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IT FACTORY Unveils ITF BowTie Version 3; Crucial Component in Web Applications Requiring Access to Microsoft Office Documents

Third Generation of ITF BowTie Comes at Official Close of IT FACTORY’s Acquisition of Documentaal, Netherlands-based Developer of BowTie

ORLANDO, FL (Lotusphere), 16 January 2001 - IT FACTORY, Inc., the leading supplier of collaborative e-business solutions, today unveiled the third generation of its ITF BowTie solution, enabling a groundbreaking advance in the delivery of Lotus Notes-based Web applications that require access to Microsoft Office documents. Until the release of ITF BowTie, storage of Microsoft Office documents in Notes databases has been a cumbersome and tedious process, and particularly forbidding when the Notes database is accessed via the Web. ITF BowTie Version 3 solves this issue by automatically handling the management of Microsoft Office documents that are accessed from Notes-based Web applications.

IT FACTORY also today announced the official closing of the company’s acquisition of the Netherlands-based software vendor Documentaal, which originally developed the BowTie application. The Documentaal technology and cross-platform development expertise has become a crucial part of IT FACTORY’s mission to provide collaborative solutions that seamlessly integrate the Lotus Notes and Microsoft environments. This latest release of ITF BowTie represents the first significant step in IT FACTORY’s effort to provide a complete cross-platform collaborative solution.

"Across the board, Notes enterprises are demanding greater integration between their Notes and Microsoft solutions, and for more seamless access via the Web to these mixed environments," said IT FACTORY President and CEO Lars Johansen. "Version 3 of ITF BowTie completes the picture by adding the crucial ability of Web-access to our groundbreaking Microsoft-Lotus integration solution. This technology plays a pivotal role in our goal to drive the advancement of Web-based collaborative solutions. We are also extremely pleased to complete the closing of BowTie creator Documentaal."

ITF BowTie is the only software product on the market that enables full bi-directional file sharing between the Microsoft Office environment into the robust Lotus Notes infrastructure. ITF BowTie enables organisations to fully leverage the value of the Lotus Notes’ document sharing, storage and workflow platform - all within the familiar and versatile Microsoft Office interface. In addition, ITF BowTie Version 3.0 includes a full-featured check-in/check-out and versioning facility, providing organisations with a very simple and versatile alternative to document management systems that cost a great deal more.

Documentaal’s former CEO Harpert Wouters said, "I am very proud to have completed this new release before handing over the management of our company to IT FACTORY. Feedback from our customers pushed us to create this critical component of Web application development. Now the IT FACTORY management can rely on the most robust and flexible solution for the integration of Notes and Microsoft Office."

ITF BowTie enables Notes users to access Microsoft Office documents within the Notes client or within Notes applications, and automatically handles the management of the Microsoft Office document in the Notes database. Now, with version 3 of ITF BowTie, when a user accesses a Microsoft Office document stored in a Notes database via the Web, ITF BowTie keeps track of that document with a Web Control (ActiveX), which manages file transfers and keeps track of each file released from a Notes database.

Furthermore, BowTie V3.0 provides Microsoft-Lotus integration in a stand-alone Document Management application that is ready to use and suitable for all companies needing a robust and flexible Document Store. Now, organizations starting from scratch in Document Management can use Microsoft Office and Notes/Domino, with little or no development effort. ITF BowTie is also available as a toolkit, called ITF Collaborative Objects for Microsoft Office, for customized solutions and as an integrated OEM solution where ITF BowTie is embedded in existing third party software.

Additional important highlights of ITF BowTie Version 3.0 include
· "Mailings and Labels", which lets users use the Notes Name and Address Book to create mailings and labels in Microsoft Word;

· the ITF BowTie technology behind the Notes Launch Attachment button, which ensures fully automated handling of Microsoft Office documents anytime a user works in a Notes database;

· the ability to open Microsoft Office documents from within Notes by simply pointing and clicking;

· the addition of an MRU (Most-Recently-Used) Menu

ITF BowTie works with all current platforms (Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000), connections (Notes Client, IE Browser, etc.), Environments (Notes R4.6, R5, IT FACTORY 4.99V, 5.0, 5.5) and Microsoft Office (97, 2000) applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project).


ITF BowTie Version 3.0 is available immediately.


IT FACTORY is the leading global supplier of collaborative e-business solutions, supported by an award-winning development architecture and comprehensive set of software development tools. Four-time Lotus Beacon Award winner (and six-time finalist), IT FACTORY has a rapidly expanding installed base of more than 500,000 ITF product licenses worldwide. IT FACTORY distributes its technology through its 100-person professional services group and more than 250 highly qualified business partners, as well as through its on-line storefront, the Shop@IT FACTORY. The company’s product line consists of the ITF Software Development Kit, an advanced development architecture for Lotus Notes, the ITF Business Suite, the ITF Plus Suite, and a set of related support and training services. With its more than 250 employees worldwide, IT FACTORY is the world’s largest ISV in the collaborative technology industry. IT FACTORY is backed by international venture capital, allowing continued aggressive growth. The Company is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with regional offices in Washington, DC, New York City, Raleigh, NC, Atlanta, GA, and Nashville, TN, and has international offices in Denmark, England, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Australia. Find out more at

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