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Two Leading Groupware Vendors Announce Joint Marketing Alliance

New York, NY – 1997-12-9 – Organizations that identify collaborative scheduling and communication as primary enterprise computing needs will benefit from the joint marketing alliance (JMA) signed today at Internet World between two powerhouse enterprise application vendors.

OnTime, from Open Text, is the leading global group scheduling software, and FirstClass Intranet Server (FCIS) software, from leading workgroup application vendor SoftArc, is a scalable, easy to use Intranet, cross-platform e-mail and groupware solution. Together, these products are synergistic companions that offer users strong group scheduling, e-mail, conferencing and synchronous chat capabilities.

Because both companies are committed to Internet standards, there is currently general interoperability between these products, with the possibility of greater interoperability in the near future. OnTime and FCIS support SMTP e-mail, so users can access OnTime messages through FCIS e-mail, as well as their OnTime clients. Also, users can access the features of both OnTime and FirstClass Intranet Server with a standard Web browser. "We are delighted to be able to promote OnTime's powerful Web-based scheduling capabilities to SoftArc customers, and the rich messaging capabilities of FCIS to our customers," states Anik Ganguly, OnTime's Executive Vice President. "As scheduling standards emerge, people will be able to schedule with anyone on the Internet. Both companies' customer bases will be well provisioned to take advantage of this capability and make their organizations more nimble and competitive."

According to terms of the JMA, OnTime and SoftArc will pursue cross-marketing activities to educate their respective customers of the benefits of OnTime and FirstClass as a combined enterprise collaborative computing solution. The companies will execute joint marketing, sales and PR activities to reach new customers, open new sales channels, and strengthen their respective market positions.

"Both FirstClass Intranet Server and OnTime are products with exceptional cross-platform support," says Henry Yip, General Manager of Business Development for SoftArc, Inc. "We're pleased to encourage our customers and prospects to use both FCIS and OnTime as companion products that will serve as a complete solution for their computing needs." OnTime, based in Southfield, MI, markets the OnTime enterprise personal calendaring and group scheduling applications. The company has over a million users worldwide, heavily concentrated in Fortune 1000 and government organizations. Markham, Ontario-based SoftArc is a leading developer of enterprise-wide, cross-platform communication software with an installed base of over seven million users worldwide.