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HITACHI SOFTWARE, IGS AND UGC CONSULTING DEVELOP CONVERSION TOOLS

 HITACHI SOFTWARE, IGS AND UGC CONSULTING DEVELOP CONVERSION TOOLS
 DENVER, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Hitachi Software Engineering Co. Ltd. (Hitachi Software), Information & Graphics Systems Inc. (IGS) and UGC Consulting firms announced today that they have jointly developed special software tools that significantly reduce costs and shorten the duration for converting paper and digital source records and maps for use in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). DB-Able(TM), specialized data conversion software, is utilized with UserWorks(TM), UGC Consulting's comprehensive set of highly structured conversion management methodologies.
 GIS is widely recognized as one of the fastest growing segments of the computer industry with sales for hardware, software and data conversion services in the United States and Canada alone expected to approach some $80 billion by the end of the decade. DB-Able/UserWorks will be used by telecommunications companies and electric and gas utilities to convert data which helps them manage billions of dollars in facility assets including telephone cables, electric lines and gas mains. Today, 50 cents of every dollar spent on a GIS project goes to converting existing source information into digital format.
 DB-Able/UserWorks are initially targeted for telecommunications industry GIS implementations worldwide. For this joint development project, the three companies combined their respective strengths: Hitachi Software brought its conversion technology and software engineering expertise; IGS contributed its application programming and system integration skills; and UGC, with its extensive industry knowledge, laid the conceptual and structural foundation for the new products. Hitachi Software, IGS, and UGC Consulting believe that this cooperative effort will benefit the utility industry throughout the world.
 "Telecommunications implementations have been bogged down by the high cost and complexity of converting literally millions of records," pointed out Larry J. Engelken, principal with UGC Consulting. He said less than 10 percent of the world's more than 500 million access lines -- the basic service unit in the telecommunications industry -- have been converted to date. The cost to convert records and deliver high- quality data for these access lines using conventional conversion methods would exceed $5 billion. "DB-Able/UserWorks will reduce that amount by some $2 billion or more, depending on the condition and quality of source records," said Engelken.
 "There is a real opportunity for software technology to ease the financial burden associated with establishing a GIS," said Masayuki Harada, board director of Hitachi Software. "Our joint development effort has delivered an innovative solution that will speed the conversion from paper-based mapping to GIS for utility companies worldwide."
 Steven Bruny, president and chief executive officer of IGS, said the GIS industry has sought for years to make data conversion an affordable and a realistic goal for telecommunications companies. "With DB-Able/UserWorks, I believe that we have realized that goal, and that telecommunications companies will finally achieve the productivity gains anticipated through GIS with the data provided by these tools."
 Hitachi Software is based in Yokohama, Japan; IGS, Boulder, Colo.; UGC Consulting, Denver.
 DB-Able(TM) is owned by Information & Graphics Systems. The product was designed in conjunction with UGC Consulting.
 UserWorks(TM) is a trademark of UGC Consulting.
 CORPORATE BACKGROUNDS
 UGC Consulting
 UGC Consulting, based in Denver, is an executive and technical management consulting firm that specializes in delivering comprehensive solutions for users of automated mapping, facilities management, and geographic information systems (AM/FM/GIS). By initiating technology partnerships with Hitachi Software Engineering, Hughes Information Technology, IBM and Information & Graphic Systems, UGC provides cost-effective, quality solutions for clients in public and private utilities, telecommunications companies, transportation organizations and local, state and regional governments.
 Information & Graphics Systems Inc.
 Information & Graphics Systems (IGS), based in Boulder, provides integrated solutions to the geographic information system and automated mapping/facilities management. IGS is an affiliate of Hitachi Software Engineering Co. Ltd., based in Yokohama, Japan.
 Hitachi Software Engineering Co., Ltd.
 Hitachi Software was formed in 1970 to develop, produce and market high-quality software and today is one of the largest software organizations in Japan.
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 /CONTACT: Stephen V. Gerard of UGC Consulting, 303-773-6166; or Sumi Shohara of Information & Graphics Systems, 510-655-4411/ CO: UGC Consulting; Hitachi Software Engineering Co. Ltd.;
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