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Open Text's Livelink to Enable Schein Pharmaceutical's Document Management Move to the Web

Waterloo, ON – 1996-12-5 – Open Text Corporation (OTEX:NASDAQ) today announced that generic drug manufacturer Schein Pharmaceutical of Florham Park, New Jersey, has chosen the Livelink Intranet suite to form the basis of an electronic document management system.

In the first stage of the project, Schein's existing document base, comprised of numerous word processing and data formats, will be copied into the Livelink Library or repository, residing on a MS Windows NT server. Users will be able to access documents via a standard web browser and check them in and out of a central repository. In the second stage, Livelink's ability to manage collaborative projects across the enterprise will be enabled.

"Initially we saw Open Text's Livelink suite as primarily a proven intranet solution for document management," said Rick Lyons, Manager, Special Projects IS, Schein Pharmaceutical. "The flexibility of the suite is incredible and very price competitive, given that other, traditional document management solutions require additional client software alongside the server software.

"But we're equally excited about exploiting the full benefits of the Livelink Intranet suite as they relate to better team and project management and interaction, using Livelink's Workflow and Team Collaboration modules," Lyons added. "Once the basic system is installed and users are comfortable with 'going to the web' rather than their filing cabinets, we'll look at the management of critical business processes using the real time benefits of the Livelink implementation of intranet groupware."

The Livelink-based content management system is supplementing paper-based manual systems and will allow users easy, shared access to the hundreds of documents that a federally regulated firm like Schein must generate, amend, distribute and store.

"We've experienced growing interest from firms like Schein Pharmaceutical and others that want to use intranets to manage collaborative, business-critical processes. These organizations include those developing products that must comply with regulatory standards; managing globally-distributed documents (such as engineering) or developing standard operating procedures that need to be made accessible across the enterprise," said Tom Jenkins, president and CEO, Open Text Corporation.

Initially, 150 users will be on the system at the corporate headquarters in Florham, and Schein anticipates that an extended roll-out to facilities in Carmel, New York; Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Phoenix, Arizona will see a further 600 employees of a total of 1,100 added to the system by year end 1997.

"I envision many uses for Livelink, just one example being an aid to help our International Marketing Group take existing dossiers, that have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, and easily and quickly renewing these dossiers to file with overseas regulatory authorities, who require different but not completely original material," says Lyons.

Schein Pharmaceutical is a leading developer, manufacturer and seller of generic drugs to the managed health care industry.