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Visio Forges Global Partnership with Cable & Wireless

Cable & Wireless Makes Visio the Standard Desktop Drawing Tool Around the World

SEATTLE, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ — Cable & Wireless, a leading international telecommunications provider, signed a global purchasing agreement with Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO), the market leader in business drawing and diagramming software. The deal is one of a series of enabling agreements that will establish a series of global partnerships with suppliers of "best in class" information technology products and services. Negotiated by Cable & Wireless and implemented by Compaq Computer Corp., these partnerships are expected to bring savings of about 1 million pounds sterling (US$1.6 million) over two years and deliver service improvements and the latest technology to all Cable & Wireless companies.

"This agreement with Visio provides our employees with a standardized software tool for drawing and diagramming, as well as benefiting Cable & Wireless in many other practical ways," said Mary Dupont, director of desktop and intranet services, Cable & Wireless. "It means easier and faster deployment of the software to our employees' desktops, easier tracking of licenses and, of course, cost savings resulting from simple economies of scale."

"More and more companies are offering Visio as a standard drawing tool to their employees," said Tom Hull, senior vice president of sales, Visio Corp. "This demonstrates not only the strength and flexibility of Visio products but also of our ability to deliver cost-effective solutions to companies like Cable & Wireless — solutions that ultimately help them to meet their own internal goals."

The global partnership agreement states that Cable & Wireless has an "intention to buy" Visio's software in the 50-plus countries where Cable & Wireless is currently operating, building on the existing Visio seats within the company. Visio usage is expected to grow fastest within the information technology department where Visio 2000 Professional Edition and Visio 2000 Enterprise Edition are already being used extensively to document Cable & Wireless' sophisticated information technology infrastructure. Use of Standard Edition for the creation of drawings and diagrams used in normal business communication is also expected to increase, as is usage of Visio 2000 Technical Edition in the engineering department for the creation of technical drawing and schematics.

"Visio's enthusiasm and openness in putting together this unique agreement meant that we were able to implement them as our first desktop standard quickly and painlessly," said Nick Duarte, director of purchasing, group technology IT/IS, Cable & Wireless. "Visio is working closely with us on internal plans to educate employees on the benefits of drawing with Visio, which in turn, helps us to promote our information technology standards program."

Why Visio?

"We felt confident selecting Visio as the company's standard drawing tool because their products are already recognized as an industry standard in mainstream business drawing, information technology network documentation and technical drawing," said Duarte. "The fact that the products are easy to use, requiring very little training, and easy to integrate into applications, such as Microsoft PowerPoint and Word, just made our decision even easier."

How the agreement works

Master licenses and copies of all Visio products will be provided to Cable & Wireless companies around the world. When a user or department requests a copy of the software, the local information technology team will be responsible for loading the Visio software onto the users' desktops — either manually or from the server. The information technology department then reports to Compaq, via an Internet-based ordering system, the number of licenses provided to users each month and an invoice is issued to the purchasing department of that business unit at the agreed global price for each license.

About Cable & Wireless

With customers in 70 countries, Cable & Wireless is a major global telecommunications business with revenue of around 8 billion pounds sterling in the year ended March 1999 and over 50,000 employees. Its businesses around the world offer a range of services spanning broadband data and Internet access, fixed and mobile voice, as well as interactive entertainment and information. Cable & Wireless' priority for expansion is the fast-growing market of data and Internet Protocol services for business customers. Since November 1998, it has announced major investments in advanced networks in the United States and Europe, the restructuring of Cable & Wireless Communications in the United Kingdom and has acquired full control of Cable & Wireless IDC in Japan to support this strategy. Cable & Wireless now holds a unique position in terms of global coverage and services to business customers.

About Visio

Visio is the leading supplier of enterprisewide 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 as many as 12 language versions and are sold in more than 45 countries.

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

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