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Plexus Offers SAP-Certified Document Organization Link into SAP R/3.



SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 25, 1999--

Certification Allows Existing Sap Users to Take Full Advantage of the

Document Organization Functionality Provided in ImageFIRST Office

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), the leading vendor of Internet-enabled production workflow and imaging solutions, today announced ImageFIRST Office (IFO IFO
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), Plexus' integrated and scalable document organization system, has been certified by SAP as a document repository for SAP R/3.

IFO provides an electronic file cabinet for documents, images and COLD reports. The software combines the benefits of Document Image Processing See document imaging.

Document Image Processing - (DIP) Storage, management and retrieval of images.
, Document Organization Technologies, COLD, and Workflow into a unified environment running under 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.
 or a Web browser The program that serves as your front end to the Web on the Internet. In order to view a site, you type its address (URL) into the browser's Location field; for example, www.computerlanguage.com, and the home page of that site is downloaded to you. . IFO manages business data from a wide variety of sources including scanning, faxing, e-mailing, and computer-generated reports and delivers timely information to users and management. These capabilities enable organizations to work more efficiently and make more informed decisions.

IFO is designed for rapid application development and deployment, with VAR accessible configurability and extensibility, and ease of installation and administration. IFO includes a horizontal front-end application written in Visual Basic that can be used as is or as a template for user- or VAR- developed customization. In addition, the API level is accessible for more extensive customization.

IFO document-enables the SAP R/3 system using SAP's ArchiveLink. IFO integrates into ArchiveLink through a Plexus-developed OLE interface and an RFC (Request For Comments) A document that describes the specifications for a recommended technology. Although the word "request" is in the title, if the specification is ratified, it becomes a standards document.  server. Plexus' OLE implementation goes above and beyond SAP's certification requirements, with the objective to allow full access to the broad range of IFO capabilities.

The objects and document types SAP users can capture, store, view and manipulate with IFO encompass those inherent to the R/3 system, as well as many other IFO document types currently not supported by SAP.

In addition to magnetic storage on a network file system, IFO allows mass optical storage via an integrated link to the Plexus Object/Storage Management (O/SM) Suite. The O/SM Suite supports a variety of popular optical jukeboxes, DVD DVD: see digital versatile disc.
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 in full digital video disc or digital versatile disc

Type of optical disc. The DVD represents the second generation of compact-disc (CD) technology.
, and CD-ROM CD-ROM: see compact disc.
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 in full compact disc read-only memory

Type of computer storage medium that is read optically (e.g., by a laser).
 devices.

Along with the software, Plexus offers a range of installation, configuration, tuning, and application development services.

"Serious system integrators and developers are constantly having to develop functionality to organize and manage the wide range of documents and objects supported by SAP R/3. IFO's integration with SAP promises to dramatically decrease the level of work required. It extends the range of document and object types supported in R/3 and delivers a seamless integration with Plexus' industry leading object storage subsystem which supports the very latest drive, media and jukebox technologies to build large scale integrated customer solutions," says Adriaan Theron, vice president of marketing for Plexus.

Plexus Background

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, the Plexus Division of BancTec is a leading supplier of client-server based imaging and workflow software for automated large scale, mission-critical, paper- and data-intensive business processes.

With over 1,300 sites, Plexus has the broadest installed base of open-system imaging and workflow software in the world. The pioneer of application-independent workflow, Plexus provides the industry's premier production-class workflow engine routinely proven at hundreds of thousands of transactions per day. Plexus software is used in applications such as insurance, medical records and claims processing, banking, customer services, records-management, new application processing, accounts receivable/payable processing, utilities and telecommunication, mortgage, mutual funds and government applications.

BancTec Background

BancTec is a worldwide systems integration and services company specializing in automated applications solutions for the banking, financial services, insurance, health care, government, utility, telecommunications, and retail industries. BancTec is also a leading provider of document workflow and imaging products, network support services support services Psychology Non-health care-related ancillary services–eg, transportation, financial aid, support groups, homemaker services, respite services, and other services  for local area networks and personal computers, and document processing equipment for OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) The rebranding of equipment and selling it. The term initially referred to the company that made the products (the "original" manufacturer), but eventually became widely used to refer to the organization that buys the products and  customers. Founded in 1972, BancTec employs more than 4,000 people worldwide and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

Plexus' World Wide Web Home Page Address: http://www.plx.com BancTec's World Wide Web Home Page Address: http://www.banctec.com BancTec, Plexus, and ImageFIRST are registered trademarks of BancTec, Inc.

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