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HP INTRODUCES ADVANCED ELECTRONIC-FORMS SOLUTION FOR SAP R/3 USERS; HP E-Forms Solution for SAP R/3 Users Brings Professional Appearance and Flexibility to Electronic Forms.



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, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 3, 1997-- Hewlett-Packard Company today announced the HP E-Forms Solution for SAP R/3, an advanced electronic-forms solution created for the SAP R/3 environment. The new solution gives R/3 customers the power to create and maintain professional-looking business forms easily.

The new HP electronic-forms solution was jointly developed as part of a strategic alliance (announced August 1996) with JetForm Corporation, a worldwide leader in electronic-forms software. SAP, a leading global provider of client/server applications solutions, also worked closely with HP to identify and address the growing needs of SAP R/3 users for a printer-based electronic-forms solution.

The HP E-Forms Solution for SAP R/3 comprises hardware and software: a customer-installable SIMM card for the printer and a software developers kit (SDK (Software Developer's Kit) See developer's toolkit and Windows SDK.

SDK - Software Developers Kit (or "Software Development Kit").
) designed especially for use in the SAP R/3 environment. The SIMM card includes an intelligent merge capability called JetForm Print Agent, licensed from JetForm Corporation. This printer-resident capability, available only with HP printers, reduces network traffic by allowing business forms to be stored on the printer rather than on the computer or server. JetForm's functionality also handles merging and formatting data on the form at the printer. As a result, valuable CPU CPU
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Principal component of a digital computer, composed of a control unit, an instruction-decoding unit, and an arithmetic-logic unit.
 server cycles are reduced, freeing capacity for other SAP R/3 mission-critical applications.

The HP SDK provides the additional advantage of allowing developers to create more readable read·a·ble  
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1. Easily read; legible: a readable typeface.

2. Pleasurable or interesting to read: a readable story.
, customized electronic forms in hours instead of days. WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) Pronounced "wiz-ee-wig." It refers to displaying text and graphics on screen the same as they will print on paper or display on a Web page.  design tools in the SDK allow changes to be seen immediately, helping to speed the creation and maintenance of forms. With these flexible design tools, a company's brand or logo can be placed on its forms easily, and such graphical elements as fonts, barcodes, shading See Phong shading, Gouraud shading, flat shading and programmable shading.  and borders can be incorporated to create a new form.

"SAP R/3 customers have an immediate and growing need to produce such high-quality printed forms as purchase orders, invoices and packing slips A packing slip, sometimes known as a packaging slip or customer receipt, is a shipping document that accompanies delivery packages, usually inside an attached shipping pouch or inside the package itself. ," said Ormond Rankin, marketing manager for HP's Business LaserJet Division. "Software developers easily can create forms that are consistent with their corporate image and improve the forms' readability.

"One of our customers has a purchase-order form that consumes 55,000 bytes of memory. With the HP solution, only the data -- in this instance, about 4,000 bytes -- is sent over the network, reducing network traffic by 93 percent. If hundreds or thousands of electronic forms are printed per day, the network traffic reductions offered by the HP solution could be substantial."

THE SAP R/3 MARKET

SAP R/3 systems are designed to help organizations manage financial, manufacturing, sales and distribution, and human-resource functions. Enterprises worldwide use SAP R/3 systems to perform business-critical operations.

Research conducted by HP indicates that more than 50 percent of SAP customers currently create and modify their business forms in-house.

U.S. PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

The HP E-forms SIMM is expected to be available mid-March for the company's most popular network printers, the HP LaserJet LaserJet is the brand name used by the American computer company Hewlett-Packard (HP) for their line of dry electrophotographic (DEP) laser printers. Technology
HP LaserJets employ electro-photographic laser marking engines sourced from the Japanese company Canon.
 5 printers, in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  and Canada. A solution for HP LaserJet 5Si printers is expected to be available this summer. The HP E-Forms SIMM for LaserJet 5 printers is $595, and the HP E-Forms Software Developers Kit is $995.

JetForm Corporation, headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, is a global leader in electronic forms automation. Information about JetForm and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.jetform.com or by calling 1-800-538-3676.

Hewlett-Packard Company is a leading global manufacturer of computing computing - computer , communications and measurement products and services recognized for excellence in quality and support. HP has 112,800 employees and had revenue of $38.4 billion in its 1996 fiscal year.

Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com .

CONTACT: Hewlett-Packard

Iris Fouser, 208/396-4959

iris_fouser@hp.com

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Brad Brenner, 408/571-2307

brad.brenner@cbpr.com
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