DecisionOne, Kinetic Workplace and Equis Establish Strategic Alliance For Telework Planning Services

New Alliance Offers Technology, Human Resources and Real Estate Expertise

For the Remote Workplace



Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from DecisionOne Corp.

    FRAZER, Pa., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- DecisionOne Corporation, Kinetic
 Workplace(R), Inc. and Equis Corporation today announced a new, strategic
 alliance to provide Telework Planning Services for the rapidly growing number
 of companies that are pursuing telework -- or telecommuting -- alternatives
 for their employees.  The alliance will provide consulting, setup, program
 development and implementation services in the areas of human resources, real
 estate and technology deployment and support for Fortune 1000 businesses that
 are planning or currently attempting to deploy telework programs.
     "The number of enterprises interested in rolling out Telework programs is
 increasing exponentially," said William Beaumont, vice president of business
 development for DecisionOne.  "In today's business environment, Telework holds
 enormous appeal for employers because of the potential for substantial savings
 in infrastructure costs.  However, implementing a Telework program presents a
 new set of challenges, particularly in terms of managing their top three
 assets -- people, technology and real estate."
 
     Creating IT Connections
     Critical to the success of a telework program is the efficient and expert
 deployment and support of the technical equipment and systems necessary for
 remote employees.  As announced on April 9, DecisionOne introduced its
 Telework Services, a comprehensive suite of lifecycle services designed
 exclusively for the roll-out and ongoing support of telework programs.  The
 offering includes network, help desk, hardware support, broadband provisioning
 and asset tracking, and hardware reclamation.  DecisionOne is the largest
 independent provider of computer maintenance and technology support services
 in North America and one of the largest broadband deployment providers in the
 United States.
     "Our goal is to ensure that mobile workers have the right technical
 support to maximize their productivity and efficiency," said Beaumont.
 "Beyond the actual systems deployment, our help desk support can often serve
 as a lifeline to the office for these employees."
     "We're delighted to be approaching the marketplace with this experienced
 mix of players," Beaumont added.  "The alliance provides full-service
 solutions in an area that's been under-served as the legions of teleworkers
 grow, and it represents a significant value-add for the clients we serve."
 
     Managing Teleworkers
     Kinetic Workplace, a specialist in telework, office hoteling and virtual
 office consulting, will serve as the alliance's project manager in most cases.
 Their team of professionals, with backgrounds in human resources, information
 technology and real estate, will analyze a company's workforce to build a
 telework program that addresses:  personnel policies, procedures and
 protocols; change management; methodology to enter the program; measurement
 benchmarks and performance tracking; and other areas such as class room,
 computer-based and online training,  and the coordination of back-end support.
     "We've been at the forefront of this emerging market since 1993 and have
 always advocated an integrated approach for the successful deployment of
 mobile workers," said Timothy Kane, president of Kinetic Workplace.  "Now, by
 formalizing a relationship with Equis and DecisionOne, the leaders in their
 respective industries, we can offer clients a true, end-to-end solution --
 developing, deploying and servicing telework environments -- and all with one
 point of contact for the client."
 
     Rightsizing Space
     Equis Corporation, a global real estate services firm dedicated
 exclusively to business space users, will assess a client's real estate needs
 in a telework situation, analyzing office locations, costs, potential savings
 and return on investment.  "Our job is to right size existing space and
 provide the real estate planning and consulting services necessary to cost
 justify a telework program," said Michael Silver, president of Equis.  "Space
 costs are generally the second largest corporate expense after salaries," he
 added.  "So, for example, if we execute a telework strategy that disposes of
 50,000 square feet of unnecessary space, and we apply our negotiation and
 local market expertise to competitively acquire 10,000 square feet for core
 operations, we're adding value directly to the client's balance sheet."
 
