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Systems Modeling Announces Link Between BPSimulator and Visio

Add-on Enables Visio Products as a "Window" for Dynamic Business Process Simulation

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ — To more closely integrate process mapping and simulation analysis, Systems Modeling Corp. and Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced an add-on to link Systems Modeling's workflow modeling tool, BPSimulator™, and Visio's business diagramming software programs. The convergence of these technologies mirrors the charter — set forth earlier in the year — of the Business Process Management Coalition (BPMC), which includes Systems Modeling Corp. and Visio Corp. as founding members. 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.

"Visio is already commonly used for the modeling of business processes using flow charts. Therefore, we wanted to provide a quick path to simulation analysis by leveraging Visio data organized in the process definition phase," said Don Lazzari, product manager for BPSimulator at Systems Modeling. "This add-on linking our product with Visio® software means that users will no longer have to map the process in a separate instance when they decide to conduct simulation analysis within BPSimulator."

A broadly compatible, interoperable and extensible graphics application platform, Visio has achieved success among Fortune 1,000 companies for diagramming business processes and documenting related data. Visio Professional is a new product scheduled for release in the fourth quarter targeted at IT and business process re-engineering (BPR) professionals and offering enhanced diagramming functionality. With its new capabilities, users will be able to more efficiently visualize and improve business practices, implement re-engineering programs and track total-quality initiatives.

This add-on solution by Systems Modeling will enable users to utilize a BPSimulator-specific stencil within Visio software programs, and then run a wizard to export the data from Visio to BPSimulator. The result is a simulation model built directly from a Visio diagram, which allows users either to run analysis reports or add further detail through BPSimulator's menu options.

"The link between Visio and BPSimulator will make it much easier to include simulation in a business process re-engineering effort," said Robert Crosslin, president of Technology Economics International, a Rockville, Md.-based consulting firm. "Many people recognize the value of simulation analysis but often are reluctant to accept the investment in time typically involved with the process. The link between BPSimulator and Visio will go a long way toward eliminating that reluctance."

"We are pleased that Systems Modeling has employed Visio technology as an intuitive graphics link for users to tap the power of BPSimulator's analysis capabilities," said Ted Johnson, Visio co-founder and executive vice president. "We look forward to working with other BPMC members as well to further the sharing of information between tools to help streamline business re-engineering efforts."

Pricing and Availability

The shipment of BPSimulator with built-in compatibility for Visio is scheduled for September 1996. Regular list price of BPSimulator is $3,100. The Visio add-on solution for BPSimulator will be provided free of charge to BPSimulator users who want to link to Visio. Information about this add-on also will be featured prominently at the Visio Solutions Library located at

Previews at National Business Engineering Show

A demonstration of the link between Visio software and BPSimulator will be featured at Systems Modeling's Booth 10 during the National Business Process Reengineering (NBPR) Exposition. At Booth 8, Visio Corp. will unveil its new software program, Visio Professional, for the fast-growing market of information systems and business process management. The NBPR Exhibition is being held at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C., Sept. 16-19.

To find out more about BPSimulator and other Systems Modeling products, call 412-741-3727 or visit the company's Web site at For more information about membership in the BPMC, send e-mail to Details about Visio products are available by contacting Visio Corp. at 800-24-VISIO (248-4746), ext. 93W or via the company's Web page at

About Systems Modeling Corp.

Systems Modeling Corp. is a global leader in providing simulation tools, finite capacity scheduling tools, and simulation-based solutions to organizations throughout the world. Founded in 1982, Systems Modeling has established one of the largest customer bases in the simulation industry. To ensure its customers' success with simulation and scheduling technology, Systems Modeling also offers consulting services and training. Headquartered in suburban Pittsburgh, Systems Modeling also has an office in Dallas as well as a worldwide network of international distributors in 20 countries.

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.

NOTE: Visio is a registered trademark of Visio Corp. BPSimulator is a trademark of Systems Modeling Corporation and Technology Economics International (TEI). Windows is either a registered trademark or a trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are held by their respective companies.

SOURCE Visio Corp.

/CONTACT: Don Lazzari of Systems Modeling Corp., 412-741-3727, or; or Megan Prentiss, of Waggener Edstrom, 206-637-9097, or, for Visio Corp./

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