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Visio Keynote Address at TMBE Conference Charts Trends for Business Process Software

Visio Builds Commitment to Business Process Management, Premieres Business Modeler for SAP R/3 System

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 4 /PRNewswire/ — In a keynote address tomorrow during the Tools & Methods for Business Engineering Conference '96, Ted Johnson, Visio Corp. co-founder and vice president of worldwide products, will demonstrate how Visio supports the trend toward interoperable and easy-to-use tools for managing business processes throughout corporations. Johnson will discuss proposed future versions of Visio and how they will advance Visio Corp.'s leading-edge development on the Microsoft® Windows® platform, in addition to showcasing the Visio® Business Modeler for the SAP® R/3™ system. The new modeler provides corporations with easy and pervasive access to R/3 process models through the intuitive Visio interface, making it easier to standardize business process control throughout an enterprise.

"Visio is a critical component for anyone interested in making business process management accessible to more decision-makers within a company," Johnson said. "Visio supports the trend away from complex and expensive tools, in favor of standardized tools that anyone can use and that are readily available on the mainstream desktop. Involving more people in business processes, and making it easy and intuitive for them to do so, is key to a corporation's competitive advantage."

A broadly compatible, interoperable and extensible graphics application platform, Visio helps standardize drawing functions across the enterprise. Visio is moving rapidly into Fortune 1,000 companies, where it has become the graphics software program of choice for many customers who use flowcharts to design, document and analyze business processes. Currently, Visio enjoys an installed base of more than 750,000 users.

Visio Supports the "Second Wave" of Business Process Engineering

Business process engineering has become a pervasive, worldwide discipline. At the same time, the field is entering a new phase in which information technologies are shifting to better support a process- centered organization. Tools that support this "second wave" of process engineering need to be based on open, standardized architectures to integrate components and services from many sources. According to Stowe Boyd, chairman of the TMBE Conference, Visio upholds this trend. Boyd is president of Work Media, a consulting firm in Herndon, Va., that tracks business process and information technology trends. He also serves as editor of the Cutter-published Business Process Strategies newsletter.

"Visio is in a position to have its graphics technology become the analog of Adobe PostScript for the process-oriented software market," Boyd said. "Vendors will decide that it is easier to rely on Visio as the flexible graphics engine, rather than reinvent all the technology involved. The Visio platform and Visio's involvement with industry consortiums that support standardization signal the beginning of a new wave that will sweep over process technologies."

Visio: Strong Commitment to Enterprise Customers

Visio's participation in the TMBE Conference underscores its commitment to standardization for business process management. Visio also was instrumental in the recent formation of the Business Process Management Coalition (BPMC). The BPMC is an alliance of leading software companies and industry experts promoting interoperability of products and techniques used in all phases of business process management.

In addition to Visio, founding members of the coalition include Computron Software Inc., Fleet & Partners, Sapling (Software Aided Planning) Corp., Systems Modeling Corp., Technology Economics International (TEI) and Xerox Quality Services, as well as the authors of key business redesign methodologies, Dr. Robert Camp of The Quality Network Inc. and Wayne Coker.

Visio Technology Showcased at TMBE

Johnson's keynote address and demonstration of the Visio Business Modeler for the R/3 system will take place on Wednesday, June 5, during the Opening Plenary Session from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. Conference attendees can also view the Visio graphics platform and products at Booth 37 in the Congressional Ballroom, upper level at the TMBE Exhibition. The TMBE Conference '96 and Exhibition is being held at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C., through June 6, 1996.

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, are 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.

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

If you are interested in viewing additional information on Visio Corp., please visit the Visio home page at Details about Visio are also available on CompuServe and MSN™, The Microsoft Network.

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