     About DecisionOne
     Serving more than 50 percent of Fortune 1000 companies, DecisionOne is
 dedicated to providing "technology support for the digital world" and is the
 largest independent provider of multivendor computer support services in North
 America.  The company offers a variety of services to assist companies in
 managing their technology infrastructures to compete in the digital
 marketplace, including Planning & Consulting Services; Call Center Services;
 Deployment & Support Services; Network Services; and Logistics Services.
 Headquartered near Philadelphia, PA, the company employs more than
 5,000 professionals operating from more than 150 locations in the United
 States and Canada.  More information on DecisionOne services can be found on
 the company's web site at http://www.decisionone.com.
     Among its many awards, DecisionOne has won the prestigious STAR award from
 the SSPA for the past three years as the leading provider of call center
 services to the Internet Service Provider marketplace.
 
     About Kinetic Workplace, Inc.
     Kinetic Workplace(R), Inc. is the leading provider of telework, hoteling
 and virtual officing solutions. Since 1993, Kinetic has been "changing the way
 people work" with expert consulting services and software solutions that have
 enabled organizations to rapidly establish successful, scalable "e-workplace"
 strategies.  The company's program development and set-up process is backed by
 its KineticLink Knowledge Base. This unique tool is the single largest body of
 knowledge in this emerging market, containing in-depth case studies on the
 experiences of nearly 200 organizations that have implemented programs.
 Kinetic Workplace has helped more than 80 organizations develop successful
 programs, including Procter & Gamble, Sprint Communications, 3Com and i2
 Technologies. For more information, visit Kinetic's website at
 www.kineticworkplace.com.
 
     About Equis
     Founded in 1984, Equis Corporation (www.equiscorp.com) is the nation's
 largest full-service real estate firm that focuses exclusively on the business
 space user.  With a global network of 33 company-owned offices, Equis offers
 services including transaction and project management, capital sourcing,
 information management, auditing services and corporate asset management to
 both Fortune 500 firms and smaller businesses alike.
     Equis serves blue chip clients in multiple industries, including
 Ameritech/SBC, The Coca-Cola Company, DaimlerChrysler, Delphi Automotive,
 (U.S.) General Services Administration, The Travelers, Verizon, Watson Wyatt
 Worldwide and Xerox, and it also has performed real estate services for high-
 tech firms such as America Online, Cisco Systems, MSC Software, Scient and
 Teligent.
 
 

SOURCE DecisionOne Corp.
    FRAZER, Pa., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- DecisionOne Corporation, Kinetic
 Workplace(R), Inc. and Equis Corporation today announced a new, strategic
 alliance to provide Telework Planning Services for the rapidly growing number
 of companies that are pursuing telework -- or telecommuting -- alternatives
 for their employees.  The alliance will provide consulting, setup, program
 development and implementation services in the areas of human resources, real
 estate and technology deployment and support for Fortune 1000 businesses that
 are planning or currently attempting to deploy telework programs.
     "The number of enterprises interested in rolling out Telework programs is
 increasing exponentially," said William Beaumont, vice president of business
 development for DecisionOne.  "In today's business environment, Telework holds
 enormous appeal for employers because of the potential for substantial savings
 in infrastructure costs.  However, implementing a Telework program presents a
 new set of challenges, particularly in terms of managing their top three
 assets -- people, technology and real estate."
 
     Creating IT Connections
     Critical to the success of a telework program is the efficient and expert
 deployment and support of the technical equipment and systems necessary for
 remote employees.  As announced on April 9, DecisionOne introduced its
 Telework Services, a comprehensive suite of lifecycle services designed
 exclusively for the roll-out and ongoing support of telework programs.  The
 offering includes network, help desk, hardware support, broadband provisioning
 and asset tracking, and hardware reclamation.  DecisionOne is the largest
 independent provider of computer maintenance and technology support services
 in North America and one of the largest broadband deployment providers in the
 United States.
     "Our goal is to ensure that mobile workers have the right technical
 support to maximize their productivity and efficiency," said Beaumont.
 "Beyond the actual systems deployment, our help desk support can often serve
 as a lifeline to the office for these employees."
     "We're delighted to be approaching the marketplace with this experienced
 mix of players," Beaumont added.  "The alliance provides full-service
 solutions in an area that's been under-served as the legions of teleworkers
 grow, and it represents a significant value-add for the clients we serve."
 
