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WALLACE COMPUTER SERVICES ANNOUNCES ELECTRONIC FORMS PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

 HILLSIDE, Ill., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- American companies are looking at electronic forms as a way to reduce business transaction costs. However, options available to date have been too costly, such as complete re-engineering of corporate processes, or have been too limited in scope with partial solutions that will not work across a corporation's diverse assortment of computers, printers and software.
 Today, Wallace Computer Services announced its entry into electronic forms with PLATFORMS(TM), a group of software products and services that meet larger corporations' needs for global electronic forms processing solutions.
 "Our customers want standard, open electronic forms products that plug into existing systems and provide an easy growth path," said Bob Cronin, president and CEO of Wallace. "The electronic forms products and services announced today give companies the right tools to build enterprise-wide electronic forms solutions that work on all their computer systems, be they mainframes, minis or PCs. Wallace is offering solutions and services that allow Information Systems managers and Forms managers to incrementally move into electronic forms in the lowest-cost, lowest-risk and least-disruptive ways."
 Wallace's solutions facilitate hard copy replacement, forms management and distribution, and workflow automation functions while leveraging a company's existing computer asset base.
 Several features make Wallace's electronic forms offerings unique:
 -- They address the needs of both the I.S. and Forms Management
 functions.
 -- The products work across the full range of corporate computer,
 software and printing systems -- from mainframes to PCs.
 -- Wallace's electronic forms products have an open architecture
 and are compatible and complimentary to existing forms design
 and related software such as Delrina PerForm, JetForm,
 WordPerfect Informs and Adobe Acrobat.
 -- Wallace is focusing on providing concrete, open products and
 tools that companies and integrators can use today. The company
 is expressly NOT trying to sell custom integrator services or
 workflow automation consulting.
 -- In conjunction, Wallace offers a unique electronic forms
 management system, W.I.N.(TM) (The Wallace Information Network),
 that integrates and simplifies management of electronic forms,
 as well as paper forms.
 Ted Dimitriou, chairman of Wallace, noted, "With 85 years of experience in business forms, we see this as a natural extension of our expertise. Customers have always depended on us to provided not just products, but the BEST SOLUTIONS. We're not the first to offer electronic forms, but we are the first to provide the RIGHT global electronic forms solutions for our customers."
 The first release of products and services offered at this date include:
 -- PLATFORMS(TM) -- electronic forms software modules for building
 corporate applications, including drivers and print filters for
 mainframes, minicomputers, PCs, and a wide range of printers.
 -- Wallace Electronics Forms Resource Center -- services to convert
 printed forms to electronic, and to create new electronic forms
 for customers.
 -- Enhancements to W.I.N. for additional management and control of
 corporate electronics forms systems.
 -- Installation and support -- Wallace is offering its usual high
 level of installation support and customer service which will
 allow for project completion in as little as two weeks.
 PLATFORMS is immediately available for the following operating systems/platforms: IBM MVS/XA, MVS/ESA, DOS/VSE: DEC VAX/VMS; HP MPE/XL, MPE/IX; UNIX; IBM OS/400; Microsoft MS-DOS 3.2 and higher, Windows 3.X; OS/2.
 As part of the announcment, Wallace confirmed that it had completed negotiations for the acquisition of technologies used by First Electronic Forms of Irvine, Calif., which provide the foundation for the products announced. The key staff of First Electronic Forms, including John Veenstra, president, Peter Dunworth, vice president, and Joan Nagelkirk, vice president, have joined Wallace's newly formed Electronic Forms Division. The division will have offices in Irvine and Elk Grove Village, Ill.
 Wallace Computer Services, Inc. (NYSE: WCS) is a leader in the manufacture and distribution of consumable products for solving information processing problems. For its fiscal year ended July 31, 1993, the company reported sales of $545.3 million.
 Other Wallace product lines include paperwork systems; labeling products; commercial printing; promotional and direct mail advertising; computer hardware, software, accessories and supplies; machine ribbons; ATM and POS machine rolls; and other office products. Customers range from the largest corporations to home businesses and individuals. The company is headquartered in Hillside, Ill. and has manufacturing, distribution and sales facilities throughout the United States.
 WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY ABOUT PLATFORMS(TM)...
 "PLATFORMS leverages a core Wallace strength -- that is working with forms management -- and combines it with the new world of forms. Wallace is giving companies a way to incrementally step forward into workflow automation without making huge leaps of faith or dollars."
 Joel Wecksell
 Vice President and Service Director
 The Gartner Group
 203/967-6700
 "These products represent a significant step forward in providing electronic document-based solutions to Wallace customers. The technical architecture provides a solid platform for further growth and development."
 W. James Fischer
 Managing Partner, Technology Services
 Andersen Consulting
 312/507-8336
 "Wallace has demonstrated the ability to bring effective solutions to the table for PaineWebber. Their latest product and services offering, PLATFORMS, provides a solid, practical technology that truly focuses on corporate requirements. Their multi-platform strategy allows us to fully leverage our existing investment in hardware and applications. As an experienced user of their W.I.N. system, we are confident that Wallace understands the needs of the corporate environment and has the capabilities to deliver."
 Vito Giuliani
 Corporate Vice President
 PaineWebber
 201/902-3483
 "As a current user of the W.I.N. system, we are most interested in evaluating Wallace's new PLATFORMS technology. Given Wallace's excellent track record for utilizing state-of-the-art approaches to provide business solutions for us, we are hopeful that this electronic forms technology will become a valuable adjunct to our existing W.I.N. system."
 Seth Kaminsky
 Vice President, Supplier Relations
 and Corporate Services
 Avis
 516/222-3391
 "Delrina is very well positioned in PC-based electronic forms software with its FormFlow and PerForm Pro family of products. An alliance between Wallace and Delrina provides the corporate market with a true corporate-wide, multi-platform solution. Wallace has extensive experience in life cycle management of large scale applications and a solid understanding of the corporate market's needs. Delrina has a feature rich form design and intelligent form product for the PC platform. Both companies are leaders in their respective industries."
 Lou Ryan
 Senior Vice President, U.S. Sales
 & Operations
 Delrina
 408/363-2345
 -0- 11/10/93
 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Editors are welcome to contact the listed sources for further comment or the contact below./
 /CONTACT: Brad Samson of Wallace Computer Services, 708-449-8600/
 (WCS)


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