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Four51 and CFC Print Solutions Launch Beta Development for WildFire XML

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MINNEAPOLIS, March 6, 2001 — Four51 and CFC Print Solutions announced today that the two companies are embarking on a beta development program to leverage Four51’s WildFireSM XML Transport Module as a means to pass data between Four51’s Print Excelerator application and CFC’s Manufacturing Information System known as CFCOMS. Under the terms of the agreement, CFC will develop XML middleware to link their Customer Service Online tm solution to Four51 via Four51’s WildFire sm XML transport module. Once linked, distributors who use Four51 will send inbound orders and order attachments to CFC. These orders and attachments will pass directly into CFCOMS seamlessly and in real-time. Once the order is received, Customer Service Online will return job status information through the XML middleware to Four51 for the distributor. “This is a tremendous opportunity for CFC,” said Casey Campbell, CFC’s President. “We’ve invested heavily in our Customer Service Online solution, and we’re very pleased with what we’ve built. Now, by linking to Four51, we’re maximizing our distributor’s flexibility while ensuring that we can continue to benefit from our own investment in internal process and technology.” “We’re very excited about the opportunity to work with one of our supplier partners on XML interoperability,” said Rich Landa, Four51’s co-founder and CEO. “Once deployed, this CFC-Four51 solution will be a great example of how XML promotes a standard communications infrastructure for buyers, distributors, and suppliers, regardless of their current applications and systems.” Both Four51 and CFC are using the Commercial eXtensible Markup Language (cXML) in compliance with the PrintTalk standard. According to Nic Greco, CFC’s vice president of eBusiness, “XML is the future. It is truly economical to implement within a supply chain for all parties – customers, distributors, and suppliers - while at the same time allowing flexibility not inherent in other systems such as EDI. Further, it is very manageable in terms of configuration and implementation.”

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