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Tuesday, March 23, 1999 < Prev Next >

New Visio Enterprise Agreement Decreases Cost, Reduces IT Administration at the Desktop

Program Aggressively Priced, Eliminates Software Compliancy Issues for Itmanagers

SEATTLE, March 23 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced the Visio Prema Enterprise Agreement (EA) licensing program, making it easier for customers to standardize on Visio® technology across their organizations. The new program is aggressively priced, eases customer implementation and streamlines the licensing process. Visio's program mirrors Microsoft Corp.'s highly successful enterprise agreement licensing program, so corporate customers who have enjoyed the reduced cost, easy administration and reduced compliance issues associated with Microsoft's program will quickly recognize the value of Visio's new offering.

For resellers, Visio's EA program offers a way to work in partnership with large customers and offer an enhanced suite of desktop tools as well as a means of reducing the information technology management overhead usually associated with the licensing of PC applications.

"Many of our customers already enjoy the benefits of Microsoft's EA program, so it will be an easy extension for them to buy Visio licenses in the same way, and it will also help them maximize their investment across their enterprise," said Keith Collins, vice president of channel sales for Visio Corp. "And the program allows resellers to tap into the growing demand for Visio in larger organizations, to sell a tool that's extremely complementary to the Microsoft Office suite, and to offer a way to reduce software compliancy issues."

Reduced Customer Costs, Simplified Administration

Visio's EA program benefits customers in a number of ways, including reducing the cost, easing the deployment and simplifying the administration of Visio licenses. The program is a solution for companies looking for extendible solutions that allow for easy implementation, as well as those that can be standardized across their entire enterprise. By licensing Visio Standard for all desktops within an enterprise, an IT department's application administration is simplified because each desktop can have a consistent application image. The agreement further benefits customers by doing the following:

  • Reducing compliance issues by making Visio products easier to deploy and track
  • Decreasing application costs by spreading them over three years
  • Setting a predetermined cost per desktop so managers can predictably plan and budget for enterprise growth
  • Granting the rights to the most current version of software to enable drawing file compatibility across the enterprise
  • Providing crossgrades from Visio Standard to other products at a discount through an installment-licensing program
  • Maximizing the company investment in Visio drawings by making them accessible to everyone within the enterprise

Resellers Work in Partnership With Customers

By offering the Visio EA program, resellers have an opportunity to form longer-term relationships with their customers because the agreement covers at least a three-year period.

"Through Visio's new enterprise agreement, our customers will have the ability to reap cost savings on Visio software acquisition, while assuring licensing compliancy," said Rich Fraser, vice president, solutions marketing at Corporate Software & Technology Inc. (CS&T). "As a strategic partner with Visio, CS&T can now provide its customers an even more robust solution for managing their software assets, including help desk and technical services for asset evaluation and deployment."

Pricing and Availability

Corporate customers with a minimum enterprise size of 1,000 PCs qualify for special pricing through the new enterprise agreement. Customers can contact one of the following participating resellers or call Visio Corp. directly at (800) Visio-07 (847-4607). Resellers currently participating in Visio's EA licensing program include ASAP Inc., Corporate Software & Technology, Softmart Inc. and Software Spectrum Inc.

About Visio Corp.

Visio Corp. is the leading supplier of enterprisewide business diagramming and technical drawing software, with an installed base of nearly 2.8 million users worldwide. Founded in September 1990, the Seattle-based company pioneered the drawing and diagramming software market with the release of Visio 1.0 in November 1992 and has since released additional Windows-based graphics applications that offer users a unique and effective way to communicate and work. Visio's powerful product line is becoming a worldwide standard for graphical solutions in business, with the support of partner programs and third-party relationships in key market segments. Visio products are available in as many as 12 language versions and are sold in more than 45 countries.

For more information about Visio Corp. and its products, customers can contact Visio at (800) 24-VISIO (248-4746), ext. 93W, or visit the company's Web site at

NOTE: Visio is a registered trademark of Visio Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks, trade names or company names referenced herein are used for identification only and are the property of their respective owners.