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Saros introduces document server built for Microsoft BackOffice; Saros document server for Microsoft BackOffice provides out-of-the-box enterprise document management for customers committed to Microsoft BackOffice Server Platform.



LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 13, 1995--Saros Corp. today introduced Saros(R) Document Server for Microsoft(R) BackOffice, a special version of its Mezzaniner enterprise library services (ELS) software designed expressly for the Microsoft BackOffice See BackOffice.  intergrated family of server software.

Saros Document Server takes advantage of the full power of Microsoft BackOffice to create an enterprisewide electronic information library. Users benefit from networkwide Smart Search, check-in/check-out, version control, object-level security and more.

Saros Document Server for Microsoft BackOffice allows people to work together effectively even if they are scattered throughout an office or distributed across an entire organization. Information in any form -- text, scanned images, spreadsheets, graphics, electronic forms, CAD drawings, video, sound and more -- is at everyone's disposal in an environment that provides total manageability and security.

"Microsoft BackOffice provides a secure, scalable, reliable platform on which an enterprise-focused solution developer such as Saros can deliver a mission-critical product that meets customers' needs for accessing and sharing information," said Bob Muglia, Microsoft vice president of Windows NT (Windows New Technology) A 32-bit operating system from Microsoft for Intel x86 CPUs. NT is the core technology in Windows 2000 and Windows XP (see Windows). Available in separate client and server versions, it includes built-in networking and preemptive multitasking.  and Microsoft BackOffice. "By integrating with Microsoft BackOffice, Saros Document Server provides enterprise customers with speed, reliability and empowerment to work collaboratively on documents with true accuracy and manageability."

While other document-management vendors have announced compatibility with Microsoft BackOffice in their products, Saros is the first to bring server-based ELS technology to the Microsoft BackOffice platform, and Saros Document Server for Microsoft BackOffice is the only document management product built exclusively for Microsoft BackOffice.

"In 1989, when Fortune 500 companies used local area networks for little more than simple file and print services, Saros pioneered the concept of using client-server library services and 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.
(R)-based document management as an enterprise solution," said Jim Meyer, Saros vice president of marketing. "Microsoft technology has always been an integral part of our enterprise strategy. We expect Microsoft BackOffice to greatly accelerate the deployment of document-management solutions in the enterprise."

"The combination of Saros Document Server and Microsoft BackOffice provides an attractively packaged offering at a price point that has the potential to penetrate new markets and drive electronic document-management deployment across the enterprise," said Linda Myers-Tierney, director of IDC's Electronic Workplace Technologies research. "By integrating electronic document management with core components of workgroup systems See groupware and workgroup-based network. , Saros Document Server becomes appealing to IS departments, VARs and integrators -- particularly those leveraging currently established Microsoft channels."

Overview of Saros Document Server for Microsoft BackOffice

Through the Saros Document Manager interface and from within Microsoft Office Microsoft's primary desktop applications for Windows and Mac. Depending on the package, it includes some combination of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook along with various Internet and other utilities.  applications, users can perform networkwide searches by attributes or content for any document type. Document-management services such as check-in/check-out, version control, document administration and object-level security are applied to all documents -- even as they are shared via Microsoft Mail An earlier and simple messaging system from Microsoft that runs on PC and AppleTalk networks. Gateways are available to a variety of mail systems including X.400, PROFS and MHS. Microsoft Mail-enabled applications are written to the MAPI programming interface. See Microsoft Exchange.  or Microsoft Exchange Messaging and groupware software for Windows from Microsoft. Exchange Server is an Internet-compliant e-mail system that runs under Windows NT/2000 and Windows Server 2003. It can be accessed by Web browsers, the Exchange client, versions of Outlook and the earlier Windows Inbox.  and other workflow technologies.

Based on the Saros Mezzanine version 3.5 ELS engine, Saros Document Server for BackOffice is designed to accommodate high-volume, document-intensive environments, with distributed network services that provide unsurpassed throughput, integrity and reliability.

In the same way that card-catalog cards direct individuals to books in a library, Saros document icons serve as references to native files managed by the document server. Saros Document Server for Microsoft BackOffice uses the power of Microsoft SQL Server A relational DBMS from Microsoft that is a major component of the Windows Server System. It is Microsoft's high-end client/server database and is closely integrated with Microsoft Visual Studio and the Microsoft Office System.  like a card catalog to store information about documents and other objects.

Native files are stored in secure locations distributed across the enterprise and centrally managed by Saros Document Server for Microsoft BackOffice. All files are automatically tracked throughout their entire life cycle, even as they are moved to other servers or archived.

