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IKON Insight Series Event in St. Louis Features Document Management Experiences of Public and Private Sector Executives.



MALVERN, Pa. -- IKON Office Solutions IKON Office Solutions (NYSE: IKN) is a Fortune 500 company based in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Formerly part of ALCO Standard.

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--Leaders from Phoenix International and Missouri State Teachers Association share insights

--Event part of national executive seminar series on driving document efficiency at work

IKON Office Solutions (NYSE:IKN), the world's largest independent channel for document management systems and services, today hosted an executive seminar in its national IKON Insight Series "Beyond Convergence: Delivering Operational Success Through Document Management" in St. Louis, Mo. The event featured insights from executives with Phoenix International and the Missouri State Teachers Association on how they partnered with IKON to assess their document workflow, and design and implement custom document management systems to meet business objectives for increasing productivity and lowering costs.

Emil Sanchez, vice president of finance for Phoenix International, one of the largest privately-owned, full-service international freight forwarders An individual who, as a regular business, assembles and combines small shipments into one lot and takes the responsibility for the transportation of such property from the place of receipt to the place of destination.  and customs brokers Customs Broker

An individual or firm licensed by customs authorities to enter and clear imported goods through customs. The broker represents the importer in dealings with the customs authorities.
 headquartered in North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. , discussed the implementation of an IKON solution that leveraged digital multifunction equipment and the latest electronic forms software--both part of IKON's best-in-class solutions portfolio. Says Sanchez, "IKON worked with us to assess our document needs before recommending any equipment or software. Once we both had an understanding of our current document workflow and our future-state goals, IKON designed and implemented an electronic document management solution that not only helped increase internal efficiency and lower costs, but also gave us a competitive edge in our market moving forward."

Picking up on the efficiency theme, Bruce Moe, associate executive director of the Missouri State Teachers Association, described his organization's document workflow. IKON worked with Moe and his team to assess the association's current document workflow and business needs, and designed a more efficient document workflow. The association elected to have IKON implement and manage the solution through its on-site managed services An umbrella term for third-party monitoring and maintaining of computers, networks and software. The actual equipment may be inhouse or at the third-party's facilities, but the "managed" implies an ongoing effort; for example, making sure the equipment is running at a certain quality  team, which is part of IKON Enterprise Services--IKON's global services organization.

As Moe explains, "Once we had a thorough understanding of our current document workflow and our needs as an organization, we worked with IKON to map out a more efficient workflow. Since our core competency A core competency is something that a firm can do well and that meets the following three conditions specified by Hamel and Prahalad (1990):
  1. It provides customer benefits
  2. It is hard for competitors to imitate
  3. It can be leveraged widely to many products and markets.
 is supporting the educational professionals of Missouri, we decided to partner with IKON to run our new document workflow, which included management of our central reprographics Duplicating printed materials using various kinds of printing presses and high-speed copiers.  department, as well as fulfillment services, mail services, fleet management and production of marketing materials. As a result, document management is far more efficient, and we are able to focus on our mission of advocating for Missouri's teachers and support personnel."

In addition to the insights shared by Sanchez and Moe, attendees of the IKON Insight Series event heard from IDC research manager Riley McNulty, and IKON's national director of consulting practices, Bill Blake, on the following:

--How to examine and achieve efficiency at every stage of the document management lifecycle, from input and capture to workflow and retention;

--How to assess and leverage digital technology to reduce document costs, enhance production and distribution, and streamline file storage; and

--How to evaluate your current printing environment and strategically choose the most effective blend of on- and off-site managed services to maximize efficiency.

"Document management represents an area of tremendous opportunity for organizations of all sizes," said Kevin Simmons, Missouri/Illinois area vice president, IKON Office Solutions. "At IKON, we work with customers to assess their document workflow and business needs before recommending a solution. We're proud of our relationships with customers like Phoenix International and the Missouri State Teachers Association. By partnering with us to streamline document workflow, these organizations are able to sharpen their focus on their core business."

About IKON

IKON Office Solutions Inc. (www.ikon.com), the world's largest independent channel for copier, printer and MFP (MultiFunction Printer, MultiFunction Peripheral) See all-in-one and MFD.  technologies, delivers integrated document management solutions and systems, enabling customers worldwide to improve document workflow and increase efficiency. IKON integrates best-in-class systems from leading manufacturers, such as Canon, Ricoh, Konica Minolta, EFI See UEFI.

EFI - Extensible Firmware Interface
 and HP, and document management software from companies like Captaris, EMC (1) (EMC Corporation, Hopkinton, MA, www.emc.com) The leading supplier of storage products for midrange computers and mainframes. Founded in 1979 by Richard J. Egan and Roger Marino, EMC has developed advanced storage and retrieval technologies for the world's largest companies.  (Documentum), Kofax and others, to deliver tailored, high-value solutions implemented and supported by its global services organization--IKON Enterprise Services. IKON represents one of the industry's broadest portfolios of document management services, including professional services (job) professional services - A department of a supplier providing consultancy and programming manpower for the supplier's products. , on-site managed services, legal document services, customized workflow solutions, and comprehensive support through its service force of 16,600 employees, including its team of 7,000 customer service technicians and support resources worldwide. With Fiscal 2004 revenues of $4.65 billion, IKON has approximately 500 locations throughout North America and Western Europe Western Europe

The countries of western Europe, especially those that are allied with the United States and Canada in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (established 1949 and usually known as NATO).
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 the ability of IKON and its document management products, services and solutions to meet customer needs, improve productivity, reduce costs and increase efficiencies. Although IKON believes the expectations contained in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurances that such expectations will prove correct. Such forward-looking statements are based upon management's current plans or expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to: risks and uncertainties relating to conducting operations in a competitive environment and a changing industry; risks and uncertainties associated with existing or future vendor relationships; and general economic conditions. Certain additional risks and uncertainties are set forth in IKON's 2004 Annual Report on Form 10-K Form 10-K

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 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a consequence of these and other risks and uncertainties, IKON's current plans, anticipated actions and future financial condition and results may differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements.

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