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NEW RELEASE OF IMAGE AND RECORDS MANAGEMENT FROM IBM; DUKE POWER TO USE IMAGING SYSTEM

 NEW RELEASE OF IMAGE AND RECORDS MANAGEMENT FROM IBM;
 DUKE POWER TO USE IMAGING SYSTEM
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Power Company (NYSE: DUK), of Charlotte, N.C., plans to implement IBM's (NYSE: IBM) Image and Records Management (IRM) System to facilitate the handling of documents, engineering drawings and electronic data files within its Corporate Document Management System by any user in any department.
 IRM was chosen because of its ability to handle objects of all types, for example, images, graphs, word processing text, spreadsheets and, of particular importance to a nuclear power company, E-sized drawings. The initial installation phase will run IRM in conjunction with IBM Personal System/2s (PS/2) running Operating System/2 (OS/2).
 IRM, based on IBM's Systems Application Architecture (SAA), allows users to electronically capture, manage and use images and other data objects across multiple applications and locations. It is a general purpose platform designed for public sector and commercial customers, such as governments, universities, utility companies and financial institutions.
 The new release, IRM 1.3, will be available in July with new features that support token-ring and Ethernet networks that run Novell software, in addition to the IBM Token Ring Local Area Network (LAN). Also, the new release will add the capability for handling large images, such as engineering diagrams, to the existing mixed object support of images, word processing text documents and spreadsheets.
 IBM IMAGE AND RECORDS MANAGEMENT
 New Release Features:
 IRM 1.3 will be available in July with new features that include:
 -- Capability for scanning, viewing and printing E-sized drawings -- such a engineering diagrams -- through an interface to Scanview software from Scangraphics.
 -- Support for Novell token-ring networks and Ethernet networks is added to the product, which already supports the IBM Token Ring LAN.
 -- Support for Microsoft Word as an application under IRM. Users will be able to invoke Word to perform their word processing, store their documents as an IRM object, then recall and revise the document.
 -- Support for the Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) is added to the product, which already supports IOCA.
 Demo:
 At COMDEX, in the Chicago McCormick Center from April 6 to April 9, American Management Systems (AMS), an IBM Business Partner, will demonstrate the LAN-based IRM option along with its Human Resources application. This will be shown as part of the IBM SAA OS/2 demonstration facility.
 Background:
 IRM is an IBM offering that was jointly developed by IBM and American Management System, with guidance from IRM customers and IBM research labs.
 IRM is an open-interface system utilizing a client-server architecture. It consists of three parts: a library server; one or more object servers, and workstation clients. The library server contains the library catalog and is implemented on a mainframe host, either Multiple Virtual Storage Architecture/Enterprise Systems Architecture (MVS/ESA) or Multiple Virtual Storage/Extended Architecture (MVS/XA), or on a Local Area Network (LAN) using the PS/2 running OS/2. The object servers are repositories for the documents and can be located with the host and/or can be located on one or more LANs.
 IRM Features:
 IRM can help improve availability of information across an enterprise and can thus help increase worker productivity in a broad range of industries. Key IRM features include:
 -- Scanning, printing, retrieval and presentation of digitized images performed on a PS/2 over a LAN. In addition, IRM contains Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to facilitate workflow management and integration with line of business applications.
 -- Advanced forms processing and intelligent character recognition. This function recognizes standard forms, extracts data from scanned images, recognizes the characters and passes the information to a computer database. This helps reduce the cost of capturing typed information by often elm?inating manual data entry.
 -- Using optical or magnetic storage media, image objects such as documents, forms, spreadsheets, drawings and pictures can all be stored in the same electronic folder, close to where they are needed. The location of a stored image or other objects is "transparent" to the user, meaning it is automatically handled by IRM.
 -- Access to other existing host or workstation-based applications, such as text processing and spreadsheets, as well as data files. These can be viewed in a "window" on an IBM PS/2 running OS/2.
 Personal System/2, Operating System/2, Systems Application Architecture, MVS/ESA, MVS/XA, SAA, OS/2 and PS/2 are trademarks or registered trademarks of the International Business Machines Corporation.
 Post-It is a trademark of the 3M Company. Word is a trademark of the Microsoft Corporation.
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 /CONTACT: Glenn Rossman of IBM, 914-642-5470/
 (IBM DUK) CO: International Business Machines Corp.; Duke Power Co. ST: New York, North Carolina IN: CPR SU:


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