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Zuma Interactive, WAM!NET Join to Deliver Online Project Tracking & Data Storage

Friday, August 17, 2001

Press release from the issuing company

POMONA, Calif. & EAGAN, Minn.---Aug. 16, 2001-- Zuma Interactive (www.zumainteractive.com), a developer of customized software solutions, and WAM!NET, a provider of information technology and digital content management services, today announced that the companies will offer a new project management and data storage service that will allow organizations with multiple partners and/or locations to easily track, store, archive and manage their projects and complex production processes collaboratively within a digital environment. Leveraging WAM!NET's global IT services platform and application hosting services, and Zuma's software architecture design and application development expertise, the companies' joint offering will make available SmarTrack 2.0, Zuma's project tracking software application, and WAM!NET's remote, online data storage and archive service, via WAM!NET's global network. SmarTrack 2.0 replaces time-consuming, manual processes with a collaborative software application that provides online production management designed specifically for print providers and print buyers. The software automates and streamlines basic and complex production processes, such as the creation of job specifications, job editing, upload and download of project files, job tracking and e-mail notification. Available on an outsourced subscription basis, WAM!NET storage services offer remote, centralized storage and archive capabilities for clients who require global accessibility to content. The service allows customers to specify and provide multiple offices, clients and/or partners with access to their libraries of files and assets regardless of location while, at the same time, maintaining full access to and control of their data. Customers and their workflow partners access WAM!NET storage libraries and associated services via WAM!NET's managed global network or the public Internet. Todd Putman, vice president of marketing for Princess Cruises, a part of P&O Princess Cruises plc (NYSE: POC) and one of the largest international cruise companies, highlighted the benefits of the Zuma/WAM!NET relationship. "We're very excited about the combined solution brought by Zuma and WAM!NET. By enabling our advertising and marketing agency partners to collaborate electronically on projects, we will dramatically reduce advertising change orders and proofing costs. Furthermore, we expect to realize substantial savings and a faster time-to-market by instituting this solution." "Through collaboration with WAM!NET we have created a comprehensive online environment where print-buyers, printers, creative agencies and others can collaborate on common projects," said John Laspia III, chief operating officer, Zuma Interactive. "Our SmarTrack application helps clients to achieve significant workflow efficiencies. WAM!NET's network and storage services extend this value several-fold as our customers now are able to easily track, move and store files with their clients and partners whether they are located across town or around the globe. We're excited about the power of this combined partnership in the marketplace." "WAM!NET's range of IT services help customers to revolutionize the way they produce, distribute and manage digital content," said Tim Elliott, executive director, WAM!NET Global Marketing. "By integrating WAM!NET's expertise in digital content distribution, storage and management with powerful workflow applications, we help our customers to drive improvements in their efficiency and productivity, while allowing industry leaders like Zuma to extend their market and revenue growth opportunities with services that eliminate capital expenditures and managed network infrastructure challenges." WAM!NET partners with third party application providers to host and, through its network and data storage services, and industry standard APIs, provide access to workflow applications that enhance customers' workflows and support their business objectives. About Zuma Interactive Inc. Zuma Interactive, a division of Phoenix Marketing Services, Inc., is a leading developer of customized software solutions. Headquartered in Pomona, California, Zuma's products enable companies to conduct business electronically across corporate networks and over the Internet. Zuma helps companies to automate mission-critical business processes by managing the flow of information across internal IT systems and the IT systems of their partners and customers. Zuma gives companies complete control and visibility of their business operations across their extended enterprise, enabling them to improve the efficiency of their business operations, reduce time to market for new products and services, develop closer relationships with their partners and customers, and rapidly respond to changing business conditions. purchase images.

 

 

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