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B-media Software Helps Xyan Deliver Huge Product Catalog in One Third Less Time

Press release from the issuing company

Cambridge, MA; March 9, 2001 - Banta Integrated Media's B-media(TM) enterprise content management software recently helped one of its application service providers (ASP), XYAN, Inc., cut the total production time for the Ferguson Enterprises 1,244-page, 2001 Product Catalog by more than 30 percent. And that's just for starters. The reduced production time, from six months to four compared to previous years, also included inputting data for and updating 30,000 existing products, gathering information about and creating catalog entries on more than 11,000 new products, and redesigning the entire catalog, according to John Sisson, XYAN Senior Vice President of Internet Services. XYAN is a leading provider of on-demand digital document solutions with a network of nationwide strategic production centers. In addition to its services in the areas of 1:1 marketing, digital enrollment programs and books on demand, XYAN is also an application service provider for B-media digital content management software, which it makes available in support of catalog production. Recent rankings by trade publications list Ferguson as the country's largest distributor of plumbing and pipe, valves and fittings (PVF) and the third largest provider of waterworks products and HVAC products and supplies. In addition, the company is a leading supplier of tools, safety and MRO products. Ferguson markets its products through wholesale branches and a number of business-to-business catalogs. Looking to shorten the production time for its 2001 Product Catalog, Ferguson turned to XYAN and its database publishing production facility in Needham, MA. "Our streamlined production effort for Ferguson's 2001 catalog is especially significant because it included a complete redesign of the previous catalog and customization and set-up of the B-media software to match Ferguson's production and content management needs," said Sisson.