Integration with Key Microsoft BackOffice Components

Saros Document Server for Microsoft BackOffice carries the "Designed for Microsoft BackOffice" logo, which was developed to help users easily identify hardware and software products designed specifically to take advantage of Microsoft BackOffice. To qualify to carry the logo, a software company must meet a high technical standard, which ensures that the product carrying the logo takes advantage of the key Microsoft BackOffice technologies customers find most important.

Microsoft Windows NT Server

Saros Document Server is a full 32-bit server application that uses the multithreading Multitasking within a single program. It allows multiple streams of execution to take place concurrently within the same program, each stream processing a different transaction or message.  facilities of Microsoft Windows NT Server to optimize its ability to service a large number of client workstations. For Digital's Alpha platform, Saros Document Server has been ported to take advantage of its 64-bit architecture and power. This Saros Document Server architecture is also optimized to take full advantage of the multiprocessor Multiple processors. A multiprocessor machine uses two or more CPUs for routine processing. See multiprocessing.

multiprocessor - parallel processing
 capabilities in Windows NT platforms.

Microsoft SQL Server

Saros Document Server uses Microsoft SQL Server as a relational database relational database

Database in which all data are represented in tabular form. The description of a particular entity is provided by the set of its attribute values, stored as one row or record of the table, called a tuple.
 engine, the "card catalog" of the electronic library. Saros Document Server uses Microsoft SQL Server performance features such as stored procedures, and networking features such as multiprotocol support, as well as robust integrity tools such as transaction support and online backup Using the Web to store copies of data for backup. There are numerous providers on the Internet that charge for storage, and fees are typically based on capacity. Online backup services provide offsite backup, which is essential for disaster recovery. See backup types. .

Microsoft Mail Server

Saros Document Server currently integrates with Microsoft Mail via the MAPI (Mail API) A programming interface from Microsoft that enables a client application to send to and receive mail from Exchange Server or a Microsoft Mail (MS Mail) messaging system. Microsoft applications such as Outlook, the Exchange client and Microsoft Schedule use MAPI.  interface. With this messaging integration, users send Saros library references as mail attachments rather than copies of the file(s). This significantly reduces network traffic and gives all of the benefits of version control and object-level security to mail attachments. Multiple copies of outdated versions cannot be propagated across the organization.

In addition, the mail system cannot be used to circumvent document security. This integration will migrate to, and be enhanced for, Microsoft Exchange.

Saros Document Server Pricing and Availability

Saros Document Server for Microsoft BackOffice is scheduled to be available on Dec. 15, 1995. The U.S. suggested retail price is $450 per workstation and $895 per server. This bundled price includes Saros Document Server for Microsoft BackOffice, the Saros Document Manager interface, and Microsoft SQL Server.

To view a demo or receive additional information, interested parties may visit the Saros booth at COMDEX/Fall (Microsoft BackOffice Corporate ISV (Independent Software Vendor) A person or company that develops software. It implies an organization that specializes in software only and is not part of a computer systems or hardware manufacturer.  Pavilion, booth L2202), or call 800/82-SAROS (827-2767) or, outside 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. , 206/646-1066 to request a demonstration CD.

About Saros Corp.

Since 1989, Saros Mezzanine enterprise library services (ELS) software has served as the foundation for a variety of customized enterprise document-management programs. Mezzanine software manages the complete document life cycle and features distributed document search capabilities, multilevel security Refers to processing data with different security clearances in the same system or network. Contrast with multiple single-level.  and access control, version control, archive/reclaim, and system back-up.

Saros Document Manager is a packaged document management solution based on Saros Mezzanine. Saros Document Manager provides all Mezzanine Enterprise Librarian services for connected and mobile computing Using a computing device while in transit. Mobile computing implies wireless transmission, but wireless transmission does not necessarily imply mobile computing. Fixed wireless applications use satellites, radio systems and lasers to transmit between permanent objects such as buildings , plus integration of routine tasks such as printing, sending electronic mail and more, from a single easy-to-use graphical user interface graphical user interface (GUI)

Computer display format that allows the user to select commands, call up files, start programs, and do other routine tasks by using a mouse to point to pictorial symbols (icons) or lists of menu choices on the screen as opposed to having to
.

Saros Corp. is the industry's leading enterprise document-management company, with more than 400,000 seats sold to commercial and government customers worldwide. Saros products are sold directly to end-user customers through the Saros sales, service and consulting organization and Saros-authorized resellers.

Saros, co-founder of the Document Management Alliance (with IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) , Novell and Xerox), has technology and marketing agreements with a number of major hardware and software vendors, and is the pre-eminent provider of 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  document management technology. Founded in 1986, the privately held company privately held company

A firm whose shares are held within a relatively small circle of owners and are not traded publicly.
 is based in Bellevue, Wash. -0-

-- 1995 Saros Corp. Saros and Mezzanine are registered trademarks and Enterprise Librarian is a trademark of Saros Corp.

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