Merkur Group-Esker Alliance Provides Intelligent Information Delivery Capabilities to ERP Solutions Such as Baan and PeopleSoft

Merkur Group will resell and implement Pulse(TM) from Esker Software.



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from SCH Technologies

    CINCINNATI and STILLWATER, Okla., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Merkur
 Group(TM), a leading provider of Output Communication solutions and services
 (including ERP fax, document formatting/distribution, and eBusiness), and
 Esker, a provider of Intelligent Information Delivery software, today
 announced that Merkur Group will resell and implement Esker's Pulse(TM)
 solution. As part of the alliance, Merkur Group will integrate Pulse with Baan
 and PeopleSoft(R), providing customers the ability to deliver documents in a
 variety of formats, including print, fax, e-mail, and HTML.
     Pulse is a server-based solution that recognizes application output,
 transforms it into widely used formats (PDF, HTML, XML, image, and text), and
 routes it to recipients via secure web server, e-mail, fax, wireless, or
 distributed print, depending on the preference of the recipient. By
 streamlining and automating the delivery of documents such as invoices, bills,
 statements, and trade confirmations previously tied to costly and sub-optimal
 delivery methods, Pulse reduces the cost of customer communications while
 improving service levels. As a result, Pulse improves the value of the
 information it delivers while reducing business cycle times that are linked to
 the delivery of time-sensitive information.
     "Delivery of information has been a weak link for many ERP solutions,"
 said Dan Speer, CEO, Esker Inc. "The alliance we've created with SCH and the
 Merkur Group allows users of Baan and PeopleSoft to not just deliver
 documents, but to gain advantage from the delivery of information across
 multiple channels out of these ERP systems. Esker has enjoyed a successful
 business relationship with SCH and the Merkur Group for many years. Their
 insight into the needs of ERP system users, coupled with Esker's intelligent
 information delivery solutions, makes us very optimistic about the
 opportunities Pulse will create for all organizations."
     Merkur Group has successfully fax- and email-enabled thousands of SAP(R),
 Baan, and PeopleSoft users for more than seven years. Pulse is just one of
 Merkur Group's pre-integrated solutions, which allow customers to extend
 process communication capabilities beyond the walls of the enterprise to their
 partners, suppliers, and customers -- with the recipient's needs in mind.
 Integrated with ERP and CRM applications, Pulse provides seamless delivery of
 business documents such as Purchase Orders, Invoices, Sales Order
 Acknowledgments, and other time sensitive transactions.
     "Esker's release of Pulse and Merkur Group's focus on ERP Output
 Communications mean that mission critical documents once destined only for a
 printer can now be delivered seamlessly," said Rob Wadzinski, Merkur Group's
 Business Unit Manager. "Merkur Group has enjoyed an excellent relationship
 with Esker and subsidiary V-Systems for a combined 16 years. Esker's continued
 ability to produce timely and exciting new solutions combined with Merkur
 Group's integration and services offering will produce exciting new solutions
 for our ERP customers."
 
     About The Merkur Group
     Merkur Group, an affiliate of SCH Technologies, develops, supports, and
 implements Output Communication solutions and services that dramatically
 extend the capabilities of ERP systems such as SAP(R), Baan, PeopleSoft(R),
 Oracle(R), and others. These solutions automate the process of sending or
 receiving business transactions to customers, trading partners and employees
 in a variety of delivery methods, including traditional and those that are
 Internet-based. With Merkur Group's suite of vendor-certified, pre-integrated
 solutions, standard ERP reports or transaction formats are transformed
 into/from popular eBusiness formats, including XML, HTML, e-mail, and fax, as
 well as printed forms. The group also delivers professional services,
 technical support, and training to maximize customer benefit with its
 solutions. SCH Technologies is a privately held company and is headquartered
 in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information about Merkur Group call
 (800) 729-8649 or visit http://www.MerkurGroup.com .
 
     About Esker Software
     Esker software enables intelligent access to and delivery of core business
 information from any data source, in any format, to any recipient.
 Organizations use Esker software to streamline information exchange, open new
 channels of communication, and achieve business objectives with new levels of
 speed and efficiency. Esker extends the reach of information technologies and
 shortens the distance between people and information
     The company was founded in 1985 and is traded on the French Stock Exchange
 (Le Nouveau Marche: 3581). In September 2000, Esker finalized an agreement to
 acquire VSI, a California-based developer of fax server solutions. Esker's
 operations span North America, South America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific with
 about 300 employees and an installed base of two million licensed users
 worldwide. For more information, visit: http://www.esker.com .
 
