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ASI, the digital plumbers, Debut Electronic Publishing Manufacturing

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EPM combines Markzware and WAVE Corporation technology to offer a complete electronic publishing manufacturing solution at booth #2119 WOBURN, Massachusetts, September 5, 2002 – All Systems Integration, (ASI) a systems integrator for the prepress industry and self proclaimed "digital plumbers," today announced they will be partnering with Markzware and WAVE Corporation to offer a solution they are calling EPM (Electronic Publishing Manufacturing), which is described as a virtual prepress, workflow and digital asset management solution aimed at reducing or eliminating the dependency on the conventional method of processing and producing prepress. In other words, creators of digital content will now be able to create their work on their computers, and bypass the conventional prepress process, by instead having an all digital automated workflow which can be used in multiple brand management scenarios involving content generation or re-purposing (e.g., print, web, cross media). According to Stephen Shinnick, Vice President of All Systems Integration, "For the last 10 years we've seen a need for all production services and assets to be available on-line. Our mission has dealt with changing the belief that storing and maintaining data locally constrains a distributed production process. Workstations (Mac and PC's) that have internet access should simply be client machines in a distributed client/server or client/data workflow. By altering both the way clients think, and applying the right combination of technology solutions, we have solved the digital plumbing problem of connecting users to data wherever it may reside – corporate networks/storage inside, firewalls, ISP storage on the internet, network attached and corporate internet-addressed storage. By partnering with Markzware and WAVE Corporation, we have created an digital end-to-end solution to make the internet just another networking conduit for workflow." Problem Recognized and Solved: For years, ASI has recognized that people working with digital content must often work collaboratively (e.g., sharing and distributing files, making edits, processing work). However, technologically this is where the challenge lies, as working collaboratively in a digital world is easier said than done. Why? Namely because there are many disparate communication components (e.g., FTP, e-mail, DMZ, firewall, security, user permissions) that all must harmoniously work together but are not structured or optimized to do so. Enter EPM, All Systems Integration's answer to providing corporations producing and processing digital content and their distributed workgroups with a seamless preflight, virtual prepress, workflow and digital asset management solution that is powerful, yet easy to use. It allows even novice users to realize the multitude of benefits associated with an electronic manufacturing publishing solution (e.g., digital asset management, workflow standardization). Shinnick further adds, "We see EPM as the facilitator of work in process between the generators of digital content, and the facilities which produce value added data asset products. This cuts creative sign off time, process time and makes the production time much more cost efficient." "ASI has done a remarkable job of identifying and solving the important problems facing the industry," noted Charles Roberson, US Channel Manager for WAVE Corporation. "We at WAVE count on partners like Markzware and ASI to exploit the inherent extensibility of MediaBank, integrating our superior asset management technology with other market-leading solutions like MarkzNet." "ASI is the perfect solution provider for connecting databases such as WAVE MediaBank and products from Markzware that are great for preflighting the data, said Patrick Marchese, president of Markzware." Product Details: EPM is an open API solution, and will allow for a module based design, so features and functions can be added as modules to the core system to augment functionality as an organization grows or gains/requires greater control of their operational data manufacturing situation. Due to its open architecture, users will immediately appreciate the fact EPM brings together once disparate processes under a single friendly GUI interface which offers user defined workflows. User Benefits: Ease of use and management, security control, time saving were four of the leading benefit characteristics which define EPM. Additional product benefits include the ability to collaborate in a digital environment seamlessly and without conventional digital constraints (e.g., FTP password, Email password, server password, VPN password), revision and tracking control, built-in preflight and production standards, workflow standards, internet accessible, short integration time and quick ramp-up to production use. Product Availability and Pricing: All Systems Integration EPM is immediately available and has a retail price of $60,000.00 for an Enterprise Solution, and $40,000.00 for a Workgroup solution. All Systems Integration is the exclusive sales distributor of the EPM solution. About All Systems Integration: All Systems Integration (ASI) is a systems integrator for the prepress and commercial printing industries. Founded in 1989, ASI specializes in objectively selecting equipment based on a prepress client's actual needs, budget, and quality and quantity of work produced. This method of determining a client's needs, then integrating, training and supporting the prepress systems sets All Systems Integration apart from other vendors. www.allsystems.com. About MediaBank from WAVE Corporation: An enterprise asset management application for cross-media publishing that enables organizations to more efficiently manage, use, and share their digital asset across the enterprise. MediaBank's design reflects the many ways that editorial and production professionals work with, track, and report on their digital assets. WAVE Corporation sells and supports MediaBank and Intersep OPI internationally through a worldwide network of channel partners and integrators. www.wavecorp.com About Markzware Software: Markzware is the leader in developing quality control solutions for the graphic arts, printing and publishing industries worldwide. Markzware is a privately held company located in Santa Ana, California USA. Markzware b.v. is located in Rijswijk, The Netherlands, is the headquarters for activities in Europe, The Middle East and Africa. http://www.markzware.com