     Managing Teleworkers
     Kinetic Workplace, a specialist in telework, office hoteling and virtual
 office consulting, will serve as the alliance's project manager in most cases.
 Their team of professionals, with backgrounds in human resources, information
 technology and real estate, will analyze a company's workforce to build a
 telework program that addresses:  personnel policies, procedures and
 protocols; change management; methodology to enter the program; measurement
 benchmarks and performance tracking; and other areas such as class room,
 computer-based and online training,  and the coordination of back-end support.
     "We've been at the forefront of this emerging market since 1993 and have
 always advocated an integrated approach for the successful deployment of
 mobile workers," said Timothy Kane, president of Kinetic Workplace.  "Now, by
 formalizing a relationship with Equis and DecisionOne, the leaders in their
 respective industries, we can offer clients a true, end-to-end solution --
 developing, deploying and servicing telework environments -- and all with one
 point of contact for the client."
 
     Rightsizing Space
     Equis Corporation, a global real estate services firm dedicated
 exclusively to business space users, will assess a client's real estate needs
 in a telework situation, analyzing office locations, costs, potential savings
 and return on investment.  "Our job is to right size existing space and
 provide the real estate planning and consulting services necessary to cost
 justify a telework program," said Michael Silver, president of Equis.  "Space
 costs are generally the second largest corporate expense after salaries," he
 added.  "So, for example, if we execute a telework strategy that disposes of
 50,000 square feet of unnecessary space, and we apply our negotiation and
 local market expertise to competitively acquire 10,000 square feet for core
 operations, we're adding value directly to the client's balance sheet."
 
     About DecisionOne
     Serving more than 50 percent of Fortune 1000 companies, DecisionOne is
 dedicated to providing "technology support for the digital world" and is the
 largest independent provider of multivendor computer support services in North
 America.  The company offers a variety of services to assist companies in
 managing their technology infrastructures to compete in the digital
 marketplace, including Planning & Consulting Services; Call Center Services;
 Deployment & Support Services; Network Services; and Logistics Services.
 Headquartered near Philadelphia, PA, the company employs more than
 5,000 professionals operating from more than 150 locations in the United
 States and Canada.  More information on DecisionOne services can be found on
 the company's web site at http://www.decisionone.com.
     Among its many awards, DecisionOne has won the prestigious STAR award from
 the SSPA for the past three years as the leading provider of call center
 services to the Internet Service Provider marketplace.
 
     About Kinetic Workplace, Inc.
     Kinetic Workplace(R), Inc. is the leading provider of telework, hoteling
 and virtual officing solutions. Since 1993, Kinetic has been "changing the way
 people work" with expert consulting services and software solutions that have
 enabled organizations to rapidly establish successful, scalable "e-workplace"
 strategies.  The company's program development and set-up process is backed by
 its KineticLink Knowledge Base. This unique tool is the single largest body of
 knowledge in this emerging market, containing in-depth case studies on the
 experiences of nearly 200 organizations that have implemented programs.
 Kinetic Workplace has helped more than 80 organizations develop successful
 programs, including Procter & Gamble, Sprint Communications, 3Com and i2
 Technologies. For more information, visit Kinetic's website at
 www.kineticworkplace.com.
 
     About Equis
     Founded in 1984, Equis Corporation (www.equiscorp.com) is the nation's
 largest full-service real estate firm that focuses exclusively on the business
 space user.  With a global network of 33 company-owned offices, Equis offers
 services including transaction and project management, capital sourcing,
 information management, auditing services and corporate asset management to
 both Fortune 500 firms and smaller businesses alike.
     Equis serves blue chip clients in multiple industries, including
 Ameritech/SBC, The Coca-Cola Company, DaimlerChrysler, Delphi Automotive,
 (U.S.) General Services Administration, The Travelers, Verizon, Watson Wyatt
 Worldwide and Xerox, and it also has performed real estate services for high-
 tech firms such as America Online, Cisco Systems, MSC Software, Scient and
 Teligent.
 
 SOURCE  DecisionOne Corp.