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IDS Professor Scheer Teams with Visio to Provide Bidirectional Interface Between Tool Sets

Transfers of Process Models Between Visio Business Modeler and ARIS Toolset Streamline R/3 Implementations

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ — IDS Professor Scheer Inc. and Visio Corp. today announced their work to provide a bidirectional transfer of graphical output between IDS' ARIS Toolset and the Visio® Business Modeler for SAP's R/3™ system. A transfer of information between the Visio Business Modeler and ARIS Toolset, which provides full online support for SAP's R/3 modeling standards, will serve as a critical link for adapting the R/3 Reference Model to customer-specific requirements. IDS will demonstrate a prototype of this solution at SAPPHIRE® '96 Philadelphia, SAP's eighth annual North American user conference, being held Aug. 25-29 at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

"Our goal with this new solution is to provide Visio users with our comprehensive ARIS Toolset for cost and time analysis of 'as is' and 'to be' process scenarios, as well as advanced modeling and configuration capabilities within the Windows® computing environment," said Dr. Mathias Kirchmer, president and CEO of IDS Professor Scheer Inc. "Visio users can benefit from IDS' 10 years of experience in implementation of SAP's R/3." Employees within an enterprise involved in the implementation of SAP software are often given the mandate to take ownership of their processes and to efficiently manage and update the system as the models become outdated and revised. The Visio Business Modeler, an add-on for Visio and Visio Technical software programs, provides a graphical representation of business processes and models in an R/3 system. Project teams use this solution to easily examine, enhance and modify process model scenarios.

The ARIS Toolset provides advanced modeling functionality of the R/3 Process Models as well as an easy-to-use system to manage the elements of the R/3 process for analysis and configuration.

The development work led by IDS Professor Scheer enables the direct transformation of output from the Visio Business Modeler, eliminating the manual input of information regarding newly designed or modified processes into ARIS. This effort extends the value of process model diagrams created in Visio for more efficient management of the model's detailed simulation analysis, activity-based costing, and ISO 9000 certification, all supported by the ARIS Toolset. Through Visio's support of ActiveX™ Technologies, the exchange of models to the Visio Business Modeler from the ARIS Toolset will assist users in easy integration of these models within other Windows-based documentation.

"Because users have already recognized significant gains using the Visio Business Modeler to collect and examine information about their organization's processes, we are encouraged by the value that our software, incorporated within IDS' tool, will provide," said Jeremy Jaech, president and CEO of Visio Corp. "This solution achieves a fundamental step in further reducing the barriers between users who must understand and configure the R/3 system and those who will use it on a regular basis."

Visio Corp. will demonstrate the Visio Business Modeler and provide details of its continued development efforts for the R/3 system at Hall B, Booth 409 at SAPPHIRE '96 at the Philadelphia Convention Center. IDS Professor Scheer Inc. will demonstrate the ARIS Toolset with all its extensions and interfaces as well as its consulting services at Booth 1026.

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.

About IDS

Established in 1985, IDS Professor Scheer is a worldwide leader in business process engineering and re-engineering products and services. The company was founded by Prof. August-Wilhelm Scheer, a renowned authority on business process engineering solutions and respected author of over 20 books on business process theories, process improvement and implementation practices. IDS Professor Scheer employs over 500 professionals and specialists in BPR, workflow and business improvement. The ARIS Toolset is used by over 1,500 organizations in over 30 countries worldwide. Contact IDS Professor Scheer at 610-558-7600 via the World Wide Web at

The discussion and the quoted language above, and the reference to the establishment of Visio as a desktop platform standard, contain 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, the Company's ability to manage growth, potential changes in licensing and marketing methods 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.

NOTE: The IDS Professor Scheer logo and IDS Professor Scheer are registered trademarks of IDS Professor Scheer Inc. Visio is a registered trademark of Visio Corp. Microsoft, Windows and ActiveX are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. SAP, R/3 and SAPPHIRE are registered service marks or trademarks of SAP AG. All other trademarks are held by their respective companies.

SOURCE Visio Corp.

/CONTACT: Dr. Mathias Kirchmer of IDS Professor Scheer, 610-558-7600, or; or Domenick Cilea of Springboard Communications, 908-972-5252, or CompuServe, 74171,3512 for IDS; or Megan Prentiss of Waggener Edstrom, 206-637-9097, or, for Visio/

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