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Company Showcases Industry’s First Visual Application Development Tool for
Microsoft Exchange 2000 and SharePoint Portal Server at Microsoft Fusion

IT FACTORY, a leading global supplier of knowledge technology solutions, announces the availability of ITF Development Center for Microsoft, the industry’s first ever visual development tool to enable organizations to rapidly build sophisticated collaborative and knowledge management applications on both Microsoft Exchange 2000 and SharePoint Portal Server. The new development technology significantly lowers the cost, effort and training requirements for developing applications based on Exchange or SharePoint Portal. What previously may have required a week or more of programming takes just hours using ITF Development Center for Microsoft.

“Our new ITF Development Center for Microsoft, which will be instrumental in driving developer adoption of Exchange and SharePoint Portal, is extremely valuable for any organization looking to get greater value from their investment in Microsoft’s collaborative and knowledge management platforms,” said Lars Johansen, president and CEO of Cambridge-based IT FACTORY. “ITF Development Center is not only an important tool for organizations to leverage the Exchange and SharePoint Portal platforms, but also to begin adopting SOAP and get on the path to using Microsoft .NET technology.”

ITF Development Center for Microsoft accelerates the task of developing Exchange - or SharePoint Portal-based applications by providing an object browser, or visual development interface, within the Microsoft Visual InterDev Web development system. This intuitive interface leverages an organization’s investment in MS Visual InterDev training, and enables essentially any developer familiar with Visual InterDev to easily construct and manage object-oriented Exchange or SharePoint Portal applications. ITF Development Center, which is fully integrated with the Microsoft Visual Studio development system, is particularly valuable because it provides organizations with a growth path to the Microsoft .NET initiative.

“We are extremely pleased to see such a powerful and extensible development tool that supports Microsoft Exchange 2000 and SharePoint Portal Server come on the market,” said Paul Flessner, Senior Vice President for .NET Enterprise Servers at Microsoft Corp. “We are working closely with IT FACTORY and expect many of our customers to use ITF Development Center for Microsoft to accelerate development and provide an ideal step to .NET-based knowledge management and collaborative solutions.”

ITF Development Center enables developers to rapidly build applications using the visual development metaphor they are familiar with, including objects, properties, methods, displays, etc., while ITF Development Center handles all of the background mapping and linking to the Exchange or SharePoint Portal Server. This visual development environment interfaces with Exchange and SharePoint via an Advanced Server Extension (ASE), which also enables creation of SOAP data objects. Access to template collaborative applications is provided via a Run Time Server Extension (RSE). This RSE enables developers to rapidly incorporate key collaborative functionality into applications – such as threaded discussion management.

IT FACTORY’s Microsoft Expertise Center has already undertaken several major projects using ITF Development Center technology. Deployed applications include an enterprise-wide knowledge management system for the professional services firm Deloitte & Touche, a Web-based team-room application, several customer relationship management applications for major corporates, as well as a project for Microsoft itself to deploy a SharePoint Portal Server-based knowledge management system for Microsoft’s worldwide staff of marketing professionals.

“We anticipate a significant demand among corporations and systems integrators who make use of and deliver Microsoft Exchange 2000 and SharePoint Portal Server solutions,” said IT FACTORY’s Chief Technology Officer Robert Ginsburg. “ITF Development Center essentially eliminates the need for developers to learn the programming concepts of Exchange or SharePoint Portal in depth, and allows them to just begin developing their Web applications using the object programming metaphor they are already familiar with. We have been using this product in-house to build custom SharePoint and Exchange 2000 solutions for our customers for several months, and we are extremely pleased to now make it available to other developers.”

IT FACTORY announced in late 2000 its plans to deliver collaborative solutions on the Microsoft Exchange 2000 platform, leveraging the company’s award-winning collaborative development technology and expertise that has been so successful on the Lotus Notes/Domino platform. IT FACTORY is working closely with the Microsoft Exchange 2000 team to develop an open collaborative application architecture that ensures maximum value and market success for solutions built on the Exchange 2000 platform. IT FACTORY is also working closely with Microsoft to extend ITF Development Center to additional collaborative server products, and adding on RSEs to extend the product’s rapid development capabilities.

ITF Development Center for Microsoft entered into a public Beta phase in late June 2001 and will be generally available in late July 2001. Pricing starts at £1,065 per developer and £14,378 for a 15 developer bundle.

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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.

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