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OfficeMax Implements ON Technology Solution to Manage 10,000-Seat Corporate and Retail Infrastructure

Industry-Leading Software & Asset Management Solution to Enhance Operational Efficiency and Enable Real-Time Response to Business Changes

Waltham, Mass. (May 27, 2003) - ON Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: ONTC), a leading provider of enterprise infrastructure management solutions, today announced that OfficeMax, Inc. (NYSE: OMX) has successfully begun its implementation of ON Technology’s software solution to manage its entire retail and corporate PC infrastructure. The implementation includes managing 10,000-plus systems such as retail Point-of-Sale (POS) terminals, Internet kiosks, CopyMax® workstations, and store manager workstations in nearly 1,000 superstores, as well as PCs throughout the OfficeMax corporate environment.

The ON Technology software management offering helps OfficeMax respond quickly to market and technology changes by deploying real-time critical updates – such as price changes and security patches – from a single centralized location to any device across its network. OfficeMax is also using ON Command Discovery, ON’s asset management solution powered by Centennial Discovery from Centennial U.K. Ltd., to automatically discover and track IT assets. In addition, ON’s remote control solution, ON Command Remote, is being used by OfficeMax to enable rapid resolution of end-user problems from the corporate Help Desk.

The ON Technology solution will also be used to rapidly deploy software to desktops and mobile laptops across the company’s corporate infrastructure, including software such as line-of-business applications, productivity applications and corporate data, as well as operating systems and security patches.

“We are extremely pleased to be working with OfficeMax on this major strategic deployment,” said Robert Doretti, Chairman, President and CEO of ON Technology. “Our unique ability to meet the needs of large retail organizations is validated by the many retailers worldwide that have chosen our innovative technology for unattended management of hundreds of thousands of retail devices, PCs and servers. We worked closely with OfficeMax’s IT organization to understand its needs and demonstrate our unique capabilities, and look forward to a long relationship providing outstanding support and service.”

World-Class Retailers Leverage ON Technology Solutions
In addition to OfficeMax, ON Technology’s retail customer base includes world-class retailers such as The Home Depot in the U.S. as well as COOP and Charles Vogele in Europe. The company also has a strategic partnership with Fujitsu Transaction Solutions, a leading provider of point-of-sale (POS) hardware, software and infrastructure management services, to jointly target the retail market. OfficeMax is a joint customer of both ON Technology and Fujitsu.

Deploying Critical Updates While Minimizing Bandwidth Usage
ON software solution will be used to deploy critical operating systems, applications, and store data across OfficeMax’s Wide Area Network (WAN), while dynamically adjusting network usage to preserve scarce bandwidth for crucial store traffic such as credit card authorizations and customer-facing applications.

  • In particular, the ON solution will be used to:
    Rapidly provision both new and legacy POS systems with the Microsoft Windows® XP Embedded operating system and the Fujitsu GlobalSTORE® application.


  • Integrate with OfficeMax’s SAP AG system to instantly deploy pricing and marketing updates in real-time to all stores.


  • Instantly deploy critical software updates such as security patches, new versions of credit card verification software, and updated drivers for POS hardware such as touch screens and card scanners.


  • Discover and track hardware assets, monitor software license compliance, track software usage, and immediately identify whenever a device has been moved or re-configured.

About OfficeMax
OfficeMax serves its customers through nearly 1,000 superstores, e-commerce Web sites and direct-mail catalogs. The Company has operations in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico. In addition to offering office products, business machines and related items, OfficeMax superstores feature CopyMax and FurnitureMax, store-within-a-store modules devoted exclusively to “print-for-pay” services and office furniture. The Company also reaches customers in the United States with an offering of over 40,000 items through its award winning e-commerce site, OfficeMax.com, its direct-mail catalogs and its outside sales force, all of which are serviced by its three PowerMax distribution facilities, 17 delivery centers and two national customer call and contact centers.

About Centennial
Centennial is a leading supplier of technology inventory management solutions to major organizations around the world. With more than 2 million licenses of Centennial audit products sold, it is one of the best selling products in its class. Centennial Discovery is the latest evolution in the audit product range that adds unique features to allow companies to locate, audit and track all the changes to their corporate IT assets. For more information please consult www.centennial.co.uk

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 www.on.com or call 800-767-6638.

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The statements in this press release that relate to ON Technology’s future plans, events and performance are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Some of the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements are general economic conditions, including the current weakness in the global economy, demand for the Company’s products and services, performance of the Company’s direct and indirect distribution channels, competitive pressures, market acceptance of the Company’s new products and technologies, and the risk factors detailed from time to time in ON Technology’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the third quarter of 2003 filed in November 2003. Actual results and performance may differ materially due to these and other factors. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. ON Technology undertakes no obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this press release that may reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release.


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