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INFORMATION DIMENSIONS: SHELL TRANSFORMS RESEARCH ORGANIZATION WITH BASIS(TM) DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Information Dimensions Provides Researchers Access to Corporate
 Knowledge Base


DUBLIN, Ohio, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Information Dimensions, Inc., announced today that Shell Services Company, a subsidiary of Shell Oil, has decreased its computing expenses by 40% while realizing a 20% increase in productivity by utilizing Information Dimensions' BASIS Document Manager and TECHLIBplus(R) electronic library management system.

"Document management allows our researchers to gain access to critical information in the quickest time, so we can respond more quickly as a company," said Bob Luggisi, Manager of Information Management at Shell's Research Centers in Houston, Texas. "Reduced cycle time means getting product to the street faster and entering new markets at the very beginning, when opportunity is greatest, instead of later after the gravy has been taken. Document management is not a luxury for Shell -- it's one of our most competitive weapons."

Shell Services Company had mission critical information residing on isolated computers, on hard copy and in individual memory and needed a way to recognize, access and leverage these resources to its employees in the Houston area.

"Our mission was to leverage the wealth of information residing in our dispersed document collections, which we accumulated over decades of research and project activity," Luggisi continued. "We needed to provide the best, easiest, most cost-efficient service, and it had to be accessible to every employee at his or her desktop. We went through a vigorous search of all the products available in the selection process, and Information Dimensions offered the most comprehensive solution, best suited to meet our specific needs."

"We were able to offer Shell a document management solution that provided measurable, long-term benefits such as increased competitiveness and improved user productivity," said Bill Forquer, President and CEO of Information Dimensions. "As companies strive to improve their business processes, they are increasingly using document management systems to deliver information directly into the hands of users."

Meeting Shell's specific needs meant streamlining and integrating vast amounts of information dispersed over four separate locations in the Houston area, and then making it easily accessible to any employee through a unified computing environment.

The most common uses are in determining exploration and production project histories, which are crucial for providing perspective on the question of how to proceed with future projects. For example, when a researcher wants to work in a specific project area, he or she must find out what work has already been done, often going back years or even decades. Each of Shell's technical employees in Houston and around the country now has direct desktop access to a database of 285,000 records, empowering individuals and enabling the company to react swiftly to market opportunities.

About Information Dimensions

Information Dimensions has been a leader in the document management market for more than nine years by providing solutions that expand organizational knowledge and increase corporate flexibility. Backed by the BASIS system, the company has helped world-class corporations leverage their most meaningful yet underutilized assets -- documents -- to increase competitiveness. Today, BASIS is installed worldwide in over 2,200 sites, serving the document management needs of more than one million users. Information Dimensions is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Online Computer Library Center, Inc., the world's largest library information network.

Visit the Information Dimensions Home Page on the World Wide Web at http://www.idi.oclc.org.
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/CONTACT: Jennifer Glass of Blanc & Otus, 415-512-0500, or jglass@bando.com, for Information Dimensions; or Barbara Johnson of Information Dimensions, 614-761-8083, or BJOHNSON@idi.oclc.org/

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