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ForestExpress Selects Contivo to Automate Data Transformation for Network

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Contivo's EIM Solution Enables ForestExpress to More Quickly Engage New Trading Partners MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--June 3, 2002--Contivo, Inc., the leading provider of automated data integration, today announced that ForestExpress, the transaction processing network for the paper and forest products industries, has selected Contivo to automate the transformation of data used by its network of buyers and suppliers. Using Contivo's Enterprise Integration Modeling (EIM) Solution, ForestExpress can create reusable data models based on standards like papiNet, a leading paper industry XML-based standard, to automate business data translations between customers using papiNet and customers using other XML standards. By automating this data process, ForestExpress can cost effectively help to speed-up the integration of new trading partners into its network. ForestExpress will use Contivo's EIM Solution to complement its webMethods integration platform, providing B2B integration of trading partners throughout the forest products supply chain. Contivo's technology reduces the time, cost and labor of manual integration by creating reusable code that maps information between the business documents of suppliers and buyers. Managing the interface definitions and maps of the data integration process with Contivo's scalable solution significantly reduces the time required for buyers and suppliers to realize the benefits of using the ForestExpress network. "Contivo provides a perfect solution to help resolve one of the more critical, but tedious and time-consuming aspects of integration--the data transformation," said Kevin Rathie, ForestExpress vice president of technology delivery. "Using Contivo's technology, we are able to create completed data models in a fraction of the time required for manual mapping. This allows us to more quickly deliver a high quality, seamless document to link suppliers and buyers." "For a rapidly expanding company like ForextExpress, managing data integration connections manually is not scalable or efficient," said Paul Koenig, vice president of marketing and alliances, Contivo. "With our strategic approach to the integration of trading partners, we help reduce the costs of bringing on new partners while decreasing the time it takes to connect to the network."

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