 

SOURCE SCH Technologies
    CINCINNATI and STILLWATER, Okla., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Merkur
 Group(TM), a leading provider of Output Communication solutions and services
 (including ERP fax, document formatting/distribution, and eBusiness), and
 Esker, a provider of Intelligent Information Delivery software, today
 announced that Merkur Group will resell and implement Esker's Pulse(TM)
 solution. As part of the alliance, Merkur Group will integrate Pulse with Baan
 and PeopleSoft(R), providing customers the ability to deliver documents in a
 variety of formats, including print, fax, e-mail, and HTML.
     Pulse is a server-based solution that recognizes application output,
 transforms it into widely used formats (PDF, HTML, XML, image, and text), and
 routes it to recipients via secure web server, e-mail, fax, wireless, or
 distributed print, depending on the preference of the recipient. By
 streamlining and automating the delivery of documents such as invoices, bills,
 statements, and trade confirmations previously tied to costly and sub-optimal
 delivery methods, Pulse reduces the cost of customer communications while
 improving service levels. As a result, Pulse improves the value of the
 information it delivers while reducing business cycle times that are linked to
 the delivery of time-sensitive information.
     "Delivery of information has been a weak link for many ERP solutions,"
 said Dan Speer, CEO, Esker Inc. "The alliance we've created with SCH and the
 Merkur Group allows users of Baan and PeopleSoft to not just deliver
 documents, but to gain advantage from the delivery of information across
 multiple channels out of these ERP systems. Esker has enjoyed a successful
 business relationship with SCH and the Merkur Group for many years. Their
 insight into the needs of ERP system users, coupled with Esker's intelligent
 information delivery solutions, makes us very optimistic about the
 opportunities Pulse will create for all organizations."
     Merkur Group has successfully fax- and email-enabled thousands of SAP(R),
 Baan, and PeopleSoft users for more than seven years. Pulse is just one of
 Merkur Group's pre-integrated solutions, which allow customers to extend
 process communication capabilities beyond the walls of the enterprise to their
 partners, suppliers, and customers -- with the recipient's needs in mind.
 Integrated with ERP and CRM applications, Pulse provides seamless delivery of
 business documents such as Purchase Orders, Invoices, Sales Order
 Acknowledgments, and other time sensitive transactions.
     "Esker's release of Pulse and Merkur Group's focus on ERP Output
 Communications mean that mission critical documents once destined only for a
 printer can now be delivered seamlessly," said Rob Wadzinski, Merkur Group's
 Business Unit Manager. "Merkur Group has enjoyed an excellent relationship
 with Esker and subsidiary V-Systems for a combined 16 years. Esker's continued
 ability to produce timely and exciting new solutions combined with Merkur
 Group's integration and services offering will produce exciting new solutions
 for our ERP customers."
 
     About The Merkur Group
     Merkur Group, an affiliate of SCH Technologies, develops, supports, and
 implements Output Communication solutions and services that dramatically
 extend the capabilities of ERP systems such as SAP(R), Baan, PeopleSoft(R),
 Oracle(R), and others. These solutions automate the process of sending or
 receiving business transactions to customers, trading partners and employees
 in a variety of delivery methods, including traditional and those that are
 Internet-based. With Merkur Group's suite of vendor-certified, pre-integrated
 solutions, standard ERP reports or transaction formats are transformed
 into/from popular eBusiness formats, including XML, HTML, e-mail, and fax, as
 well as printed forms. The group also delivers professional services,
 technical support, and training to maximize customer benefit with its
 solutions. SCH Technologies is a privately held company and is headquartered
 in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information about Merkur Group call
 (800) 729-8649 or visit http://www.MerkurGroup.com .
 
     About Esker Software
     Esker software enables intelligent access to and delivery of core business
 information from any data source, in any format, to any recipient.
 Organizations use Esker software to streamline information exchange, open new
 channels of communication, and achieve business objectives with new levels of
 speed and efficiency. Esker extends the reach of information technologies and
 shortens the distance between people and information
     The company was founded in 1985 and is traded on the French Stock Exchange
 (Le Nouveau Marche: 3581). In September 2000, Esker finalized an agreement to
 acquire VSI, a California-based developer of fax server solutions. Esker's
 operations span North America, South America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific with
 about 300 employees and an installed base of two million licensed users
 worldwide. For more information, visit: http://www.esker.com .
 
 SOURCE   SCH Technologies