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Visio Announces Newest Member in Its Visual Modeling Coalition

Integrated Software Specialists Inc. Now a Certified Consulting Partner

SEATTLE, May 25 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced that Integrated Software Specialists Inc. (ISS) is the newest member in Visio's Visual Modeling Coalition, a group of consultants and ISVs dedicated to using standard methodologies, open repositories and common interfaces to accurately reflect user requirements and provide a higher level of tool accessibility for application developers. ISS, a leading provider of advanced technology consulting services, joins IntelliCorp Inc. and InConcept Inc. as members in the Visual Modeling Coalition, which was established in 1998.

"Since its inception, the Visual Modeling Coalition has actively promoted the value of a standards-based, methodology-neutral approach for the application developer," said Leslie Grandy, director of the Application Development and Management Customer Unit at Visio Corp. "Integrated Software Specialists furthers the mission of the coalition as a provider of solutions and training for customers utilizing Visio® Professional and Visio Enterprise to build successful object-oriented and component-based projects."

"We are extremely pleased to be working with Visio as a member of the Visual Modeling Coalition to provide critical training for its customers," said Dan Dock, director of business development at ISS. "Through the coalition, we are truly able to align technology with customers' needs at the speed of change."

The Visual Modeling Coalition

The Visual Modeling Coalition is composed of database and software design solution and support providers focused on tool interoperability and component reuse. There are two classes of membership within the Visual Modeling Coalition: integrated solutions vendors, and training and consulting providers. Integrated solutions vendors produce solutions that enhance or extend modeling support included in Visio Enterprise and Visio Professional, with an emphasis on support for the Microsoft Repository and an exposed automation model that can be controlled by Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). Training and consulting providers promote the development of database and software systems using Visio Enterprise, Visio Professional and integrated solutions. The Visual Modeling Coalition enables customers to expand and adapt their development toolbox as their project evolves, using modeling tools and methodologies that are appropriate for their particular project. Customers can feel confident that the level of tool interoperability has been certified by a third party and that support providers have a proven track record with Visio technology.

Members of the Visual Modeling Coalition receive such benefits as joint marketing opportunities, access to beta versions of Visio products and access to Visio products for internal development, training and promotional purposes. More information regarding membership in the Visual Modeling Coalition can be found on the Visio Web site at

About Integrated Software Specialists Inc.

Founded in 1989, ISS is a leading provider of advanced technology consulting services. Through its professional services and education programs, ISS has helped many large corporations, including McDonald's, Harley-Davidson and Kraft Foods, re-engineer their existing business processes and create technology infrastructures to support futuristic business opportunities. To that end, ISS delivers consulting, training and mentoring services based on a vital "model before you build or buy" strategy. ISS focuses on business process improvement, object-oriented/component-based development and intelligent e-commerce solutions for its clients. ISS provides a broad range of consulting services that assist in the introduction of advanced technology solutions to apply to day-to-day business problems. ISS offers a suite of training programs including a course on object-oriented analysis and design using the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and Visio Enterprise. For information about ISS, its services and training programs, contact ISS at 888-ISS-0001 or visit the company's Web site at

Visio Enterprise and Visio Professional: Tools for Software and Database Design

Visio Enterprise and Visio Professional are two award-winning solutions deployed by software and database designers during the application development process. Visio Professional is a powerful design and documentation tool that can be used to create the design artifacts that depict an application's architecture throughout the development cycle. Visio Professional 5.0 supports all major software diagramming notations, including UML, Booch, Yourdon, Gane Sarson and Shlaer Mellor. Diagrams created with Visio Professional use the same file format as all Visio products and can be easily exchanged with other participants involved in the development of a system. Visio Enterprise 5.0, released in October 1998, is a robust suite of design and modeling tools created for IT professionals who develop, manage and maintain enterprise information systems. For software and database designers, Visio Enterprise delivers deep-level functionality, including support for UML 1.2 diagram types, the ability to reverse engineer Microsoft Visual C++ and Visual Basic code into UML models, and support for Microsoft Repository 2.0.

About Visio Corp.

Visio Corp. is the leading supplier of enterprise business diagramming and technical drawing software, with an installed base of more than 3 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 12 language versions and are sold in more than 45 countries.

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

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