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Identitech Leverages Novell exteNd to Rapidly Deliver Innovative New Business Process Management Capabilities

Leading business-automation and data-management vendor expects to generate 25 percent more revenue with time-to-market gains achieved through Novell exteNd

SALT LAKE CITY (Novell BrainShare® 2003) and MELBOURNE, Fla. | April 15, 2003

On April 7, 2003, Identitech Inc., a leading provider of business process management solutions, launched FYI Visual - a strategic product offering based on the Novell® exteNd™ Web application development suite. As a result, Identitech expects to deliver customer solutions more quickly and cost effectively, generating an estimated 25 percent more revenue this year alone.

Identitech's FYI Visual extracts massive amounts of data from disparate systems and provides a unique, global view of data relationships to improve operating efficiencies and decision-making. After initially looking to build the entire solution itself, Identitech opted to take advantage of an existing Web application development infrastructure as a foundation for FYI Visual. After evaluating application platform suites from a number of vendors, including Novell, IBM, BEA and Oracle, the company selected Novell's award-winning Web application development suite, Novell exteNd. Identitech chose Novell exteNd because it enables Identitech to deploy customer solutions on J2EE* application servers from IBM and BEA as well as Novell, and for its comprehensive data-integration capabilities as well as its extensible, open standards-based architecture.

"The goal of this project was to allow our developers to focus on their core strengths of creating unique visual representations of data without worrying about the infrastructure underneath," said Mike Gilger, CTO, Identitech. "Through comprehensive support of standards such as XML, Web services and J2EE, Novell exteNd makes it easy to rapidly develop applications in most any existing IT environments."

Novell exteNd enables Identitech to Web service-enable ERP packages, proprietary applications and other information systems without disrupting the applications themselves. Identitech uses the drag-and-drop functionality provided by the visual development environment in Novell exteNd to quickly integrate these applications. Novell exteNd also enables Identitech to create sophisticated views of information in a personalized portal for each user.

By streamlining access to information contained in back-end systems, Novell exteNd has reduced the development time for creating customized implementations using the FYI suite. Identitech estimates that the faster time to market will result in a 25 percent boost in revenue for 2003.

"In some cases, we can design and deliver a customized solution in a matter of weeks," said Kerry Gilger, chairman and CEO, Identitech. "The ability for our developers to concentrate on the specific business needs of our customers, rather than coding and connectivity, is critical in creating the most unique solutions possible."

"The success of Identitech's use of Novell exteNd is a perfect example of meeting the three basic needs of most customers seeking an application development platform today - comprehensive integration and interaction capabilities, ease and speed of development and support for multiple application servers," said David Litwack, senior vice president for Novell's Web application development products. "The demand for innovative business and data-management solutions delivered in a timely fashion increases each day, and Identitech has given itself a competitive advantage by streamlining its application development process."

About Identitech

Identitech, Inc. is an industry leader in the development of software solutions for many business sectors, including Government and Financial Services. The components of FYI span all aspects of Business Process Management including monitoring, workflow, forms, content and records management.

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) delivers Software for the Open Enterprise™. With more than 50,000 customers in 43 countries, Novell helps customers manage, simplify, secure and integrate their technology environments by leveraging best-of-breed, open standards-based software. With over 20 years of experience, more than 5,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world, Novell helps customers gain control over their IT operating environment while reducing cost. More information about Novell can be found at

Novell is a registered trademark, exteNd, Nsure and Nterprise are trademarks, and Ngage is a service mark of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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