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Kent Electronics Corp. & SARGENT Manufacturing Select Optika's Acorde to Streamline Transaction Processes.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 6, 2001

Acorde and J.D. Edwards Integrations Will Increase Efficiency and

Reduce Costs

Optika Inc. (Nasdaq:OPTK), a leading provider of collaborative commerce software, Tuesday announced that Kent Electronics Corp. and SARGENT Manufacturing have purchased the Acorde suite of imaging, workflow and collaboration software.

The two industry leaders will deploy Acorde Context and Process along with the Acorde ERP B2B Pak, which enables seamless integration with existing J.D. Edwards enterprise business systems.

Kent Electronics Corp. (NYSE:KNT), a recognized leader in the electronics industry focusing on specialty distribution and network integration, will utilize Acorde Context and Process to streamline and automate its accounts payable processes.

Leveraging Acorde will allow Kent to enhance the capabilities of its J.D. Edwards WorldVision application as well as automate its time-consuming voucher entry process.

"We are excited to implement the Acorde product family to automate our business processes and more effectively leverage our business content throughout our WorldVision application," said Jared Cornman, Kent Electronics manager-client services.

"We plan to implement the suite of workflow process, storage and retrieval capabilities to reduce our costs and decrease our cycle times, saving our associates significant manual effort in daily business processes."

SARGENT Manufacturing Co., one of the world's leading manufacturers of architectural hardware for commercial construction, institutional and industrial markets, is part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, the world's leading manufacturer and supplier of locks and associated products.

SARGENT will implement Acorde Context and Process to more effectively perform data entry into its OneWorld system, automate its accounts payables processes and improve retrieval and storage of critical A/P information. In addition, SARGENT will utilize the Optika App Connector tool for retrieving data from its legacy IBM mainframe system.

"We are excited about Acorde's ability to improve productivity while enabling us to take advantage of our investment in J.D. Edwards OneWorld," said Dave Ambrosini, chief financial officer of SARGENT Manufacturing.

"By leveraging the process automation, storage and retrieval, and collaboration capabilities of Acorde, we expect to dramatically reduce the time and effort required for data entry and transaction management. The seamless integration of Acorde and J.D. Edwards is an intuitive, robust solution to our costly processing needs."

"We are pleased with the momentum Optika is gathering in the marketplace as a result of these and other Acorde customer wins," commented Mark K. Ruport, president, chief executive officer and chairman of Optika.

"Industry leaders like SARGENT and Kent are recognizing the enormous value in implementing a flexible, scalable solution across their enterprises. Not only can they now more fully leverage their J.D. Edwards infrastructure, but they have the inherent capability to conduct business more efficiently with customers and partners."

About Optika

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Optika Inc. is a leading provider of collaborative commerce software. Optika's Acorde(TM) family of Internet software solutions allows companies and trading partners to more efficiently and cost-effectively identify, discuss and resolve business-to-business transaction issues.

By enabling companies to establish Web resolution hubs -- virtual communities that provide secure access to relevant information and real-time exchange capabilities -- the Acorde product family increases trading partner loyalty, reduces costs and improves trading partner efficiency.

With more than 1,800 customers worldwide, Optika drives business decisions for profitability in leading companies such as The Home Depot, Turner Broadcasting Systems, Siemens Communications, Southwest Airlines, Verizon Wireless and Clear Channel Communications.

Optika was again named one of the Top 500 Technology Companies in 2000 by Software Magazine. For more information about Optika and Acorde, contact the company at 719/548-9800 or visit www.optika.com.

Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release may contain "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, adoption of the Acorde product family by Optika's customers, general business conditions in the software industry, Optika's relationships with its partners, availability of competing products and other risks detailed from time to time in the company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Optika's annual report on Form 10-K.
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