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Adobe and SAP Alliance to Deliver Next Generation Print and Forms Technology

Press release from the issuing company

ORLANDO, Fla.--June 17, 2003-- Today at SAPPHIRE, Adobe Systems Incorporated, announced that the Adobe and SAP alliance will be delivering joint print and forms solutions aimed at helping SAP customers further improve the efficiency of communications across the entire value chain. Over the coming months, SAP expects to deliver solutions and other applications that leverage this jointly developed offering. "Documents are one face every organization puts on data to turn it into information people can work with," said Shai Agassi, executive board member, SAP. "The SAP and Adobe alliance is helping customers realize the benefits of lowering TCO and increasing productivity by implementing SAP solutions, through the power of SAP NetWeaver(TM), that bring manual document processes on line in an error free manner." Whether forms, letters or reports, paper or electronic, documents are a critical point of connection between the information and services companies offer to employees, customers and partners. The SAP and Adobe alliance is addressing key problem areas facing enterprises today such as automating forms, eliminating paper, and keeping compliant with government initiatives. SAP and Adobe joint solutions leverage the ubiquitous Adobe Reader, allowing SAP customers to reliably reach the extended enterprise. Now, SAP solutions will have the extended capabilities of connecting documents and people in a way that is integrated, actionable and interactive - both on and off line. "Making documents and the information contained in them more 'intelligent' and easily integrated into core applications is the business-critical step the SAP and Adobe alliance is addressing for customers," said Shantanu Narayen, executive vice president of Adobe Systems. "Building on the global agreement announced at SAPPHIRE '02, SAP and Adobe are helping customers realize the benefits of enabling customers to accelerate data in and out of systems, while reliably presenting information to users in and outside the firewall." At SAPPHIRE Orlando, this week, attendees will see pilot demonstrations of these solutions. These solutions will be available for selected pilot tests by the end of this year.