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ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS CHOOSES VERITY SOFTWARE TO POWER NEW GLOBAL INFORMATION PORTAL.

A global healthcare company has found a way to overcome the logistical and linguistic hurdles of deploying a corporate intranet. Verity, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRTY), a leading provider of infrastructure software that powers enterprise and e-commerce portals as well as e-business applications, has announced that Roche Diagnostics, the global market leader in diagnostics products, has licensed Verity's advanced portal infrastructure software for the Roche Diagnostics' global intranet. The Verity software will allow Roche Diagnostics employees around the world to search for and share information quickly and easily. Roche Diagnostics is a division of pharmaceutical supplier Roche, of Basel, Switzerland.

"Roche Diagnostics relies on a complex communications network to connect representatives in 47 countries, and we need a reliable means of gathering information scattered among all of our locations," said Dr. Horst Baumgarten, director of information management for Roche Diagnostics. "Through our intranet, Verity's advanced search, classification and categorization software will give us a single point of access for retrieving and organizing documents created in different formats. Verity's software will allow our employees to spend much less time looking for information and more time creating innovative healthcare technologies and services."

Roche Diagnostics develops and produces diagnostics equipment for patient care, health management systems, and Nobel Prize-winning molecular systems, and also manufactures chemicals for medicines. The Roche Diagnostics intranet contains hundreds of homepages and applications that include a vast amount of information about products in development or on the market. Verity's advanced software will allow users to search for documents residing in repositories throughout Roche Diagnostics.

Verity's classification technology can organize information either automatically or based on rules set by Roche Diagnostics' administrators. This allows for maximum accuracy of search results across the broadest array of information repositories. For more efficient navigation through those repositories, Verity software also eliminates redundant files. In addition, Verity software is highly scalable. So as the numbers of users and documents grows, the Roche Diagnostics intranet can continue to deliver results to any locality without degradations to speed or accuracy.

"Roche Diagnostics' global information-sharing challenge is not new to Verity," said Anthony J. Bettencourt, president of Verity. "We are experts at simplifying complex issues such as making vast amounts of disparate corporate information available to any authorized user in any location. Roche Diagnostics' success is built on the intellectual capital of its employees around the world. Verity software helps turn that intellectual capital into a competitive advantage by making it much more accessible to the people who need it, when they need it."

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Verity is a leading provider of business portal infrastructure software. Verity software gives businesses a multitude of ways to improve access to vital information and perform a range of e-business operations, while enhancing user experience. Verity-powered business portals, which include corporate portals used for sharing information within an enterprise; e-commerce portals for online selling; and market exchange portals for B2B activities, all provide personalized information to employees, partners, customers and suppliers. In addition, most leading software vendors, as part of their e-business applications, utilize Verity technology.

Verity products are used by 80 percent of the Fortune 50 and by more than 1,000 corporations in various markets. Customers include Adobe Systems, American Greetings, AT&T, Caps Gemini Ernst & Young, Cisco, CNET, Compaq, Dow Jones, EDGAR Online, Fair Market, Financial Times, Globe and Mail, Home Depot, Lotus, NewsEdge Corporation, SAP, Siemens, Sybase, Time New Media and Timex.
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