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LAVA Systems Announces Sap Certification

New Interface Brings State-of-the-Art Document and Image Management to Over 400,000 R/3 Users

Toronto, ON – 1996-12-2 – LAVA Systems Inc. (TSE: LVA), the developer of an award-winning integrated document management, imaging and workflow solution in a single architecture, today announced its certification by SAP AG, the leading provider of client/server business application solutions. With this certification LAVA offers sophisticated document and image management capabilities to more than 400,000 R/3 users through the release of LAVA Enabler for R/3.

LAVA Enabler for R/3 is a certified interface for connecting LAVA’s main API to SAP’s enterprise applications, enhancing critical business systems by LAVA-enabling SAP’s ABAP/4 fourth-generation programming language. This new interface, seamlessly integrated with the LAVA 4.4 release, is the first in a series of application-specific LAVA Enablers designed to add value to leading business systems.

LAVA Enabler for R/3 offers a wealth of benefits for SAP customers, including:

Compliance with SAP’s ArchiveLink technical interface, supporting integration of images and other electronic documents with R/3 business objects; Access to all documents and index data held within a LAVA repository from the SAP system, making LAVA’s API accessible through SAP’s Remote Function Call protocol; Making the full functionality of LAVA’s integrated document and image management product available from the SAP graphical user interface (GUI) through OLE Automation; and, Bi-directional communication, allowing function calls, messages and even data items to be returned to R/3 through the LAVA core, including the triggering of workflow functions in either LAVA’s document-centric workflow engine or the native R/3 Business Workflow system.

The relationship between SAP and LAVA extends the benefit of the SAP solution, providing sophisticated document and image management facilities to R/3 users without the need to change a single line of code. LAVA Systems will also benefit from increased visibility worldwide as a member of SAP’s Complementary Software Program (CSP).

"With this new interface, we have united the information resources of SAP systems with LAVA’s network-based document repositories," said Ian Halliday, senior vice president of marketing for LAVA. "Duplication of indexing and of effort have been eliminated, improving customer response times, decreasing operating expenses and enhancing corporate effectiveness for those customers using LAVA Enabler for R/3."