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Captaris Announces Early Adoption Program for Sarbanes-Oxley.

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BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 26, 2004

Captaris Teamplate Enhances the Microsoft Office Microsoft's primary desktop applications for Windows and Mac. Depending on the package, it includes some combination of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook along with various Internet and other utilities.  Solution

Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley with Business Process

Workflow and Expanded Reporting Capabilities

Captaris Inc. (Nasdaq:CAPA CAPA California Alternate Performance Assessment
CAPA Captaris, Inc (stock symbol)
CAPA Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants
CAPA Creative and Performing Arts (school) 
), a leading provider of business information delivery solutions, today announced the launch of the early adopter program for the Captaris Teamplate Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX (1) (Schema for Object-oriented XML) An XML schema developed by Veo Systems and Muzino Communications, which was submitted to the W3C. SOX is based on DTD, but adds data typing and reuse mechanisms. ) Accelerator. The SOX Accelerator enhances the Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley to provide expanded control, business process workflow and reporting capabilities. Microsoft's accelerator uses Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 to capture and manage metadata as well as Microsoft Windows See Windows.

(operating system) Microsoft Windows - Microsoft's proprietary window system and user interface software released in 1985 to run on top of MS-DOS. Widely criticised for being too slow (hence "Windoze", "Microsloth Windows") on the machines available then.
 SharePoint Services for team collaboration and as a document repository. The Captaris Teamplate SOX Accelerator expands Microsoft's offering by incorporating business process workflow, visual process execution, process mapping capabilities, task assignment and notification, issue escalation es·ca·late  
v. es·ca·lat·ed, es·ca·lat·ing, es·ca·lates
To increase, enlarge, or intensify: escalated the hostilities in the Persian Gulf.

, process status metrics, and progress reporting mechanisms.

"Organizations with Sarbanes-Oxley and other financial disclosure compliance requirements Compliance requirements are a series of directives established by United States Federal government agencies that summarize hundreds of Federal laws and regulations applicable to Federal assistance (also known as Federal aid or Federal funds).  should consider multi-vendor offerings with comprehensive and rapidly deployable tool sets," according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 Lane Leskela, Research Director at Gartner, Inc.

The Captaris Teamplate SOX Accelerator focuses on section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act See SOX. , which requires organizations to complete an annual assessment of their internal controls. It also provides the framework to address sections 302 (quarterly reporting), 409 (material event reporting), and 806 (anonymous whistle blowing). In addition, organizations are able to leverage the business process models used to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley regulations as a first step to improve their business operations Business operations are those activities involved in the running of a business for the purpose of producing value for the stakeholders. Compare business processes. The outcome of business operations is the harvesting of value from assets , mitigate risks, and streamline future compliance reporting. "In reality, compliance management is all about process and structure," said Brent Stankowski, co-founder and president of Teamplate, the business process automation operation of Captaris, Inc. "And expanding that framework throughout the entire business will not only accelerate future reporting, but will also reduce risks and increase operational efficiency."

Captaris builds upon the Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley with business process workflow to assist compliance managers adopting the COSO COSO Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission
COSO Church of Spiral Oak
COSO Corporate South
COSO Class of Service Override
COSO Combat Oriented Supply Operations (USAF) 
 framework for overall compliance. By providing this assistance to manage the overall process, organizations can minimize risks and maximize the productivity for those people involved. "Captaris is doing exactly the right things for its customers," said Peter Rinearson, vice president of Microsoft's Information Worker New Markets group. "They've taken the strong foundation laid by the Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley and enhanced it with their own business process workflow and notification and reporting features. The result is an affordable Sarbanes-Oxley solution that lets their customers solve a critical business problem using the familiar Microsoft Office System environment."

The Early Adopter Program is targeted at a select number of organizations looking to extend the value of their existing Microsoft technology investments and requiring a cost-effective yet robust offering to assist in their Sarbanes-Oxley compliance needs. The Early Adopter Program provides direct access to the Captaris Teamplate SOX Accelerator team, assistance in implementation and significant discounts on the required Captaris Teamplate SOX Accelerator software.

Product Availability

More information about the Captaris Teamplate SOX Accelerator and the Early Adopter Program can be found at The Captaris Teamplate SOX Accelerator beta version A pre-shipping release of hardware or software that has gone through alpha test. A beta version of software is supposed to be very close to the final product, but, in practice, it is more a way of getting users to test the software in the first place under real conditions.  is currently available through the Early Adopter Program, and the final product will ship concurrent with the release of the Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley.

About Captaris, Inc.

Captaris is a leading provider of business information delivery solutions that integrate, process and automate the flow of messages, data and documents. Captaris produces a suite of proven products and services, in partnership with leading enterprise technology companies, delivered through a global distribution network. Captaris has installed over 80,000 systems in 44 countries, with 93 of the Fortune 100 companies using the company's award-winning products and services to reduce costs and increase the performance of critical business information investments.

Captaris Teamplate is a process automation solution that improves the access and control of unique business processes for compliancy com·pli·an·cy  

Noun 1. compliancy - a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
complaisance, obligingness, compliance, deference
 and competitive advantage. Teamplate makes it fast and easy to develop and support workflow applications A workflow application is where various applications, components and people must be involved in the processing of data to complete an instance of a process. For example, consider a purchase order that moves through various departments for authorization and eventual purchase.  within Microsoft environments, increasing collaboration, productivity and accountability. By integrating with Captaris business information delivery solutions, Teamplate enables best-in-class processes that ensure the right people get the right information at the right time.

Captaris is headquartered in Bellevue, WA, and has main offices in Tucson, AZ, Portland, OR, Calgary, Canada, and European headquarters in Nieuwegein, Netherlands. In addition, Captaris has sales and support offices in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong Hong Kong (hŏng kŏng), Mandarin Xianggang, special administrative region of China, formerly a British crown colony (2005 est. pop. 6,899,000), land area 422 sq mi (1,092 sq km), adjacent to Guangdong prov. , Australia, and Dubai. The company was founded in 1982 and is publicly traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CAPA. For more information please visit

Captaris products RightFax, Teamplate and Infinite are trademarks of Captaris. All other company, brand and product names are the property and/or trademarks of their respective companies.
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