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Visio Announces Business Modeler for SAP R/3 System

Business Diagramming Leader Eliminates Barrier to Working with R/3 Process Models on the Windows Desktop

CHICAGO, June 4 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced the Visio® Business Modeler, an add-on for Visio and Visio Technical software programs, designed to expedite implementations of the SAP® R/3™ system and enable everyone in an organization to master continuous business redesign initiatives. This Visio solution marks a revolutionary method for customers to replicate the business processes in an R/3 system, as well as to generate SAP best-practice business models known as Event-driven Process Chains (EPCs) for use within user documentation and training manuals or to highlight, annotate and link data to other documents.

"One of the greatest demands from individuals involved in or contemplating an SAP software solution has been for an easy-to-use, pervasive visualization tool," said Jeremy Jaech, president and CEO of Visio Corp. "The open architecture of Visio and its powerful graphics engine enable a broad range of solutions on the Visio platform. Our ability to link the Process Model component of the R/3 Reference Model to Visio marks a significant achievement in empowering mainstream users with SAP expertise."

Extending Process Models to Every Windows Desktop

The first phase in the evaluation and implementation of an SAP-based process redesign effort requires that users understand how SAP defines its best-case business processes and that they can compare them to their current business operations. Although the business engineering methodologies that can be used to build these models vary, the Visio Business Modeler prompts users to create their process models using SAP's EPC methodology. In particular, the Visio Business Modeler supplies users with specific EPC SmartShapes® symbols that intelligently display how EPCs are constructed consistent with SAP guidelines. An early understanding of the processes and methodologies in the R/3 system helps streamline implementation and facilitates better communication among users, consultants and team managers.

"The true success of a `real world' business redesign effort requires that all employees understand and embrace the practices they will be a part of implementing," said Clayton Stika, director of MIS at Siemens Medical Ultrasound in Issaquah, Wash., a leading supplier of high-technology electronic devices for medical imaging. "The Visio Business Modeler has the ability to serve our organization as a broad- based tool to bring more people into the process definition and design phase. It also supplies a common language that users can easily and effectively adopt to represent the events and functions that make up their business processes. This is an impressive achievement because it extends the ownership of our company's processes to every desktop."

Close Working Relationship With SAP

Visio and SAP AG recently signed a joint development agreement that will include a formal commitment of resources from both parties to obtain customer feedback and explore how Visio's technology might be used online with R/3 software in the future. Visio also announced its third-party support of the Business Engineering Workbench, SAP's set of methodologies, models, interfaces and tools for faster and easier implementation and continuous business engineering with the R/3 system. Visio has participated in SAP-hosted events including the Technical Developers Conference May 15-17 in Orlando, Fla., which demonstrated the value of Visio technology as a resource for the R/3 developer community. Additionally, Visio is scheduled to participate in SAP's SAPPHIRE shows June 12-14 in Vienna, Austria, and Aug. 25-29 in Philadelphia to preview its latest development efforts based on the R/3 system.

"The Visio Business Modeler, combined with the R/3 reference model of the Business Engineering Workbench, is an instrumental tool for the early implementation phase of SAP software," said Paul Wahl, CEO of SAP America Inc. and vice president of SAP worldwide marketing. "We are confident about the value of this product to existing and potential SAP customers. It enables them to benefit from Visio's advanced Windows® technology, robust business diagramming functionality and recognized ease of use, allowing them to view and comprehend the functionality of the R/3 applications based on the reference model.

Pricing and Availability of U.S. and Localized Versions

A 32-bit application, the Visio Business Modeler ships with the more than 800 detailed process models from the R/3 system that are under license from SAP and provided in Microsoft® Access read-only format. The product is sold in CD-ROM format with standard U.S. English, international English and German versions included in the same box. The Visio Business Modeler is optimized for both the Microsoft Windows 95 and Windows NT® version 3.51 operating systems and features 90 days of free technical support and a 60-day, money-back guarantee. As SAP releases new versions of the Process Model component for the R/3 Reference Model, Visio will make these revisions available through a subscription.

The add-on is scheduled to be available the week of June 10 from Visio's corporate resellers and from Visio Corp. directly at a suggested price of $379 (U.S.). To place an order or to obtain more information on any Visio product, customers can contact Visio at (800) 24-VISIO [248- 4746], ext. 93W. Additional information on Visio Corp. is also available via CompuServe, MSN™, The Microsoft Network and the Visio home page at

Visio Business Modeler Showcased at Windows World, TMBE

The new Business Modeler is being demonstrated June 3-6 at Windows World in Chicago at McCormick Place North, Level 3 North, Booth W3720. In addition, the product will be shown to attendees of the Tools & Methods for Business Engineering (TMBE) Conference '96, in the Congressional Ballroom, Upper Level, Booth 37. The TMBE Conference and Exhibition is being held at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.

About Visio Corp.

Visio Corp., a leading supplier of enterprisewide business diagramming and technical drawing software, was founded in September 1990. The Seattle-based company pioneered the drawing and diagramming market with the release of Visio 1.0 in November 1992, and has since released additional Windows-based products for the creation and exchange of drawings and diagrams in business. Visio's powerful product architecture, combined with partner programs and third-party relationships in key market segments, is establishing Visio as a desktop platform standard for the creation of graphical solutions. The company markets the Visio product line in more than 26 countries throughout the world.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. There are certain important factors that could cause results to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Among these are fluctuations in quarterly performance, dependence on other products including Microsoft Windows, competition in the business drawing and diagramming software market, timing and customer acceptance of new products, and changes in general economic conditions. Additional information concerning these and other risks is described in the "Risk Factors" section of the prospectus contained in the Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed by the Company on Sept. 15, 1995, and, from time to time, in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission reports, which include the Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 1996. Actual results may differ materially.

NOTE: Visio and SmartShapes are registered trademarks of Visio Corp. SAP is a registered trademark and R/3 is a trademark of SAP AG. Microsoft, Windows, Windows NT and MSN are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are held by their respective companies.

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