*NEWS*IKON’S NEW PREMIER PARTNER PROGRAM

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*NEWS*IKON’S NEW PREMIER PARTNER PROGRAM

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    IKON Establishes Premier Partner Program
    Premier
    Partner Program within IKON Professional Services, further enhances the
    company’s integrated suite of document management solutions and
    services.

    MALVERN,
    PA – IKON Office Solutions , the world’s largest independent channel
    for document management systems and services, has announced the
    formation of a Premier Partner Program within IKON Professional
    Services, further enhancing the company’s integrated suite of document
    management solutions and services.
    Premier Program Members
    Among
    the members of IKON’s Premier Partner Program are leading software
    companies that were announced as part of IKON’s integrated solutions
    portfolio a year ago, including Captaris, EFI, EMC, Kofax, Notable
    Solutions Inc., Objectif Lune and Rochester Software Associates (RSA).
    New to the program are eCopy, IBM and Westbrook Technologies.
    “By
    creating a Premier Partner Program, IKON is further establishing itself
    as a leading solutions integrator in the document management space,”
    said Michael E. Kohlsdorf, Senior Vice President, IKON Enterprise
    Services and Information Technology. “The Premier Partner Program has
    clear benefits both for our partners and for IKON; however, our
    customers will benefit the most, as they will have access to IKON’s
    independent assessment services and a best-in-class suite of document
    management solutions that will be sold, delivered, implemented and
    supported by one organization–IKON.”
    Access to IKON Customers
    IKON’s
    premier partners will have access to the company’s broad customer base,
    from small and mid-market businesses to global firms, through IKON’s
    international network of sales and Professional Services employees
    worldwide. IKON will provide first-level technical support for key
    products through the company’s Client Support Desk, and licensing
    support through IKON’s Software Licensing Desk. Customers will benefit
    from having a single source for all their document management
    needs–from assessments to implementation and post-sales technical
    support.
    In turn, each premier partner provides IKON with focused
    channel resources, as well as access to high-level technical support
    resources. In many cases, IKON also has the option to private label
    certain products, and embed unique IKON functionality. IKON employees
    also receive comprehensive sales and technical training on products
    from premier partners.
    Broad Range of Solutions Offered
    Through
    the Premier Partner Program, IKON has a robust portfolio of solutions
    spanning the entire document lifecycle, from input to management,
    output and storage. The portfolio includes: eCopy for document capture
    and distribution; Kofax for document capture; Captaris for enterprise
    fax and document delivery solutions; Notable Solutions Inc. for
    comprehensive document workflow; EFI and RSA for web submission and
    workflow tools; Objectif Lune for output and distribution; and EMC
    Corporation (EMC Documentum ApplicationXtender), IBM and Westbrook
    Technologies for storage and archival.
    The suite is complemented by
    a number of IKON-exclusive solutions, including IKON DocSend(R)
    (incorporating EFI SendMe technology) for document capture and routing;
    IKON PowerPORT(TM) (incorporating Rochester Software Associates’ M.I.S.
    Print technology) for open-systems printing; and IKON PowerPress(TM)
    (incorporating EFI MicroPress technology) for added print capacity
    through printer/MFP clustering.
    IKON DocAccel(TM) (based on Notable
    Solutions Inc.’s AutoStore technology), an innovative distributed
    capture, processing and routing solution designed to accelerate and
    automate complex document workflow for organizations of all sizes,
    serves as the middleware linking the portfolio. All solutions within
    the portfolio are compatible with IKON DocAccel.
    “Today’s businesses
    are increasingly looking for a partner who understands document
    workflow, not just equipment, and has the breadth of solutions required
    to meet their specific needs,” said Keith Kmetz, Program Director of
    Hardcopy Peripherals Solutions and Services for IDC. “IKON’s Premier
    Partner Program is a logical evolution of the company’s solutions
    strategy, giving businesses access to leading industry solutions, all
    implemented and supported by a knowledgeable IKON services team.”
    Strong Growth in Professional Services
    IKON
    Professional Services is a part of IKON Enterprise Services, IKON’s
    global services organization with approximately 15,000 employees
    worldwide, and provides consulting services through document strategy
    assessments, network connectivity services and IKON’s integrated suite
    of software solutions offered through the company’s Premier Partner
    Program. In fiscal year 2005, IKON experienced growth in all key areas
    of the Professional Services business, and revenue grew 15% over the
    prior year.
    IKON Office Solutions, Inc., the world’s largest
    independent channel for copier, printer and MFP technologies, delivers
    integrated document management solutions and systems, enabling
    customers worldwide to improve document workflow and increase
    efficiency. IKON integrates best-in-class systems from leading
    manufacturers, such as Canon, Ricoh, Konica Minolta, EFI and HP, and
    document management software from companies like Captaris, Kofax and
    others, to deliver tailored, high-value solutions implemented and
    supported by its global services organization–IKON Enterprise Services
    .