues accurately and in a timely manner, Siemens can help its support professionals be more successful and improve the satisfaction of its internal and external customers."

With initial deployment, Siemens Medical will replace its legacy knowledge bases with KNOVA Self-Service for its U.S. and German customers in addition to thousands of employees globally, providing them with powerful, guided natural language search. Customers will be able to specify their issues, locate accurate results quickly and escalate to assisted support when appropriate. Siemens will also benefit from KNOVA's comprehensive analytics capabilities that help tune the application for maximum efficiency.

Siemens will augment KNOVA Self-Service with additional content, and leverage the same knowledge base to roll out KNOVA Contact Center to hundreds of support professionals. In one, centralized application, support professionals can follow an optimized workflow -- based on business processes -- to guide users to resolution. With KNOVA Contact Center, Siemens' support professionals can be more effective in handling inquiries and make the support experience a rewarding one for customers.

Siemens Medical Solutions of Siemens AG (NYSE: SI) is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry. The company is known for bringing together innovative medical technologies, healthcare information systems, management consulting, and support services, to help customers achieve tangible, sustainable, clinical and financial outcomes. Recent acquisitions in the area of in-vitro diagnostics -- such as Diagnostic Products Corporation -- mark a significant milestone for Siemens as it becomes the first full service diagnostics company. Employing approximately 36,000 people worldwide and operating in more than 130 countries, Siemens Medical Solutions reported sales of 8.23 billion EUR, orders of 9.33 billion EUR and group profit of 1.06 billion EUR for fiscal 2006. Further information can be found by visiting www.usa.siemens.com/medical-pressroom.

About KNOVA 7

--  KNOVA Contact Center: An assisted-service application that empowers
    agents and analysts with search, authoring, multi-channel collaboration and
    response as well as tailored up-sell options so they can quickly and
    effectively provide resolutions.
--  KNOVA Forums: A fully-integrated forums application that leverages
    KNOVA's platform to pinpoint the most useful third party knowledge and most
    valuable contributors while capturing appropriate forums content for re-use
    as publishable data to resolve queries and promote brand.
--  KNOVA Self-Service: A comprehensive self-service application that
    provides a personalized branded experience, directed to as narrow or broad
    an audience as applies, which employs NLP, direct answer or wizards to
    deliver the best possible resolution be it proactive escalation to the
    appropriate channel or a specific answer.
--  KNOVA Field Service: A knowledge-empowered mobile support application
    that enables service professionals to quickly resolve customer issues on-
    site.
--  KNOVA Knowledge Desk: A robust knowledge management solution that
    empowers service desks to quickly resolve problems and questions.
--  KNOVA Guided Selling: An interactive guide that dynamically provides
    customers with a powerful resource to discover product options and
    comparisons, allowing them to make informed purchasing decisions.
    
About KNOVA

KNOVA Software is a leading provider of Intelligent Customer Experience solutions that maximize the value of every interaction throughout the customer lifecycle. Built on an adaptive search and knowledge management platform, KNOVA's suite of applications help companies increase revenues, reduce service costs and improve customer satisfaction. Industry leaders including AOL, Ford, HP, Novell, McAfee and H&R Block rely on KNOVA's award-winning Service Resolution Management, Interactive Brand Optimization and Guided Selling applications to power an intelligent customer experience on their Web sites, and within their contact centers. KNOVA Software is headquartered in Cupertino, Calif. For more information, visit www.knova.com

KNOVA Software, KNOVA Contact Center, KNOVA Forums, KNOVA Self-Service, KNOVA Field Service, KNOVA Knowledge Desk, KNOVA Guided Selling and KNOVA 7 are trademarks of KNOVA Software, Inc. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

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