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 Attendance, Exhibit Space Break Records for 14th Consecutive Year
 TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Attendance topped 6,850 at Xplor International's 14th Annual Conference & Exhibit in Denver last month, a 9 percent increase over last year. The 140 exhibiting companies and the 140,000-square-feet of exhibit space represent a 10 percent increase over last year's trade show.
 According to outgoing Xplor President Jim Bransford of Martin Marietta, the big news this year was the partnering alliances between vendors that developed over the past year. These strategic partnerships were in great evidence throughout the exhibit hall. Among these was the announcement from Xerox Corp. and Digital Equipment Corp. regarding a joint marketing agreement. Also announced was the history-making strategic alliance between Pennant Systems, The IBM Printing Systems Co. and Xerox Corp. In an original manufacturer equipment transaction, Pennant Systems acquired a printer mechanism from Xerox to be used on the new IBM 3935 Advanced Function page printer.
 Best-selling business author Tom Peters was the keynote speaker in the opening session. Peters delivered a passionate talk on the subject of "Creating and Loving Change," calling for boldness in breaking the corporate mindset. At the end of the week, management consultant, author and speaker, Nancy Austin, addressed the closing session. Speaking on "The Spirit of Leadership," Austin champions the innovation and human potential in American organizations. "Innovate or go under," she suggests.
 A new session was added this year, a technology update called "The Future of the Document." The panel was led by Fred Siegmund, EDPP, of Chevron. The panel featured four industry leaders discussing the future of electronic documents. Included were John Warnock of Adobe Systems, Bill Freeland of Interleaf, Ormond Rankin of Hewlett-Packard and Stuart Bagshaw of XSoft, who summarized the panel's thinking with the assertion, "The face of the document has changed forever, but not its purpose."
 Published and distributed to conference attendees was an Xplor International White Paper, The New Enterprise IS Strategy, Transforming Data Systems into Document Systems, authored by Xplor's executive director, Dr. Keith T. Davidson, Ph.D. Reporting that data will double 20 times by the year 2000 forcing organizations to manage what Davidson calls a "data avalanche," the paper urges the adoption of an enterprise- wide corporate document policy. Maintaining that American business now spends approximately $750 billion annually on document management, Xplor International is providing this first definitive description of this dynamic industry. With the help of several important contributors, Davidson provides case histories of companies that are in the process of adopting document policies and sets forth strategies for corporate America's survival during this shift from data to document management.
 Xplor's annual awards were presented, with top honors of Xplorer of the Year going to Bruce Vial of Hermes Precisa from Glebe, Australia. Robert Wert of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, Pa., Xplor's 1992 president, was the recipient of the President's Award, recognizing his lifelong achievements and contributions to the electronic document systems industry.
 For the first time, Xplor's Innovator of the Year Award was shared. Given to an individual or organization that has made significant technological achievements, the award went to both International Data Post, Denmark, and Australia Post, Australia. Respectively, their ePOST and EDIPost technologies have revolutionized the mailing industry.
 Fourteen Xplor members were awarded the Electronic Document and Printing Professional (EDPP) designation, an internationally recognized achievement that acknowledges a person's professional expertise and outstanding job performance in this field.
 Newly elected Xplor President, Ray Simonson of The Mutual Group, observed, "My election to president, as a Canadian, along with the fact that this year's Innovator of the Year Award went to companies in Australia and Scandinavia and the Xplorer of the Year Award was given to an Australian, truly emphasizes the globality of the Xplor community. This, coupled with the great number of alliances and partnerships which were announced and shown at this year's conference, underlines the worldwide virtual industry which is now being defined by the Xplor community within the electronic document systems industry."
 Xplor International provides forums, programs and services which enhance the use of electronic document systems to achieve organizational goals.
 Xplor International is located at 24238 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505-6505 USA. Telephone: 310-373-3633; facsimile: 310-375-4240.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Porter 310-373-3633, ext. 240; or Anne Davison, 310-373-3633, ext. 239, both of Xplor International/

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