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ON Technology and Wise Solutions Announce Technology Alliance to Simplify and Accelerate Enterprise-Wide Migrations to Windows 2000 & Windows XP

Seamless product integration allows IT administrators to rapidly create and deploy Windows 2000/XP applications that are compatible with the Microsoft Windows Installer standard

Waltham, MA and Plymouth, MI (May 23, 2002)- - ON Technology Corporation (NASDAQ:ONTC) and Wise Solutions, Inc. today announced a technology alliance and product integration that will make migrations to Windows® 2000 and Windows XP simpler, easier and faster for enterprise organizations.

The two companies have worked closely together to address the needs of enterprises that are developing next-generation Windows 2000/XP applications. As a result, these customers can now use Wise Package Studio to create applications that are compatible with the new Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI) standard for Windows 2000/XP, and then automatically use the MSI Package Wizard from ON Technology to easily configure them for unattended deployment from centralized ON Command CCM® servers -- in a single automated workflow.

The products are available immediately from Wise and ON respectively. ON will also be distributing an evaluation copy of Wise Package Studio in its CD distribution kit for the ON MSI Package Wizard.

"Windows Installer brings important reliability and manageability benefits to enterprises, but it can also add complexity for IT administrators," said Ronni J. Colville, Research Director, Network and Systems Management, Gartner Inc. "Enterprises are looking for innovative technologies that make it easier for IT administrators to leverage Windows Installer technology and thereby reduce the time and cost of rolling out Windows 2000 and XP."

Windows Installer is an important new standard from Microsoft that improves PC reliability by providing a consistent Windows-resident service for installing applications, managing potential DLL conflicts, and performing automated self-healing. The ON MSI Package Wizard is a breakthrough point-and-click tool for Windows Installer-compatible applications, that automatically creates unattended deployment packages without the need for manual and error-prone re-packaging or scripting, as with conventional software distribution solutions.

Wise Package Studio is the premier application packaging solution that helps IT administrators streamline the process of preparing software applications for deployment. It combines best practice methodologies with the latest software installation technology, giving administrators complete control over installations and ensuring predictable and reliable software deployment results.

Robert Halsey, Director of Strategic Alliances at Wise Solutions added, "Wise understands that customers are looking for intuitive authoring and deployment solutions that deliver automated and easy-to-use workflows. We created this partnership because both companies saw an opportunity to jointly satisfy this need in the marketplace. We believe this partnership will allow us to offer these benefits to our customers.

Phil Neray, Vice-President of Marketing for ON Technology, said: "As the recognized leader in helping customers perform large-scale Windows 2000 and XP roll-outs, we are always looking for ways to make this strategic process even easier. Wise Solutions is a Microsoft partner and recognized leader in the field of Windows Installer technology, and the ideal complement to ON's best-of-breed software management and deployment solutions."

About Wise Solutions
Wise Solutions, Incorporated, is the leading provider of application installation and management software and services. With global headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan; and regional sales and professional services offices in Washington, DC; Redmond, Washington; and the Netherlands, Wise provides installation and management solutions, training, and consulting services to customers worldwide. Their corporate solutions, including the award-winning Wise Package Studio, help system administrators solve their application installation and management problems. Wise's unmatched expertise in the installation market and our experience helping companies deploy applications is the basis for our renowned products and services. Learn more about Wise Solutions on the Web 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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