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Expanets Selects ON Technology Solution to Rapidly Roll-Out Oracle and Siebel Applications to 150 Local Offices & Mobile Users Nationwide

ON Command CCM allows Expanets to push mission-critical applications over the network and significantly increase reliability of its enterprise infrastructure

Waltham, MA, January 8, 2002 - ON Technology (NASDAQ: ONTC), a leading provider of enterprise infrastructure management solutions, today announced that Expanets Inc. has selected ON Command CCM® to roll-out its suite of mission-critical sales management and CRM (Customer Relationship Management) applications, based on Oracle 11i and Siebel. With over $1 billion in revenues and 3,300 employees nationwide, Expanets is the nation's largest provider of converged communications solutions to medium-sized businesses. ON Command CCM will support a consistent desktop environment across all PCs in the corporation, including desktops in local offices and virtual offices as well as mobile laptops connected over dial-up connections, and will help boost service speed and capabilities.

"With ON Command CCM, we can now instantaneously update all our remote users with the click of a mouse, which significantly enhances our competitive advantage," said Joe Bologna, Director of Infrastructure, Expanets. "In addition, ON Command CCM allows our enterprise infrastructure to be as reliable and invisible as the phone network, and provides capabilities to efficiently support all of our local offices and mobile users nationwide. Best of all, CCM provides enterprise-class robustness and flexibility, and can be implemented in only a few months."

Expanets also plans to leverage ON Command CCM to automate the company's enterprise-wide migration to Windows 2000. Unlike conventional enterprise management solutions, ON Command CCM is the only system that offers unattended operating system installations and one-click disaster recovery as well as installation of applications, ongoing updates, and content. In addition, ON Command CCM allows distributed enterprises like Expanets to easily manage all of its users from a single centralized console, including both LAN-connected users in corporate headquarters as well as remote and mobile users.

"Expanets is a great example of an innovative company that is aggressively leveraging our advanced technology to support its mission-critical business requirements," said Robert L. Doretti, Chairman, President, and CEO of ON Technology. "We're excited they selected our solution to create a more powerful enterprise infrastructure and give them a competitive edge."

About Expanets
Expanets is the nation's largest and leading provider of integrated networked communications solutions to businesses ranging from 20 to 500 employees, and is also strongly positioned to serve larger businesses with multiple locations. With more than $1 billion in revenues, Expanets serves 500,000 businesses and over one million client locations. While national in scope, Expanets delivers local service and solutions to through its team of 3,300 associates, based in 150 offices throughout the U.S. Expanets is a single-source provider of voice, data and e-business solutions that give its clients a competitive edge. Its broad portfolio is based on its strategic relationships with industry-leading manufacturers, service providers and carriers. Expanets was founded in 1997 by NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE: NOR). NorthWestern and its partner entities are leading providers of services and solutions to more than 2 million customers across America in the communications and energy sectors. More information about Expanets is available on the Internet at

About ON Technology Corporation
ON Technology empowers IT organizations and service providers to manage the full lifecycle of their computing systems over large-scale corporate networks. Our solutions are used to rapidly and reliably deploy critical applications, operating systems, and content to desktops, mobile PCs, handhelds, servers, retail point-of-sale (POS) terminals and banking workstations. Our customers leverage our solutions to significantly reduce IT costs, improve availability and reliability of business-critical applications, and enhance both IT and end-user productivity. ON’s management solution has been chosen by more than 1,000 enterprises worldwide to manage in excess of 1.2 million networked computer systems. For more information visit ON Technology’s Web site at or call 800-767-6638.


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