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Johnson Controls Adopts Visio Technical as Cost-Effective Alternative to CAD

Replaces CAD Software with Windows-Based Technical Drawing Program

SEATTLE, June 6 /PRNewswire/ — In a move intended to produce savings of 20 percent to 40 percent in engineering costs and time, Johnson Controls Inc. of Milwaukee, Wisc., today announced it has replaced its CAD software with Visio Corp.'s Visio® Technical 3.0 in the company's North American system and services operation, according to Visio Corp.

The move to Visio Technical 3.0 — a Microsoft® Windows®-based technical drawing solution designed to give mainstream computer users the ability to produce professional-quality technical drawings quickly and efficiently — is the result of Johnson Controls' decision to streamline the drawing process of commercial building control systems so its engineers can spend a greater amount of time in the field with customers. To date, approximately 800 systems engineers have replaced their CAD software with Visio Technical; they use the product to create on-site project plans and estimates for customers.

"Our customers aren't willing to pay for the complex drawings that engineering organizations have come to rely on," said Bill Huth, manager of field engineering support at Johnson Control. "They are only interested in paying for the final product — a quality-control system installation that provides comfort and security in their buildings. Given this, our choice was simple: find a way to cut the amount of time design engineers spend generating drawings so they can spend more time working with customers and delivering what customers really want.

The Benefits of Standardizing on Visio Technical

As a result of replacing its CAD software with Visio Technical, Johnson Controls has estimated it will save $6 million per year, with the goal of saving $7 to $8 million per year once the system is fully implemented across departments at the company worldwide. This cost savings results from Visio Technical's ability to replace several complex and labor-intensive functions of CAD software at Johnson Controls, such as substituting the management of 4,000 CAD symbols with fewer than 200 Visio SmartShapes®. Visio Technical also can read CAD files in .DWG format, thus allowing Johnson Controls' engineers to work with the company's thousands of existing drawings. In addition, Visio Technical, a standard Windows-based desktop application, provides non-CAD professionals the ability to create, share and access technical drawings, and the flexibility to incorporate drawings into other documents. Johnson Controls is also seeing a faster turnaround time for its design work now that Visio Technical is used in the design process to create proposals on-site.

According to Huth, the biggest benefit of moving to Visio is that it has greatly simplified the company's computing environment. "Visio Technical makes it possible to move from a complex world of CAD to a much simpler world of Windows-based desktop drawing tools," Huth said. "This simplicity is driving a great deal of value at Johnson Controls in helping us to advance our long-term goals of superior customer service and maintaining a competitive edge."

About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls, a $6.8 billion Fortune 100 company, is a global leader in the commercial building automation systems that control energy use, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, security and fire management for commercial buildings. The company has 55,000 employees worldwide, and its products and services are represented in 40 countries.

About Visio Corp.

Visio Corp., the leading drawing and diagramming software developer, was founded in October 1990. The Seattle-based company pioneered the drawing and diagramming market with the release of Visio 1.0 in November 1992. Since then, Visio has released additional drag and drop drawing products designed for business, technical and consumer users. The company markets the Visio product line in the United States, North America, Europe and Asia.

NOTE: Visio and SmartShapes are registered trademarks of Visio Corp. Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

/CONTACT: Marci Maule of Visio Corp., 206-521-4596; or Martin Middlewood, 503-245-0905, or Melissa Covelli, 206-637-9097, both of Waggener Edstrom, for Visio Corp./

CO: Visio Corp.; Johnson Controls Inc. ST: Washington, Wisconsin IN: CPR SU:

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