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Software Industry Veteran Robert Ginsburg, Former CTO of ECMS, Blends
Expertise in Both Microsoft and Lotus Collaborative Application Technologies

IT FACTORY, a leading global supplier of knowledge technology solutions, today announced the appointment of recognized technology leader Robert Ginsburg to the post of Chief Technology Officer (CTO), a position created to drive IT FACTORY’s next generation Web Services solution architecture. Ginsburg was formerly CTO of ECMS, which was acquired by IT FACTORY in April 2001 as part of the company’s move into the Microsoft solutions market. ECMS was an established leader in the market for Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint Portal Server solutions, representing an ideal complement to IT FACTORY’s established leadership in the Notes/Domino solutions market.

“Our appointment of Robert as CTO of IT FACTORY is a key step for us as we begin to adapt our software architecture around the Web Services model,” said Lars Johansen, president and CEO of IT FACTORY. “Robert is a widely recognized technology leader in the Microsoft solutions market, based on his experience with ECMS, but also brings important experience from the Lotus technology side. Effectively bridging these two platforms will be crucial in delivering real-world Web Services solutions.”

Over the past several years, Ginsburg has been widely recognized for his leadership in the Microsoft solutions market, as he has been continually among the first to showcase new collaborative applications based on Microsoft technologies. Most recently, as part of a keynote address at Microsoft Fusion 2001 in Anaheim, California earlier this month, Microsoft presented a fully functioning XML-based web-service, designed and built by Ginsburg, as one of the first public examples of a collaborative .NET-compliant application. Ginsburg subsequently demonstrated the application as part of Microsoft’s internal sales enablement seminars to showcase the potential and promise of Microsoft’s .NET initiative.

As CTO of IT FACTORY, Ginsburg will be charged with delivering a next generation Web Services application architecture, building upon the proven development technologies that IT FACTORY has been so successful with in the past. Ginsburg’s pioneering efforts in architecting .NET collaborative applications will play a vital role in developing IT FACTORY’s new Web Services application architecture, which will include the ability to retrofit its customers’ existing collaborative applications into a Web Services model.

“Robert has a proven track record of delighting Microsoft Exchange customers by delivering world class solutions leveraging Exchange and Outlook,” said Keith McCall, Exchange Solutions Product Unit Manager for Microsoft. “One of the best Exchange developers and software architects in the industry, Robert is just the kind of strong technical visionary IT FACTORY needs to really capitalize on the Microsoft .NET solutions opportunity. We look forward to continuing to deepen the strong relationship between Microsoft and IT FACTORY with Robert’s appointment to this key role.”

“I am extremely pleased to take on the lead technology role for a company that is clearly on the leading edge of Web Services application deployment,” said Ginsburg. “What’s needed to really deliver on the whole Web Services application model is a strong, scalable application architecture that encompasses a wide range of underlying technologies. With its proven architecture for Domino-based collaborative applications, alongside the leading-edge Microsoft development technology the company acquired with ECMS, IT FACTORY is uniquely positioned to deliver this architecture for the Web Services market.”

Mr. Ginsburg brings nearly 20 years of experience in application design, development and implementation, most recently as Chief Technology Officer for ECMS. At ECMS, Ginsburg played a key role in establishing the company as one of the leading Microsoft Exchange solutions providers in the world, and was instrumental in garnering the worldwide award for “Collaborative Solution of the Year” from Microsoft. Ginsburg currently authors a regular monthly column for Exchange & Outlook Magazine, called “Beyond the Box.” Mr. Ginsburg holds a Bachelors Degree in Physics from Georgia Southern College, as well as a wide range of industry certifications.

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About IT FACTORY

IT FACTORY is a leading global provider of knowledge technology solutions that increase organizational effectiveness, and turn enterprise knowledge into enterprise profit. IT FACTORY solutions build upon an organization’s existing investment in the advanced communications platforms, Lotus Notes/Domino, Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server. The company leverages the ITF Business Applications, Development Tools, Architecture and Services to enable rapid, cost-effective deployment of knowledge based solutions. IT FACTORY customers include IBM, Minolta, Phillips, GN Netcom, the American Management Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and many other well-known international firms. IT FACTORY provides solutions via its own professional service organization and field sales force, as well as via an international network of more than 300 highly qualified business partners.

Headquartered in Boston, with UK operations based in Staines, Middlesex, the company has more than 400 people in 17 offices throughout the world.

For more information visit: http://www.itfactory.com

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